Primate Visits Campers in Weeks Two and Three
Published - 2 August 2017

When school’s out, the Summer Camp is the premier destination for Diocesan youth whose fond memories of camp last a lifetime.  The Diocese Summer Camp program has been created to nurture the bodies, minds, and spirits of Armenian youth in a natural setting, providing a stimulating and fun environment of community which inspires individual growth and the values of Christian Fellowship.

On July 24 and July 31, the Primate paid a pastoral visit to the scenic “Abp. Vatche Hovsepian” campsite where he met with the campers and the staff. In his message to the campers His Eminence noted the importance of prayer in everyday life.

“Prayer transforms our spiritual lives. It is a time in solitude, a time to be with God, a time to embark on a journey into the depths of our souls, a time to see our true self, a time to grow spiritually, a time to become a close friend of God and a time to bring light, wisdom and joy into the lives of our fellow brothers and sisters,” said His Eminence to the campers.

In the spirit of friendly competition, Archbishop Derderian played a game of table tennis with campers.

Week 4 of Camp begins on August 7.  

Developed in 1964, Hye Camp is currently 4 one week sessions of Christian youth camp developed by the Camp Committee of Western Diocese of North America. Dedicated in 2013 as Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian Camp, the property is 160-acres located in Dunlap, California about 35 miles east of Fresno. It is within five miles of the entrance to Kings Canyon and the Sequoia National Park at an elevation of 4,400 feet.