Some of the young people attending camp this year.

Diocesan Camps Conclude Summer Season


NEW YORK — This year, the Eastern Diocese’s summer camps reached out to nearly 500 youth and young adults from throughout our local parishes.

The 2019 camp season concluded this month with Hye Camp at Camp Hickory in Illinois ending its ten-day program on August 3, and with St. Vartan Camp at the Ararat Center in upstate New York ending its six-week program on August 10.

A highlight of every camp session was a visit by Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel, who taught eager campers throughout the day, and spent time engaging the youth and young adults in conversation.

Activities at the summer camp

Diocesan pastors Fr. Aren Jebejian, Fr. Tadeos Barseghyan, Fr. Khatchatur Kesablyan, Fr. Vart Gyozalyan, Fr. Vasken Kouzouian, and Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian served week-long “tours of duty” as camp directors, aided by the staff of the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Kathryn Ashbahian and Jennifer Morris.

The Diocese is especially grateful for the generous efforts of the counselors-in-training, camp staffers, volunteers, families and visiting clergy whose contributions are vital to the success of the camp program.

Campers and parents can relive the joy and excitement of the 2019 camp season all year long, by visiting the camp photo galleries for St. Vartan Camp’s Session A, Session B, Session C, and Hye Camp.

Sports played a big part in the summer camp.

Get the Mirror in your inbox:

Online registration for the 2020 camp season will begin in January on the camp website. For information, e-mail Kathryn Ashbahian (regarding St. Vartan Camp) and Jennifer Morris (regarding Hye Camp).


Get the Mirror-Spectator Weekly in your inbox: