With thanks to Fr. Ken James Stavrevksy, Vladika Michael filmed his “7 Answers to 7 Questions” series on location at Saint Andrew’s Camp during Teen Week this year. You can view the video here:
The questions that were addressed in this recording are those that were asked of Vladika by Saint Andrew’s Camp campers. Watch the whole video to see the view of Lake Oneida and to hear the responses from His Grace!
With thanks to Basil Kozak, who authored the lyrics and music to this piece, Saint Andrew’s Camp has an official camp song!
Take a look, the lyrics are here. A recording will soon follow.
SAINT ANDREW’S CAMP THEME SONG (c) 2012
“From the rising to the setting of the sun, the Name of the Lord be praised!” Psalm 113.3
Fall out of bed then we prepare
Wash your face and brush your hair
Find some clean clothes you can wear
Then we say our morning prayers
Listen for the chapel bell
We chant, we sing, our voices gel
For us and for the world we pray
And thank God for this brand new day
The lake is cool (SAINT ANDREW’S CAMP!)
The sun is hot (SAINT ANDREW’S CAMP!)
We learn and pray (SAINT ANDREW’S CAMP!)
And play a lot (SAINT ANDREW’S CAMP!)
From the rising to the setting of the sun, the Name of the Lord be praised!
Horseback riding, music, sing,
Nature, every living thing
God’s creation all around
The sky, the water, and the ground
We find some time to run around
Swing on swings on the playground
Shoot some hoops and then we get
To play soccer with friends we met
Our counselors are just the best
Sometimes we put them to the test
They watch over us both night and day
And lead us in the proper way
Stan’s the cook he loves to bake
We never know what treats he’ll make
Deb the nurse is always there
To give us extra special care
Evening comes it’s Vespers now
Back to chapel pray and bow
Take down the flag and we get fed
Then campfires, games, and time for bed
Ecology week was an exciting one! With special thanks to Tara and Gary Paxton for their marvelous curriculum and exciting activities, we bring the third week of the 2012 season to a close!
Bishop Michael spent three days (the latter part of the week) with campers, leading religious education and worship services. Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Friday morning on the feast of St. Panteleimon. In addition to Tara and Gary, we had some other special visitors for the week. Fr. Adam Sexton and his wife, Matushka Angie, joined as visiting clergy. He brought with him his eight children, who were part of the camp program. In addition, the camp welcomed a former camper, Jack Tsypin, from Las Vegas, Nevada, who volunteered as supplemental staff/counselor for the week. Fr. Leonid Schmidt and Matushka Laura of Syracuse, New York joined for the last part of the week, after just having celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary. In addition, a long-time camper, staff assistant, counselor and lifeguard of St. Andrew’s Camp, Philip Berdy, joined the campers for fun activities and sports. The campers really enjoyed Philip’s games and the treats to accompany them!
Other news from week 3 (some of which is a recap): John Kozak was presented with a gramota by Bishop Michael, the campers spent a day at Green Lakes State Park, and a trip of mini golf and ice cream at Sylvan Beach was sponsored by Bishop Michael, and Tara and Gary rented a pontoon boat in order for campers to explore the lake and shores of Lake Oneida!
Photos from the week are below. And of course, there are more to come!
Photo credits: Tara Paxton, Michael Suchernick, Tatiana Hoff
On Thursday evening at the conclusion of Great Vespers on the eve of the feast of St. Panteleimon, John Kozak, a long-time friend and dedicated volunteer of Saint Andrew’s Camp, was presented with a gramota — the highest honor that a Bishop can give to any layperson — by Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey.
His Grace recognized John for his tireless and selfless commitment to serving the camp and its youth, and for putting the children, their safety, their growth in the faith, and their camp experience first. In the words he spoke about John — which were focused on John’s dedication to handling any matter related to camping (grass cutting, dish washing, cooking, first aid, waterfront, choir conducting, and so much more!) — His Grace was able to impart to campers the importance of ministering as laypeople in Christ’s church and John’s example in doing so.
In addition to being presented with a gramota, John was also given a poem and photo framed as a remembrance by camper Johnny P., a long-time SAC camper during the time that John Kozak shared his labors with Saint Andrew’s from 2004 to 2012.
Joining His Grace and the campers and staff that evening for Great Vespers were Fr. Adam Sexton and his wife, Angie and children, Fr. Leonid and Matushka Laura Schmidt of Ss Peter and Paul in Syracuse, New York, Nurse Debbie, and Paul Kondakoff, a close friend of John’s and a volunteer at Saint Andrew’s. The camp community venerated the relics of St. Panteleimon the Healer and were anointed with oil from his reliquary by Fr. Adam.
A special celebratory cake was prepared by Chef Stan Bilinski, which beautifully channeled the look and feel of Saint Andrew’s Camp while offering celebratory congratulations.
May God grant John many years and keep him in His loving care as he continues to minister to the church! There will never be anyone else quite like John, and he will be missed.
Dear Clergy, Parents, Friends, Campers and All!
Pleased to share photos with you of Week 3. The ones below are mostly from Tuesday’s trip to Green Lakes. See if you can find your child(ren) within! With special thanks to our photographer, Michael.
More to come…
Ecology Week has just begun at Saint Andrew’s Camp, but lots has already happened despite some weather setbacks (rain)! Volunteers Tara and Gary Paxton have kicked off the Ecology Week program with a T-shirt making activity. Today, the campers are on a trip to Green Lakes State Park, where they are enjoying a nature walk coordinated with Mr. and Mrs. Paxton and a tour guide and expert from the park. They will follow this with swimming in the lovely lake.
Yesterday’s dinner was the classic Monday-night cookout. Philip Berdy, a former Saint Andrew’s Camp counselor, conducted an indoor hockey activity yesterday evening due to the rain. At the suggestion of Camp Director, Paul, Philip will be joined by camp veterans Jack Tsypin and Tatiana Hoff in conducting the “old-school” sports warm-up and activities on Wednesday.
Chef Stan put together delicious egg sandwiches on homemade biscuits, and also worked with other volunteers to prepare lunches for today’s trip. Campers had the choice between a turkey wrap, ham and cheese on a seasoned wrap, an “Italian” sub, or peanut butter and jelly. Can you guess what sandwich received the greatest number of “orders”? Let’s answer that for you…PB&J!
Fr. Adam Sexton lead worship this morning (Matins) in the chapel and is accompanying the campers during today’s field trip.
We look forward to welcoming His Grace, Bishop Michael this week on Wednesday, and also the pre-eminent, dedicated volunteer of many years, John Kozak, who arrives today.
A few photos of the start of this week are here! More to come.
Dear Parents, Campers, Friends and Supporters –
We are pleased to share the link to the coverage of Week 2 at Saint Andrew’s Camp from the New York/New Jersey Diocesan webpage! To learn more about the happenings of week 2, please click here.
More photos and information to come soon!
With love from Saint Andrew’s Camp