2018 GOYA Spring Retreat
*Please Note: Camper Registration for the Reatreat will close Sunday, March 11, 2018*
We hope to see you for a wonderful Retreat Weekend!
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the CMC at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please find Staff Registration Here
Summer 2018 - How will you spend it?
General Guidelines for Staff Applicants
Staff applications will close March 1, 2018
Summer camp staff is responsible for carrying out the mission of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh Summer Camp, “To lead young people to salvation in an Orthodox Christian environment, where brothers and sisters in Christ can learn and experience the Orthodox Faith through education, worship, fellowship and fun.”
As we work together this summer as committed servants of Jesus Christ, under the guidance of His Eminence Metropolitan Savas, all those who offer their time, talents and treasures in this ministry are called to do so for the glory of God.
Thank you for your interest in our camping program! In addition, please review and consider the following guidelines before beginning your application:
Staff must be an Orthodox Christian at least 18 years of age and at least one year removed from High School for Elementary, Middle School, and Junior High Sessions, and at least 21 years of age for the Senior High Session.
Camp staff applicants must be available for at least one full week of camp (Saturday training through Saturday debrief).
New applicants are responsible for submitting 2 reference forms, one Clergy reference and one professional reference. Those who served on Summer Camp Staff last summer, are responsible for providing only a Clergy reference. The form is available below and should be forwarded to the appropriate individuals in order to complete your application.
Camp Staff are also required to participate in the mandatory Staff Training weekend June 7-10 that will take place at Camp Nazareth.
Staff must pass a thorough background check, and complete all mandatory Youth Safety requirements.
This application must be completed in one sitting. It is not possible to save and return later.
Descriptions of all the staff positions for Summer 2018 are available for review Here.
Reference Form to be completed after the application by a Clergy and/or Professional Reference (see guidelines above):
If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding your applications, please email the Camp Ministries Coordinator at email@example.com.
2018 Summer Camp Dates at Camp Nazareth in Mercer, PA
Please note: Campers attend the session of the grade that they are currently in for the 2017-2018 School Year.
Session 1/Elementary Week, 2nd-4th Grades: Sunday, June 17th - Saturday, June 23rd
Session 2/Middle School Week, 5th-7th* Grades: Sunday, June 24th - Saturday, June 30th
Session 3/Junior High Week, 7th*-9th Grades: Sunday, July 1st - Saturday, July 7th
Session 4/High School Week, 10th-12th Grades: Sunday, July 8th - Saturday, July 14th
*Please note: 7th Graders have the option of attending either Session 2 or 3.
2017 GOYA Fall Retreat
*November 14th: Registration for the 2017 GOYA Fall Retreat is now Closed. Want to see if there are any cancellations? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 Summer Camp - #Let Us GO!
Pictures from this past Summer's sessions: Click here to view.
2017 GOYA Spring Retreat
The 2017 GOYA Spring Retreat was Friday, March 31st - Sunday, April 2nd. We had a great time! Photos from our amazing and Christ-centered program at camp will be available soon.
2017 Spring College Student/ Young Adult Retreat
The American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh co-hosted a College Students and Young Adult Retreat. The theme was, "Navigating Life Using Your Spiritual Compass." You can see photos and a beautiful article documenting the retreat here.
2016 GOYA Fall Retreat
The 2016 GOYA Fall Retreat was Friday, November 18th - Sunday, November 20th at Camp Nazareth.
We had a wonderful Christ-centered experience!
To see photos from our great weekend, please click here.
2016 Summer Camp
Check out all the photos from our great Summer by clicking here.
Summer Camp Ministry
Each summer, our Metropolis sponsors 4 one-week camping sessions, which facilitate spiritual growth in an environment of prayer, fellowship, and fun.
During the course of the week, the children are engaged in:
- Twice daily services
- "Quiet Time" - an opportunity to follow prayer with peaceful communication with God
- A daily educational session on the theme of the day
- "Clinics" - an activity the children have the opportunity to develop greater skill and understanding of (like basketball, dancing, making prayer ropes, etc.). They participate in the same clinic throughout the week.
- Daily recreational activities (volleyball, hiking, etc.).
- Swimming time - Full-camp evening activities (campfires, skit performances, dances, etc.)
- Opportunities to discuss the theme with their peers
- Participation in the sacramental life of the Church. During the week the children will have the opportunity to receive the sacraments of Holy Unction, Holy Confession, and Holy Communion, as well as other occasional services of the Church (Blessing of the waters, Blessing of the loaves, etc.).
- Interactions with clergy, parents, and young adults who facilitate the program and who demonstrate their living, dynamic faith with the children in the conduct of their lives at camp.