STATEN ISLAND: The Annual Youth Leadership Camp-YLC 11- of St. George Orthodox Church, Staten Island, NY was conducted at Refreshing Mountains Camp and retreat center, Pennsylvania from July 21st through 24th with various activities.
The theme for the camp was “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever,” Hebrew 13:8.
Ceena Varghese was he spiritual leader and main speaker for the camp. Challenges facing the youth in their interactions with the wide world and offered Christ centered solutions to their everyday problems by Ceena Varghese with a fresh perspective to the campers.
The group discussions and the question – answering sessions were very productive and Ceena Varghese gave panoply of answers based on the scriptures.
The daily activities involved both spiritual as well as temporal in developing a healthy body, mind, and soul. Leadership roles were nurtured by separating the campers into several groups; presented skits based on the theme and group songs in which each and every member of the team participated. Adult youth members were given advisory roles to facilitate the smooth running of the teams as well as to nudge the groups to adhere to the schedules.
The Vicar Fr. Alex Joy lend and aura of Christian authenticity by supervising the whole activities and leading them on daily prayers and the Sunday Holy Eucharist.
The camp was was envisioned by Fr. Philip C. Abraham, the then vicar organized its first camp in 2008. 2011 camp was organized by the youth themselves . Anita Mani, Jacob Thomas Vilayil, Jeena Thomas and Lyeson Daniel were among the coordinators.
The camp was concluded by electing a committee to continue the camp for 2012-YLC12.