Dear Village Parents:
We greatly appreciate the fact that you entrust your children in to our care and that you want your camper to have a living experience of the Holy Orthodox Faith, in their relationship with God and other campers in an uncluttered, natural environment. We know that there are many challenges of parenting and we are happy to partner with you to help your child(ren) grow up to be responsible Orthodox Christians finding their path to salvation. We will use this page to provide resources that we feel may be of benefit to you both for your families camping experience and in raising your child(ren) in general. If you have suggestions of materials that you think would be helpful for us to share with other parents, please contact Fr Anthony.
Camper Parent Handbook - Our little handbook is the most single critical tool for you to navigate the world of Antiochian Village camp life. We urge your to read it through annually as we update it with new and critical information each year. It has pretty much all the answers that you need to know about our campin program.
Camp Dress Code - This link will explain our dress code policy and provide photos to help understand the policy.
Homesickness Article - Fr Michael Nasser, our Camp Director for 10 years, wrote an article to help families prepare their children for camp and to help circumvent potential homesickness. The article will give you some practical steps to help minimize the impact of homesickness for your children while they are at camp. As for you parents, sorry you are going to miss your children terribly while they are at camp, but know that we are taking good care of them and their absence is only temporary.
Wall Street Journal article - "10 Things Summer Camps Won't Say" - This article appeared on May 6, 2013. This is must reading for parents. Make sure you read all 10 things. We have found in particular that number 5 is very accurate.
Tools for Listening to Your Teens Article - Focus on the Family has a series of articles to help parents navigate the teen years. Listening is a critical part of a successful relationship with our children. Read this article and several others to help you in raising your teenager.
ACA Resource Page for Parents - The American Camp Association, which visits, inspects and accredits the Antiochian Village has a variety of resources. One of their most valuable resources is Campparents.org which we have linked here for you. There is a wealth of information about camping and child development that will be of great benefit to new camper parents and veteran camper parents.