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C2 – Friday

It is sadly the last full day of St. Vartan Camp. The friends and memories we have made here have been amazing! We are so thankful we have a “summer home” at St. Vartan Camp where we can relax, play sports, be silly, and grow deeper in our faith. Fr.

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C2 – Thursday

Merry Christmas in August! While the weather outside was certainly not frightful or snowy we were awakened by “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” and other Christmas carols this morning! Our counselors were wearing elf hats – what could this mean? It was almost time for the St. Vartan Camp talent

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C2 – Wednesday

This morning, Der Vasken reflected on the special evening service we had on Tuesday night. During that “alone” time with God, one phrase kept coming to him as he was sitting at the front of the chapel: “Be still.” Others said they felt a peace or calmness, and one of

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Tuesday – Day 4

It’s hard to believe that we’re already past the halfway point of the Hye Camp week! Time goes by so fast when you’re having fun and that’s what kind of time our campers are having: Fun! Classes today included singing with Maestro Khoren Mekanejian and the start of creating replica

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C2 – Tuesday

It was a beautiful Tuesday morning today at St. Vartan Camp! During his morning message, Fr. Diran explained how Armenian Church are built with their altars facing east. Our Church fathers designed our churches this way because that is where the star of Bethlehem appeared, in the east, to guide

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C2 – Monday

It was a great day of fun and fellowship here at St Vartan Camp! Today’s message in chapel was given by Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian, pastor of St. Peter Armenian Church in Watervliet, NY. To illustrate the gospel reading from Matthew 5:14, Der Stepanos used a light bulb and a kitchen

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C2 – Sunday

On this beautiful Sunday we were awakened over the loud speaker to the hymns of the Armenian Church’s morning service. It was a beautiful way to wake up and prepare ourselves for the Divine Liturgy. All campers, CITs, and staff participated in Soorp Badarak and joined together to sing praises

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C1 – Saturday

It was a beautiful Saturday at St Vartan Camp. The morning chapel lesson was given by Fr. Vasken Kouzouian, who spoke about what our ears are open to hearing. He told a story about two different gentlemen who were walking in Times Square in New York City during rush hour.

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C1 – Friday

It was a beautiful sunny morning here at St Vartan Camp as we were awakened at 7:30 to the sounds of the Armenian duduk and doumbek…a happy way to start the weekend. After a delicious pancake breakfast we attended chapel to give thanks to God for giving us a new

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C1 – Thursday

Greetings from St Vartan Camp! We started the day with chapel, during which our youngest campers serving as readers and deacons leading prayers. Der Diran Bohajian, from St. Leon Armenian Church in Fair Lawn, NJ, gave today’s morning lesson, which outlined how our souls need spiritual nourishment just as our

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