Summer Youth Camp is part of the ministry of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania, part of The Episcopal Church. Our mission is to provide a place apart for youth to spend time outdoors, engaging with one another, our staff, and encountering God. We hope to foster spiritual interest in those who attend camp and provide a place for them to ask questions about faith, learn about Christ, and be themselves. And we love to have a good time, too!
Who comes to camp?
Summer Camp is for children and youth who have finished second through twelfth grade. We run three separate programs during the week. Kids' Camp is for children in second to fifth grade. Middle School Camp is for youth in sixth to eighth grade. High School is for youth in ninth to twelfth grade. All campers come together for meals, worship, and some group games. Please click on the names of the camp to visit their specific pages and learn more.
Who are the staff?
Our staff is made up of volunteers from congregations across the Diocese of Northwestern PA, both clergy and lay. Every staff person is college-aged or older and has complied with all SafeChurch and Pennsylvania State laws required for working with children. Though each of the three camps have their own assigned staff, campers will have the chance to interact and get to know all members of staff during the week. Staff members sleep in every cabin, but in a separate room from the campers. When campers are given free time, staff are monitoring the areas that campers are allowed to use and intervene if problems arise. Your child’s safety is our top priority.
The staff includes a 24-hour nurse. The nurse is capable of handling all emergencies and keeps all camper medicine in his/her station.
What is Camp Nazareth like?
Our week of camp is held at Camp Nazareth, a facility of the American Carpatheo-Russian Orthodox Church. Located near Mercer, PA, Camp Nazareth has beautiful facilities and well-maintained lands. The environment is peaceful and surrounded by acres of woods. The camp has a pool, basketball and volleyball courts, a baseball diamond, outdoor pavilion, high and low ropes course, and chapel in addition to cabins and a main building. Please visit their website for detailed information: www.campnazareth.org.
Campers stay in cabins organized by their age and gender. Each cabin is climate-controlled with showers and bathrooms internal to it; children sleep on bunk beds in a large room. Staff sleep in a small room closed off from the camper area. Little time is spent in cabins; when campers are in cabins, staff are in cabins to ensure safety.
Meet the Directors
At Camp, we spend time ensuring that our staff are welcoming, trained in safety procedures, and have active spiritual lives. Information about each camp's specific staff can be found on their individual pages.
Fr. Denny Blauser
Bishop Sean Rowe
Fr. Doug Dayton