Youth & Young Adult Programs
The Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministries looks forward to welcoming youth ages 5-18 from across North America to the 19th All-American Council (AAC) in St. Louis, Missouri, July 23-27, 2018.
“Like the AAC at large, our youth and teen program will focus on the theme of ‘For the Life of the World,’” said Priest Benjamin Tucci, 19th AAC youth program coordinator. “We will explore the ways our children can live as Orthodox Christians in today’s challenging secular world.”
The five-day program will include:
A teaching liturgy and daily morning/evening services
Daily excursions to local sites including Six-Flags and the St. Louis Arch
Volunteering in a social responsibility project at a local food pantry
Discussions and lessons on the sacramental life of the church
Activities and content will be organized in four specific age groups. “The richness of our Orthodox Faith provides limitless opportunities to encounter God,” Father Benjamin explained, “Whether it be in the divine liturgy, or serving those in need, or spending time with friends, we will explore many of the countless ways youth can live a sacramental life wherever they live.”
This year’s program looks to build upon the success of previous AAC youth programs, most recently in Atlanta, Georgia in 2015.
Who Can Attend:
- Youth at least 5 years old (and have completed Kindergarten by July 1, 2018)
- Teens of any age, including those entering 12th grade in the Fall of 2018
- Recent high school graduates and young adults (ages 18-20) are encouraged to serve as junior counselors
- Those ages 21+ are welcome to serve as counselors
- Seminarians or Parish Youth Directors
The youth program registration is open. An early bird registration rate will be offered until March 1, 2018. Exact pricing is still being determined to ensure as many young people can attend as possible. Final registration will close on May 1, 2018.
“Youth and teens who typically don’t have an opportunity to attend an Orthodox summer camp may want to consider joining us in St. Louis at the All-American Council in 2018,” Fr Benjamin said, adding, “Where else can you spend a week with hundreds of Orthodox youth from across North America? It will be a wonderful opportunity to nurture the faith of our youth.”