The Saints Peter and Paul Camp mission is to provide Orthodox Christian instruction and activities in an environment that fosters the virtues of kindness, patience and love. Each year we have a different camp theme that focuses on some part of the spiritual life. Every day begins with prayer and then talks and activities. Every age group has time with the clergy to discuss the theme of the camp and anything else they want to talk about. There are Church related art and craft projects and times for singing spiritual songs. The bishop and two or three priests are present to give talks and to make themselves available during the craft projects and various other times to invite the campers to ask any questions they like on spiritual and pastoral matter. The counselors are Church School teachers who are encouraged to initiate informal conversations with the children on the camp theme for that year and anything else about Church and the spiritual life. This mix of formal talks and chances to follow up with informal conversations helps to make a deeper impression on the campers.
The camp provides a place where children from all of our vibrant communities within the Metropolis can come together, learn and play together, bond and make lasting friendships within the faith.
Thanks to God, we have a perfect setting and resources to provide a camp on the grounds of St Joseph of Arimathea Church, located in the historic, beautiful Hamlet of Whitevale, Ontario in north Pickering. In this rural setting, the children will learn about nature through the study of trees, ponds, creeks and more. They will hike the famous Duffins Creek (the Seaton Trail); learn the history of the Village through interactive walks; take on crafts such as woodcarving and so much more. We are very blessed that, nestled in this quiet natural setting, we have a church where the children will gather for prayer and instruction. Should it rain, the camp will move indoors! There will be no rainouts!