Green Grove Camp

A summer camp for Ukrainian Orthodox children ages 7-13

Green Grove President’s Report 2016

by admin - October 18th, 2016.
Filed under: Reports.

Written By: Lesia Sorokan – President, Green Grove Board

Green Grove session 2016 was a successful camp for the 44 (29 girls / 15 boys) camper registrants.  

We were very fortunate in the number and quality of applications received for our staff positions. We received multiple applications for the Director and Assistant Director positions, thirteen applications for the Female Counselor and seven applications for the Male Counselor positions.  We returned to the more familiar format of one Director and one Assistant Director; Connor Moen and Ashley Halko-Addley were hired for these respective positions.  As the number of campers determined the number of staff required, six Female Counselors and four Male Counselors were hired and various applicants were invited to volunteer their services during the two-week session.  We were fortunate that four individuals were able to assist in a volunteer capacity.  Consistent with previous years, we also had the assistance of many other volunteers which consisted of family, friends and church family who helped with camp clean-up, who provided assistance with the supervision of the campers, who worked on the grounds and in the kitchen, as well as, the Board members.  

Language and Religion courses were an integral part of the daily activities at Green Grove camp.  Director, Connor Moen taught beginner and advanced Ukrainian.  A key change this year, an intermediate level, taught by Ashley Halko-Addley, was added.  The splitting of the language classes into three levels best accommodated the needs of the students, as well as ensured all campers were appropriately stimulated by the language instruction. Religion classes were instructed by Fr. Taras Makowsky the first week and by Fr. Patrick Powalinsky the second week.  As acknowledged in previous years, 24/7 pastoral presence greatly benefits the continual growth in the campers’ faith, as well as, provides additional support to the staff.  Unfortunately, our priests were unable to remain on site 24/7.  Although their presence was missed when they were absent, we very much appreciate the time and spiritual guidance they shared.  

Overall, the camp session operated smoothly, in great part to the pre-camp preparation of the staff and by the good communication amongst all staff and Board members.  The campers’ structured days also included activities such as crafts, sports, “Culture Talks”, field trips, social dances which taught campers the polka and waltz, and of course, preparing for the sensational final concert on the final Sunday. 

We are very fortunate to have such a fabulous place for our children to connect with their Ukrainian heritage and religion, while making life long friendships.  A great deal of work is required to ensure Green Grove Camp continues.  Thank-you to all who contribute, whether it is through volunteering your time or through financial assistance.   

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