Hello Camp Fans! We’re back, having just completed another fun filled day at Camp Hye Sierra!
We woke up this morning to a beautiful clear blue sky. By 6:15 AM we had over 40 campers at the lake for fishing. Many fish were caught (and released)!
For morning chapel we were joined by Father Avedis Abovian of the Armenian Apostolic Church of La Canada and Crescenta Valley. Fr. Avedis will be here for the remainder of the week working with Fr. Mesrop for chapel services as well as various classes. Following chapel we went to breakfast for eggs, bacon, and hash browns.
Our morning was spent in a series of classes including Armenian History, Bible Study, a nature walk with a ranger from the US Forest Service, and “Icebreaker” – an opportunity for campers to learn about their fellow campers.
Lunch today consisted of pizza and watermelon, followed by an afternoon of the campers spending time playing basketball, volleyball, and soccer, creating novel items at Arts & Crafts, and spending time at the lake swimming, canoeing, and in the paddle boats.
Shortly after 5:00 PM we had our evening chapel service at the arbor. Tonight we had some special guests: Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian, former primate of the Western Diocese, Father Nerses Hayrapetyan, the pastor of St. Sarkis Armenian Church of Santa Clarita, and from Armenian Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, Head of the Office of Inter-religious and Ecumenical Affairs of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzian.
After chapel, we had dinner consisting of chicken, scalloped potatoes, vegetables, and salad. Shortly thereafter, everyone participated in the Camp Picture – that panoramic keepsake showing everyone – campers, counselors, clergy, and staff – that help to make Hye Camp a success!
After everyone had a chance to gather their stuff for the evening from their cabins, we headed down towards the campfire. On the way everyone stopped at the arbor for “num-nums” – choreg provided by St. John of San Francisco. At campfire tonight, each cabin performed their “Brown Paper Bag Skit” – an improvisation based on the items found in a brown paper bag in each cabin. We also saw another episode of the ongoing skit “Boghos Zilch, and heard our first of three nights of the “Lip Synching Competition” – a spirted competition between representatives from pairs of cabins singing some of America’s favorites.
Our Tuesday morning again starts at 6:00 AM for the Sports Staff and those campers wanting to go fishing. For everyone else it’s up at 7:00 AM, Chapel at 7:30 AM, followed by breakfast at 8:00 AM. Tuesday is filled with more classes and activities, and we also have the Night Hike for a beautiful view of the sunset.
Stay tuned for more news from Camp Hye Sierra, where we are celebrating 50 years of Armenian Church camping in California’s Sierra Mountains!