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Camp 2014

Week 1: July 13-July 19 (closed for campers, and staff) Director: Mike Hollis

Week 2: July 20-July 26 (closed for campers, and staff) Director: Regina Pryor

Week 3: July 27-August 2 (closed for campers, and staff) Director: Lisa Kalustian

Week 4: August 3-August 9 (closed for campers, and staff) Director: Lisa Kalustian

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Friday
Jul252014

Hye Camp Week 2 Day 5 – Thursday’s Daily Hye Life Blog

We’re past the halfway point for Camp, time is flying by!

Today was the last day for fishing at 6:00 AM. When fishing ended at 7:00 AM, the fish were seen to be jumping for joy knowing that they had a three day holiday from those Armenian catch and releasers!

 

Der Mesrop Ash again led the morning chapel service followed by a breakfast of French Toast, sausage, and fruit.

Our classes today included Armenian Dance, Music, Bible Study, and the Church Calendar.  Meanwhile the office Staff was dealing with a blizzard of cabin anecdotes and acknowledgements to go into the Hye Life.

As lunch time rolled around, campers were treated to Taco’s or Burrito’s with a healthy dose of salad on the side.

The afternoon focused on various sports activities including basketball, soccer, volleyball, as well as various activities at the waterfront.

 

Evening service was led by Father Avedis.  A couple of local deer joined us, visiting the lake for an end of day drink during services.  Following services, we had a dinner of Lasagna, garlic bread, and salad.

Tonight was the Talent Show.  There were a total of eleven acts tonight including individual instrument performances, solo singers, and duets.

Following the Talent Show we gathered in the arbor from “num nums.”  As is the case every night, the cabins with the highest clean cabin scores also received S’mores.  From the arbor we then went to campfire.

After our campers were turned in for the night, the counselors gathered in the Mess Hall to decorate awards to be given out during Friday’s Tournament (more on that tomorrow!).  Some of counselors also were decorated in the process as well!

This blog has been brought to you by Hye Camp's 2nd week staff. Stay tuned for more news from Camp Hye Sierra, where we are celebrating 50 years of Armenian Church camping in California’s Sierra Mountains!

Wednesday
Jul232014

Hye Camp Week 2 Day 4 – Wednesday’s Daily Hye Life Blog

Wow! Another beautiful day here at Hye Camp!  We've really been blessed with temperate weather this week, bettejr than was forecast.

Once again we started the day off with fishing at 6:00 AM. Our campers are still excited to wake up with the sunrise and try their hand at catch and release.

For morning chapel Der Mesrop Ash gave a short sermon from the book of Timothy.  He challenged the campers to be bold in their youth and embrace the gifts that God has given them.  After chapel we went to breakfast for yummy breakfast burritos.

Our classes today included Armenian Cooking, Music, Bible Study, and Traditions and Customs.  Our campers learned how to make delicious Simit, from start to finish.  In the "Traditions" class, students learned about some fundamental rituals of the Armenian Church such as the Requiem Service and the Home Blessing.  We even blessed the campers' cabins!

As lunch time rolled around, campers were treated to Chili Dogs and chips with a healthy dose of salad on the side.

The afternoon heralded the beginning of this year’s Vartavar Games!  Vartavar is an ancient Armenian custom associated with the Feast of the Transfiguration.  It's celebrated by dowsing one another with water - what better way to spend a Hye Camp summer afternoon. The boys' cabins and the girls' cabins were paired together to make teams and they were all given names. They included The Little Mermaids, The Big Kahunas, Team Nemo, The Beach Bums, Surfer Dudes (and Dudettes), and The Baby Sharks. The games consisted of a watermelon eating contest, a water balloon toss, bean the Deans, and fill the bucket. Everyone had such a great time with all the activities with the Deans staying cool due to our campers superb with water balloon marksmanship. The Little Mermaids, which composed of the youngest boy’s cabin and the oldest girl’s cabin, were undefeated in all the competitions and won the Vartavar games.

Evening service was led by Father Avedis, who gave a great sermon about how each of us are children of God, and we should strive for perfection.  The kids sang the hymns Krisdos Ee Mech and Soorp Asdvadz with loud and energetic voices this evening.  Our Bay Area (~40 in all this year) and St. Peter’s Van Nuys camper and Staff also gathered for group photos.

Later in the evening, after a scrumptious dinner of Lahmajoon from Nina’s and homemade Boureg prepared here at Hye Camp, the campers started to get ready for the Blast from the Past Dance!

At the dance tonight – the theme was Blast from the Past – we had both dancing and showed “The Lego Movie” for those not interested in dancing.  Both our campers and the Camp Staff demonstrated their creativity with some very neat costumes!  A great time was had by all dancing with new and old friends.

 

This blog has been brought to you by Hye Camp's 2nd week staff. Stay tuned for more news from Camp Hye Sierra, where we are celebrating 50 years of Armenian Church camping in California’s Sierra Mountains!

Wednesday
Jul232014

Hye Camp Week 2 Day 3 – Tuesday’s Daily Hye Life Blog

Hi there camp enthusiasts! We had a busy, fun filled and exciting day today at Hye Camp!

We started the day off with new and returning kids coming down to fish at 6am this morning.

For morning chapel Der Mesrop Ash from St. John Armenian Church in San Francisco give us a beautiful message about love and compassion and how we should treat each other with the same compassion that Jesus Christ had for his followers. After chapel we went to breakfast for some warm pancakes, sausage, and cereal.

Our morning was spent in a series of classes including Armenian History, Armenian Dance, Bible Study, and Music. Our campers will return home well versed in leading a variety of Armenian dances at your next wedding!

Later for lunch we had a hearty sandwich and a beautiful salad buffet followed with popsicles that gave everyone gorgeous red lips. Just as yesterday, our afternoon was filled with fun activities and sports.

Shortly after 5:00 PM we had our evening chapel service at the arbor.  Today we had a special Grape Blessing service. This year the grapes were understudied by peaches and plums. Der Avedis Abovyan from the Armenian Apostolic Church of La Crescenta gave a very insightful sermon about trusting the Lord and speaking to Him through prayer.

After chapel, we had a delicious dinner consisting of tri-tip (which was beautifully barbecued by our very own sports crew, Gregg Chorbajian and John Hovanesian), Armenian style pilaf, vegetables, salad and to finish it off, a scrumptious apple strudel.

At 7:15, as one big happy family, we set off for our grand adventure, the night hike. The trail led us through a winding forest road, which culminated at a spectacular hilltop vista. After the campers and staff had taken pictures to memorialize the sunset, Der Mesrop gave a devotional about cultivating awareness of the way God communicates with us in our daily lives.

Following the night hike, we returned to the arbor to nourish our bodies with some “num-nums” – fresh fruit and choreg provided by St. Vartan of Oakland - and headed to the basketball court to enjoy the grandeur of God's creation through stargazing. At the conclusion of the stargazing, Der Avedis gave a devotional about God having created the world, and having placed us here as its caretakers, that peace is a central theme of our prayers, and with the violence in the world today, how fortunate we are to be here in peace.  We finished up the evening singing Der Voghormya.

This blog has been brought to you by Hye Camp's 2nd week staff. Stay tuned for more news from Camp Hye Sierra, where we are celebrating 50 years of Armenian Church camping in California’s Sierra Mountains!