Camp Arevelk 2012
Another year has come by and another Camp Arevelk is in the books. This was the thirteenth year of this ministry of the AEUNA. With 79 campers and almost 30 counselors and staff, Camp Arevelk was filled with excitement and noise, as well as fellowship and worship.
This camp is not possible without the counselors and the staff who give of their time for this important ministry. Camp Arevelk has been essential in developing young leaders in the Armenian Evangelical Youth Fellowship and ultimately, the churches of the AEUNA. Every single one of the young people on the AEYF Executive Committee has gone through Camp Arevelk as a camper or counselor. All of this has been under the supervision of Sylvia Jizmejian who has been Camp Director since this ministry began in 2000.
Camp Arevelk started with dinner, a swim test, cabin times and an introduction to the theme of our year. This year’s theme was BE-LI (E)VE. It was a play on words about how our beliefs lead to who we are and how we live.
The campers have quiet times, cabin times (with counselors in groups), a Bible lesson and a session from the speaker about these topics daily. Every night there is a praise session before bedtime. Our speakers this year were Rev. Brandon Woosley (Grades 9-11) and Rev. Dr. Ara Jizmejian (Grades 5-8). Our Bible teachers this year were Rev. Brandon, Rev. Sam Albarian and Rev. Ara. The young people have been blessed to have a variety of teachings on these topics and the campers have been a blessing to the Bible teachers and speakers.
On Sunday,the campers were put into teams for the week. Each team played the night games and team games together. The campers earned points for their teams and at the end of the week, the team with the most points won. Each team had to come up with a name, a chant/song for the team and a banner/coat of arms for the team. This year the teams were
Mean Green Jesus Machine (winning team)