Friday, August 26, 2016

St. Lazar Camp Session 2016


 In the forests of the Kučaj mountains, six kilometers from Mikulj rock and Novi Stjenik Monastery, in the valley of the Demižlok stream, at the entry to Lazar canyon, with the traditional slogan “With Faith in God, for the King and Fatherland,” the fourth session of the St. Lazar’s Youth camp passed very successfully.

This year there were over thirty attendees the camp, more than twice as many as the camp’s original capacity. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

St Lazar Orthodox Youth Camp 2014


This year from the 13th to the 23rd of July our St Lazar Youth Camp (Svetolazarev Omladenski Kamp – SPOK) was held in the trackless Kučaj mountains, beside the Demizhlok stream, within easy reach of a glorious natural wonder, the Lazar canyon, and nearby Novi Stjenik Monastery.  As SPOK is still in its infancy and this is only its second year of existence and second session, we can consider that these were its first steps towards maturity.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Will my child be able to participate in the camp if he/she does not speak Serbian?

A: Most of the leaders of the camp, as well as the children, have a basic, if not better command of English. This first year we had two Russian youths from Germany and two from the USA participate in the camp. They got along wonderfully with our Serbian children, all mainly communicating in English, which is a required subject in Serbian schools. Whatever they could not manage to communicate verbally they succeeded through gestures. It was surprising how much the children bonded; the language barrier did not prove to be a problem in the least. 
When the Russian children left the camp, which they were obliged to do before its conclusion because of previously-set travel plans, all the children gathered to say their goodbyes and see them off.  The parting was truly touching.  After their departure all felt their absence very much, for their joyful spirit and substantial experience in other camps greatly contributed to the overall atmosphere of the camp. 
With this example we would just like to encourage and assure parents that their children who do not speak Serbian should not feel the least embarrassment or discomfort at our camp because of language. Our spiritual and camp leaders, along with the children, are exceptionally open and welcoming to visitors from abroad.  A shared love for Christ and Christian values easily bridges any language barriers, and children coming from abroad will have the opportunity to be exposed to the unique, rich Serbian Orthodox culture and tradition.


FOR FURTHER QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT US at the novistjenik@gmail.com address and we will respond and post the question and answer for others’ benefit on this page. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Daily Life and Activities at St. Lazar’s Camp this Year

Departure from the convent to the camp – first expedition on foot
With God’s help and the earnest efforts and enthusiasm of the expert leaders and volunteers, St. Lazar’s Camp came to life very successfully, to the pleasant surprise of all.  As we know this was the first session of St. Lazar’s Orthodox Youth Camp, this made our unexpected joy even greater.