Ionian Village allows campers to experience life in a fully Orthodox environment as they travel to historic churches and religious sites across Greece. The Orthodox Faith is at the heart of the Ionian Village program. Each day begins and ends at the Chapel with morning and evening prayers.
Campers spend each day either at camp or traveling. When not traveling, campers take part in activities on the campgrounds. Daily life at Ionian Village includes many traditional summer camp activities that emphasize fun, fellowship, and learning. Campers engage in daily sessions of Arts and Crafts, Athletics and Aquatics, Music and Greek Culture, and Orthodox Life. Time is also spent at either the pool or our private beach every day while at camp.
Every sunset brings a different Evening Activity. Whether our campers are performing in the talent festival, singing by the bonfire on the beach, Greek dancing to live music at the Glendi, or gathering in the amphitheater for a quiet "Night with God" in preparation for the next day's Divine Liturgy, they continue to build upon the camaraderie they have established within our Ionian Village community.
8:00 am Morning prayer service (Orthros) and breakfast
9:00 am Activities and Sessions
11:00am Free-swim on the beach
1:00 pm Lunch followed by siesta
3:00 pm Activities and Sessions
5:30 pm Supervised free time for sports, crafts, or just relaxation
7:00 pm Evening prayer service (Vespers) and dinner
8:30 pm Evening activities
Orthodox Life is a dialogue between teens and young adults and their Church. In these discussion groups, led by priests and seminarians of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, campers gather by cabin not only to learn about Orthodox Christianity, but also for the opportunity to share their own experiences. Campers voice questions and concerns about their Church, their lives, and the world in a loving, trusting, and accepting environment so that they may grow in their faith.
Our talented Arts and Crafts staff design various activities for campers to create items to take home, to learn creative skills and techniques, and to learn more about Greece and Orthodoxy through art. Campers may choose from a variety of projects including watercolor painting, bracelet and necklace design, "worry bead" creation, clay sculpture, icon painting, and much more.
Campers engage in various games and sports like tennis, volleyball, basketball, ping-pong, softball, football, soccer, and swimming, to name a few. Also, there are plenty of opportunities for swimming and time in the sun while at Ionian Village. Aquatics activities are run by experienced and certified lifeguards and water safety instructors that supervise time and activities on the beach and in the Olympic-sized pool.
In the Music and Greek Culture session, campers learn about the traditions, customs, culture, history, food, music, dance, mythology, and language of Greece. Activities are complimented by being in Greece, and campers experience the places they learn about as they visit modern cities and villages, and interact with the Greek people.