St. Vartan Camp Continues to Grow

Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
630 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Contact: Jake Goshert, Coordinator of Information Services
Tel: (212) 686-0710 Ext. 60; Fax: (212) 779-3558
E-mail: [email protected]

February 24, 2005


Each year is better than the last at St. Vartan Camp. More kids want to
come each summer. More families want to take advantage of the camp’s
unique programs. And now, the program has settled into a new home, the
Diocese’s Ararat Center, just south of Albany, NY.

Also this year, to meet the exceptional demand, St. Vartan Camp is
expanding to three two-week sessions.

“We’ve been filled to capacity or near capacity for the past few years,
and there’s always been more young people who wanted to come,” said Yn.
Arpi Kouzouian, director of St. Vartan Camp. “This year, with an extra
two-week session, we will hopefully not have to turn anyone away.
Because the Diocese’s camp programs are truly unique and a vital part of
the Armenian community.”

This year’s St. Vartan Camp, run by the Diocese of the Armenian Church
of America (Eastern), has three two-week and three one-week sessions
which begin June 26, July 10, and July 24.

“We’re excited to be able to add this third session this year. It will
help us bring more young people into our Armenian community,” Yn.
Kouzouian said. “We’re not only making our programs and activities
available to more youth, we’re also strengthening the program for this
year’s camp.”

St. Vartan Camp — and its sister Midwest Hye Camp, a week-long program
running from July 31 to August 6 — is a unique, Armenian Christian
centered program for children between the ages of 8 and 12. Last year
nearly 400 youngsters benefited from the Diocesan camps.

The camp program also offers opportunities for young people to develop
leadership skills by becoming counselors-in-training or staff members.
This year’s St. Vartan Camp staffers will undergo an intensive one-week
training session.

For the second year, St. Vartan Camp will be held at the Diocesan Ararat
Center, just 30 miles south of Albany, NY, in the beautiful Catskill
Mountains. The breathtaking facility features a pool, tennis courts,
basketball court, and superior accommodations.

Early registration for campers is March 15, after which tuition will
rise. For more information and to register for St. Vartan Camp visit
For information on the camp or details on
becoming a counselor-in-training or camp staffer, contact Yn. Arpi
Kouzouian by e-mailing [email protected] or calling (617)

— 2/24/05