Week 4, Tambura Week at St. Sava Camp in Shadeland, PA, began on July 31, 2022. Eighty-one campers arrived at camp, excited and ready for a week of singing, dancing, and fun. The bonfire began with head counselor, Stana Topich, going over the rules. Shortly after that, the campers' love of dancing and singing was evident. Campers, counselors, and priests were all kolo dancing and enjoying being together again.
Early Monday morning, campers began their day like every morning, with a walk to our beautiful church and prayers. The campers were well fed each day by the loving moms, dads, and babas that volunteered for the week. Shortly after breakfast, work on the program began. Under the enthusiastic direction of Mia Cirkic and assistant Dushie Karas, each group began to learn their show. The campers know that this is serious business as they only have five days to prepare for the big day. The campers were motivated, talented and enthusiastic each day to learn their dances. Often you could hear a group cheering as they completed a difficult step sequence.
When the campers weren’t dancing, the sounds of their beautiful voices led by Stana Topich could be heard. Boba Vlajkovic taught liturgical music to a volunteer group of campers. As the week progressed, the campers did normal camp activities like swimming, boating, and basketball, along with continuing to practice their dancing, singing, and playing their tamburas. They were entertained by head counselors Natalie Dean and Stana Topich along with their fellow counselors: Marianne Bajich, Mia Cirkic, Jelena Winowich, Maja Jelich, Boba Vlajkovic, Dushie Karas, Michael Topich, Milutin Dobrijevic, and Sava Topich. The week would not run so smoothly without this amazing crew.
On Tuesday, August 2nd, we celebrated the Holy Prophet Elijah – Sveti Ilija, with liturgy before the start of our day. The highlight of each week is the trip to Waldameer Park & Water World. Although it was a bit rainy, the hot weather made it a great day to be at the park. On Friday evening, all the volunteers were excited to finally review the final run-through of the show. There were very few dry eyes among the kitchen staff as we watched the children do what they truly love. Thereafter, the Friday night dance lasted late into the night, and was enjoyed by all.
On Saturday, August 6th, our picnic day was a very warm and beautiful sunny day. The day began with the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy officiated by His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America. His Grace was joined in concelebration by diocesan clergy, many of whom devoted their time to be with the children at Shadeland during the 2022 camp season. The monastery church of the Most Holy Mother of God was filled with campers, youth, counselors, parents, and many faithful visitors from the United States and Canada. The campers under the direction of Boba Vlajkovic inspiringly sang the responses to the Liturgy. During his homily, the Bishop spoke to the campers and all present about the Holy Orthodox Faith in the context of our contemporary society and all of its temptations. His Grace emphasized the fact that too often we wonder whether the Orthodox Church has the answers to modern dilemmas. Instead of looking for answers, which already exist in the Church, Bishop Irinej taught us what we need to do is learn to ask the right questions. The answers are already there. Memorial petitions were offered for those who perished in “Operation Storm” – Oluja, and at the conclusion of the service, the Rite of the Patronal Feast – Slava was celebrated in honor of the Venerable Mother Angelina of Krushedol.
Following a brief lunch, the long-anticipated show began with the rendition of the American, Canadian and Serbian National Anthems. The folkloric performances of all three groups were outstanding. The crowd enthusiastically gave a lasting standing ovation to the nineteen seniors that ended the show forming a row in front of the elated audience. Congratulations to these wonderful youth and to all the children who made this program and camp season a tremendous success. We hope to see you back soon as counselors. At the conclusion of the show, all sang our beloved St. Sava Hymn, which ends with a verse composed especially for us in the Diaspora, “and we your little Serbs, on this side of the ocean...”. Thank you for a wonderful season. We look forward to next year! And, as our Bishop noted, be certain to bring a friend!
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THE 2022 CAMP SEASON
PLEASE CONTACT DEE DEE BASKOT OR MARIJA TOPICH TO CHECK FOR AVAILABILITY
Dee Dee Baskot: (412) 287-6249
Marija Topich: (412) 445-8498
The Camper Fee is $425 per child. This fee must be in US Funds; no personal checks from Canada will be accepted. An additional fee of $50 is required for all children who are not members of the Eastern American Diocese.
Registration for all weeks begins on Sundays at 2:00 PM. Camper Pick-up is Saturday morning between 9:00-10:00 AM for Weeks 1 through 3. Please note that any pick–up falling after 11:00 AM an extended supervision fee will be charged at a rate of $25.00 per camper, per hour.
$100.00 deposit with the application and balance due on arrival.
Parents please note: All sections of the Camper Registration Form must be completed. The consent and responsibility waiver must be signed for us to operate the camp program.
PLEASE DO NOT DELAY. Applications received after June 20th will be assessed a $25.00 late processing fee. Email or phone reservations are not accepted. Please note that space is limited to 76 campers per week.
PLEASE NOTE that health forms are the same for camper, counselor, or volunteer applicants. Camper Health forms must be submitted prior to your arrival at Shadeland. All children must have a physical by a medical professional. Physical forms completed by parents will not be accepted.
You may download applications in PDF format below. Applications will be available on this website and through your local clergy.
Candidates must have completed their freshman year in college, be practicing Orthodox Christians who are physically active, love working with children and spending time in the great outdoors. Knowledge of Serbian is an asset but not required. Teachers on summer sabbatical and college-age education majors are encouraged to apply. We offer a competitive salary for both head counselor and counselors.
Other paid staff being sought includes certified lifeguards and nurses. We also encourage any adult with special talents in arts and crafts or any parent/grandparent who wishes to give of their time to please come. Your time at Camp is so appreciated.
Please note that all Counselor applicants and Volunteers must complete and submit prior to their arrival the Authorizations for Background Check and Voluntary Disclosure Form. Our highest priority is the safety of our children.
Address during camp: St. Sava Shadeland Camp, 25072 State Hywy #18, Springboro, PA 16435
Telephone during camp: (814) 587-2627
You can also reach the camp by phoning Millie, Dee Dee, or Marija directly:
Millie Radovick (Cell): (412) 999-1877
Dee Dee Baskot (Cell): (412) 287-6249
Marija Topich (Cell): (412) 445-8498
Check-in time: Sunday at 2:00 PM
Check-out time: Saturday at 10:00 AM (except Tammie Week).
Please be considerate of the Camp Staff and show up on time! The Camp Staff needs time to prepare for the next group of campers.
Visitors: Parents are welcome to visit camp and observe your child’s activities. All visitors must sign in at the office and be issued a visitor’s badge.
Facebook & Social Media Policy: Shadeland Camp strictly prohibits before, during, and after camp: ANY SOCIAL MEDIA POSTINGS AND/OR PICTURES REFERENCING HARM AND/OR DAMAGE TO THE PROPERTY, PROGRAM, OR PARTICIPANTS OF SHADELAND. IF SUCH ACTIVITY IS FOUND DURING CAMP, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE IMMEDIATELY.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, ILLEGAL DRUGS, TOBACCO (SMOKING, CHEWING, ETC) FIREWORKS, OR WEAPONS OF ANY KIND OR ANY VIOLATION WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL FROM CAMP.
**Please do not send valuables --jewelry, etc.-- with your child. We will not be responsible for their security.
** If your child has food allergies, please bring to camp any special foods you would like us to prepare for her or him
Be assured that your child will be given plenty of snacks, so please limit the number of snacks your child brings (no beverages). Campers will be permitted to eat snacks only during free time in the afternoon and evening.
All counselors, administrators, and clergy having contact with Shadeland Campers (especially if individuals are remaining on grounds overnight) will need to have all three clearances completed and submitted before the start of the camp season. Below is the website link information for each clearance.
The Shadeland Committee will reimburse anyone for clearances.
Should you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the Diocesan Office or Mr. Rudley Mrvos at (412) 854-4682.
BEGINNINGS... This is part of the same complex as the Most Holy Mother of God Monastery. The property was acquired in 1951. The camp offers an opportunity for youth in the Diocese to learn more about Orthodox Christian life. Campers form friendships that last for years and years. Each week of camp is well-organized with considerable thought invested in the balance of worship, instruction, and recreation.
Shadeland Camp is located at a scenic rural location in Crawford County, Pennsylvania near the border of Erie County. Campers have been coming to St. Sava Camp - Shadeland since the 1950's.
Improvements are being made in the program and physical facilities annually. Campers are well-fed and stay in clean facilities. A swimming pool was added a few years ago to compliment the lake where fishing is popular. The newly-renovated church is used for the religious services held during camp season.
Three priests are assigned to the camp each week to conduct classes and religious services. His Grace Bishop Irinej will visit the camp and talk with the campers. Representatives of the Federation of the Circle of Serbian Sisters have been a mainstay at the camp contributing to its operation throughout its existence. Campers coming to St. Sava Camp - Shadeland enjoy the present experience and invest in the future.