Family Camp 2017

Family Camp 2017

Dr. Philip Mamalakis, author of the best-selling Parenting to the Kingdom, will be leading our Family Camp this year! This is a weekend you will not want to miss! Dr. Mamalakis will help us make the connections between the spiritual life as we understand it in the Orthodox Church and the ongoing challenges of raising children. It takes the best child development research and connects it with the timeless truths of our Christian faith to offer real strategies for navigating the challenges of daily life. Who wouldn’t benefit from that?!

Dr. Mamalakis, with his wife Georgia and seven children, lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where he is the Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Dr. Mamalakis directs the field education program and teaches classes on pastoral care, marriage and family, grief, death and dying, and topics related to pastoral counseling. He has a private practice in Newton, Massachusetts, where he works with individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Mamalakis has an M.Div. from Holy Cross and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in child development and family studies, specializing in marriage and family therapy. He has been offering parenting courses and writing on parenting for 21 years. He enjoys leading seminars and retreats on intimacy, relationships, marriage, parenting, and family life as well as Orthodoxy and psychology.

Never been to Family Camp before? It is truly a beautiful weekend where you and your family will spend time with other Orthodox families around the Twin Cities and the state of Minnesota learning together, playing together and praying together. It takes the best of summer camp and makes it possible for parents to come, too! Family Camp is held at Camp Courage in Maple Lake, Minnesota, near Annandale, a short hour drive from Minneapolis. Nestled into the woods and on a lake, the camp offers us family-style lodging with all the amenities of summer camp. Each family has their own room with a private bathroom. A dining hall where we eat together, pontoon rides, campfire pits, a pool and gym as well as outdoor sports fields and courts make this location a perfect family getaway in the prettiest time of year!

Activities are planned for children 4 and up so parents can spend time together listening to our amazing speaker and getting to know one another. Just like kids meet life-time friends at camp, parents, too, can spend time with other parents building Orthodox friendships! Check out the question and answer post and the Sample Schedule for camp. Our task force is working hard to make this a memorable weekend for your family! Don’t hesitate to sign up, it will definitely fill up quickly. Tell your friends, too!

Camp Courage requires that all participants complete a Liability Waiver.

Camp Dates

6 – 8

Camp Pricing

Adults: 18 years and older

Youth: 4-17 years

Babes: 0-3 years
Free (no programming)

Maximum Family Rate (6 or more immediate family)

These prices do NOT include taxes.

Family Camp 2017

Registration is open through September 25th.

Register Now!
Family Camp Packing List

Family Camp Packing List

You should always use your best judgement when packing for Family Camp. Remember that it’s only a weekend, and that it will likely be a few degrees colder than you think because of our proximity to the lake.

Please: no electronic games, boom boxes, personal stereos, handheld games, etc.


  • Rain gear and cap
  • Hiking boots, waterproof shoes, snow boots?
  • Sturdy tennis shoes
  • Warm jacket
  • Sweats or sweaters
  • Shirts or turtlenecks
  • At least 2 pair long pants, 2-4 pair socks (in case they get wet)
  • Underwear
  • Hand towel and wash cloth
  • Bath towel
  • Robe (optional)
  • Pajamas

Personal Gear

  • Flashlight
  • Laundry bag
  • Sleeping bag, bedroll or sheets
  • Pillow
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Alarm clock
  • Fanny pack (very handy)
  • Votive candle and icon for each family’s room
  • Sunglasses
  • Thermal cup (optional)
Welcome to the Website!

Welcome to the Website!

We’ve just developed a new website to provide a better overall camp registration experience. We hope that you enjoy the new site. To help guide you through the new site, we’d like to provide a brief overview.

1) Create Account

You’ll need to create a new Account. To do so, visit the Login link in the menu, enter your email address, first and last name and click Register. You’ll only need to do this once.

3) Register Children

When your Family Profile is complete, and if registration is open for camp, you’ll see a Register link next to your Children. Click the Register link, and complete the form.

2) Complete Family Profile

You’ll need to complete your Family Profile. To do so, Login to the site, visit the Account > Family Profile link in the menu, and add at least one Child, Parent/Guardian and Emergency Contact.

4) Pay For Camp

Once you have one or more registrations, you can click on the Proceed to Checkout. Provide your billing details, select a payment method, and checkout. That’s it. You’re done.


The menu at the top of the page gives you access to information about our camp programs, Summer Camp (and related content), Family Camp (and related content) as well as Login and Account information (if you’re logged in.)

In addition, we offer search functionality to allow you to look for specific content on the site.

Family Profile

All of the information you need to provide for camp registration will be managed on the Family Profile page (available from the Account menu when you’re logged in.). The Family Profile allows you to add people to your profile (children, parents and/or guardians, and emergency contacts.)

In order to complete a Family Profile, you must have at least one child, one parent (yourself), and one emergency contact. Until you provide this information, you will not be able to register a child for camp.

Account Detail

When you create an Account, you’ll provide very little information. When you execute a transaction (pay for camp) you’ll provide additional information in order to complete the transaction. That information will be stored, but your credit card information will not.

Our Apologies

While it was our sincere desire to move existing Account and Family Profile information from the old website to the new, we simply ran out of time. Unfortunately, you’ll need to create a new Account (enter your email address and click Register on the Login page), and create your Family Profile from scratch.


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