Camp Agape

Kids With Cancer Summer Camp

Many at Holy Apostles volunteer their time and talents each summer at Camp Agape NW – a“kids n’ cancer” summer camp sponsored by the Philoptochos chapters of the area Greek Orthodox 
churches of Assumption, St. Demetrios, St. Nicholas, and Holy Apostles. Camp Agape NW is a weeklong camp, provided at no cost, for children with cancer and their families. Our mission is to give children with cancer a chance to feel normal, siblings a chance to feel special, and parents a time to be together. Camp provides an average of 20 families battling cancer a week filled with fun, adventure, and incredible memories. 

For more information on volunteering, donating, or if you are a family with a child with cancer interested in attending, please go to www.campagapenw.org or email us at campagape@gmail.com.

Camp Agape NW
by Arianna Vokos

Camp Agape has been one of the most influential aspects of my life. My participation in this organization has both shaped and taught me to live my life by striving to be an icon of Christ every day. I have been a counselor at camp for six years now, and I see its influence in the way my life and my faith have changed. I can absolutely guarantee that my life would look very different than it does now if I hadn’t gone to camp. 

My involvement in Camp Agape NW has taught me how to love recklessly. I have been taught to open my heart to these families and, in turn, have found joy in bringing this love to my everyday life. Opening your heart to a child who may die is an incredibly difficult and risky thing, because it can be awfully painful to be close to a family in such a difficult time, but the honor of being allowed to help in situations like that is overwhelming. Even in the midst of the intense pain and tragedy that is the fear of losing a child, Camp Agape is a light that shines through the darkness and displays God’s beauty 
and grace. 

The relationships that I have created at Camp Agape have taught me the value of simply being present with someone and to appreciate each and every day that I am given. I am so thankful for the joy and the attitude of perpetual gratitude that Camp fosters, and I know that there are many volunteers that feel the same way.