The Village Up North is an Orthodox Christian overnight camping program for children aged 7-17. The mission of the program is to give children a week away from distractions where they can build strong friendships and establish a connection with God among his beautiful creation. Village Up North respects the rights and dignities of all participants and teaches universal Christian love and respect. The camp was created by members of St. Mary’s Basilica in Livonia, Michigan, but is open to all children interested in living a life of love and friendship based on Christian values and Traditions. The camp is modeled after the Antiochian Village camping program and adheres to the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese Department of Camping Standards. The camping program is located at Camp Tannadoonah, a beautiful campsite on Birch Lake in southwest Michigan. Camp Tannadoonah is accredited by the American Camping Association and Village Up North is seeking accreditation in 2023.
- Teach campers Orthodox Christian values and Traditions
- Strengthen camper confidence and self-respect
- Instill an appreciation for nature and the environment
- Build strong personal connections between campers without the need for social media