Activities & Schedule
It’s Thursday evening and it’s Candlelight Dinner night at camp. The night's meal is special, the tables are decorated, and the lighting is lower making dinner more relaxed. The campers are dressed in their Sunday best clothing and are on their best behavior.
Manners and social skills need to be cultivated at a young age and reinforced throughout young adulthood. Candlelight Dinner is an opportunity to do this. Boys may ask to escort girls to dinner and girls may ask boys to be their escort. Other campers may go to dinner in a group. Some campers may not be ready for this level of socialization and can sit with others who feel the same.
However campers choose to participate, the basic principals of etiquette are strong and true – good table manners, pleasant conversation skills, and making a positive impression on others.
Our speaker series, “Successful Serbs in America,” is the main feature at Candlelight Dinner. We invite successful Serbian guest speakers to deliver inspiring messages that connect with our campers. We know their successes and positive influence will motivate our campers to pursue their dreams, to study hard, to become successful leaders, and to contribute to their Serbian Orthodox church and community in a positive way.
In the past, our Successful Serbs in America series has featured speakers from the following careers: teacher, high school principal, priest, lawyer, doctor, architect, college basketball player, chief financial officer, human resource specialist, head coach of Chicago Fire Soccer, Chicago Bulls basketball player, doctoral student, and hospitality student.
CANDLELIGHT DINNER RULES
Boys and girls will be paired in twos or groups of threes depending on the ratio of boys:girls
Campers will wear their dressy dinner clothing to church
Dinner clothing should be appropriate – Sunday dressy, respectful and acceptable for monastery camp; please avoid inappropriate clothing
After dinner, campers will be allowed to change their clothing for dancing and games