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St. Nicholas Program

for individuals with special needs of all ages and their families!

St. Nicholas Program 2024


June 19 - 22, 2024

Faithful with Special Needs and Family


Register February 2024


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2023 Family Workshop Speaker - Charlotte Riggle!

Charlotte Riggle writes stories of faith for both adults and children. She is the author of the award-winning picture book, Catherine's Pascha, and its companion, The Saint Nicholas Day Snow. She contributed a chapter, "Courageous Hospitality," to the anthology The Grace of Being There: Single Mother Saints in Our Lives, and she is currently working on her next book, That God's Works Might Be Revealed: Stories of Saints, Sickness, and Disability (Park End Books, 2023). Along with her Orthodox Christian faith, her experience as the parent of disabled children and her expertise as an accessibility professional and disability inclusion advocate inform her ongoing writing about sanctity, hospitality, and disability. She lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest, between the ocean and the mountains.

All aspects of the program are designed to give people with disabilities an optimal experience. Our staff is a mix of professional trained and hired staff. However, our non-professional staff is required to complete specialty training for working with individuals with disabilities.

Because of the camp's rustic environement and natural setting individuals who transport themselves with the assistance of wheelchairs, crutches or walkers may need consultation for participation in the full four-day program. If the full four-day program is not an option, we are pleased to offer one-day programming. Please contact us if you are considering the one day program during which movement about the camp is more limited and accessible to those with physical challenges. 

Please feel free to contact our Executive Staff with questions or concerns.

Once an application is recieved one of our executive or medical staff will contact you to conduct an intake assessment to ensure we can accomodate the needs of your family to the best of our ability.

Families may wish to discuss the possibility of also attending one of our other camping programs Diocesan Church School Camp or Teenage Conference. Please contact us about these possibilities.
For youth younger than seven years of age, we offer our Mommy & Me/Daddy & Me program which is also capable of accommodating families with children with disabilities.
Our consultation and program staff team: 

Dr. Janet Breck - Pediatric Medical Genetic Consultant
Tracy Galla - Educational Paraprofessional in Special Education and behavioral specialist
Pani Matka Linda Oryhon - Special Eduction Teacher
Natalie Kapeluck Nixon - Youth Ministry Specialist and parent consultant
Kira Senedak - Educator for Winchester Thurston and co-director of the Mommy & Me/Daddy & Me Program
Natalie Onufrey - Parent consultant
Pr. Melanie DiStefano - Parent consultant and Educator at Holy Trinity Orthdodox School
Pani Daria Loposky - Parent consultant and Ast. Director of Camp Nazareth
SNP Executive Staff

Rev. Fr. Myron Oryhon
Spiritual Director

Tracy Galla

Natalie Kapeluck
Asst. Director

Eric Senedak

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