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Home: a place where you feel safe, secure, and supported. When someone says “home”, I think of the chapel at Camp Nazareth. Camp Nazareth is an Orthodox camp ground located in Mercer, PA and is also the place where I spent the majority of my summer, fall, and spring breaks. This place has taught me the importance of a firm foundation in my faith and my relationship with God. This is the place where I met some of the most amazing people that continue to inspire me daily, and I know will support me throughout my life. This is the place where my heart is the fullest and I exude genuine happiness. When I walk inside this chapel, I am reminded of all of the amazing blessings God has given me. This chapel serves as a reminder of all of the experiences that have made me into the woman I am today. Camp Nazareth and the Orthodox faith have shown me the power of God’s love, the importance of service to others, and the significance of showing love to others. I cannot thank this camp enough for the incredible experiences it has afforded me, as a camper, over the last 10 years. Looking ahead, I am fortunate enough to be able to share my experiences as a counselor and mentor for those younger than me. My goal is to make them fall in love with this chapel and this faith as much as I have. Whenever I am overwhelmed or stressed, I always take a second to close my eyes and think of this beautiful chapel that I call home.

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