July 23, 2016
Northville, NY: Day of Remembrance of the Fallen Faithful at St.
George Pathfinders Camp
year, St. George Pathfinders of America’s New York-based "Tsarskoe
Selo" Chapter holds a summer camp for boy and girl scouts of
Russian heritage in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York.
The organization is a direct successor to the original Russian
scouting movement founded under Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II in 1909. The
Tsar charged Oleg I. Pantyukhov to organize the first scout camp in
Russia, which met in Pavlovsk Park near the Royal Village,
Tsarskoe Selo. Pantyukhov
utilized the guides and materials prepared by scouting founder
Robert Lord Baden-Powell, most significantly his handbook,
Scouting for Boys.
Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th of July,
Tsarskoe Selo held its
annual Remembrance of the Fallen Faithful (in Russian
DPV) ceremony. Beginning
with a roll call of all of the current organization members in
attendance, the ceremony then goes on to honor scouts who have
passed on into eternity. Especially honored are the founders and
pillars of the Russian scouting movement, those who suffered or were
killed for their scouting work, and those who dedicated their
day-to-day lives to the organization.
weekend began with the All-Night Vigil on Saturday evening at St.
George’s Chapel, served by the camp’s spiritual director, Archpriest
Yaroslav Belikow. Both before and during Vigil, all of the scouts
and counselors – as well as many of the parents, alumni, and guests
visiting for the weekend – confessed their sins. Dinner followed
Vigil, after which the DPV ceremony began on the camp’s parade
grounds. The camp was called into formation, and following the
entrance of the Color Guard, twelve torches were lit, each
representing one of the Twelve Points of the Scout Law. Roll call
for the living and the dead commenced, and upon its conclusion, Fr.
Yaroslav served a panihida for the departed. The Russian, American,
and St. Andrew’s flags were lowered, and the ceremony concluded.
proceeded to a solemn bonfire, where patriotic and scouting songs
were sung. Fr. Yaroslav, Chapter director Nicholas N. Pokrovsky,
Matushka Irina Korolenko (one of the organization’s most senior and
respected members), and others shared thoughts with campers
regarding those who had left for the world to come, and about the
meaning of service and sacrifice. A special bonfire was held
afterward for senior campers choosing to renew their vows of service
to the organization and join the auxiliary
following morning, Fr. Yaroslav celebrated Divine Liturgy in St.
George’s Chapel. In his sermon, he spoke about the life and
spiritual labors of the Holy Royal Martyrs; in addition to that
Sunday coinciding with their feast day, the Royal Family is
intrinsically connected with Russian scouting: Tsar Nicholas oversaw
its inception, and Tsarevich Alexis was the first honorary scout.
After breakfast, the flag-raising ceremony was held on the parade
grounds, during which camp counselors were relieved of their weekly
shifts and handed over leadership to the next week’s replacements.
Campers who achieved certain scouting accomplishments during the
week were honored, most notably Anastasia Maltsev. "Stasya" is the
first member of Tsarskoe Selo
to successfully achieve the rank of Expert Scout in recent
memory. The entire formation joined in congratulating her with a
thunderous, triple "Hurrah!"
After a group photo, campers were able to leave camp for several
hours with their parents, before returning in the evening. Fr.
Yaroslav led a discussion on the Holy Royal Passionbearers. Everyone
then went back to their camps and preparing for the annual
pilgrimage to Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville the following
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