There are a variety of camps offered within the church and in the civic community – sports, music, theatre, engineering, and more. But, there is one camp that shines especially bright because of its deep impact on the participants – Camp Agape sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco Philoptochos.

For over 30 years, this program has brought joy, hope and love “agape” to children with cancer and their families. Camp Agape offers an escape from doctor’s appointments, tests, and treatment and instead provides family bonding time, the opportunity to make new friends, and to not be defined by cancer but to be celebrated as a conqueror.

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The theme for this year was “Up, Up, and Away with Camp Agape”. This “groovy” program included psychedelic colors, groovy music, and a disco dance. Nearly 100 families were served by the Metropolis Philoptochos at Camp Agape in Mayer, AZ; Portland, OR; Dunlap, CA; and Ramona, CA. Philoptochos volunteers from throughout the Metropolis offered their time and unconditional love for these children and their families, giving them an exceptional and unforgettable experience.

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Philoptochos chapters in the Metropolis of San Francisco raise money throughout the year in support of these four camps. The Metropolis Philoptochos also hosts the annual Agape Reception of Love each spring which is the largest fundraiser for this program, started by then-Bishop Anthony of San Francisco in 1985 in Dunlap, CA.

“We are truly grateful to everyone who has supported us financially and with faithful prayers, without which this beautiful ministry would not be possible,” stated Metropolis Philoptochos President Jeannie Ranglas.

Photo Credit: Phil Barron