Inaugurated in 2000 as a cooperative effort between the St. Paisius Missionary School (led by V. Rev. Philip and Popadia Junia Tolbert and V. Rev. Michael and Popadia Christina Oyer of Santa Rosa) and St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church, the first guest speaker was the Romanian survivor of Communist prison camps, V. Rev. George Calciu (+2006) of blessed memory, who had been imprisoned in Romanian Communist prison camps for twenty-one years.
The Family Camp in 2000, 2003, 2004, and 2005 (there was no Camp in 2001 or 2002) was at Camp Lane.
From 2006 on, the Camp has been at SKY (Springfield Kiwanis Youth) Camp (there was no Camp in 2011 or 2012).
Other guests over the years have been His Eminence Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey (2016), Abbot Damascene of St. Herman of Alaska Monastery in Platina, CA (2006), V. Rev. Ilija Balach (2008), V. Rev. Josiah Trenham (2009), V. Rev. Michael Oyer (2000-2014), V. Rev. Philip Tolbert (2000-2014), V. Rev. Serafim Gascoigne (2007, 2013, & 2015), Professor Christopher Veniamin (2014), author Klaus Kenneth (2014), and Abbot Tryphon of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery in Vashon Island, WA (2015).
Schedules from Previous Family Camps
2016 St. John Family Camp, “The Holiness of the Life of St. John”: July 4-8, 2016
2015 St. John Family Camp, “The Church, a Family; The Family, a Church”: August 9-14, 2015
2014 St. John Family Camp, “Transfigured by the Glory of God”: August 17-22, 2014
2013 St. John Family Camp, “A Life of Your Own in Christ”: July 22-26, 2013
2010 St. John Family Camp: July 26-30, 2010
2009 St. John Family Camp, “The Christian Marriage and Family”: July 27-31, 2009
2008 St. John Family Camp, “Living Orthodoxy in Modern America”: July 28-August 1, 2008
2007 St. John Family Camp: August 6-10, 2007
2006 St. John Family Camp, “Standing Together For the Faith of the Gospel”: August 7-11, 2006
2000 St. John Family Camp, “Living in the Spirit: Otherworldly Witness of Orthodox Family Life”: August 28-September 1, 2000