Monthly Archives: August 2014

A Letter to Grandma Catchouny – U. Garo Sarajian

Dear Grandma Catchouny, How are you? Sorry that we haven’t talked in a while. Boy, do I have a lot to share with you. I’m honored to be the first of your descendents to go back to your home city, Van. It was just one of the many places that I saw on my trip through Historic Armenia, which was organized by the ARF Bureau Youth Office. Our first meal outside of Armenia set the tone for the rest of the trip. After savoring the hatz-baneer and

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Տուն Ունիմ Ջաւախքի Մէջ (I Have a Home in Javakhk) — U. Lori Yeni-Komshian

August 23, 2014 Ինքնաշարժէն դուրս նայեցայ եւ հոյակապ բնութիւնը տեսայ։ Արդէն Ջաւախք հասած էինք։ Տուեալ որ իմ առաջին այցելութիւնս էր, Ջաւախքն ու Ախալցխան ինծի համար շատ անծանօթ թուեցան ։Սկիզբը ես չէի գիտեր ինչ սպասել Ջաւախքէն, բայց շուտով ինծի պարզուեցաւ

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Things I’ve Learned at Camp Haiastan – U. Arev Dinkjian

A List of Things I’ve Learned This summer marks my 14th year at Camp Haiastan—fifth on staff. Here’s what I’ve learned as I chalk my name up onto the Five Year Club plaque: Bug juice is not actually made from bugs; however, that does not mean you won’t ever find one floating around in your cup. Camp is no place for white sneakers. There is nothing more important to a younger group camper than Camp Store. Don’t start a round of “Che-Che-Goo-Leh”

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Learning Selflessness at Camp Haiastan – U. Alek Surenian

Being a Staff In Training at AYF Camp Haiastan has taught me a lot of things, but one thing stuck out to me the most: to be selfless. As a camp staff member you need to be selfless; putting your needs second and the campers' first, and as I continued to work I began to understand the importance of that. Being selfless is something I truly grasped along with other things, like being more independent and making camp better than it was. In the end I

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Spending Vardavar in Haiastan – U. Ani Sarajian

Do you love being drenched from head to toe all day? Is being thrown in Swan Lake or the Hrabarag fountain one of your favorite pastimes? If so, Vardavar is the holiday for you. On July 27, no one is safe from being doused in water because on this one day out of the year, Yerevan turns into a citywide, all-day-long water fight. I had always heard about Vardavar or had modified versions at Camp Haiastan, but nothing could have ever prepared me for

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