The trip was wonderful! It began with a visit to Nikitsky male monastery, which in Nikitskaya Sloboda.
Sunday, July 24th after the divine Liturgy in the Church of the Mother of God “soothe my sorrows” in Marino we the whole group with her father Michael took the bus to the side of Pereslavl-Zalessky, near which is the monastery itself. The road father told us the history of the monastery, the life of ven. Nikita The Stylites. Arriving we were able to venerate the Holy relics of the Monk who lay at rest in the Annunciation Church, the whip and pray. Visited and the pillar of the chapel, where the Saint spent long hours in prayer and repentance. A little refreshed, we went to the Pleshcheyev lake.
The lake itself is a favorite place of Muscovites and nearby cities, therefore it is a Sunday there were a lot of tourists. But we were lucky — the place that was chosen to stop our camp was on the territory of the former children’s camp, so outsiders on the territory was not and could relax. Fortunately, the weather was gracious to us throughout the day. And it should be noted that more than us about anything and not have to worry before a trip, because everything before it’s taken care of, the organizers of our trip. Arriving at the place, first it was necessary to arrange so that everyone found something to their liking: who was tent to collect who started the fire who lunch, and even though construction was not so much, but all have been in business. Nearby was a Playground, so after urgent cases we boldly went to play volleyball, and someone on the lake, which led to the straight track from our camp. This day has passed quickly, because in about half a day we went to the training camp, the way, visit the monastery. And in the evening we gathered around the campfire, were playing guitar, singing, interesting stories, so then did not want to go to the tents for sleep, but after evening prayer, receiving a blessing from the priest, went to rest. However, not all. Someone had to be on duty at night, so the guys immediately made a schedule of who, and at what time on duty. We must pay tribute to our boys during the trip they had a lot of work to do. Well, the second day was saturated with games, fellowship, singing, swimming in the lake, boating. There were a lot of competitions, prizes and everyone was happy, especially, I think, pleased with all that the final score of both teams was equal, and thus won the Friendship! The most interesting contests turned out to be those in which the manifestation of creative abilities of participants. After such an active day, we gathered again in the evening around the campfire with guitars, songs and good mood. And with even greater effort tried to extend this evening, because he knew that in this trip it was the last.
Of course, to leave we did not want. We sadly gathered tents on the third day, and other things. It would seem – just a few days, and so many positive emotions and memories.
They say the first pancake is always lumpy, but it’s definitely not about our trip. It was cool, and as I said then one of the guys, we were like one family. And though our software is not yet a year, but after the trip, there was a feeling that we all know each other for a long time. Now often recall our excursion to lake and thank benefactors, organizers, and helpers in this difficult matter, low bow to them and many good years.
P. S. And, most importantly. Of course, everything was backed up with a prayer that always strengthens and brings us together with God’s help the trip was a success!