Since 1994, with the blessings of the ever memorable Metropolitan Lavr, St. Seraphim Camp has served thousands of youth. The camp began earlier as a family outing for the parish of Christ the Savior in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Metropolitan Lavr saw the need for such a camp to serve a wider audience and immediately blessed the foundation of St. Seraphim Camp. An arrangement was made with the Boy Scouts of America to rent a camp in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. The first camp was attended by well over 100 children. Today the camp serves over 200.
A miraculous event occurred which solidified the resolve of the children and staff. One early morning, as is usual, the children had gathered for morning prayers. All the children and staff were present. During the reading of the prayers the camp director, Fr. Alexis, heard church bells being rung, a trezvon. He assumed someone in the kitchen was playing a recording while they worked. Many of the children also heard the bells and wondered where they were coming from. After the prayers there was a lot of conversation about the bells. Upon further investigation, it was determined that there were no radios or players anywhere. The camp is situated far, far from any homes or civilization. It was determined that the bells was something not of this world.
Metropolitan Lavr was contacted and the miraculous bell ringing was explained. Vladika said that it was a sign from God that this endeavor was pleasing to Him and a great blessing. Since that time, every camper has heard the story of "St. Seraphim's Bells". The camp endeavors to keep that original spirit alive. Due only to God's blessing, the camp has prospered for many years and is currently the largest Russian Orthodox camp in the West.