The Diocesan campground is the Centro de Conferencia Episcopal Obispo Lenuel B. Shirley (Bishop Shirley Episcopal Conference Center) in Santa Clara, a beach town on the Pacific side in the province of Coclé. It's a really nice place, and several groups from TEC have been out to help us in the past few years; students and friends from Virginia Theological Seminary; St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Alexandria; Church of the Holy Cross, Valle Crucis; Valle Crucis Conference Center; the Diocese of Western North Carolina helped re-build the chapel, and folks from the ECW of the Diocese of Chicago were here in 2005, painting and repairing cabins. I'm sure I've forgotten other groups who came out to help over the past few years, and I apologise.
Here are photos of the campground, to help set the scene for the photos to follow over the next few days.
The Sign. Bishop Shirley was the first Panamanian to be Bishop of the Diocese of Panamá.
These are the cabins. We have a total of four buildings which serve as cabins.
The High School Boys' Cabin
Interior of the High School Boys' Cabin, featuring artwork by the Chicago ECW
My room in the High School Boys' Cabin (I spent the first night here)
Chicago ECW artwork
Cabin 1 and 2, which housed the girls and the Jr. High Boys
The Bishop's Cabin
The Circle. Concrete benches built around an old mango tree, where we gather when the bell rings.
The Bell. This bell calls us to El Circulo where one gets instructions of where to go next.
Los Ranchitos. These are where the kids had Bible Studies and hung out during Free Time. The ranchitos were rebuilt recently by folks from the Revda. Jean Finian's church.
The steps to the Dining Hall
The Dining Hall (exterior)
The Dining Hall (interior)
La Capilla de Santa Clara (exterior)
La Capilla (interior)
TOMORROW: Photos of camp activities, featuring the Beautiful Youth of the Diocese of Panama.