In early August, a group of 19 Lydia’s House guests, staff and family members journeyed north to London, OH to attend Procter Center’s family camp for the second summer in a row. Procter Camp is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio and offers a place for kids and families to grow in faith, learn, and play together. For many, it was a first “camping” experience and offered a chance to try new things, escape the city and enjoy peaceful farmland scenery.


We started each day with music and a daily story led by the Chaplain and camp counselors. There was a long list of activities during the days to choose from, like arts and crafts, farm tour and animal meet and greet, lake and pool swimming, music, fishing, and team sports. For those of us just looking for some time to relax and recharge, you could spend time walking the grounds, reading a book in the rocking chairs, or visiting the labyrinth.

All in all, there was something for everybody, and the kids had some GOOD naps as a result!

We’re very thankful for the staff and volunteers who kept life moving, and the house standing, in our absence. As our time in this place came to a close, we found our hearts full, our bodies tired, our skin sun kissed, and our minds looking homeward to Lydia’s House.
Excerpt from “Better Than Gold” by Father Ryan
Better than gold is a peaceful home,
Where all the fire-side charities come—
The shrine of love, the heaven of life,
Hallowed by mother, or sister, or wife.
However humble the home may be,
Or tried with sorrow by Heaven’s decree,
The blessings that never were bought or sold,
And center there, are better than gold.