About us

Greek Catholic Youth Center Bárka is located in the village Juskova Voľa (District of Vranov nad Topľou). History of this institution stretches back to 1960s when the construction of Pioneer Camp began. In 1999, after previous reconstruction, an  outdoor school for the purpose of organizing recovery and rest stays for children and youth from the cities of eastern Slovakia was  established by the state organization. In 2002, the property of outdoor school was delimited to Prešov autonomuos region, which was its operator operator until 2005 when this institution received a new owner. Thanks to Msgr. ThDr. Ján Babjak SJ, Archbishop and Metropolitan of Presov, it became the Greek Catholic Archbishopric in Prešov. After extensive renovation, which was realized from 2007 to 2008, and after the following consecration of renovated areas, recognizing the importance and necessity of caring for the youth, this place becomes the center of a special pastoration of youth of Prešov archieparchy. GMC Bárka is a type of spiritual-formation and relaxation institution. Since 2006, two ecclesiastic schools operate here: ecclesiastic outdoor school (CŠvP) and Leisure Center (CVC). The primary mission of outdoor school is to provide accommodation, food, space and other services necessary to ensure a continuous educational process for schools and school facilities. Moreover CŠvP provides its services and areas for school trips, camping stays for children and youth, spiritual retreats and revivals, meetings of ecclesial communities and movements, conferences and meetings, trainings and presentations. The facility offers accommodation for 173 people - 111 places in the renovated main building and 62 placess in the brick cottages. Triple, four-bed and five-bed rooms are situated on three corridors. Each room has its own toilet and shower. There is also dayroom in the main building with TV, satellite, DVD, canteen with excellent home made meals (breakfast, snacks, lunches, snacks, dinner), saloon (meeting room for approx 12 people), two classrooms equipped with teaching aids and chapel with a capacity of 120 people. In the complex of five brick cottages the four of them are used for accommodation. One cottage is equipped with billiard table, table football and table tennis room. The complex includes a classroom under the garden house, covered stage, a large  football pitch and two clay playgrounds suitable for volleyball or football, playing complex for children,  open and covered fireplace with sitings for lovers of barbecue. Another equally important institution is the center of leisure time. Its mission is to devote the time to youth, children and their parents in the spare-time education through the proper interest, occasional, vacation, education or spontaneous activities realized in the Christian spirit. Its aim is to create conditions for useful spending of leisure time. Since the beginning of its activities CVČ organized dozens of events attended by thousands of young people. If you want to have a good time with your school, community or friends,  to relax, discover the beautiful nature of Slánske hills and get a lot of spiritual power, you can choose from our program which is available at all offices of the Prešov Greek Catholic parish archieparchy, right in our center or on our website www.gmcbarka.skReservations and accommodation information are available at tel. No.: 057 / 44 902 90, e-mail: skolacentrum@centrum.sk.

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