The Youth Spiritual Competition (YSC) is open to three age levels, Junior High, High School and College youth (see “Rules and Regulations” for age restrictions).
An individual multiple-choice exam will be administered On-Line to all registered participants, and prizes will be given to the top individuals.
Each team competes as a group in three categories listed below. Scores from all three categories will be averaged and the top three teams will be awarded prizes.
The College level teams, and possibly the High School Teams, will have a Jeopardy Style Finals round covering all the material studied. The scores from the Finals round will be averaged into their scores.
The day will start with the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist followed by breakfast. The Team Competitions then take place where each team will go to various assigned rooms to compete in the categories discussed below. After the team competitions, lunch will be served then the Finals round will take place and all the participants must attend. Finally, awards and prizes will be distributed.
Competition Study Material
The study material is intended to help the YSC coaches/youth servants to help prepare their team(s). All the material is available for downloading and printing.
The YSC will consist of these categories:
- Coptic Hymns
- Bible Studies
- Coptic Church Studies
- The Book of Hours (“Agpeya”) [Added as of the 2009 YSC)
The first category, Coptic Hymns, is designed to familiarize our youth with the treasures of the spiritual hymns that our fathers have preserved for us. These hymns, along with the Coptic language, tell us who we are, and link us directly to the past with the lives of the saints who were praying and contemplating these same hymns in a life of devotion and meditation. These hymns were used in order to set the atmosphere around them to reach up toward heaven while they were still on earth, joining the heavenly multitudes and praising the Almighty God with the angels.
In the second category, Bible Studies, a book from the Holy Bible is chosen and studied. The book does not need to be memorized, but its contents (i.e. messages) need to be analyzed and thoroughly understood.
Coptic Church Studies
The third category, Coptic Church Studies, focuses on learning about the theology, history, doctrine, and rites of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
The Book of Hours
In the Youth Spiritual Competition 2009, this new category was added to the curriculum. It focuses on the Coptic Book of Hours (or “Agpeya”) and is designed to help students adapt prayer from the Book of Hours in their own spiritual lives through memorization and repetition.