It’s the end of another blessed day and the campers are all quiet for the night. We were thankful to have His Eminence at dinner and then he gave each camper an Icon of St. Iakovos to commemorate them being the first campers of Fanari Camp at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center. What a wonderful reminder of our memorable and beautiful week together!
We had a fantastic time at the dance! The campers dressed in some festive Hawaiian apparel and danced the night away under the stars. Even Mr. Alex got in the middle of our dance circle while the whole camp sang, “Jump Around!” The floor would’ve been shaking if we were inside! The campers also had the opportunity to hear Mr. D share stories around the bonfire and make s’mores.
Tonight during Closing Day, we had a beautiful reflection from Nick Kirkeles on the history of Fanari Camp, as he paid tribute to the late Fr. Bill Chiganos, who was the Director of Fanari Camp for over 30 years. All of us who have known and loved Fr. Bill, truly felt his presence tonight.
The Olympians and Delphians won the spirit sticks for the day and we learned two new hymns, “Lord of the Powers” and “Rich Men Have Turned Poor”. There’s nothing that makes it feel more like Fanari, than when you hear all the campers and staff singing together. What a blessing this cherished tradition is for us all!
It’s truly been a beautiful day from start to finish. We’ve been blessed with such wonderful experiences at Fanari and look forward to so many more before our week end. As always, the week has flown by. Goodnight, for now, Fanari Camp.