Tuesday 7/14: It’s Great to be Greek!

The rain passed through overnight and we were blessed today with a glorious day at Fanari Camp!

We started our first full day of Session 4 with an Agiasmos service, led by Fr. George Pappas from SS. Constantine & Helen in Merrillville, Indiana. After the Blessing of the Waters, we began our day focused in prayer for “Alone with God”. Campers found a spot to sit in silence and be alone with their thoughts, to start their day filled with Christ’s love and peace through prayer.

After breakfast, our campers began their activity rotation. Today in “Flex” campers went to Greek Culture and learned some new Greek dances and their origin with Peter Savas. They also got started putting together ideas for their skits in Theater and learned more about their faith in Orthodox Life discussion and Bible Study with our clergy and seminarian graduate.

Today was our swim test day during free-time. Anyone who wants to swim in the pool during the week took a quick test from the lifeguard. Others enjoyed playing soccer and volleyball, while making friendship bracelets and playing cards in the Main Lodge were a popular past time, too. The Camp Store was open and fully stocked with treats and Fanari swag for all the campers. There’s a lot of fun going on at Fanari Camp!

Before dinner, Fr. Panagiotis Boznos from Saints Peter and Paul in Glenview, led our vesper service. Then it was time to Greek Dance! Although a bit chilly, we all danced outside under the stars and showed off all the new dances we learned in Greek Culture today. There was also story telling by the outdoor fireplace on the balcony, soccer playing in the open field and the Main Lodge was full of campers hanging out and enjoying each other’s company. We also had a visit from GAMA-the Greek American Motorcycle Association, who so generously donated four scholarships to Fanari Camp! We greatly appreciate your love and support!

We ended with Closing Day in chapel and listened to Alex Magdalinos reflect on the theme of camp, “Come Let Us Worship” and how we should focus on the prayers that we hear during our service and to keep others in our prayers when we say the petitions.

Tonight’s Spirit Stick winners were the Olympians and Spartans for showing they had the Holy Spirit within, all day long! Congratulations!

Before we departed, counselor Marina Dimas played the guitar and along with Arianna Vranas, lead us in some of our favorite Fanari songs, “Deep” and “Father, I Adore You”. Deacon Chris and Alex Magdalinos taught us a new hymn, “Lord of the Powers” and we sang it as we were dismissed to our cabins. What a truly special ending to a beautiful day at Fanari Camp!

Campers are in their cabins doing devotionals with their counselors and will surely sleep well tonight. Goodnight and God Bless!

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