Monday 6/20: It’s all Greek to me!

What a great first full day of Fanari! It was a beautiful, sunny day and the campers had many fun activities to keep them busy.

We began our morning with chapel, lead by Fr. Jim Greanias, and had an Agiasmos service to bless the campers. Following the blessing, campers went outside for “Alone with God”–a time to sit and be alone with our thoughts in prayer and begin our day focused on Christ.  It was a beautiful way to fill our souls with peace and love.

After a delicious breakfast, we headed to our activities to begin our day. Our Flex session today was Greek Culture, lead by Sara Pessimisis and Peter Savas, where our campers learned pentozali and zembekiko, as well as, other Greek culture language! During our Chanting session with Alex Magdalinos, campers learned the byzantine music scale and their heavenly voices chanted liturgical hymns.

Today was our swim test day during free-time. Any camper who wants to swim in our pool during the week, was tested by the lifeguard. Campers also played soccer, volleyball and basketball, made friendship bracelets together and played games in the Main Lodge. Our new outdoor Octoball game was a great hit with all the campers, too! The Camp Store was busy with customers and everyone loved getting some snacks and Fanari Swag to wear. What a blessing it is to see so many friends–new and old–enjoy the day together!

Fr. Kosmas Kallis lead our evening vesper service and Mr. D told us another one of his thrillilng stories before dinner.

Tonight the campers danced the night away Greek style!!! Big shout-out to our DJ, Chrysanthe Agos, for playing and organizing our music for Greek night. We once again danced outside under the carport in front of our beautiful Main Lodge and showed off all the new dances we learned in Greek Culture today. All the campers also enjoyed a refreshing ice cream bar tonight, while playing games and hanging out with their friends.

We ended with Closing Day in chapel and listened to Fr. Anastasios talk about Pentacost and the tongues of fire and how our words have a tremendous effect on how we relate to one another. Tonight’s 1st Spirit Sticks of the summer went out to the Athenians and Delphians, for truly showing they have the Holy Spirit within!

Before dismissal, counselor Marina Dimas played the guitar and lead us in singing “Gloria” and “Father I Adore You”. What a great day of fellowship and fun, as we learn more about our culture and faith. We love Fanari!

Campers are in their cabins now and should sleep well after such a full day! Goodnight from Fanari Headquarters…we are so very thankful for such a wonderful day of Fanari Camp!

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