Fanari 2016 has officially begun and we feel right at home, back at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center! Campers were excited to see old friends and explore the grounds at drop off and everyone received a Fanari water bottle when they arrived.
We ate dinner together- all 177 campers, staff and priests- followed by our camp orientation. Deacon Chris and the Director of our facility, Chrysanthy, spoke about our rules and responsibilities at camp. We also went through each of our activities: Orthodox Life, Bible Study, Theater and Flex, where we will rotate with Greek Culture, Diakonia, Arts & Crafts and Athletics each day. Doc Angela went through our medication procedures and then everyone learned about earning spirit coins and how we can show that we have the Holy Spirit within us all week!
For all of our NBA fans, we watched the Championship game on the big screen and enjoyed some ice cream while cheering on our favorite teams. We ended the night with a beautiful evening chapel service inside the Main Lodge, lead by Fr. Michael Arbanas from St. Nicholas in St. Louis.
Campers went back to their cabins to do their first evening devotionals with their counselors and get settled in. Fanari 2016 is off to an amazing start and we can’t wait for all the wonderful blessings the rest of the week will bring!
Be sure to check out the Metropolis of Chicago Youth & Young Adult Ministries Flickr page, with all our photos from each Session of Fanari Camp this summer. Click here for Session 1 Day 1 photos!