After our last full day of Fanari Camp Session 4, it’s time to say goodbye to what we’ve called “home” for a beautiful week together.
We ended the week with our last evening activity, “Skit Night”. Our amazing Theater staff, led by Andrew Poteres, did an excellent job all week long, coordinating the evening’s skits in Theater with endless energy and spirit! The campers had fun entertaining us with their hilarious performances and afterwards, we enjoyed watching a slideshow of all the memories we made during our week together.
Huge congratulations to the Athenians, the Session 4 Fanari Camp Spirit Winners! They truly embraced the Fanari Spirit all week-long with amazing counselors to lead them! Our staff, who served all four weeks of camp this summer, were recognized for their tremendous dedication to our youth and camping program. Ari Cussick, Andrew Poteres, Nick Kouracos and Peter Savas, worked both as counseling and program staff and we are so very thankful and blessed to have such loving young adults as role models for our campers.
To end our evening, we headed outside to our bonfire, for our last Closing Day. Deacon Chris spoke on what a memorable week we had together and to keep the “Fanari”, the beacon of light inside of us, long after camp has ended. Our 11th grade campers, Ari Psomas and George Djagov, who is here visiting this summer from the country of Georgia, were given a vigil candle as a momento for their last year at Fanari Camp. We hope they will keep the light of Christ within them always, and shine so bright for all to see!
We ended the night singing “Seek Ye First”, “Take My Hand” and the liturgical hymn “Lord of the Powers” around the campfire, as we were dismissed to go to our final devotionals in our cabins. Each camper was given a prayer rope, as a gift to remember their week at camp, and just as the theme of our week tells us, “Rejoice Evermore, Pray without Ceasing, In Everything Give Thanks!”
What beautiful memories we’ve made this week! Our hopes are that the campers take away something from their experiences here and share them with those at home. All is quiet in camp tonight. Goodnight from Fanari Camp headquarters…we’ll see you tomorrow for Divine Liturgy and our final goodbyes.