We can’t believe it was our final full day at camp! The weather was absolutely perfect for us- a warm, sunny day with a cool breeze. It’s time to say goodbye to our home for the past week, and cherish all the memories we’ve made together.
We began our day with a sweet breakfast treat of cinnamon banana french toast. Following breakfast, campers headed to their morning activity rotations. Our Flex session today was Athletics, but since the evening rainfall left our fields too damp, our super counselors led their campers in team building activities in the Log Lodge. By the afternoon, campers were out in the athletic fields, enjoying the beautiful weather!
Everyone got a little workout in OL while having a “planking” competition. One of our campers was able to plank for over 15 minutes! This was to illustrate how even if there is pain or distraction, we must persevere and work to build our endurance- both physically and spiritually, as Saint Paul.
For lunch, we enjoyed enchiladas, quesadillas, fruit salad, and our usual favorite greek salad bar. We were blessed to be joined by His Grace Bishop Demetrios for lunch. He also offered a small travel Bible as a gift, to remember our time at camp.
Following lunch, campers ran to their final Free-Time and played soccer, basketball and volleyball, made ankle bracelets, visited the Camp Store for the last time, jammed in “garage band” and took one last dip in the pool.
Our last evening activity was the traditional Friday night Skit Night! A big THANK YOU to Chrysanthe Agos for helping coordinate the skits all week in Theater. The campers put on hilarious performances full of jokes, immitations, singing, and some great acting! The 11th graders shared their favorite camp memories and encouraged our younger campers to continue carrying the spirit of Fanari Camp in their hearts. Skit night wrapped up with a video of pictures from our week together, and a spiritual vitamin presented by Alex Magdalinos, who reminded our campers to always follow the two most important commandments: Love God and Love your Neighbor.
Some final meaningful words were shared by Dn. Chris at Closing Day. The late Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, of blessed memory, would always express that his favorite part of camp was the gathering of all the campers, staff and clergy, celebrating the Divine Liturgy together. Dn. Chris reminded the campers that the Divine Liturgy is the apex of camp and that we need to prepare ourselves to receive the body and blood of Christ. Our goal is to imitate St. Paul and be athletes for Christ, not only at camp but when we go back to our homes.
Everyone joined in singing the hymn, “Lord of the Powers”, as we were dismissed to our cabins for our last devotionals. Tonight’s topic was Bringing the “Fanari” to our everyday lives. The 11th graders were treated to a bonfire for their last devotional as campers, as they enjoyed some time under the stars together, one last time. We will truly miss them, but look forward to having them back as counselors some day!
What beautiful memories we’ve made in such a short time together! All is finally quiet in camp tonight. We’ll see you tomorrow for Divine Liturgy and our final goodbyes. Good Night, Fanari Camp!