It’s Picnic Day!!! Time to switch it up and take a break from our normal daily schedule, to spend the morning rotating to different activities before free time.
After morning chapel service and “Alone with God”, we headed to breakfast to get well fortified for our day. Some campers started at the “St. Paul Challenge Course”, where the campers rotated through activities representing the different stages of St. Paul’s life.
The first stop was the Road to Damascus through the Proskinitarion Walk in the woods, while blindfolded with Ari Cussick. Then campers joined Alex Magdalinos to celebrate St. Lydia’s baptism by chanting the hymn, “All those who have been baptized, into Christ, have put on Christ. Alleluia!” Next was the imprisonment of St. Paul and Silas, where campers illustrated their steadfastness by all working together to stand on a small platform with Gray Kafkes. Finally, campers played what they thought was a game of dodge ball with Fr. Ted Poteres, not realizing that it was really a way for them to grasp the severity and brutality of St. Stephen’s stoning, of which St. Paul was a part of.
While half the campers were on the “St. Paul Challenge Course”, the other campers were playing Trivia with Boris Dinkov. There was a wide variety of categories in the trivia including sports, world history, pop culture, Greek History, Geography and church. They also learned about the meaning of the items on the altar table, with Fr. Steve Bithos. Finally, counselor and Hellenic College/Holy Cross ambassador, Sophia Petrou, talked about the college and planting the seeds for future students. So much to take in and learn about our beautiful Orthodox faith!
Fire up the grill! Our delicious souvlaki was grilled to perfection thanks to Dn. Chris, Nick and Doc Tom. Campers also feasted on mouth watering watermelon, chips and lemonade! Everyone enjoyed relaxing and exploring all the fields and courts that had games going on, while others tie dyed shirts and hats, or played games in the Main Lodge. Fun was had on “Maria’s Wacky Wagon Ride” where Farmer Joe’s tractor took them on a tour of the grounds, so they could visit the barn to see the animals. Everyone loved seeing the newest edition to the retreat center, the adorable goats named Jem & Scout!
Our annual Counselor vs Camper softball game brought all our athletes and fans together to cheer on their favorite team! Such great christian athletic fellowship! Both teams deserve the big “WIN”! Non-stop excitement at Fanari Camp!
Time to Dance!!! The “Blast From the Past” Dance, with DJ Chrys Cross, was like, totally awesome! Campers came representing their favorite decade with poodle skirts, tie dye, a little Fresh Prince and Run DMC, too. We danced to some great oldies like “Footloose”, “Dancing Queen”, “Born to Hand Give” and even Deacon Chris joined the campers in a rap battle to “Jump Around”, his alma mater’s football theme song! Some of our campers also enjoyed heading to the fireplace and roasting marshmallows for s’mores and saint stories with Alex Magdalinos. A tasty treat to round out such a fun night!
After the dance, our Closing Day “spiritual vitamin” was given by Boris Dinkov, who spoke about the importance of a mentor and spiritual father in your life to guide you. He explained how we can do all things in and through Christ. What a beautiful message for us all!
Our Spirit Stick winners tonight were the Athenians and Delphians for showing continual spirit, friendship and unity! Sadly, our time at Session 2 of Fanari Camp is nearing the end. We are thankful for all the blessings given to us this week; friendships, laughter, a deeper knowledge of our Orthodox faith and many new brothers and sisters in Christ.
Campers, clergy and staff should all sleep well tonight. Looking forward to our last full day and all the memories that await us. Goodnight, Fanari Camp!