Another day of God’s blessings all around us at Fanari Camp!
“Ne Pa Vou Ga Thi Ke Zo Ne”! Our Flex session today was Chanting with Alex Magdalinos, where he reviewed the basics of byzantine chant and the beautiful hymns we sing in church. We also learned the hymn for St. Iakovos, the patron saint of our retreat center, as well as St. Paul, our theme for the week. The heavenly voices of our campers were inspiring, as they embraced all the hymns they learned and sang them in evening chapel.
Free-time was filled with relaxation, friendly competition and colorful new apparel! Crafty Connie Savas and staff, helped campers who wanted to tie dye their camp shirts or hats. We can’t wait to see the final products in a few days! Others chose basketball, swimming, ping pong, Garage Band or just cooling off in the Main Lodge with games and ice cream. There was a little something for everyone to relax and enjoy some time together!
The energy is at an all time high around the camp, with non-stop chanting and singing from all the cabins throughout the day. So much enthusiasm!!! A special shout out to our AMAZING counselors for being loving role models, leading the way for our campers this week. We are extremely blessed to have them ALL!
Following dinner, the annual Fanari Olympic Games took place for Session 3 and the excitement was felt throughout the camp. Our hair may not have held up in this humidity, but our spirits were at an all time high!!! Each cabin entered the games, unified in attire and team spirit! In the end, the friendly competition was only outdone by the amazing sportsmanship that all our campers displayed for each other. Such a fun night to laugh and play together for some good times and great memories! All our cabins gave it a valiant effort, but congratulation goes to the Olympians, who were our victorious winners, by a 4 point margin! Check out all our Facebook Live videos for a recap of the night!
At Closing Day, Mr. D shared a couple stories about how life was brought back to barren fruit trees and this relates to us being cultivators of our faith and Apostles of the Word. We truly are blessed with the lessons that Mr. D teaches us all. Spirit sticks were also given out to our always energetic Delphians and Athenians! The Holy Spirit is growing inside of us, each and every day.
Finally, Jonathan Tatooles played the guitar and lead us in a joyful rendition of “Pharaoh, Pharaoh”, “I Will Magnify the Lord” and then we sang arm in arm, “Seek Ye First”. There’s nothing like singing Fanari songs, to bring us together as a family at camp. Another memorable day to be thankful for! There’s rain in the forecast overnight, but nothing’s going to dampen our spirits at Fanari Camp! Goodnight and God Bless!