Monday 7/17: Chanting and Fanari Games

We’ve only just begun our week and there’s already so much fun and learning going on!

We started our first full day at Fanari Camp with an Agiasmos service, led by Fr. George Pappas, the Associate Pastor of SS. Constantine and Helen, Merrillville, IN. Each morning following chapel, we have “Alone with God”, where we spend a few minutes  alone in prayer, to start our day off focused on Christ. What a peaceful time to cleanse our souls and minds and begin our day.

There’s rain heading to Kansasville in the coming week, so to make sure we could get in our Olympic games outside, we switched up our Monday and Tuesday activities. Today’s “Flex” was Chanting. Alex Magdalinos lead our campers in reviewing the basics of byzantine chant and the hymns we sing in church. He was very impressed at how well all the campers picked up the hymn for St. Iakovos, the patron saint of our retreat center, as well as St. Paul, our theme for the week. You can hear some of our beautiful chanting on the Fanari Facebook Live videos! 

During our rotations, campers learned about St. Paul’s life in Orthodox Life and Bible Study, and started coming up with ideas for skits to perform on Friday at Skit Night. We can’t wait to see what all our performers come up with!

CampGrams are new to Fanari Camp this year! Campdoc is offering a one-way communication tool that allows you to easily send messages to your campers. You can login to your Campdoc account and purchase tokens to send them. CampGrams are passed out each day after lunch.

The absolutely beautiful weather brought many campers and counselors outside for free-time. Basketball, soccer, and slap ball were some favorite activities, as others played games, ate ice cream and made friendship bracelets in the Main Lodge. There was no shortage of customers at the Camp Store, as everyone enjoyed stocking up on some Fanari T-shirts, hats, backpacks and snacks today. What fun, hanging out with each other, while relaxing and getting to know one another!

After dinner, the 12th annual Fanari Olympic Games took place and the excitement was felt throughout the camp!!! Teams arrived in uniformity and energized to play. Everyone was pumped to compete for spirit points, but had so much fun along the way! All the cabins gave it a tremendous effort but the Delphians were victorious in the end and won the coveted Fanari Games Trophy. What wonderful christian athletic fellowship, displayed by everyone! Well done! 

Each night we wrap up our day and come together for “Closing Day”. Tonight’s spiritual vitamin was given to us by Alex Magdalinos, where he explained the upcoming mosaic icon that we’re making on Wednesday. He talked about the tiles that come together to make the icon and that in the center of it is Christ. Together, WE make the picture that is Fanari Camp, with Christ and our Orthodox faith as the center to connect us all. What a beautiful analogy to show we are all one family in Christ here at camp!

Spirit Sticks were given out, and the anticipation had everyone on the edge of their seats with excitement. Congratulations to the Athenian and Spartan cabins, who were honored today for all their enthusiasm, kindness and unity! Bravo!!!

Before dismissal, we sang a few Fanari favorites, “Deep”, “I Will Magnify the Lord” and “Father, I Adore You”. Campers then headed back to their cabins for devotionals and then lights out. What a beautiful way to conclude such an extraordinary 1st day together, at our beloved Fanari Camp! Goodnight campers and staff…see you tomorrow for another blessed day together.

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