The sun was shining in our hearts today, but unfortunately, not on the grounds of the St. Iakovos Retreat Center. As the rain moved in this morning, so did our scheduled Picnic Day. But never fear, our campers and staff adjusted and the day went on without a hitch.
After morning chapel and breakfast, our campers rotated between two exciting games of “Minute to Win It” with Connie and Alex, and “Trivia-Fanari Style” with Fr. Demetri, Presbytera Kathy, and Katerina. So much silliness and fun in both activities!
Then it was time for some entertaining “Repeat after me Songs”, with Peter, Nick and Chryse, as they lead us all in singing Down by the Bay, Bazooka Bubblegum, and Wrist-a-sha. We sure did look funny, but boy was it hilarious! We also performed a loud round of Boomba! Hey!, and a hilarious Boom Chicka Boom with many funny accents. Since it was raining outside, we made our own rain inside, as Peter Savas guided us in the steps it takes to make rain sounds with our hands and feet.
We were blessed with a special visitor today, for the first time at Fanari Camp, His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael. He talked to the campers and staff about how we wear masks because we want to hide our true selves. The more we wear the masks, the more they becomes a part of us. But the closer we get to Christ, the more we take off our masks, so we can discover our true selves. Then when we see each other, for who we really are, we will see Christ. Truly words to reflect on! He also passed out our camp gift; an icon of the Four Evangelists, which is our theme for the week. Thank you, Your Eminence, for spending time with us today! We hope you continue to join us at our home each and every summer.
Our picnic may have been inside, but the grill was fired up, as Deacon Chris, James and Arun cooked all our delicious souvlaki outside! The rest of the day was spent with many other indoor activities, such as watching movies, friendship bracelet making, and creating an impromptu pop-up beauty shop, giving everyone fresh facials, nicely groomed nails and fabulous hairstyles! Rainy days are the best for finding fun things to do.
And we saved the best for last tonight, when it came time to Giddy Up and come dance the night away Country Western style! Some campers were decked out in their country gear and enjoyed singing and dancing in the Main lodge, while others headed downstairs to our fireplace, where we were roasting marshmallows for s’mores and listening to stories of the saints. Counselor Nick taught us some fun new country line dances that got everyone stomping their boots to the beat! What a great way to round-up our day, and make memories together of our time at Fanari.
Spirit sticks were awarded to the Athenians and Delphians and then we ended the evening singing, “Deep”, “Father, I Adore You”, and “I am a CHRISTIAN”. What a full and wonderful day! Campers are back in their cabins, and will rest well tonight, for sure. See you tomorrow, for our last full day of Fanari Camp.