6/28: Picnic Day and Dance

It’s Picnic Day!!! A day to take a break from our daily schedule and switch it up with some fun rotations before free-time.

First there was Trivia, with Presbytera Georgia and Fr. Tilemahos Alikakos, where there was a wide variety of fun categories for our teams to compete against each other! Then, Connie and Alex entertained us with “Minute to Win It” games, as campers showed off their talents to complete each station.

Fire up the grill! Our delicious souvlaki was grilled to perfection thanks to Dn. Chris, Nick, Fr. Ted and Doc Tom. Campers also feasted on mouth watering watermelon, chips and lemonade! Everyone enjoyed relaxing and spending the day all together.

The St. Iakovos Retreat Center Marina was open for the first time this week and was a big hit with everyone! Staff and campers used the canoes, paddle boats and row boats together, and enjoyed a relaxing ride around Friendship lake. Another great addition to camp this week was a GIANT water slide. Campers beat the heat and enjoyed the refreshing water on their way down!

Our newest building to the grounds, the Infirmary, was blessed today by His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael. The building was built in memory of Bill Dovellos, who was a supporter of Fanari Camp and it’s mission to bring kids closer to Christ and His Church. Metropolitan Nathanael then visited with some of the campers and staff during free-time.

Before free-time ended, 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!

Then it was time to kick up our heels at the country western themed dance! There was plenty of variety in music and dance for all our campers and staff to join in on. Downstairs in our outdoor fireplace, campers were roasting marshmallows for s’mores and listening to saint stories with Fr. Tilemahos and Alex Magdalinos. A tasty treat to round out such a fun night!

John Corassis and members of GAMA, the Greek American Motorcycle Association, came to visit us during the dance and greet the four winners of the 2018 GAMA Scholarship. Since 2009, GAMA has been providing scholarships for Fanari campers and we are most grateful for their continued support and stewardship to our camping program.

At Closing Day, Nick Kirkeles talked about our paths in life and how they can affect others. Christ will walk with us on our path, and if we live our faith, our path will lead us to Christ and His heavenly kingdom. What a beautiful message for us all!

Our Spirit Stick winners tonight were the Athenians and Delphians for showing continual spirit, friendship and unity! Then Marina lead us in singing “Seek ye First”, as we sang arm in arm. 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, especially  a deeper knowledge of our Orthodox faith.

Looking forward to our last full day and all the memories that await us.

Check out Session 2 Day 5 Photos!

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