Another glorious day together at Fanari Camp! Everyone is comfortable in our routine, and feeling at home at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center.
“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, several hymns that we use daily in chapel and some new parts of the Divine Liturgy. All our cabins were quiet impressive with what they were able to chant on their own!
Free-time was jam packed with so many fun activities! The Spartans had the opportunity today to visit the Marina for some time on the lake in our boats and canoes. Others enjoyed the friendly competition of soccer, octoball and volleyball. The waves were rolling in on our new water slide, as campers slide down with full force to enjoy the refreshing splash at the bottom! And crafty Connie Savas helped campers rinse off their tie dye shirts, that turned out bright and colorful! There was a little something for everyone to relax and enjoy some time together!
The energy was at an all time high, as the annual Fanari Olympic Games took place for Session 3 and the excitement was felt throughout the camp! Each cabin entered the games, unified in unique 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. Making memories of team work, laughter and the struggle of the agony of defeat. Congratulations goes to the spectacular Spartans, who were our victorious winners! Check out all our Facebook Live videos for a recap of the night!
As if there weren’t enough spirit throughout the camp today, Spirit sticks were also given out to our always energetic Delphians and Spartans! The Holy Spirit is growing inside of us, each and every day.
At Closing Day, we were blessed to have our Bible Study leader, Mr. D, speak about how as a young man, he wanted to serve the church and he went to the University of Athens to receive his theological degree. Upon his return to the U.S., there were no positions available to him, as a man with a vision impairment. However, he persisted in his calling and was invited to Fanari Camp to help with Bible Study. Through the guidance and love of Fr. Bill Chiganos, of blessed memory, he became the Pastoral Assistant at Holy Apostles in Westchester, IL and 40 years later, we are still blessed to have Mr. D with us each summer at camp. In celebration of his 40 years, Connie and Alex baked up his favorite pineapple upside down cake. We truly are blessed to know and love Mr. D and thankful for all the lessons he teaches us at camp. Although he can’t physically see the campers and staff, he knows our hearts, he feels our love and he inspires us all to be better christians and serve Christ and His church. Many years, Mr. D! We love you!
Finally, we ended the night with Maria and Connie leading us in singing, “I Will Magnify the Lord” and then we sang arm in arm, “Take My Hand” and a round of “Father, I Adore You” to close out what was a thrilling night of christian athletic fellowship. Another memorable day to be thankful for! After such a full and blessed day, the camper’s quickly fell asleep, as their heads hit their pillows tonight. We’ll all be dreaming of the new adventures that tomorrow will bring at Fanari Camp. Good night!