7/19: Picnic Day and Dance

The fun and friendship continue, as we shift our daily schedule for our Picnic Day, where we spent the morning together, traveling to two different activities.

First our clergy entertained us with a game of Trivia, which included intriguing categories and questions. Our second rotation involved ten different “Minute to Win It” games, that showcased our campers talents at each station. It was a great morning relaxing with each other and having some good old fun!

Time to grill the souvlaki and begin our PICNIC! Watermelon, chips and lemonade rounded out the perfect picnic meal. Campers were free to roam to all our outdoor activities to enjoy the free day with friends. It was the Athenian’s turn to visit the Marina, where they navigated the boats around Friendship Lake. Campers were also able to visit the animals at the barn and enjoy Maria’s Wacky Wagon ride! Our goats, Scout and Jem welcomed the campers along with the Alpaca, horses and ducks.

Ending our picnic day was the annual Clergy/Counselor vs. Camper softball game!!! Dn. Chris and Maria gave us play by play commentary where the counselors were rallying until Metropolitan Nathanael joined in on the game, and suddenly the score went to 14-11 in the campers favor! Great sportsmanship and fun for everyone involved in today’s game!

Then it was time to Giddy up and DANCE! Campers were dressed in their finest cowboy and cowgirl attire to get to steppin’ and line dancin’ the night away. Downstairs in our outdoor fireplace, campers roasted marshmallows for s’mores, while listening to saint stories with Fr. Demetri. A fantastic night, dancing, enjoying moments together and joining in on all the fun, as one family at camp!

Before our joyous and busy day came to an end, the Athenians and Delphians were awarded our spirit sticks for the night for continually showing the light of the Holy Spirit within, throughout the day. Finally, at Closing Day, Dr. John Fotopoulos talked about being a thermostat rather than a thermometer, as a thermostat makes change and a thermometer goes along with the environment. We should all strive to be the example of the Orthodox faith and be the person that God wants us to be. Commit and be the thermostat.

What a beautiful day filled with so many of God’s blessings! We look forward to our final full day together tomorrow, and creating more memories here, at Fanari Camp.

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