To officially begin Session 4, we enjoyed a Greek themed day and it was filled with food, dance and our beautiful Hellenic Culture! OPA!
We started our first full day at Fanari Camp with an Agiasmos service, led by the Very Rev. Fr. Christodoulos Margellos. Following the blessing, we introduced the campers to “Alone with God”, where we spend a few minutes each morning spread out in silence, to be alone with our thoughts in prayer and begin our day focused on Christ. A beautiful way to fill our heart and souls with peace.
After a delicious breakfast with feta eggs, potatoes and Greek yogurt, we headed to our daily activities to begin our day. Our “Flex” session today was Greek Culture, where we journeyed through four major city states in Ancient Greece: We started with Greek dancing and learned about Ancient Athens; In Olympia we practiced our pool noodle javelin skills; in Sparta we showed our strength with exercises in boot camp; and in Delphi we built ancient Delphian ruins from play dough.
In Bible Study and Orthodox Life, we were introduced to our theme of camp this week, “Four Doors to Christ: The Four Evangelist”, where the campers will be given the opportunity to understand who the Evangelists are, what a door to Christ is, how the Evangelists are doors to Christ, and why that might be important in their lives. Creative juices were flowing in Theater, as campers and staff began brainstorming ideas for skits. So much fun and learning, as we explore more about our faith and culture!
Our Greek themed lunch of Gyros, tzatziki sauce and pitas were just what we needed after such a busy morning, to get us powered up for Free-time! Campers explored the different activities available to enjoy. Each cabin rotated down to the Marina today to learn the rules and sign up to go boating on their assigned day this week. Others cooled down on our giant water slide, while the courts and fields were packed with campers playing sports. The Main Lodge was filled with campers playing card games, making friendship bracelets and loading up on swag and snacks at the Camp Store. What a fun afternoon, relaxing and getting to know each other, at Fanari Camp!
And for our last Greek fix of the day, Plateia Mediterranean Kitchen in Glenview, IL and the Papadatos family, generously donated our entire dinner. We thought Yia Yia was in the kitchen, it was so delicious! Pastichio, Greek chicken, potatoes, briámi, spanakopita, tiropita and Greek salad, too! No one went away hungry, as we wrapped up an amazing day, celebrating our heritage and culture.
Then it was time for “Let’s Make A Deal!” Our evening activity brought campers and counselors dressed up and ready to play for big prizes and avoid the dreaded ZONK! So much fun answering questions for Camp Store bucks and playing silly games, too! Then it was time for some entertainment, led by our super talented counselors Peter, Andrew, Jeremy, Diana, Nick and John. We quieted down to make rain, went on a wild roller coaster ride, tested our sharpness with “Boomba, Hey” and sang silly repeat after me songs about Bazooka Bubblegum. Rounding out the night, we sang a few Fanari favorites, Deep, Pharoah, Pharoah, Seek Ye First, and I AM A CHRISTIAN. A perfect ending to our first evening activity of the week. We’re packing in all kinds of fun and it’s only our first day!
We concluded the evening with Closing Day in the Main Lodge, where we listened to Louie Pappas, from Saint Demetrios, Chicago, quiz our campers on many famous foursomes, which they all answered correctly. The Four Evangelists should be just as famous to us as the others and we should be willing and able to witness our faith to those around us. We can all be evangelists for Christ just as Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were. Tonight’s 1st Spirit Sticks went out to the Olympians and Delphians! Truly, the Holy Spirit was shining through them all day long.
Campers headed back to their cabins to settle in for the night and do their devotionals. We will all sleep well after such a full and blessed day together. Glory be to God!
Check out Session 4 Day 2 Photos!