Fanari Summer Camp 2017

Our first session of Fanari Camp 2017 begins tomorrow! As we anticipate our campers arrival, here’s a few important items before your session begins.

The St. Iakovos Retreat Center is a NUT-FREE facility. Please, refrain from your camper bringing snacks for their cabins that contain any kind of nuts.

Thursday night of each week is our Dance at Fanari Camp. This year’s theme will be “Blast from the Past”! Come dressed up in your favorite fashion, hairstyle, movie star etc. from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or 90’s and dance the night away to some retro music!

NEW! To help combat homesickness, is offering a one-way communication tool that allows you to easily send messages to your camper. Families can purchase tokens in bundles, in their online Campdoc account, for $5, $8 or $10. CampGrams will be printed and passed out to campers each day after lunch.

We will once again have a CAMP STORE at Fanari Camp, where we will sell everything from candy, chips, pop, Gatorade, to Fanari T-shirts, hats, sunglasses, and back packs. Everything will be between $1-$20. All camper spending money will be taken at registration when you arrive and kept on file. Each time you visit the CAMP STORE and purchase something, it will be deducted from your account. Any unused money will be given back at the end of your camp session.

We’re anxiously awaiting our campers arrival tomorrow, but not before 4:00pm, to allow our staff to have plenty of time to properly prepare. Camper drop-off on Sunday is between 4:00-6:00pm and pick-up on Saturday is at 11:30am.

Looking forward to another blessed camping season at Fanari 2017!

Fanari Summer Camp 2017 Countdown!

We’re one month away from the kick off to our 2017 summer camping season!!! Our staff is busy planning another fun and spiritually enriching summer for all to enjoy. We can’t wait until our campers arrive!

Even though some of you won’t be joining us right away, all Session 1 & 2 camper Health Profiles are to be completed by June 4th, and all Session 3 & 4 camper Health Profiles are to be completed by June 18th. We are currently in the process of housing campers for all 4 sessions, making it imperative that you fill in all the information required, especially any roommate requests, as soon as possible. Also, you have until August 1st to complete any payment plans, so if you haven’t set one up yet, please, do so now, or you may simply pay your tuition in full anytime before your camp session begins.

At the end of your online registration, there was a WELCOME PACKET to download and read. It is packed with all the information you need to know for your Fanari Camp session, including our new NO-CELL PHONE Policy, Camper Packing ListEmergency Contact Number, and our Drop-off and Pick-up Information. Please, familiarize yourself with these details and more, before your session begins.

This year’s Thursday night DANCE THEME IS: BLAST FROM THE PAST! Everyone is encouraged to dress up in their favorite decade! You may choose a movie or tv character, band, or fashion from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or 90’s!!!!

Before and during your session of Fanari Camp, we send important email reminders and information through your Campdoc account. Please check your junk/spam mail folder. You may also want to add the domain to your safe sender list to ensure that you receive all email communications from Fanari Camp.

If you have any questions, please, feel free to email our Registration Director, at We look forward to another summer of fun, fellowship and spiritual growth together!

Enjoy some pictures from out last “Blast from the Past” Dance in 2011, with it’s many 80’s fashions!



Fanari Camp 2017 Registration Opens

We are so very thankful and elated for the tremendous turn out for Fanari Camp 2017 Registration yesterday! The first three sessions sold out in under a half hour. As of today, we only have a few spots open in Session 4, so there’s still time to be a part of a week of fun, fellowship and spiritual growth that Fanari Camp has to offer!

If you are currently enrolled in a session, it is imperative that you log into your Campdoc account, go into your campers’ Health Profile and fill out the entire Patient Information now. This will help us in organizing each camper in their correct age group and accommodate any roommate requests.

We know the registration process was frustrating for those of you who saw the availability of your prefered session disappear within minutes and we are truly sorry for the disappointment this caused. With over 400 families registering right at 12:00pm when we launched, it happened very quickly.

For those of you currently on a waitlist, the process to determine how many campers can move up into a session will take a few weeks. Once we are able to evaluate the number and age of female/male campers, we will see where there is open bed space in each particular age group and move campers from the waitlist accordingly. While some may be disappointed that they will be unable to attend a particular session planned with friends, it is our hope that another session will provide the opportunity to make new friends.

The Fanari Camp program has, for over 40 years, provided a special home to many campers, clergy and staff to grow in their faith, as well as, create bonds and memories that last a lifetime. We are humbled by the overwhelming response to our registration and strive to be the best camping program we can be for the Metropolis of Chicago families.



SUMMER IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER! Fanari Camp 2017 Online Registration opens TOMORROW, MARCH 7th at 12:00pm at FANARI.ORG.

SESSIONS: With the high volume of campers, sessions do fill up fast. However, if your preferred session is full, you may choose to sign up for the waitlist for that session AND enroll in another available session. If you are brought up from the waitlist, you can choose which of the 2 sessions you would like to attend at the time you are notified .

NEW CAMPER: If you already have established a account from a previous camper in your family, but you are adding a new child this year, after you log in and select a session and pay for your CURRENT camper, you will then click on “+ New Participant”  in the left column, for each new camper in your family and register them one at a time. This will be the same procedure for NEW families, registering more than one child.

PAYMENT: Cost is $500 per camper with a $100 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT due at registration. You may  choose to pay the full amount, minimum amount, or another amount and set up a payment plan, which needs to be paid in full no later than August 1, 2017.

REFUND POLICY: You will receive a full refund, minus the $100 non-refundable deposit, as long as you cancel 30 days prior to the start date of your camp session. If a cancellation is made within 30 days of the start date of your camp session, you will receive a $250 refund, which is half of the total amount of the registration fee.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Tomorrow before 12noon will be the last opportunity, before online registration begins, to obtain a coupon code for any NEED BASED full or partial scholarships from LEADERSHIP 100. However, GAMA is offering 4 camper scholarships, open to ANYONE who signs up for SESSION 2 ONLY. They will announce their winners by May 1st. If you pay for your session and then receive their scholarship, we will refund your payment, including your deposit. For more information on scholarships, please see the REGISTRATION section of our website.

CONTACT: Once registration opens, if you need technical help with your account, please, email: or call 734-636-1000. For any questions regarding Fanari Camp, please email: or call the Metropolis Youth Office at 312-337-4130.

Thank you and God Bless!


One week countdown to Fanari!

Only 1 week until Fanari Camp 2017 Registration opens on Tuesday, March 7, at 12:00pm at


  • Our online registration host,, is compatible on any device with internet enabled, however we strongly recommend that families access the registration using a laptop or desktop, using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
  • When registering, please use a current email address that you check on a regular basis, as it will be used to communicate important messages before and during camp.
  • Registration cost is $500 per child. $100 deposit is due, but you then have the choice to pay in full or set up a payment plan. For information on scholarships, please see the Registration section of our website.
  • When a session is full, registration will automatically close for that week. You may be put on a waiting list or choose to attend another session. It is recommended that if you are put on a waiting list for the session that you prefer, go ahead and also register for your 2nd choice, as well. If you are brought up from the waiting list, you can choose which of the 2 sessions you would like to attend at the time you are notified.

Please, contact Fanari Camp Director, Deacon Chris Avramopoulos, at 312-337-4130 or send us an email at with any questions about Fanari Camp or registration. For any technical questions concerning your online registration on, please call 734-636-1000 or email

We’re looking forward to another memorable summer at Fanari Camp, filled with all of God’s abundant blessings!


2017 Registration Opens Soon!

We’re 2 weeks away!!! Fanari Camp 2017 Registration opens on TUESDAY, MARCH 7, at 12:00pm. Go to now for information on registration.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITITES In order to qualify and receive an online registration scholarship code, you must first talk to your parish priest and state your financial needs. He will contact us and we will provide you with a coupon code to submit with your online camper registration for a full or partial scholarship. Additionally, GAMA is once again offering 4 scholarships to any camper attending SESSION 2 ONLY. Check out for details.

STAY CONNECTED Please, encourage any new campers coming to Fanari Camp to subscribe to our Fanari Camp blog, in order to receive notifications of new posts by email or “like” Fanari Camp on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Also, you can visit our Flickr page, containing photots from Fanari 2016, to check out all the fun and faith that Fanari Camp has to offer.

We’re looking forward to another amazing summer, building friendships and transforming lives at Fanari Camp 2017!

If you have any questions, please contact Fanari Camp Director, Deacon Chris Avramopoulos, at 312-337-4130 or send us an email with any questions about registration at




FANARI CAMP 2017 Registration

IT’S ALMOST TIME….Online registration opens on Tuesday, March 7th at 12:00pm when will be updated with a link to register for Fanari Camp 2017! Visit our website ahead of time, to familiarize yourself with online registration and important information about camp.

We’re anticipating another amazing summer at Fanari Camp, located at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Kansasville, WI! We hope you will join us for a week of exciting activities, fellowship and fun, as we grow together as one family in Christ, closer to our Orthodox Faith.

Mark your calendars for the following dates of camp to choose from:

Session 1: June 18-24

Session 2: June 25- July 1

Session 3: July 9-15

Session 4: July 16-22

  • COST: $500 per camper with $100 deposit due at registration
  • Open to campers entering grades 6th-11th
  • Capacity of approximately 110 campers each week
  • Fanari Camp runs from Sunday to Saturday of each session
  • Once a week is full, you may choose another week and/or be put on a waiting list

SCHOLARSHIPS are available for those in financial need, both full or partial. Talk to your parish priest about what assistance you may need, before registration opens. Once they contact the Camp Director and you are accepted for a scholarship, you will be given a Coupon Code to enter in your online registration. Scholarships are given on a first come, first served basis until all availabe funds are distributed.

Also, GAMA (Greek American Motorcycle Association) is proud to offer 4 camper scholarships to attend Fanari Camp for all campers attending Session 2 ONLY, the week of June 25-July 1, 2017. The $500 scholarship offsets all registration costs to attend Fanari.  To apply and view complete details, instructions and download the 2017 GAMA Scholarship Applicant Form, please visit their website here. Winners will be announced by May 1, 2017, where if chosen, we will refund your previously made payment.

If you have any questions, please contact Fanari Camp Director, Deacon Chris Avramopoulos, at 312-337-4130 or send us an email with any questions about registration at

We look forward to seeing you all, rekindling old and building new friendships again this summer!