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Saturday 6/21: Time to say goodbye

Fanari always seems to fly by! The campers arrive on Sunday afternoon and the next thing you know, it’s Saturday morning and it’s time to head home. After many photos, e-mail/phone number exchanges, hugs and some tears, Fanari 2014 is complete and the buses are on their way home.

We were blessed with another wonderful year of Fanari and we’re so thankful for such an amazing experience. Campers, we hope you made new friends, had fun, and most importantly, learned more about your faith. We pray that you carry your Fanari agape with you throughout your lives, and that you cherish the friendships and memories you’ve made.

Counselors, staff, and clergy thank you for all of your hard work this week. Fanari couldn’t happen without you! Your dedication to the youth of our Metropolis is so important to our ministry and we’re so grateful for the time you’ve given to our Fanari campers.

Thanks everyone for a great week! We’ll see you next year for Fanari 2015!

Thursday 6/19: Dance & Bonfire

Well, it’s the end of a special day and the campers are in for the night. We had a fantastic time at the dance and listening to Mr. D tell stories around the campfire. The campers dressed in some awesome sports-themed outfits for the dance- we had refs, race car drivers, tennis pros, soccer players, a runner, an ice skater, a swimmer and of course lots of Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, Sox and Cubs gear! The campers also had the opportunity to hear Mr. D share stories around the bonfire (until the rain forced us inside) and make s’mores. As always, Mr. D kept the campers engaged and everyone had a great time.

Today our Pick Up Your Cross and Follow Me campers arrived and will spend the entire day with us tomorrow. We can’t wait to share another year of Fanari agape with them!

Tonight the 6th grade won the spirit stick for dancing up a storm at the dance, and we closed evening chapel with “Gloria,” a camper favorite, “Pharaoh Pharaoh,” “Seek Ye First,” and “In My Life”!

It’s been a truly beautiful day and we’ve been blessed with such wonderful experiences at Fanari. We only have one more full day of camp, and as always, this week has flown by!

Wednesday 6/18: Confession, Song Game, Sing-A-Long, and Relics

Today was a full day of confession in Orthodox Life (OL), and priests from around our Metropolis heard confession from our campers and counselors. Campers continued their work on their crosses in Diakonia and talked about the healing of the paralytic in Bible Study.  A bit of rain kept us in the gym for athletics but we made the most of it and still had fun. We’re practicing our skits and getting ready for our performances on Friday night.

Tonight we did a rotation of 3 activities- a sing-a-long led by Fr. George, learning about relics with Fr. Nick and competed in the Song Game.

The campers learned some Fanari classics including Boomba Hey and GLORIA, but also learned a new hymn “O Pure and Virgin.”

Fr. Nick taught us about relics, and we were able to venerate the relics of St. Nectarios, St. John Maximovitch and a Sliver of the Cross. It was a truly special night for our campers.

After chapel the 8th and 10th grades were awarded the Spirit Sticks for the day and we finished our night with the entire camp singing “O Pure and Virgin.”

Tonight is a quiet night and we’ll be up bright and early to celebrate Divine Liturgy together, followed by a full day of free time and our annual picnic. It’s hard to believe it’s Wednesday night already, this week is just flying by!

Goodnight Fanari campers!


Tuesday 6/17: Sunshine and Greek Night

Today was a beautiful day! The rain came overnight, and the sun was out again this morning with a nice breeze.

After morning chapel and breakfast we went to our morning sessions. In Diakonia we’ve been busy making wood crosses with beads. The campers are working hard and we can’t wait to see the finished products. We had some great discussions in OL and prepared for the sacrament of Confession tomorrow. 

The sun was out  during free time and the campers enjoyed some time down by the lake, including multiple soccer games some of our wonderful counselors and priests. Campers also learned how to chant with Alex and had a chance to learn some Greek dancing too.

After our afternoon rotations we had dinner and prepared for our evening activity- Greek Night! Big shout-out to Louis for DJ-ing. The dance floor was packed all night! Campers also had the option to tell/listen to stories around the campfire with Mr. D and Louie or watch Frozen in the air conditioned chapel. The campers and counselors definitely had a great night!

We ended the day with chapel, and now we’re off to Devotionals with our counselors and priests, followed by some much-needed sleep. We’re having a blast, making friends, and learning so much about our faith. We love Fanari!


Fanari 2014 campers, counselors, staff and priests! 600 strong!

Monday 6/16: Daily Activities & Fanari Games

What a great first full day of Fanari! The weather was wonderful and the campers had a blast. Our theme this year is Christian Friendship, and we’ve challenged the campers to meet someone new every day. Needless to say they’re having a great time making new friends!

We started our day with morning chapel, a sermon from Fr. John, and the Blessing of the Waters. After breakfast and our cabin clean-up time we started our activity rotations. Campers played basketball, soccer, frisbee, and kickball in Athletics and got to work on their skits in Theater. They learned about trust in Bible Study and had some great discussions in Orthodox Life. Our Diakonia staff worked with the campers as they started their projects for the week.

Free time was so much fun- campers played lots of soccer, enjoyed some time in the lake, and hung out with their friends down by the water. We were so lucky to have such wonderful weather to enjoy some time together.

Tonight we had our annual Fanari Games! The entire camp had a GREAT time cheering each other on, playing relay games, and they all dressed in grade-specific colors to really get into the spirit. The energy was contagious and the campers really got into the spirit of the games with lots of cheers and encouragement. Big congratulations to the 8th grade and the 11th grade for winning in their respective divisions! The 6th and 7th grades each won Spirit Sticks for the day- keep up the great work guys!

Evening chapel, a sermon from Fr. Christodoulos, and a rousing rendition of Deep with Fr. George rounded out our day. Campers are in their cabins now and will surely sleep well tonight!

Goodnight campers, thank you for a wonderful day of Fanari!

Sunday 6/15: Welcome to Fanari 2014!

Fanari 2014 is off and running! All of our campers, counselors and staff arrived safely in Green Lake this afternoon and we were extremely lucky with sunny skies to welcome them. The campers at Holy Apostles were treated to a wonderful send-off from the Greek American Motorcycle Association (see photos below). We’re so thankful for the members of GAMA who provided scholarships for campers to attend Fanari. Thank you for your continued support of our program!

We ate dinner together- all 483 campers plus around 100 counselors, activity staff, and priests- followed by our camp orientation. We got the lay of the land and learned about each of our activities: Orthodox Life, Bible Study, Theater, Athletics, and Diakonia. Our activity staff talked about what we can expect this week and got us excited about the activities to come.

Tonight we ended our first day with evening chapel, including a sermon from Fr. Peter, followed by the awarding of our first Spirit Stick of the week to the 11th Grade. We finished the night singing a Fanari classic I Will Magnify the Lord.

Campers are now back in their cabins, having evening devotionals with their counselors, and getting settled. Fanari 2014 is off to a wonderful start and we can’t wait for our first full day tomorrow. Sleep well campers!


2014 Counselors and Activity Staff



Last Holy Apostles bus is here!

And our last bus has arrived…

let Fanari 2014 begin!!!