Tag Archives: Christian Friendship

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!

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



Fanari 2014 here we come!

We’re only a few days away from Fanari 2014! We hope you’re excited and ready for a week of faith, fun, and Christian Friendship! Please familiarize yourself with the information in the Camper Confirmation Packet 2014 and make sure your camper is aware of our camp expectations and guidelines.

A few reminders for campers & parents:

1) Please follow the bus assignments! We carefully assign the correct number of buses to each zone based on the number of campers, so it’s extremely important that you leave from your assigned church.

2) Please be on time (no Greek time!) for departure on Sunday, June 15th. Buses will leave promptly at 1:00pm (2:30pm Annunciation, Milwaukee)! Make sure you allow enough time to arrive, load your luggage and say goodbye. Counselors will be wearing neon green staff t-shirts–they will facilitate the departure and will instruct you where to load camper luggage. Parents, please assist with loading of your child’s luggage.

3) Did you know we have a theme for our dance on Thursday night? Time to pull out your sports gear- wear your favorite team’s apparel (MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL, etc.) or dress for your favorite sport (tennis, golf, dodgeball, etc.)! Be creative and tell your friends. We hope you’ll dress up and get into the theme.

4) Remember that we are an Orthodox Christian camp and it should be reflected in the clothing you pack. Campers will be asked to change if they aren’t dressed appropriately (too short shorts, low-cut tops, inappropriate t-shirts, etc.) Please review the camper rules in the packet for specifics.

5) Finally, please remember our no-cell phone policy. When a camper leaves home for Fanari Camp, he or she needs space to develop their personality and find his or her place at camp. In order for this to happen, it is important that they not be tied to their cell phones or other electronic devices. With the proliferation of the use of cell phones and communication devices, it has made our ability to properly supervise your child more difficult. Any camper who is found with a cell phone at any time during our program will have the phone taken away and returned to them on the day of departure. We have an office along with an answering machine should there be a need to get information to your child. Your child will be notified at meal time if they have an important message. You should have received emergency numbers in your camper confirmation packet.

Phone calls to the camp office:
Our office accepts phone calls from parents who need to leave a message for their child; we make every attempt to get the message to your child at the next meal time. Please do not be alarmed if your phone call is answered by our answering machine – given the nature of camp, we’re generally out and about interacting with the campers. Please do not call the camp hoping to speak with your camper, as it is our policy not to pull campers out of the program for a call from home. Campers will not be able to accept a phone call except in the case of an emergency. Phone calls to campers often cause increased homesickness and disrupt the camp program and community.

We’ll update on a regular basis, so check back to see the fun we’re having at Fanari!

Fanari 2014: Counselor & Staff Applications

Calling all counselors & staff! It’s that time again, we’re looking for a group of dedicated and talented counselors and staff to work with the youth of our Metropolis during the week of June 15-21. Applications are available and due on May 5, 2014.



A few things to remember:

-Please make sure you select the correct application (new vs. returning applicant)
-All applications must be postmarked  by May 5, no exceptions.
-ALL counselors staff must participate in training (Saturday, June 7) and orientation (Friday, June 13)
-Make sure that you read all of the application information. If you have questions, please contact Chris Avramopoulos, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries, at cpavro@aol.com.

Thank you for your interest in serving the Fanari Camp program and we look forward to working with another group of talented counselors & staff!

Fanari 2014 Poster