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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!

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!

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

2014 Counselors, Activity Staff, and Priests

This year we have over 100 volunteers including counselors, activity staff, priests, medical staff and core staff, and we’re so thankful that they’re taking a week of their summers to provide our youth with love, guidance, and faith. We can’t wait to work with all of them! Fanari wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated counselors, staff and priests who volunteer their time to work with our youth.

We had our training this past Saturday, and will follow up with our camp orientation this Friday night. The counselors are excited and ready to meet your campers!

Be sure to check out our amazing volunteers on the Meet the Staff pages (above).

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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.

2014 NEW FANARI COUNSELOR APPLICATION FORM

2014 RETURNING FANARI COUNSELOR APPLICATION FORM

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!

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Fanari 2013 Reunion Dance!

Calling all 2013 Fanari Campers!

Mark your calendars for the Fanari 2013 Reunion Dance on Sunday, October 13. We’ll be dancing and reminiscing with our Fanari friends from 7:30-10pm at Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church (2501 Wolf Road, Westchester, IL). $10 gets you a DJ and food.

See you there!

Fanari Dance 2013

Sat 6/22: Fanari 2013 is in the books

Sorry for the delay – we had difficulty with wifi…

Every year Fanari seems to fly by, and this year was no different. The campers arrive on Sunday afternoon and the next thing you know, it’s Saturday morning and our campers are heading home. Fanari 2013 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 2014!!!

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Thursday 6/20: Divine Liturgy

Thursday morning is always a special time at Fanari Camp, as we celebrate the Divine Liturgy together. It’s beautiful to hear the campers sing hymns together and to witness so many priests from our Metropolis serving together. Campers listened to a wonderful sermon from Fr. Bill Chiganos and received the Sacrament of Holy Communion. We are truly blessed to be a part of this amazing experience.

Following Divine Liturgy, we had a late breakfast and took some parish group photos. Now it’s time for the lakefront and a whole day of enjoying this beautiful weather! We’re looking forward to a tasty lunch of souvlaki, karpoozi and lemonade, followed by our 3rd Annual Water Games.