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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!

Friday 6/20: Our last day & Skit Night

Fanari 2014 is just about over, and we’re so sad that this was our last full day of camp. It’s been another wonderful day of friendships and memory making, and we’re so thankful to have had this week to meet new people.

Our Pick Up Your Cross and Follow Me campers have had a wonderful time hanging out with the 10th and 11th grades. We’re so glad they joined us for another year of Fanari!

It’s our last night at Fanari Camp and there’s no better way to end our time together than with the skits that our campers worked on all week. Our Theater Staff did a great job coordinating the evening and all of the campers had fun with their songs and skits! The 11th graders closed their Fanari experience with the song “Time of Your Life” and lots of hugs.

Huge congratulations to the campers and counselors of the 11th grade for being the 2014 Fanari Camp Spirit Winners; they truly embraced the Fanari Spirit all week long! 

One last evening chapel, a slideshow of the week, and a few songs closed out our day. Nani nani campers, time to head home tomorrow.

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!

Thursday 6/19: Picnic & free time!

What a great day so far! After breakfast we went down to the waterfront to enjoy the afternoon of free-time and our favorite food for the week- souvlaki! The weather was cloudy and a little cool, but at least the rain stayed away. Unfortunately the water was choppy, so we had to postpone the Fanari Water Games. The campers played volleyball, soccer, softball, and hung out by the water. His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos visited us today, and spent the afternoon with the campers.

We’re just finishing the afternoon and will head to dinner in a bit, followed by the dance. Since we’re getting sporty for the dance, we can’t wait to see what our creative campers come up with for the theme!

Thursday 6/19: 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 about Fanari and our friendship in Christ from Fr. Bill Chiganos. Campers received the Sacrament of Holy Communion and we had campers participate in the Liturgy as altar boys and chanters. 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 an afternoon of free time! We’re looking forward to a tasty lunch of souvlaki, karpoozi and lemonade, and if the weather holds out our 4th Annual Fanari Water Games (canoe races).

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!