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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!

Camp Week 2013

In case you missed it, the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of American put together a celebration of our camping ministries at the end of August. They collected reflections and photos from camps around the country, and one of our counselors, Sara Pessimisis was able to share her thoughts on her Fanari Camp experience. You can check it out on The Ladder (the official blog of Youth & Young Adult Ministries)

You can also see a few Fanari photos in the Camp Week 2013 slide show. (0:31, 1:21, 2:22, 3:06, and 3:58)

Enjoy!

Fanari 2013 photos!

The first batch of Fanari 2013 photos are now on Facebook! These are just the start, as we took over 3,000 photos from our 7 days at camp!

We’re working on the slide show on YouTube, we need to adjust the music so hopefully we’ll have it up and running soon.

Enjoy!

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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Tuesday 6/18: Fanari Games

Today was a beautiful day! Even though it was a little cool the sun was shining and we had enjoyed every minute of it.

After morning chapel and breakfast we went to our morning sessions. In Diakonia we’ve been busy making icons painting various layers on blocks of wood. 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 some soccer tournaments led by some of our wonderful counselors. Campers also learned how to chant with Alex and some participated in arts in crafts with our Diakonia staff.

The entire camp had a GREAT time cheering each other on during our annual Fanari Games! Each grade dressed in specific colors and got into the spirit of the games with lots of cheers and encouragement. We loved seeing our counselors get into the spirit, too! Big congratulations to the 8th grade and the 11th grade for winning in their respective divisions!

Time for chapel and then bed. Another big day tomorrow, including confession and a Fanari classic, the Song Game!

Sweet dreams, campers! Thank you for another day of so much wonderful Christian Agape!