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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!

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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!

Wednesday 6/19: Confession & the Song Game

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 icons in Diakonia and talked about what love is in Bible Study. 

Free time brought beautiful sunshine, perfect warm weather, and the prelims for the 3rd Annual Fanari Water Games (canoe races). Each grade will advance two teams for tomorrow’s finals…we’re looking forward to a fun afternoon on the water!

Tonight we brought back a Fanari classic, the Song Game.  Each grade competed in preliminary rounds amongst themselves, and then sent one team to the finals. The final round had the 6th grade vs. the 9th grade….with the 6th grade pulling off the win! 

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 6/18: 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!

Wednesday 6/20: Confession & Sing-a-Long

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 icons in Diakonia and played some soccer in Athletics, while each grade put the finishing touches on their skits in Theater. We’re really looking forward to seeing all of the great skits on Friday!

Tonight we had a Fanari sing-a-long, led by George, Katie, Lee and John. The campers had a great time singing some of our favorites: Pharaoh Pharaoh, Seek Ye First, Take My Hand, and Deep. George led the group in a CRAZY rendition of Boomba Hey, and the campers loved it! After chapel we sang an all-time Fanari favorite, Let There Be Peace on Earth, led by Fr. Bill Chiganos.

Tonight is a quiet night and we’ll be up bright and early to celebrate Divine Liturgy together. It’s hard to believe it’s Wednesday night already, this week is just flying by!

Goodnight Fanari campers!

We’re just about ready to go!

Can you believe we’re only 7 days away from Fanari!?

On Friday night we had our counselor & staff orientation (training was last week) and heard from all of our activity staff. We’re excited for some great projects in Diakonia, discussions in Bible Study & Orthodox Life, fun & games in Athletics, and some creative skits in Theater!

2011 Counselors & Staff: Getting ready for our campers!

As you can see from the picture, our counselors and staff are SO excited for the campers to arrive! It’s going to be a wonderful week!

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 19th. Buses will leave promptly at 1:00pm! Make sure you allow enough time to arrive, load your luggage and say goodbye.

3) Did you know we have a theme for our dance on Thursday night? It’s time to get out our stone-washed jean jackets and jelly bracelets because we’re going to be dancing in 1980s style! We hope you’ll dress up and get into the theme!

4) Finally, please remember our no-cell phone policy. 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.

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

See everyone in 7 days!