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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!

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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Monday 6/17: Greek Night & the Blackhawks Game

We started our first full day of Fanari 2013 with morning chapel and the Blessing of the Waters, followed by a yummy breakfast and some cabin clean-up time. Once we were ready for the day, we moved into our daily activity schedule. Each day our campers have Bible Study, Orthodox Life, Athletics, Theater and Diakonia. Today in Athletics we played a little volleyball and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

After dinner we made a slight change to the schedule because of a little rain and decided to give the campers the option of Greek Night or cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks for the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Big shout-out to Cristin and Tommy for leading and DJ-ing the Greek dancing! The dance floor was packed all night, and the campers and counselors definitely had a great time.

We ended the day with chapel, awarding Spirit Sticks to the 10th and 6th grades, sang a couple of songs (“Pharaoh Pharaoh” and “Father I Adore You”), and then the 11th graders got their 6th grade little brothers & sisters for the week. Now we’re off to Devotionals with our counselors and some much-needed sleep. We’re having a blast and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for us tomorrow!

 

Friday 6/22: Skit Night

It’s our last night at Fanari Camp and there’s no better way to end our week 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 “You’ll Be In My Heart” and lots of hugs.

Big congratulations to the campers and counselors of the 7th grade for being the 2012 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. It’s almost time to head home.

Sleep well campers!

Our last day at Fanari…

Today was our last full day of Fanari 2011…and we saved the best weather for last. The sun came out a little and campers were able to enjoy their entire day outside! We had our regular activities and prepared for our last evening activity, Skit Night.

Today we had some visitors at camp! 3 members of the Metropolis’s Pick Up Your Cross and Follow Me program came to participate in Fanari for the day. We were so blessed to have them as part of our Fanari community and loved having them here!

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 “My Wish” and lots of hugs.

Big congratulations to the campers and counselors of the 8th grade for being the 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. Time for some nani and then it’s time to head home.

Sleep well campers!

Tuesday Recap

Day 2 may have been a little rainy, but Fanari campers powered through! We talked about confession in Orthodox Life (OL), continued working on our skits for Skit Night, and had some great discussions in Bible Study.

We swapped our evening activities- 6th, 7th and 8th grades had Greek Night. The dance floor was packed all night and the campers danced up a storm!

The 9th, 10th and 11th grades competed in the Fanari Games, with the 11th grade winning the most Spirit Points.

We’re hoping that the rain stays away today, and pray that everyone at home is safe and sound.

Monday Funday!

We’re off and running today with all of our activities! Despite a little rain, we managed to get in a little softball during Athletics, and enjoy free-time outside this afternoon. Our Diakonia staff started the campers on their projects for the week, and we can’t wait to see the finished products.

Tonight our 6th, 7th and 8th grade campers had the Fanari Games. We had 8 different relay races and had a GREAT time cheering on our grades throughout the night! Each grade wore a different color (6th- orange, 7th- blue and 8th- black) and showed great teamwork. Congratulations to our 8th graders for winning the most spirit points!

Our 9th, 10th and 11th graders had a blast dancing during Greek Night! The 11th graders dressed up in togas and led the way with the dances. Two of our staff members, Cristin and Tom, did a great job teaching some new dances and as you can see everyone had fun.
Our evening activities were followed by chapel and more singing led by George, Katie and Toni. Everyone is back in their cabins and getting ready for bed. We’ve been blessed with another great day, and thank God for our many blessings!

Good night, Fanari!