THE SUMMER CAMPING MINISTRY
OF THE GREEK ORTHODOX METROPOLIS OF CHICAGO
Greetings parents and campers! We are all very excited about the upcoming camping season at our beautiful facility, the St. Iakovos Retreat Center.
THE FANARI EXPERIENCE
Every summer, hundreds of children from throughout the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago gather for our Fanari summer camp program. Their Orthodox Christian faith comes alive, as they develop friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Countless young adults have donated their time and talents to serve as staff, counselors and mentors to our campers since the beginning of this ministry. Our Core staff is always planning for the future, to guarantee that this “jewel” of our Metropolis is around to provide the same experiences to current and future youth that is did for their parents and grandparents. Among the activities at Fanari Camp are sing-a-longs, campfires, Orthodox life discussion, Bible Study, Greek Culture, dancing, swimming, nature hikes, boating, athletics, Olympic games, skit night and daily worship services.
FANARI CAMP INFORMATION
2019 SUMMER CAMP DATES
Session 1: June 16-22 Session 2: June 23-29 Session 3: July 7-13 Session 4: July 14-20
Each session has a maximum capacity of approximately 130 campers
Children entering 6th grade through 11th grade in the fall of September 2019.
$500 per child/$100 IS NON-REFUNDABLE. You will have two options for payment at registration: 1.) PAY IN FULL or 2.) SET UP A MONTHLY PAYMENT PLAN, which you have the option to run through JULY 20th.
You will receive a full refund, minus the non-refundable $100, as long as you cancel 30 days prior to the start date of your camp session. If a cancellation is made within 30 days of the start date of your camp session, you will receive a $250 refund, which is half of the total amount of the registration fee.
We are continuing our partnership with Campdoc.com for our online registration. Fanari Camp 2019 Registration opens at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5th. Click on REGISTRATION for our link.
For those in financial need, click on REGISTRATION for information and application links for full or partial registration fee scholarships.
Beginning Sunday of each week through Saturday after Divine Liturgy. Drop off times on Sunday will be from 4:00-5:30pm (dinner is served at 6pm) and pick up time on Saturday will be at 11:30am. There will be NO BUS TRANSPORTATION to Fanari Camp. Parents will be responsible for drop-off and pick-up at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center.
Note: When a session is full, registration will automatically close for that week. You may be put on a waiting list AND/OR choose to attend another session. It is recommended that if you are put on a waiting list for the session that you prefer, go ahead and also register for your 2nd choice, as well. If you are brought up from the waiting list, you can choose which of the 2 sessions you would like to attend at the time you are notified.
To help combat homesickness, Campdoc is offering a one-way communication tool that allows you to easily send messges to your camper during their session at camp. Families can purchase tokens in bundles in their online registration for $5, $8 or $10. Homesickness can work in reverse, too. Sending CampGrams can help fight off any sad feelings while your campers are away. CampGrams will be printed and passed out to campers each day after lunch. For more information click here!
Stay connected before, during and after camp! Every day during each session, our blog posts will keep you informed of all the activities and fun going on at camp. A link to our daily photos on our Flickr page will also be included for you to enjoy! Subscribe to our Fanari Camp blog by entering your email address on our wordpress blog page, to receive notifications by email when a new entry is posted. You can also “like” our Fanari Camp Facebook page to watch our "Facebook Live" videos and follow us on Instagram to keep up to date, too!
Various candy, snacks, water, Gatorade, Fanari t-shirts, hats and accessories are sold at the Camp Store, varying in price from $1.00-$20.00. All camper Camp Store money will be collected at registration and kept on file. Each time a camper makes a purchase, it will be deducted from their Camp Store account. Any remaining money, not spent at camp, will be given back to the camper at the end of the session.
NO CELL PHONE POLICY
To better supervise and insure the privacy of our campers, we have a NO CELL PHONE policy. Campers will have 24/7 access to a core staff member's phone if they need or would like to call home. Any camper found with a cell phone will forfeit their privilege to participate in Fanari Camp, which will result in their dismissal, at the discretion of Fanari Camp and the Director.
Camp Director: Fr. Chris Avramopoulos
Our staff includes carefully selected young adults, trained to work as camp counselors, along with clergy, seminarians and certified medical staff, that receive a thorough background check. Click here to see our 2018 Fanari Staff!
Typical Daily Schedule
10:00am 1st Activity
11:00am 2nd Activity
12:00pm 3rd Activity
2:00pm Free-Time/Athletic Activities
4:15pm 4th Activity
7:30pm Evening Activity
ST. IAKOVOS RETREAT CENTER
The St. Iakovos Retreat Center is a 138-acre facility located in beautiful Kansasville, WI on the 11-acre Friendship Lake with over 50 acres of pinewood forest. The St. Iakovos Retreat Center is the home of Fanari Camp and we are blessed for this new adventure, to grow closer to God and each other, on these beautiful grounds. For DIRECTIONS click here gosirc.org. (Note: GPS directions do not always take you the correct way. See website for directions.)
St. Iakovos Retreat Center is located at 920 224th Ave. Kansasville, Wisconsin 53139