The reality is kids who are the first in their families to attend camp feel just as much at home here and hope to start the tradition in their families of sending their kids to camp. Here at camp we hope to see this tradition continue as well for years and years to come.
When we first began looking at how to merge these two distinct eidot into one for this summer, we immediately began to search for the overlap. What emerged was a four-week program that takes Jewish foundations and gives campers the chance to bring Jewish texts and values to life through both nature and sports activities.
For the past three and a half weeks, Shomrim/Etzim campers have enjoyed a taste of different Teen Camp sessions to look forward to in future summers, with four themed educational units that culminate in each child’s certification as a Shomrei Tarbut: Guardian of Jewish Culture. Check out what we’ve been working on!
Everything at camp can be holy, and each space resonates holiness differently for each camper as they connect with the people and places around them.
Guided by the value of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), each summer our Hevrah campers dedicate their time at camp to learning about social justice and how they can use their Jewish values to make a difference. This summer, campers in the Social Justice Yetzirah (major), spent two weeks learning about criminal justice reform along with organizing tactics and tips on how to lobby.
Through the numerous programs we did during staff week, one thing was apparent: we were part of a great history and tradition of counselors who love camp. Each staff member brings something unique to the team and is able to connect with campers in a different and creative way.
I believe we can do hard things. I believe we will all try our best to set up each camper for success, safety and happiness. I believe in each and every one of you. I believe in the power of camp.
We have rebuilt the physical foundation of Camp Newman, yet without the holiness of our community and our campers, camp is only a plot of land. For the past three years, Porter Creek has been a site of construction and expansion, but as we welcome campers in the coming weeks, it is becoming so much more.
We’ve got 100 reasons we can’t wait for summer… here’s #68: Sha(and I cannot emphasize this enough)bbat
Learn from one of the best, Matt Ghan shares his tips for counselors and specialists about how to be the BEST staff members for our campers … and have an awesome time, too!