1A Daily Newsletter – July 5, 2019
Good morning from Camp!
It’s hard to believe that 12 days have come and gone. It seems like just yesterday that our campers were stepping off the bus into a new experience with hopes, excitement, and maybe a little trepidation. It seems like just yesterday they were participating in icebreakers, meeting new people, learning our dining hall rituals, and embarking on individual and collective journeys.
We have accomplished a great deal during these past 12 days. In that short time, our 1A campers have been to the pool and to the lake, to the ropes course and to the soccer field, to arts & crafts and to the farm. They have camped out in tents, cooked dinner over a campfire, and enjoyed making S’mores. Most importantly, they have learned new skills, created special memories, and developed long-lasting friendships.
As they reach your home, I hope you’ll ask your children about their experiences. Ask open-ended questions about their favorite activities, people they met, traditions they learned. Then, watch during the coming days, weeks, and months. Has anything changed? Do you sense a difference, however small? Each session, I inform all of our campers that my goal for them is to depart camp having experienced at least one new thing. What was it for your child?
You may not notice it right away. I talk a lot about how camp is like planting seeds and waiting for them to grow. You know your children well. You know that you may need to wait some time before you see the fruits of your planting. Whether it is now or in the future, I hope you congratulate yourself on initiating a tremendous journey – one that we hope will help your child (and others) learn and grow, well into the future.
As the campers board the buses this morning, we will say, “L’hitraot.” One of our Israeli counselors taught us that “L’hitraot” doesn’t only mean “goodbye.” It also carries with it a strong desire that we’ll see you again. My sincere hope is that we see you in summer 2020. We will be in touch with you throughout the summer about upcoming events and exciting news, including 2020 registration, which begins Monday, August 19.
In the meantime, have a safe and enjoyable rest of your summer!
Shabbat Shalom and have a great weekend.