Daily Newsletter – July 10, 2019
Good morning from Camp!
As you can see at the bottom of our daily newsletter, Capital Camps’ programs are filled with joy and fun. Our staff work hard to shape engaging experiences, create memories that the campers will cherish for years. What you can’t see from the titles of our evening programs are the values that shape and permeate these activities. Each village shapes its programs around a theme and guiding questions inspired by Capital Camps’ core values: growth for oneself, growth in relationship with others, and growth in becoming a responsible citizen of the world.
In the past week alone, campers have experienced a program about defying expectations (growth for oneself); worked together to set up a model kibbutz – a collective community where everyone must participate (growth in relationship with others); and became social entrepreneurs in “Tikkun Olam Shark Tank,” challenging campers to think about businesses that would help address big issues like hunger and homelessness (growth in becoming a responsible citizen of the world).
Our campers have also recently met some new members of our community from the FIDF (Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces) program. Hosting these campers, children who have lost family members to war and violence in Israel, is a firm demonstration that we value our relationship with our global Jewish family and prioritize providing an amazing camp experience for those in need.
While we love teaching values in our programs, our staff also live out these values during the brief moments between the programs that pack our busy days. Our campers are always looking at their counselors to learn what’s cool at Capital Camps. When they see their counselors jumping up and down during Friday night song session and dancing, or taking the time to tell campers how proud they are for trying something new, the campers learn that here at Capital Camps, we live our values at every moment.
Have a great day!