Daily Newsletter – July 5, 2019
Good morning from Camp!
My favorite show of all time is NBC’s “The West Wing.” A drama from the early 2000’s, it’s witty, it’s funny, and most importantly, it introduced me to “The Walk and Talk.” Throughout the show, while the White House staff rapidly move through the halls, many important conversations ensue. Inspired by this idea, I decided to conduct many of my daily meetings this summer while walking and talking. It’s a wonderful way to exercise, enjoy what has been incredible weather thus far, and, of course, to be able to truly see camp in action.
Earlier this week, I was meeting with a newer member of our staff. We happened upon a spot at camp that provides great views in all directions. I paused and said out loud, “This is my favorite time – watch what happens.” Sure enough, within seconds, campers came streaming from all over to move to their next activity. It was time for our all-camp elective (chug), when campers select one of approximately 30 options for the week, ranging from creek walking to basketball to cloud watching. The combination of calm and commotion is a sight to see. Behind that movement are the gears of our complex programmatic machine at work.
As a tribute to so many wonderful programs and activities, a list of just some of what I observed during this past week’s “walks and talks” is below.
- Campers scaling our climbing wall for the first time, while Leaders-in-Training (LIT) were practicing how to belay.
- A pickup flag football game on the soccer field
- Sculpting on our pottery wheels in omanut (our art room)
- Spike-ball (Google it!) with campers young and old
- Campers designing the set for our upcoming presentation of “Matilda: The Musical.”
- Advanced Hip-Hop – I wish I had their moves!
- Making herbal tea using herbs harvested from our Solit Farm and Garden
- Diving lessons for beginner divers
- Mystery Chug – it’s still a mystery to me!
- And so much more…
Just two weeks in, I feel like a broken record when I share all of the amazing things happening here. And yet, each day, each hour, each minute, I am surprised to find something new, something different, something innovative, something fun. Our amazing staff members continue to elevate, finding new ways for us to have fun, both as individuals and as a community.
Of course, I would be remiss if I did not give a brief “shout-out” (as we like to say) to our Macks Village campers and staff. They are largely responsible for the planning and execution of our annual 4th of July Carnival last night. By all accounts, it was a resounding success.
As we enter our second Shabbat, I am excited for what else I’ll discover during my “Walks and Talks” next week!
Shabbat Shalom and have a great weekend.