From The Director’s Desk – January 2018
Do you ever wake up with extraordinary energy? You look outside, the sun is shining, and you think to yourself, “This is Our Time!” That’s how I felt this past Monday morning, January 8th. Sure, it was 12 degrees, and I had slept very little during the weekend (more on that in a moment). But we had just concluded an incredible month of impactful programming, highlighting the best of Capital Camps.
Rewind to December 8-10, when 80 mothers and daughters joined us for Mother-Daughter Family Camp. That weekend’s Torah portion focused heavily on dreams, and throughout the weekend, so, too, did our participants. In addition to intriguing programming designed to dig deep into participants’ consciousness, there was also plenty of time for our ropes course, s’mores, and other camp favorites.
Then, just a few weeks later, 65 participants came to camp for our 5th annual New Year’s Family Camp. It has been such a privilege to watch this program blossom from its first year until now. The theme of this retreat: blessings. Families explored the many blessings in their own lives and looked ahead to their hope for the blessings in the coming year. We also had our annual cake-decorating contest, Ultimate Ga-Ga, and our famous midnight-noon New Year’s party.
Finally, this past weekend, we welcomed 250 campers to camp for our 2017 camp reunions. Our older campers arrived Saturday evening and stayed the night (thus, the little sleep), and our younger campers joined us the next morning. When we joined together for Birkat Hamazon (blessing after meals) and then Israeli dancing, it felt as though it was the middle of July. Throughout the 24 hours, we sang, we ate, we played, and we enjoyed all the camp favorites, as though it were summer.
In each of these three special programs, I felt the Capital Camps spirit shining bright. In addition to the many campers who had experienced our programs previously, we also welcomed new campers into our community. We celebrated Shabbat, enjoyed the outdoors (even in the cold), challenged ourselves to confront life’s big questions, and played, ate, sang, and more. At each, we could truly say, “This is what camp is all about.”
My energy Monday morning came directly from my reflection on the past month – the pride I feel in the tremendous effort and excitement for our programs. More than those programs, though, is an excitement for what is to come. Now that we have officially turned the page into 2018, I feel like summer is around the corner. We have much to do – hire our staff, order the buses, plan the programs – but we are off to a great start! Before we know it, June 24th will be here, and I’ll be ready to hop out of bed once again and proclaim, “This is Our Time!”
See you soon.