From The Director’s Desk – January 2019
I had two amazing meetings this week. The first was with a long-time staff member. Entering her eleventh summer (she’s been here longer than me!), this staff member reflected on all of the growth of our camp and also shared some new ideas she had to make this summer even better. After eleven years, she still is thinking of new ways to create the best experience for our campers and staff.
The second meeting was with a prospective camper. This young, precocious third grader quite literally could not stay seated as she told me all about the activities she loved at her day camp and how excited she was to try new activities at Capital Camps this summer. I can’t help but be moved by meetings like these and other punctuated moments throughout our camp planning season.
Of course, in addition to the one-on-one meetings, there are also the larger gatherings that bring so much joy and excitement to our work. Just last week, 300 campers joined us for our annual camper reunions at camp. It is simply amazing to see the excitement and energy as campers get off the bus, see their friends, and remember that this place is home. For more on the reunion, click here.
Earlier last month, we held our bi-annual Father-Son Family Camp. Approximately 45 men and boys celebrated Shabbat, Chanukah, and being together all while flying high on our ropes course, playing Gaga and enjoying all that camp has to offer.
We have begun to share with you our new camp theme: “Be Limitless,” a challenge to campers, staff members, alumni, and parents to explore their “true selves” through limitless possibilities. During this planning year and throughout the coming summer, we will discuss how we can create limitless friendships, community, and connection.
We have much to do – hire our staff, order the buses, plan the programs – but we are off to a great start! While we continue these preparations, you are an important part of this process. I am always looking for feedback and ideas on how we can create limitless impact this summer. Please reach out with your comments and suggestions. I’d be happy to meet for coffee and to chat at your convenience. I can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-283-6155.
In the meantime, best wishes for a happy, healthy beginning of the New Year!
PS – In case you missed it, click here to read about our summer Family Camps (Bubbie Zayde Family Camp, May 31-June 2 and Summer Family Camp, August 16-18).