The Latest From Camp

Traditions

Throughout my time as a camper, counselor, and year-round professional, I have seen the development of many new traditions. I remember when we used to eat in three separate dining halls, only seeing our friends and family in different grades for all-camp swim on Saturday afternoons. I love that we have grown to ...

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How Sweet It Is!

What a gorgeous day we had at camp yesterday! I spent a lot of time at our farm, learning about our chickens, fruits and vegetables with campers, picking flowers once they had shared something for which they were grateful. I was touched to hear many campers indicate that they were grateful for the ...

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Prayers For Peace

We returned yesterday evening from a beautiful, full and fun day at Hershey Park! Walking around the park, it was easy to see how much our campers and staff were enjoying themselves – and the chocolate! This evening we will welcome Shabbat, our day of rest, as well as some special guests: the ...

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What a Saturday

Shabbat is a time for us to relax, reflect, rejuvenate and enjoy some alternative activities. This past Shabbat, we took advantage of the great weather, and as an entire camp, we spent the afternoon at the lake. Campers enjoyed time together playing frisbee, playing cards, building sand castles, exploring the our lake toys, ...

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Ahoy Mateys!

Ahoy Mateys! Maccabiarrrgh has officially begun! Capital Camps has been transformed into the Capital Province with the Ships of the Golden Griffin, the Blue Pegasus, the Red Phoenix, and the Green Dragon. Our first of two days of competition began yesterday. Teams met for their morning meeting and prepared for the ...

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A Complete Day

We often speak at camp about transitions. These transitions sometimes take place rather quickly, and they often require our campers and staff to move from one program to another, one emotion to another. Despite how quickly these transitions may happen, we still are diligent in contextualizing each experience to create overall meaning. When we first ...

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Always Learning, Always Growing

As I wrote in yesterday’s newsletter, we commemorated Tisha B’Av Monday evening and yesterday. Although our communal observance took place Monday night, approximately 35 individuals decided to continue their observance through Tuesday, including participation in the traditional 25-hour fast. They had an alternate schedule with reduced physical activity throughout the day. When ...

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Impact

If I sound like I broken record, I am. For the third consecutive day, I feel inspired. I feel inspired by our staff. I feel inspired by our campers. I feel inspired by our community. While many great activities occurred throughout the day yesterday, I’d like to share with you ...

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Rounding Third

It is hard to believe that the end of camp is almost upon us. Yesterday afternoon, we enjoyed “Chug-a-Booga” – a celebration of the learning and fun that our campers have experienced in their chugim (electives). We awarded excellence in effort, improvement and performance in sports and the arts, and we were treated ...

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Inspiration and Wonder

As 2nd session comes to a close today, it’s another opportunity for me to reflect on all that we have created and accomplished. Three weeks ago, approximately 450 children embarked upon a journey here at this special place – a journey that would go on to be full of inspiration and wonder.
Today, as ...

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Let’s Go to Camp!

YOTAIR 2014 is finally here!
After months of meeting with prospective campers and parents, recruiting and hiring staff, preparing our facility and menus, and staff orientation, we are thrilled to kick off Yotair 2014 today!
We have worked hard during the last few days to prepare for your child’s arrival today. We read camper ...

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Time for Some More Fun!

Our first day of Yotair was a success! It was incredible to see the campers’ enthusiasm as they came off the buses. It was clear that they were excited for a few packed days of fun, as they receive a “taste” of what camp is all about. Before I tell you about ...

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