From the Director’s Desk: Fall Foliage
I don’t usually like driving. The traffic, the waiting, the stop lights. Not for me. But, every so often, I have the privilege of driving from Washington D.C. to camp. Weaving through the beautiful Catoctin mountains is such a treat at any time of year, but especially this one. As I headed up US-15 just a few days ago, I was struck by the magnificent tapestry of color. Reds, oranges and yellows painted the landscape, as the mountains grew in the distance. Miles upon miles of color and richness formed the pathway that led me to our summer home.
This natural beauty was a nice reminder to pause for a moment. I thought back to when the leaves were green, full with color, signaling the sweetest time of our year: the summer. What amazing accomplishments we experienced together! Hundreds of children learning, playing, growing together. 175 staff members fiercely committed to providing a unique environment in which our children thrive. Activities, friendships, Shabbat, memories, and so much more – what a summer it was!
When I arrived at camp, everything was incredibly quiet. That moment reminded me of the times when I walk the grounds before B’yachad (our morning flag pole gathering). Just as our campers and staff begin to stir, there is something special about the stillness. It is a humble reminder of how we begin, before camp springs into life in the most incredible of ways.
In the cycle of our year-round planning, we have already begun to stir. With a tremendously successful summer 2017 behind us, we are moving about, excitedly planning another amazing summer in 2018. We hope to capitalize on our many successes, like welcoming a fourth cohort of emerging leaders into our Capital Camps Institute for Leadership & Learning (CCI) or enhancing the ways we build a community inclusive of all individuals. On the sports fields, in our art studio, on our ropes course, and all around camp, plans are underway for enhancing what we do, while maintaining some of our favorite camp traditions as well.
I look forward to sharing many of these exciting developments as we progress through the school year. In the meantime, I invite you to pause and admire the trees. What has been your beauty? For what do you want to give thanks? And when you’re ready, join me as we begin to paint our next tapestry together.