07-15-16: Groundbreaking 2016

Posted by on July 15, 2016


 

This past Sunday we had a major event, which you hopefully saw on our Facebook page: Camp Solomon Schechter hosted a formal groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the start of major construction here at camp. From 60 to 120: The Campaign to Build Jewish Continuityis a $12 million multi-year project, beginning this fall, to refurbish the camp's facilities over the coming years. The Samis Foundation also informed us that they are extending the deadline for their $1.5M challenge match. This means your gift can still be matched dollar for dollar by the Samis Foundation.

We want to thank all of our donors who have given generously to this project, with a special acknowledgement to our Leadership Donors: 

Carl & Joann Bianco
The Diskin Family
Laura & Michael Ellenhorn
Bruce & Peggy Gladner
Greenstein Family Foundation
The Harold Grinspoon Foundation
The Holzman Family
The Huppin Family
Garry & Judith Kahn
The Mackoff Family
Herb & Lucy Pruzan
Corey Salka & Lisa Orlick-Salka
The Samis Foundation
The Stampfer Family
The Stern Family

For a complete list of donors or to find out more about the campaign, check out our campaign website.
 

Shalom from Tumwater! 
 
What a fantastic week it has been! 
During the second week of the Aleph Rishon and Bet sessions we saw drier weather and had tons of fun. As you probably saw from the photos in the Parent Center, everyone is having a fantastic time in so many different ways. This year's Derech Schechter program (which you can read about on our blog) is working beautifully once again; we awarded our first Judaism & Joy tag today to a camper who managed to earn all five mensch tags (kindness, respect, encouragement, love, and friendship). 

Some of our very brave Aleph campers have jumped off of the high dive. Most Bet campers have really enjoyed the campouts and reading the "PJ Our Way" book, Path of Names, during their cabin time. And, for sure, they all love the zip-line! 

This week began with the ever-popular Yom Disney on Sunday, which our Aleph campers especially enjoyed, but, literally, everyone at camp was singing and dancing along with Disney songs during breakfast!

Bet campers have been going bananas with Maccabiah this week, which includes Double-Dare and concludes with enthusiastic zimriya (skits). The Bet campers had an excellent time at their first dance of the season and, since it was on Sunday, it was Disney-themed. I saw some great costumes, like the wolves from Jungle Book

Even more than Disney World, camp is the greatest place on earth: I have seen so many smiles and heard so much laughter. This summer at Camp Solomon Schechter, just like summers past, Judaism and Joy are One! 

May our beloved CSS community have a Shabbat of Peace and Rest!
Sam