This has been a fun and meaningful week at camp. Thechanichim, odedim and madrichim have been amazing dealing with the unfortunate and untimely passing of one of our camper's parents. Camp is such a supportive, wonderful and caring community. Friends at camp understand this and the rhythm of life and support each other through thick and thin times. I am so lucky to work with such great young people.
The carnival on Tuesday night was a blast, kol hakavod to theodedim for planning and executing this awesome evening program. Brian Rohr, the storytelling artist who came this week, was fascinating, and Maccabiah is in full swing witt so much fun and ruach. The 4-on-4 basketball tournament was a serious showdown; Yom Omanut (Art day) was so inspiring, especially Zumba Painting; and the challenge course, zip tour and river trips were all part of this action-packed week!
The Israel program has had a great week as well, including snorkeling in the Red Sea, camping and eating in a Bedouin tent in the desert, hiking to the top of Masada at sunrise, and praying shacharit (morning prayers) with our very own Camp Solomon Schechter siddurim. They also played in the waterfalls of Ein Gedi, went to the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem (where the Israel campers put in the notes written by the Echad and Aleph campers into the Wall), stayed in four-star accommodations, and ate great food!
I bet that you are looking forward to seeing your children again this Sunday! Please remember: DO NOT BRING OUTSIDE FOOD TO CAMP on Open House day, it creates a lot of problems when we have to confiscate the food and throw it away. We do this as we are highly concerned about keeping our camp kosher and nut free. We are also vigilant about equality. Please be prepared for gate screening. If you have any issues or questions during Open House about your camper's experience, please talk to a head staff member, myself, or parent liaison Michele Crandall. We are looking forward to showing you how great camp is going!
I am sorry that our photos have not been uploaded. There have been some technical difficulties. We did post some photos on Facebook, however.
Thank G-d that Shabbat is almost upon us. The rest, fun, relaxation, socialization and joy of camp are always at an all-time high on Shabbat at Camp Solomon Schechter.
Shabbat Shalom to us all!
See you on Sunday!