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September 7, 2018
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Shalom CSS Community,

We wanted to reach out before the final Shabbat of 5778 and wish everyone one last Shabbat Shalom, and a heartfelt Shanah Tovah! We both really miss picking up the campers from their cabins on Friday evenings and singing songs as we walked together as a community down to the amphitheater to bring in Shabbat. Shabbat is a magical time at camp, and we hope your campers have brought some of that magic back with them.

As we turn our focus to the High Holidays and 5779, we are more dedicated than ever to learn from the past and strive to reach new heights. The central mitzvah (commandment) of Rosh Hashanah is to listen to the blast of the shofar. There is a great discussion in the talmud about this mitzvah, which centers around the difference between listening and hearing. The conclusion is that commandments must be accompanied by intention. In the same way that small-talk can be elevated to deep conversation by active listening between two people, an ordinary ram’s horn can be transformed into a spiritual instrument that can shake a listener out of complacency. In this way, the shofar is kind of like an alarm clock for the soul. It reminds us that we need to wake up, not just physically, but spiritually as well, and reach for a higher purpose in life.

For us at CSS, this lesson on the importance of listening is doubly meaningful at this time of year, because we also receive the CSI survey results for the previous summer. The survey, much like the shofar, reminds us that we must not become complacent. We must take a break from the routine of daily life to reflect and to listen to those around us, so that we can recalibrate and continue on towards our higher purpose.

We are so grateful to be working at a place where we can make a positive impact on the lives of children. We are thrilled to be able to create immersive and joyous Jewish experiences for our campers. We are so thankful for the many voices that have shared their thoughts, suggestions, and gratitude, to keep us moving forward in the right direction. In the spirit of Rosh Hashanah, we promise to listen with intention to our community, take time to reflect on our journey, and then get back to the sacred work of running a Jewish summer camp.

Shanah Tovah,
Zach Duitch, Josh Niehaus


August 31, 2018
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One of my favorite chuggim (activities) at camp is Hippie Chug. While it’s true that our campers missed the boat by about fifty years on the hippie heyday, something still resonates about that iconic era and all of the brightly dressed people strumming guitars and singing groovy folk tunes about peace, love and understanding. In fact, Hippy Chug is a perennial favorite at camp and usually draws in about 10-15 campers. Although most campers probably sign up to make friendship bracelets or tie-dye shirts, it’s not long before concepts like the Age of Aquarius, events like Woodstock, and the all-important social justice movements become a topic of conversation.

This summer, Karli Schiller created a week-long curriculum for the chug, which gave campers a brief overview of the era, an introduction to notable individuals, and some of the goals and causes that hippies believed in and advocated for. Of course there were also plenty of hands on crafting activities. Our wonderful staff members Rachel Coskey, Naomi Meyer and Jordan Zwetchkenbaum helped bring the curriculum and activities to life. One of the first activities was finding a new hippie name for each camper (my personal favorite was Celestial Harmony). It became evident pretty early on that our campers were most interested in the social justice aspects of the hippie culture, as they decided to hold an impromptu protest at the basketball courts over the pay disparity between WNBA and NBA players.

Not content to put down the protest signs and call it a day, our young hippies decided that they wanted to take on a cause and show support for it outside of camp. It was incredible to see how this group of motivated young people already understood the power they could have by joining together and sharing their voices. The first amendment guarantees all citizens the freedom of speech and assembly, and our campers wondered what that basic right might look like when put into action. After careful consideration the campers decided to take on single-use plastic straws, which are so prevalent in our fast-food chains and coffee shops. They made signs, created cheers, rewrote lyrics to “Blowin’ In The Wind”, and marched on the Washington State Capitol building to sing and cheer about reducing the amount of trash that ends up in the oceans.

After we cheered for a while we went inside the building to look through the chambers where our lawmakers work. The security guard told us that our megaphone would have to stay outside. This led perfectly into a discussion about how even if they took everything else away from us, we would still be left with our voices. And how it is our great fortune to be born into a country where are voices matter, and it is our duty to ensure that we never forget to use them. After a few moments of contemplation inside the spacious rotunda, we all headed back to the van.

In Judaism there is a tradition of rewarding new knowledge with a sweet treat, so we decided to thank our campers for their newfound civic engagement with a trip to Starbucks. Of course there was one condition… no straws!

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January 11, 2018
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Camp Solomon Schechter announces a new session for Hebrew speakers! Schechter Shelanu is a weeklong session for campers going into 4 th -10 th grades, and runs during Gimmel session. We’re offering a rich and unique fun-filled program in Hebrew.

Schechter Shelanu runs from July 25 through July 31, 2018, and includes:

  • A rich program about Israel and Israeli culture in Hebrew
  • Experienced local and Israeli Hebrew-speaking staff
  • Nutritious and healthy Kosher meals, that include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten- free options
  • 24/7 fully-staffed health center, cabins with showers and restrooms, challenge course, art center, soccer field, basketball courts, baseball diamond, gaga, and a private lake with boats, kayaks, paddleboards and water toys
  • Programming such as archery, rock-climbing wall, zip lines, low and high ropes course, singing, dancing, environmental education, cooking, and camp fires
  • For an additional fee, Campers in grades 8-10 may choose to stay on through the remaining two weeks of Gimmel session, after the end of Schechter Shelanu.

Date: 7/25-7/31
Cost: $1,005


January 11, 2018
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Camp Solomon Schechter announces a new option for younger campers! If your rising 1 st or 2 nd grader would like to experience the magic and adventure of Schechter, they can join one of our new 4-day/3- night sessions, called Schechter Katan. With a higher staff-to- camper ratio and specialized age-based programming, Schechter Katan offers your camper the opportunity to thrive in a wonderfully active and immersive Schechter adventure. Set at the same time as Aleph and Bet session, Schechter Katan campers will experience the magic of camp, while receiving the right amount of support to be successful!

Schechter Katan includes:

  • A rich, meaningful program about Jewish ritual, themes, traditions and values
  • Experienced local staff
  • Nutritious and healthy Kosher meals, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options
  • 24/7 fully-staffed medical center, cabins with indoor showers and restrooms, art center, soccer field, basketball courts, baseball diamond, 3 gaga pits, lake with boats, kayaks and water toys
  • Programming will include rock-climbing wall, singing, dancing, environmental education, cooking, campfire
  • Top-notch leadership team with decades of experience in managing camps

Schechter Katan runs from:

  • July 14 – July 17, 2019
  • July 18 – July 21, 2019
  • August 11 – August 14, 2019

The cost of each session is $525.


March 24, 2017
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Parents, with summer fast approaching, we would like to update you with Camp Solomon Schechter's security profile. Schechter has a renowned Emergency Response Plan (ERP) that others seek to implement. Our ERP is routinely shared as a sample of best practices for summer camps, and our Executive Director, Sam Perlin, is often being asked for advice.


March 17, 2017
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Camp Solomon Schechter is pleased to announce that we are once again participating in Cornerstone. The renowned program offered by the Foundation for Jewish Camp. 3 – 5 Fellows who are counselors this summer along with assistant director Zach Snyder as the Cornerstone liaison will participate in a 3 day seminar in May at Capital Camps.


March 8, 2017
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From February 19 through February 21, I attended the Song Leader Boot Camp in St. Louis Mo. Put on by Rick Recht and Jewish Rock Radio. It was an incredible experience. At the workshop I learned what is needed to develop song leaders at camp and create a community of song leading at Camp Solomon Schechter.


February 21, 2017
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Camp Solomon Schechter is a beautiful, happy place. It is a place our children go to learn, to grow, to try new things, to become independent, and to meet other Jewish children and live a Jewish life. We foster and encourage habits such as tikkun olam


February 15, 2017
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I am always amazed to see how well the goals of camp are met each summer. The transformation for a camper from the first day of camp to the last is so clear! Camp Solomon Schechter teaches young Jews of all backgrounds the skills for living Jewishly.