Camping Early and Often
I fell in love with camp late; I didn’t go to sleepover camp until I was 15 — the last summer I could be a regular camper — but since then I’ve been going back, first to Camp Kadimah in Nova Scotia and last summer to Camp Ramah in Canada. To me, there is nothing more magical and inspiring than the power of camp and I have spent years doing what I can to spread this joyful experience as wide as possible.
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to work on a particularly interesting project envisioning the future of day camps and residential camps. Working with Dan Held (WGF Alum, Class 23) and Ricci Postan from UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, I interviewed directors of Jewish residential and day camps that have some relationship with each other to try and understand how the two camps do or do not work together effectively. The work we produced, “Camping Early and Often,” will (I hope) advance the field, particularly as day camps are receiving heightened attention. There are important implications for all sorts of Jewish educational experiences and how our institutions can better work together.
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