Chi Campers. My Role Models?
As a camp director, there are many opportunities throughout the year for professional development. As a director of a Jewish camp, there are even more. I’m sure you can imagine that some of these conferences, seminars, lectures, webinars and workshops are filled with valuable insights, but often I have to remind myself that if I can come away with even one good idea, then I guess my participation is worthwhile.
In December, I attended one of these sessions with a very small group of JCC camp directors, mostly from day camps. One of the leaders of the training presented us with a question that has stuck with me for the past seven months: Who is your Jewish role model?
From the moment the question was asked, I had trouble unpacking it. The questions were coming from everywhere in my head… Who is my role model? What is a role model?
A Sense of Community Responsibility
We have reached the first official Chi Shabbat of the summer. We’ve had six days to create a sense of Chi community, and tonight we’ll come together to feel the strength and ruach (spirit) that comes from bringing together so many campers and staff.
In recent years, we have approached understanding kehilla (community) from a myriad of angles. Last week, with all of our counselors and specialists, Brad and I presented a new lens on kehilla, and what it can mean at camp.
We believe strongly in the concept from Pirkei Avot (a collection of ethical teachings from great rabbis of the past) 2:21: “It is not necessary for you to finish the task; yet, you are not free to ignore it.”
If you grew up attending Jewish camp, this may be familiar to you. These words have been put to music and are sung in many settings with Jewish youth.
Get News this Summer
First session campers arrive Sunday! Amazing. We are so excited for campers to get here. Staff orientation and training is fun, but we need kids!!
During the summer, you can get your fill of camp news at Winkle’s Blog Summer Edition. (This is also where you can also login to see summer photos.)
New for 2015: Some of our daily news will be reposted here on Winkle’s Blog so that alumni and others can catch a glimpse of what’s going on at camp. However, parents and families will want to check out Winkle’s Blog Summer Edition to find out what’s happening in your camper’s village, the daily menu, weather updates and so much more.
Village Peeps 2015
Our first session village leaders and village assistants collectively represent over 100 years of overnight camp experience! They are a highly skilled, spirited, caring and committed group.
4 Week, 3 Week & Take 2 Villages
Shoreshim (4th/5th): Alana Woolley and Jordan Porter
Tsofim (6th): Kyle Kolling
Chalutzim (7th): Danielle Poteshman and Margo Menkes
Habo (8th): Carrie Ross and Corey Dicker
Noar (9th/10th): Jori Wineburgh and Chuck Kahalnik
2 Week Villages Starting July 5:
Yeladim (4th/5th): Emily Rodheim
Kadima (6th/7th): Jackie Shaps
You can learn more about them in their first newsletters posted in the News section of CampInTouch. They will provide newsletter updates twice each week throughout the session.
If you would like to get in touch with any of these staff, please call our office at 847.763.3551, and ask to speak with your camper’s village leader.
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