On the Move
Posted May 28, 2015 by Camp Chi
It’s hard to believe that it is that time of year again. We are on our way to camp!
Usually, we all move up to camp at the same time. Between the rental groups at the Perlstein Resort and all of the work to still do in Skokie, each one of us is headed to camp at a different time. In fact, Ron has already been at Chi for over a week!
During this slow transition to Lake Delton, please be patient with us. You can call and email us, but it may take a little longer than usual until we can respond. (Our phone numbers with an 847 area code ring in Chicago and at camp.) Once the camp office is set up, we will be ready to go!
Who’s excited… Who’s excited… Who’s excited…
See Camp on Visitors Day
Posted May 26, 2015 by Camp Chi
Bring the whole family for a fun-filled day at JCC Camp Chi.
New Inclusion Program, Expanded Opportunities
Posted May 21, 2015 by Camp Chi
Sometimes when we launch a program at camp, it feels like we are the Little Engine that Could from the famous children’s story. With the motto of, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can,” we try our best to get up the mountain. When we get stuck, we have to look for supportive partners to push or pull us while joining us in saying, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”
The Little Engine that Could is the image that comes to mind when we think of our success with providing overnight camp experiences to campers with special needs and our long-standing partnership with Keshet. With Keshet’s guidance, support and expertise, Camp Chi has integrated campers with disabilities in camp for almost 20 years. Although recently we have started talking about this more,
Posted May 14, 2015 by Camp Chi
Most people would never guess that an overnight camp in Wisconsin could be the summer home to people from all over the world. We travel to all corners of the globe to hire the best, most enthusiastic, caring and responsible staff. With them on our team, Camp Chi becomes a great place for cultural exchange.
We are also very lucky that many of our returning staff and alumni work for international placement agencies who partner with camps in North America. The picture above is from CampLeaders’ Manchester Prep Day, a special training day to get international staff ready to come to camps. You should recognize Gary and Imogene, who are both returning this summer. The other smiling faces are joining the Chi team for their first summer.
In addition to the United States, this summer we have 12 other countries represented on our staff.
So Much More than a Lego Box
Posted May 11, 2015 by Jamie Lake
Today I ordered a mezuzah.
As a director at a Jewish camp, this may not seem like an unusual thing. Mezuzot, the small boxes that are hung on the door frame of Jewish homes and businesses, and other Jewish ritual items are just part of my professional and personal life. However, this mezuzah is special – for many reasons.
The mezuzah is made by Eli Berk, a soon-to-be bar mitzvah boy in Texas. Eli combined his love of Legos and his families’ commitment to supporting Israeli soldiers for his bar mitzvah project. He is making and selling Lego mezuzot. To date, he has raised close to $7000, which will be donated to the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Legacy Program. FIDF Legacy just happens to have a very close connection to Camp Chi.
FIDF Legacy sponsors an annual bar/bat mitzvah trip through the IDF Widows and Orphans Organization to the United States for Israeli kids who have lost a parent through military service.