Firefly Legacies, Session 3

by Tyler Goldberger

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Tyler gets pumped on the tennis court

Three short summers ago, I walked into 6 Points as a scared, nervous boy. I was completely lost and didn’t know what to do with myself. I was very close to leaving with my parents, but luckily, I stayed. Staying at camp was by far the greatest decision of my life. Without 6 Points, I would not be the person I am today. 6 Points has taught me so much about life on and off the court, Judaism and the bonds you share with other campers. Before coming to camp, I was a poor sport when I lost. However, once each middah, or value, was introduced, I took a new perspective on sports. In the beginning, it was simply a contest of who had the most bands by the end of the session, but it now means much more. The character traits explained here at camp can be taken and used in the real world. The most important middah I learned about was kehilah, or community. The fact that a camper could beat me in a tennis match and then become great friends with me is amazing. No matter how competitive you are, 6 Points has shown me how important family and friends are. Looking out on Shabbat and seeing every single camper and counselor wearing a white shirt is remarkable. It just goes to show the love and respect we have for each other.

The community I have found here has welcomed me without hesitation. We have such an open kehilah, where everyone is accepted. No differences in race, beliefs, or even sport majors can split us apart. I am lucky enough to have made some of my best friends at 6 Points. In two short weeks, I have learned that it is so easy to become so close with someone who shares the love of Judaism and sports with you.

Because of 6 Points, Judaism has become a very important part of my life. I enjoy getting up and singing the different prayers. I feel a stronger bond with other Jews because of what I have learned at 6 Points. Camp has created an enjoyable environment for Judaism, which I have never experienced before.

Camp here at 6 Points has changed me to become a better person. I find myself smiling and enjoying life more. My life at camp is a break from all of my stresses at home. Here, I am able to breathe and relax for two weeks. There is never a dull moment, which allows me to enjoy Judaism and sports even more.

I’ve learned so much at 6 Points. Kavod, or respect, is a huge part of camp. Respecting not only your peers, but all of the staff, facilities and equipment used to make this possible is very important. I have learned to be grateful for the things and friends that I have.

Despite all of those lessons, the greatest thing I’ve learned here is how to have fun. I can’t recall a time where I laughed and smiled so many times in two weeks. There are so many stories that I still laugh about today. There really ain’t no party like a 6 Points party!

Maccabiah was always a big hit for me. Winning for the first time was one of the greatest feelings I have ever had. The overall excitement from the entire camp was something special. You could be competitive during the day, yet come back together as one community for more good times. I love his place to death, and all the memories here will never be forgotten.

Whenever I come to 6 Points, I automatically get a special feeling. This feeling cannot be replicated anywhere else. It’s the feeling of friendship, security, love, warmth and fun. It’s the feeling of home. 6 Points has become a second home to me. A place that I can make anything of. A place of happiness that I feel nowhere else. Being greeted everywhere you go with a supportive staff allows us all to blossom and grow. I have grown tremendously. I have matured and learned many life lessons. There is no place like 6 Points.

For all that camp has taught me and more, I owe many thanks to many people. First off, I thank the A-Team, including Elinor, Alan and Shane. Even without Randy you pulled off one amazing summer. Next, to all the role models that have

shaped me to be who I am today. And all of my counselors and fellow campers, thanks for an amazing three summers! I have always had the greatest time!

As I reflect on my time here at 6 Points, I realize how fortunate  I am to have a fun and loving community that has molded me into who I am today. This is a place that I will remember for the good laughs, the great times, the connections I have made throughout the summers, the sports and the life lessons that have really stuck with me. Although I have never wanted to say this before, I guess this is it. Goodbye 6 Points. You have always been there for me and have provided me the greatest of times of my life. Now, three summers later, I walk out of 6 Points as a confident, happy man. Thank you 6 Points!

 

by Gina Salemi

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Gina is a lacrosse beast!

As corny as it sounds, 6 Points has become my second home. The relationships and connections I have made here with campers and counselors have truly made my summer the best parts of my year. This place has helped me mature into the person I am today. Without camp, I would not be involved in my youth group, playing guitar, or playing varsity lacrosse as a freshman. But no matter how much I grow up, I will still remember that little Haifa 11 year old coming to camp for the first time. Looking back on myself 4 years ago, I never understood back then what the value of the values they instilled in my daily life.  They have helped me become a mature young Jewish athlete. And because of them, I have found Judaism in sports, which has helped me become a better athlete and a proud Jew. Ergos, I would like to thank Ali for being my partner in crime for four years and putting up with me. She has been with me at my highest and at my lowest. Her and my other friends I have made here are the reasons I keep returning. In the future, I have hopes of finishing out my days as a camper and becoming a CIT and counselor. However, no matter how old I get 6 Points will always be my Neverland and as long as I’m here I will never truly grow up.

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