Here, based on analytics from our Clipboard email newsletter and this blog – in alphabetical order – are the most popular posts from The Clipboard last week. Happy reading!
A Letter Home, A Voyage Out
URJ Jacobs Camp
First-time camp parent Rabbi Debra Kassoff finally got it: her first-ever camp letter. Though Rabbi Kassoff is able to get a glimpse of her children at camp while serving on faculty at Jacobs, she is well aware of how bittersweet letting go can be. Of course, she also knows the invaluable rewards—both for her daughters and for herself.
Getting a Kid Ready for Camp: An Everyday Victory for Mom
URJ Olin-Sang Ruby Union Institute
Packing Zuzu for camp has taken first-time OSRUI parent Emily the better part of two weeks, including countless trips to Target, load after load of laundry and checking and re-checking the packing list. Despite all the preparations, though, Emily knows Zuzu will be on her own once she gets to camp. Emily’s only job is to let go.
NFTY in Israel Send-Off at Camp Harlam
NFTY in Israel & URJ Camp Harlam
Last weekend, 49 campers gathered at Camp Harlam to prepare for their upcoming six-week journey to Eastern Europe and Israel. The power of camp community was tangible as the campers challenged their preconceptions about the Middle East, experienced a taste of Israeli culture and began to see Israel, like Harlam, as home.
No Cellphones at Summer Camp– Acceptable or Archaic?
The majority of sleep-away camps across the country continue to adhere to a strict ‘no electronics’ policy, despite how ubiquitous they’ve become. And that makes some kids, and even their parents, a little anxious, says Louis Bordman, senior director of the Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Mass.
Sold on 6 Points
URJ 6 Points Sports Academy
The verdict is in! Avram Mandell, Director of Education at Leo Baeck Temple in L.A., is sold on 6 Points. As a first-time faculty member, Avram has seen how Judaism is woven into every aspect of camp, from rousing song sessions to restful Shabbat to the daily award ceremony centered around a meaningful Jewish value.