At the end of April, Coleman’s 8-week Machon and Machon Adventure Program (MAP) participants came to camp for a weekend retreat and introduction to their summer to come. The two Machon programs this summer will be dedicated to learning the ins and outs of being a staff member at camp. They will participate in programs dedicated to learning about each unit, programming, and our specialty areas as well as becoming better acquainted with the many individuals behind the scenes who, without their dedicated work, camp would not be successful. Additionally, we will offer programs on leadership in and out of camp, important skills for college and beyond, community service, social justice, Jewish life as a young adult, and of course the usual camp activities and traditions. This year’s programs will be truly dedicated to preparing our Machon to be exceptional future staff members, and carry their Judaism and leadership with them beyond camp.
Each program, though focusing on similar themes in camp, will offer a unique perspective through separate experiences. The 8-week Machon will spend first session learning about camp, campers, the staff and more. The 8-week Machon will also be participating for the first time ever in a community service grant program for Jewish teens in which they will research organizations and then chose one they feel a special connection to. They will then have an opportunity to visit the organization, donate their time, and also donate a generous amount of tzedakah. During second session, they will begin an intensive hands-on experience in which they actually live in a bunk with counselors and campers. The MAP participants will spend a week on Outward Bound before coming to camp. In the wilderness, they will develop leadership and team building skills on a whole new level. When they arrive to camp second session, they will be able to put these new skills into motion and share them with their fellow Machon and many staff members as well. Both programs will undoubtedly bring a very special and positive presence to camp.
Machon Weekend was our introduction to all that is to come. Through mixers, team-building activities, and some exciting roller-skating in town, the group was able to reconnect with old friends and get to know new ones as well. As the unit heads of these two programs, we could recognize the immense amount of leadership and commitment this group already possesses by observing them throughout the weekend. Despite a bit of rain, their maturity, creativity, and enthusiasm for the coming summer and their new roles in camp was undeniable. The leadership potential and excitement this group exudes will surely translate into the roles they will take on in camp and we could not be more excited to work with them!
See you all soon!
Becca Huntting, 8-week Machon Unit Head
Ari Bogotch, Machon Adventure Unit Head