I’m Evan and I am a C.I.T. this summer. This session, I was one of the C.I.T. Maccabiah Coordinators, along with Meredith, my co- C.I.T. Coordinator. We worked along with the staff coordinators, Rachel Kreuter (counselor) and Sam Bader (Ski specialist) to plan the “Spirit Games” Maccabiah.
It was a really cool experience being coordinator. Being a camper, you don’t realize how much work goes into Maccabiah, for you it just kind of happens, but as a coordinator I had the opportunity to see how much work it takes. We had to run lots of meetings, figure out how to plan activities for different age groups, incorporate Jewish content, work out all the logistics to make everything run smoothly…a lot of time and effort goes into it!
Coordinating this Maccabiah with the C.I.T. unit was really fun. It was a big leadership opportunity for us and we had a lot of say in how things were planned etc. We got to oversee committees and work with staff and that was really exciting.
Some highlights from the experience were: Seeing everything get accomplished; there’s a lot to do but we managed to get it all done, learning how to effectively plan for rainy day programming (although luckily the sun came out!) and seeing everyone having a great time participating in the G.T.R. (George Team Relay) and hearing all the team cheers.
Things that I’ve taken away from the experience of being a coordinator are that you have to put a lot of work into being innovative but that it’s so important to do this so you keep Maccabiah fun and fresh. I also learned how important it is to be on top of things and to be organized and that you should work with others that can help you achieve this.
All in all, it was great seeing how Maccabiah played out and how awesome it was.
Looking forward to my next Maccabiah already!