By Emily Andes
So it’s been a little while since the last blog post, but it’s actually taken me an entire week (did camp really just end one week ago?!) to be able to gather and begin to organize my thoughts on the summer. How do you put into words everything that camp was and is? How do you summarize all the song sessions and late night convos while still getting across the huge importance these small events played in the summer? What can I write here that would accurately portray what an important home that Greene was to so many people these last few months? And most importantly how do I say goodbye to all of that?
Thankfully, reflecting this past week has taught me I don’t have to say goodbye. Camp may be over formally, but Greene is always with us. It’s just a matter of taking the greatness of the summer and including camp and everything it brings into the rest of your life. This was really brought home to me when I received the picture below. In it you’ll see former camper Josh Horovitz reporting for duty for the Israeli army, proudly wearing his Greene Family Camp t-shirt on such a big day.
While it was huge for Josh to keep Greene with him at such a vital point in his future, there are many little things the rest of us can do every day to carry on that camp magic. Of course, it’s going to be a process, change is never easy (I’m still expecting mumtak after every lunch and hodaot after every meal), but keep checking back to the blog and we’ll guide you through it, all the way to next summer.
Luckily below, Assistant Director Scott Braswell has compiled a list of things that may help you get started.
The 10 ways to get over post-camp sickness
10. Tell your parents or friends to pick a restaurant and then tell the waiter to surprise you.
9. Schedule your day in hour increments. Be sure to include an hour for rest.
8. Plan yourself an evening program. Make sure to gather all of the supplies necessary before hand.
7. Hire friends or parents to be your counselors for the day. Make sure to ask them a lot of questions.
6. Go to a furniture store and lay down on one of their bunk beds. It is encouraged for you to go with a friend to act as your bunk mate.
5. Have a parent or a friend bring you a soda or candy bar with your mail. Every other day of course.
4. Hold a mini-Maccabiah with your friends or family. Be sure to include a creative break, a relay and fun cheers.
3. On Shabbat evening wear white and go to services at your local synagogue. Bring your own rock.
2. Say the Motzi before you eat, Birkat Hamazon after and give your friends or family Hodaot at each meal (Sing it!)
1. Attend a retreat at GFC or come to a Shabbaton, Havdallah or presentation by GFC at your synagogue.
If you try all of these things and still miss camp, wait for the email (coming soon!) to sign up for summer 2012, then begin the countdown to next summer!!! ( A little more than 300 days and counting!!!)