By Scott Braswell Assistant Director and Communications Director for GFC
One of the questions we constantly get when we go on the road is from parents wanting to come for the summer and experience camp just like their children. While we currently do not offer anything for campers over 18 during the summer, we do offer our Machaneh Mishpacha (Family Retreat) at the beginning of March to give parents and their children a taste of Greene Family Camp. Families get to experience GFC together while at the same engaging in separate activities designed for them. Our younger campers for example got to experience many of the activities that we offer during the summer, including our lake, but sorry, our pool isn’t quite warm enough in early March. Gaga, volleyball, basketball, soccer, kickball and the game room were just a few of the activities that younger campers got to experience. While the they were out having a great time, our older campers were treated to sessions with Rabbi Ken Kantor who serves at the Associate Dean and Director of the Rabbinical School for the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rabbi Kanter spoke about the Jews of Tin Pan Alley and Broadway, lighting up a fascinating part of American Jewish history.
Services were special during the weekend as everyone came together for Friday night around the campfire, a family retreat tradition. The evening featured services and campfire songs followed by s’mores!
Saturday morning adults and children started with separate activities then came together for the Torah service, with a story from Rabbi Ken Kantor and Torah reading by Associate Director of GFC, Rabbi Ana Bonnheim. Parents started their Shabbat morning t’fillah with a tour of the Eco-Village.
Together on Saturday afternoon, families experienced some of GFC’s most popular activities as we opened our Giant Swing, Alpine Tower, Zip Line and boating in Lake Jake to name just a few. For dinner on Saturday we served a camp favorite of Brisket and BBQ chicken and followed that up by an amazing song session.
Saturday evening’s program was the most popular program that GFC offers during the summer. We wanted to give adults and younger children an idea of how the entire camp can come together for an exciting program. Family Maccabiah was announced after the song session and included sports, an art competition, pseudo sports and even a relay! Families had a great time separating into six different teams and cheering for their color in all of the events. We concluded Family Maccabiah as we conclude each Maccabiah at camp, with everyone doing the Jessica Dance.
Sunday we concluded with a final learning session for the adult campers with Rabbi Kantor and the children getting one more opportunity to experience some of the activities followed by a screening of our award winning camp video, Follow Me to GFC
Thank you to all of our families who attended and all our families, past, present and future for supporting us and being a part of our family. Click here to view pictures from the weekend.
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