Harlamites Write and We Listen

by: various campers and a CIT

Jessica Newberg – Carmel

One of the world’s greatest mysteries is what is the meaning of life?  Most people think, “Well, to live.”  I like to think deeper than the obvious solution.  Here are some of the things I thought of:

  1. To do something no one has ever done before.  I want to be an astronaut, maybe the first one to walk on Mars.
  2. Make a bond with someone that can never break, always stand up for her/him as she/he does for you.
  3. Become as fit as humanly possible with a perfect and slender body, perfect face, etc.
  4. Do something that ultimately makes the earth greener like pick up any trash you see.

No one truly knows what the meaning of life is but it never hurts to make guesses.  Probably people will never figure out what it is, but it is our life and we should make the most of it.

Julia Nestel – Arava

After choosing my Mitzvah project, “A Package from Home,” which is writing letters to be IDF, Israeli Defense Force, soldiers, I realized that I couldn’t write all the letters myself.  I thought about the name of the project, “A Package from HOME” and it clicked that I would ask for assistance from my home away from home.  I checked in with Rabbi Vicki Tuckman and Beryl Trauth-Jurman hoping they could help me.  On July 7, 2013, my unit, Arava, learned about the project and heard some personal stories from our Israeli Staff.  At rest hour that day, my friends all wrote letters to the soldiers.  It was so successful and I felt amazing!  My counselor Shir Amit saw its success and together we decided to do more on Yom Israel, Israel Day.  At snack time on Yom Israel, I had a booth set up with letters and pens and over 50 campers wrote more letters.

Shortly after camp I am heading to Israel for my first Bat Mitzvah, in November I will be called to the Torah again in front of my friends.  I will be meeting with the organizers of, “A Package from Home” and delivering the letters that were written.  I am so happy and proud of my fellow Harlamites for the Mitzvah we completed together!

Anna Lieberman – Chavurah

Sometimes camp feels like a dream, like it never happened. It feels like I left my house with a month’s worth of stuff, and then I came straight back and felt exactly the same. But then I remember. I remember tiny moments that made me smile. I remember the jokes we made and the songs we sang. I remember the advice and guidance that both campers and staff alike gave me. I remember each and every hug and each and every laugh. The people who I have experienced this with have changed my life, changed the way I look at the world. So I’d just like to thank you. Thanks to all of the campers who have made me feel like family for these 5 years. Friends, you are my rock and I know I can always come to you for a hug or a shoulder to cry on. Thanks to all of the staff members for making me feel loved and appreciated. You have inspired me so much, and when I am a counselor, I only hope to affect kids even just a fraction of how much you affected me. Last but not least, thanks to Camp Harlam, the place where I learned to love and be loved.  The sessions may be short (or the water may be white, or the men may be blue, or the green may be green) but the memories are forever.

Caroline Sacks – Gesher

As a camper, most of us have a plan in our heads of how we want to be as counselors.  We know what units we want to work with and which specialties we would like to try out.  In my six years as a camper, the idea of joining waterfront never crossed my mind.  After making the decision to become a waterfront CIT, I know I’ve made my younger self proud. My fellow waterfront CIT’s and I set a goal and we reached it.  We all became certified lifeguards.  After three days of day and night training we were all welcomed to the waterfront family.  Each of us was assigned a mentor to show us the ropes.  We were immediately thrown in to lifeguarding.

My first day up on the “stand” I was a nervous wreck.  All I could think about was the “what-if’s” of a situation.  After my first ever period of free swim was over, I realized I was actually very prepared.  Every day I become more comfortable in my new role.

Camp gives campers and staff the opportunity to try new things and get out of one’s comfort zone.  My decision to do something I never thought I could do was a hard one, but with the waterfront team I know I will stay afloat!

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