By Ellen Alexander
As I begin my 5th summer on staff at Jacobs Camp, I have had time to reflect on all of the amazing, awesome, spectacular favorite things about our camp and community. I would like to share a few of them with you:
- Opening Days! There is nothing like an HSJ Tailgate on Morrison Road between the hours of 8:30 AM- 11:30 AM. Your faces are glowing, kids are excited, and I can feel the electricity in the air.
- Enthusiastic staff! Our staff comes from near and far with one goal to make this the most special summer possible for the children of the Deep South. I am so proud of their work.
- Watching campers and staff become life-long friends.
- Alumni. HSJ has the most committed alums, hands down.
- Music! Music! Music! From the HSJ Radio 100.3 (check it out on opening day), Tefillah, and Song Session, I can always hear music just about everywhere I go.
- Maccabiah! Who will win this year??? I can’t wait until Derby!
- Swimming, swimming, in the swimming pool. While I don’t get to take a dip often, it is so much fun to watch the kids splash around, play with our water features and climb the Aqua Wall.
- The Tower. I am always amazed by the fearlessness of our campers making it to the top of the Tower!
- Crazy Costumes. It seems like each day there is a theme: LSU Day, Pink Day, Crazy Hair Day, ‘Merica Fest, Alabama Day, Big Hat Day, the list could go on and on. I never know what to wear to work!
- Our picturesque camp grounds. I see nearly 300 acres of green trees, blue skies, and smiling faces most days. My “office job” husband is always jealous of my view.
- Lake Gary, wow! There is canoeing, paddle boarding, blobbing, Wet Willieing, swimming, and fishing all summer. I often spend my Shabbat afternoon observing the kids on Lake Gary and listening to laughter floating through the air.
- Our Performing Arts Center is renovated and ready for new experiences this summer! I can’t wait for the talent show!
- Tefillah. I am always impressed by the quality and creativity of our services from Star Wars, Yoga, or traditional. There is always a way for a camper to connect to Judaisim.
- J.C., Gary and Sandy- I am so lucky to have such a supportive cast of co-workers. Each of them truly cares about your child and your family. I am glad to call them my friends.
- Last, but not least, YOU. So many of our parents and alumni have welcomed me into their families and share their lives. An unexpected perk of my job, but one I am most proud. Thank you for you kindness.