By Ellen Alexander
I took a moment to interview Reed Leonard this afternoon. Reed is a Jackson native and a great friend of mine. I am so excited he loves camp! He is a Maskilimer and a third year camper. As you prepare your camper for tomorrow, take a moment and have a conversation about his or her thoughts about HSJ. You may be surprised with the information you will learn.
Ellen: Tonight is the night before camp, tell me what you are most excited about?
Reed: I can’t wait to see my friends that I don’t get to see during the year and catching up. We can’t wait to make our summer plans.
Reed: Yes! We email, Skpe, and even write letters- all year especially the weeks leading up to camp.
Ellen: What activities are you most looking forward to?
Reed: I can’t wait to go swimming and spending time with my counselors and out of state buds. Messy night-is awesome because it’s fun to get dirty. Bunk night with my cabin mates is THE best.
Ellen: I hear it’s your second year in Adventure, what can you tell me about that?
Reed: I have always had a fear of climbing the Tower, my goal this year to climb to the top. I love the nature walks gives me a different view of the grounds. Jacobs Camp is a huge place.
Ellen: What can you tell me about Judaism at HSJ?
Reed: It’s my place to expand my Jewish connections. It’s awesome to be around other Jewish kids and adults.
Ellen: Will you miss your family?
Reed: I will miss my family at home, but I have a BIG second family at HSJ. I know that I will be fine.
Ellen: What advice would you give to someone coming to camp for the first time?
Reed: Don’t be afraid of other people. Go outside and have fun, make new friends. Camp is a home away from home. You are associated with people who care for you and will help you. Basically, if you fall they are there to pick you up.