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Why Sports Teach the Most Jewish Values at Camp

As this year’s sports supervisor, and a longtime member of the sports department at Camp Kalsman, I’ve seen a lot of magical things out on the field and the court.  I see campers come together, even if they have never played together before.  I see rivalries form in a matter of minutes, and then see the rivals come back together once gameplay has ended.  I see sportsmanship, spirit, fun, and bonding.  Within the lines, however, is something even more powerful.  Through the sports played on camp, I see many Jewish values at play.  Kehilah Kedosha – A Holy Community Is […]

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Unit Updates! July 24th, 2015

This week the Coogarim/Goorim unit has gone through quite the shift with the transition from our Coogarim campers last week to our Goorim campers this week. Although we were sad to see our coogarim campers leave we couldn’t have been more excited to welcome home our new campers. The Goorim unit has already had a lot of fun this week from our all camp Hanukkah in July program full of delicious latkes and gelt, to our superhero program (water balloons included), to the super sly spy night we had last night. We can’t wait to celebrate with our Goorim campers […]

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Paddles & Dragonflies

Paddles & Dragonflies

“Crouch when you walk to the back, it’s easier to keep your balance that way! Make sure you stay seated and always stay in sight of other boats!” Anyone who has visited Camp Kalsman’s very own Butterfly Lake has heard this before. There’s something special and exciting about pushing off from shore, feeling the water lift your canoe up, and then steering your boat in the direction you want to go next.  Some ducklings here, a beaver there, and dragonflys everywhere. Whether you’re casually paddling around and taking in the lake’s serene beauty in our Lake Appreciation Chug or participating in […]

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The daily life of a camper in photos

The daily life of a camper in photos

My last year as a camper was Kesher 2012. I had been a camper for 5 years before this, and I thought I had been through it all.  I had absolutely no idea that coming back to camp that summer would actually change my life, and have the impact that has lasted even to today. That summer, I was supposed to go to Russia, but because of plans changing, I had to sign up last minute for camp. My usual 3rd session was all full, so I decided to go to 2nd session, only knowing a few people. By the […]

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A hop, skip, and a jump across the pond!

My first trip across the pond has been quite fantastic! The atmosphere in Washington and Kalsman has been friendly, welcoming, and accepting towards me. I initially wasn’t set for Kalsman after being accepted by a camp on the east coast! However, after finding out about this great community through a friend who had been here before, I rapidly rejected my previous offer and asked to be sent here. After finding out about the family ambiance and fun loving nature of this place I couldn’t wait to leave foggy London town and touch down in sunny Seattle! Upon arriving after a […]

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Plants are growing, campers are growing – and I am growing

This is my sixth summer at Kalsman, and even though I missed two summers in high school, I always knew I would work here after graduation. I did, and it was wonderful. But during my first year of university, I somehow convinced myself that it hadn’t been as great as I remembered and that I didn’t need to go back. Starting college 3,125 miles away from my home was more than difficult, and not made any easier by the difference in Jewish community. Yes, I go to Brandeis, and there are a lot of Jewish folks, but it’s never been […]

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Round and Round and Round In the Circle Game

Round and Round and Round In the Circle Game

I learned one of my favorite camp songs, The Circle Game, one fateful summer when I was about eight years old. I was at a day camp because I couldn’t leave my own house for even a night without missing home. When I first heard that song, a lyric stood out which goes, “So the years spin by and now the boy is 20.” My eight year old self couldn’t fathom being as old as the boy in the song. But here I am… 20 years old and now a counselor for the first year at Camp Kalsman. Boy, do […]

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An Unexpected Homecoming

An Unexpected Homecoming

“Right now, it would take you about 1 hour 21 minutes to drive home.” I read that message off of my phone on August 23rd, 2014. Curiously, I was laying in the family room of the house I had grown up in, on the blue leather couch that I had sat on many, many times since we’d gotten it 11 years ago, with my cat on my lap. Yet my phone was under the impression that my home was actually an hour and 21 minutes away. Not at all coincidentally, Camp Kalsman also happens to be an hour and 21 […]

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