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Duck into Summer at the Camp Kalsman Farm

Here at Camp Kalsman not only do campers get to swim, play sports, and climb the tower, but they also have the opportunity to help care for the many Kalsman creatures! We currently have five goats living on the farm; their names are Casper the friendly goat, Mordecai, Ferdinand, Daisy, and Powder. Campers get to brush them, give them food and water, and help keep their barn clean. We also have ten chickens, named Simon, Garfunkel, Mrs. Robinson, Jolene, Fernando, Tillie, Patricia, Victoria, Justin, and Chelsea, who are so sweet and lay delicious eggs. Campers gather the eggs from the laying […]

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A Trip to Remember

Last week, the entire Kesher unit had the opportunity to go on a camping trip to Mount Rainier. Here’s how the trip went according to two Kesher campers.   Sophie: we woke up bright and early Monday morning for breakfast before departing from Camp Kalsman at8:30 AM. Robin: it was way too early for me! Sophie: before getting to Mount Rainier National Park, we stopped at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands to do some volunteer work. It was hard, but a lot of fun! Robin: our next stop was the campground; we set up our tents and relaxed before dinner. Sophie: campfire […]

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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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