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Chaos Theory

When you’re the parent of a child with autism, you’re always bracing yourself for the endless string of theories headed in your direction. They come from health care professionals, the media, family, friends and, my personal favourite, complete strangers. One woman we barely know keeps asking my wife, Cynthia, for a sample of my son Jonah’s urine so she can run her own tests on it. The go...

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Make Your Child One Happy Camper!

Jewish overnight camp is about so much more than campfires and color war. At camp, kids get the chance to explore who they are—and who they want to become—in an active, inspiring, fun-filled environment. (Marshmallows included.) But paying for camp can be difficult.  We get it—we are parents too. We have some easy ways to make the dream of overnight summer camp a reality for your child....

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Visitors Day

This post originally appeared on eJewish Philanthropy by Jeremy J. Fingerman I have had the great honor and privilege to have visited 103 different camps across North America over the last 3 1/2 years. For me,...

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Preparing Kids for Camp

Sending your child to sleepaway camp for the first time is exciting and a little bit scary (for both parents and kids!) but once you and your camper have decided that she is ready for camp and chosen the perfect fit, it’s time to get her ready and excited for the best experience of her life! Whether your child is excited or nervous for camp (or both), all kids need some pre-camp prep, especia...

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The Best Gift

This past Sunday I went back to camp 50 years after I had spent my first night there. Along with more than 950 other people, my husband and I and two of our three kids made the trip to Wingdale, New York, for the celebration of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires at 50. I had been a camper at ...

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S.W.A.K.

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Packing Tips, Tricks, and Things That Aren’t on the List

This post originally appeared on The Canteen As you would imagine, the staff at FJC has packed and unpacked a lot of camp trunks – as campers themselves, parents of campers, and of course, as counselors. This is no small task.  Par...

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Another Happy Camper

One thing that makes Jewish camp, well, Jewish is the happy campers that take home a stronger Jewish identity.  Everyone at the FJC offices smiled with pride today when we received this note: My son, Noah, returned from camp at JCA Shalom. He is a One Happy Camper recipient. He LOVED it! He was nervous about going since he'd never been there and didn't  know anyone but the staff quic...

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Reach Beyond the Bunk: Leaders Assembly 2012

The following originally appeared on the AVI CHAI Foundation blog With a theme of “Reach Beyond the Bunk,” this year’s Foundation for Jewish Camp Leaders Assembly took place from March 11-13th in New Brunswick, NJ. In true manifestati...

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Night 7 of A Camp-y Hanukkah

For the seventh night of Hanukkah, give your child a personalized jersey!  Get iron-on letters and designs online or from your local craft store.  They are available in a variety of colors, patterns, and textures.  Iron on letters spelling his/her name to the back of a camp shirt or jersey.  Or use blank clothing and write his/her camp or bunk name and year on the front.  Get creative and hav...

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