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Archive for June, 2011

Passing My Camp On To My Kids

I am less than 48 hours to becoming a parent of campers; campers who will take my place in the history of URJ Camp Harlam. Campers who will walk where I walked, sleep where I slept, grow where I grew, and make friends that will continue to last a lifetime. Cliché? Perhaps. Is there much riding on their little eight year old shoulders? Not ...

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Camp Massad: Reunited After 30 Years

This is a great summary of Monday night's Camp Massad reunion from Leah Meir at the AVI CHAI Foundation.  Although this amazing Jewish camp closed 30 summers ago, it left behind a legacy of camp programming and Jewish leaders. Did you know that Maccabia and Zimriya programs...

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If You Were at Camp Tonight, How Would You Be Spending Shabbat?

Whether you are participating in the pickle juice ceremony at Camp Nageela West, blowing the shofar on a mountaintop with Adamah Adventures, or performing “shticks” to songs at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires...

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A Mama’s Prayer for Summer Camp

The following is a post we love from a great blog, Ima On and Off the Bima. A prayer for my dear son embarking on his second year at summer camp... May you find learning and growth of all kinds...

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Camp in Your Backyard!

Summer is officially here—which means children and teens across the country are leaving in droves for camp! That couldn’t make us happier, but it probably makes the younger siblings at home a little lonely. What better way to remedy that longing-for-camp feeling than participating in the Great American Backyar...

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Bunk Junk Junkies

We can’t help it.  We are bunk junk junkies.  In packing up our own kids for Jewish camp, the FJC staff has been busy sharing favorite camp items and scouring the internet for some of the fun things we have seen on our camp visits. Below, find our best-of list that we are using to spoil our own kids and friends this summer. Make your own camp funwear! Pick your design, pick...

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Young Judaea to Become Independent Organization

As the feature below from JTA details, last night Hadassah voted to grant Young Judaea the opportunity to transition into an independent entity. Over a year ago, the Foundati...

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The Shuk: Your Camp Marketplace at Leaders Assembly 2012

2012 may feel far away, but for FJC, it feels like it's just around the corner. We're gearing up for our 4th biennial Leaders Assembly conference, where we'll be convening the entire field of Jewish camp--professionals, lay leaders, funders, advocates, community professionals, and more. We're already planning a compeletely new and exciting program for the 2012 conference. One of our new off...

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7 Ways to Combat Homesickness Before Camp Starts

Let’s face it: It wouldn’t be camp without a little bit of homesickness.  (And let’s be honest--as parents, it’s nice to know that our kids really like to be at home with us and miss the community we have built with them.)  Luckily, most camp directors claim that severe homesickness is rare – especially if we have prepared our kids for the fun summer that lies ahead. We gathered sev...

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One Happy Camper Conference

Last week over 30 Jewish federation and foundation professionals from across North America came together in New York City to talk about nonprofit overnight Jewish camp and the One Happy Camper program.  It may have been the first meeting of this kind: federation/foundation fundraisers, planners and lay leaders coming together to discuss why, and more importantly how, to move the camp agenda forwa...

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