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Anaf Bayit Parent Visitation
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Camp Aaron Israel Day
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July 30- August 3
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July 30- August 3
Camp Aaron Sleep A Week at NJ Y Camps
Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Clinic
Oneg Shemesh (JCC Concert in evening)
Chai Lifeline Swim-a-thon
Camp Hilltop Show
Phillies Jewish Heritage Night
Camp Aaron Show
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WE ARE JUST STARTING TO HEAT UP!
Dear Camp Families -
We heated up a lot this week at the JCC Camps at Medford! Activities were in full swing and judging by the constant smiles, our campers could not have been happier! We ended the week with a great visit from Lenny Krayzelburg, 4-time US gold medalist in swimming, who met campers and staff, shared his story including being a member of the Los Angeles JCC and having participated in the Maccabiah Games in Israel. Click here to view photos of his visit!
What a great guy and an inspiration to our campers, as we continue celebrating our Hero Within Us summer theme!
Next week looks to be an action packed 5 days! Besides another great week of awesome activities, here are some highlights:
Monday - local US Olympian Carli Lloyd (women's soccer) visits us prior to leaving for the London Olympics
Tuesday - Kefli and Shoresh Parent Visitation - welcome!
Wednesday - Masada Dimona Late Stay
Thursday - Geza and Elon Parent Visitation - welcome!
Please keep following us on Facebook - lots of excitement going on there - and keep letting us know how we are doing!
Shabbat Shalom - have a great weekend!
Tinkerbell the Donkey and Bilam's Donkey Connection
What Does Tinkerbell the donkey have to do with this week's Torah portion, Parashat Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9)? Read on!
Each week, a new portion, or parsha, of the Torah (Bible) is read. This week's portion is Balak, and is mostly taken up with the story of Bilam, the prophet sent to curse the Israelites who instead blesses them. As the story goes, Balak, King of Moab, wants to hire Bilam to curse the Israelites. Bilam dreams and G-d denies permission. Balak increases his offer, Bilam dreams again, and this time, G-d grants permission for him to go, in a way testing Bilam and his resolve. Since G-d has said both no and yes, it's up to Bilam to decide, so off he goes on his donkey. We know that the decision was the wrong one, as G-d immediately sends an angel to intercede and has the angel speak to Bilam through his now famous talking donkey. Ultimately Bilam does what is right, and blesses the people of Israel rather than cursing them.
The rabbis use this story as a basis for human responsibility and free will because Bilam is given a choice and he chooses, albeit wrong at first. We all know that we have many opportunities to make choices. At the JCC Camps at Medford, we give campers the tools to hopefully make right choices, and to redirect them when they do not. Our summer theme of Hero Within Us gives campers the opportunity to be heroic by making good choices even when that choice is the more difficult one. Camp is a wonderful place to be part of a caring community and to grow and to learn!
Have a restful Shabbat and stay cool this weekend!
Ps. You may have noticed how camp uses G-d with a dash in the middle. This is done out of respect, as many believe that we should not write out the full name of G-d.
Happy in the Heat!
As the temperatures soared, so did the spirit of the Hilltop campers as they participated in activities this week. The Hilltop sports field turned in to water activities centered on sports. The campers did not miss a beat practicing their dribbling, kicking and catching skills - they were just cool doing it. The campers especially had fun in kickball instead of running the bases the campers skipped, hopped, jogged and even pretended to be an animal of their choice. While cooling down in Kosher Cooking campers were cooking up a large strawberry layer cake; each layer will represent the characteristics that are most important in a hero. At Nature the campers planted strawberry plants and decorated planter pots. At Gan Yeladim, Hilltoppers enjoyed a story about biblical heroes and decorated a shield while writing on their shield how they can be a hero, and discussed qualities that make them a hero or a mensch. "Float and Sink" was the activity at Science this week - campers tested if clay/marbles can float individually. The clay was then made into a boat to see if it will float with the marbles in it. We are seeing that sometimes there are challenges in working together, we are learning how working together can be very rewarding. Useable Arts created "Frame your Hero" - campers enjoyed drawing their favorite hero then decorated frames and discussed how we can be heroes. Arts & Crafts created Hamsas called helpful hands then decorated them to look like stained glass. There was non stop action on Hilltop Games as the campers enjoyed the challenges of color tag; the object of the game was to toss the correct color of bean bag into the hula hoop.
We have a busy week ahead! We will be jamming to the tunes of Mama Doni, a pop singer with a funky Jewish twist, check out her website www.mamadoni.com . We will also welcome our Kefli/Shoresh and Geza/Elon parents for visitation.
Sizzlin' in Shalom
SUPER STUFF IN CAMP SHALOM!
Greetings from Camp Shalom! Things were hot this week, and not just the weather! Auditions started for our Camp Shalom show - "Beatle's Love," which will be rockin' the house down on August 13th at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill. Camp activities are now in full swing. In Nature, we have begun traveling all around camp exploring our newly extended Teva Trails (nature trails) which includes a bridge that runs over our stream, and the campers enjoyed meeting our new animal friends and the votes are in! Our donkey's official name for the summer is "Tinkerbell," and our rooster's name is "Elvis." We also have two adorable baby pigs, "Porky" and "Bess" that our campers love. In Sports, our campers are learning teamwork and honing their athletic abilities with much enthusiasm. Beach newcombe continues to be a favorite at camp as campers have fun wiggling their toes in the sand. Let's not forget gaga, which is the all-time favorite sport at camp. In Cooking the campers enjoyed making hero cupcakes with a special surprise in the middle and the best part of cooking, eating them - delicious! In Music, the campers are participating in a song contest called, "Who is the Hero." In Mini-Golf our campers are enjoying our hole-in-one tournament. Just a friendly reminder - Masada and Dimona have their late stay at Pump It Up in Marlton next Wednesday July 11!!
Shabbat Shalom-have a great weekend!
Camp Shalom Director
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Action Packed Aaron
Camp Aaron kept the excitement going throughout our 2nd week of camp. Our performing dance and theater majors are busy practicing for their Week 4 performance at the JCC on Tuesday, July 17, 7pm. It's great to hear the campers singing the songs from Guys & Dolls Jr. Our young stars are sure to impress their friends and families that night! Competitive sports teams have been chosen and the campers are excited to show their skills on our fields. And with all the heat being generated around camp, everyone is loving taking a dip in the Aaron pool or making a huge splash off our diving board and water slide!
Gilad campers are eagerly making plans for next week's overnight on Thursday, July 12. Lots of great activities will fill their evening, ending with a campfire and s'more making. Parents can print out a permission slip for the overnight on line and send it in to camp with their camper next week.
We can't wait to see everyone on Monday for another great week of Camp Aaron excitement!
Shabbat Shalom - have a great weekend!
Camp Aaron Director
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FOR CAMP AARON
at NJ Y CampsJULY 30 - AUGUST 3
We are on the MOVE
Chaverim really got rolling this week, with trips to Hurricane Harbor, the Philadelphia Zoo, Seaside Heights and the Eastern State Penitentiary. Luckily no one was held over from the penitentiary trip - LOL!!! Next week is our last week before the 4-day trip, with journeys to 6 Flags Great Adventure, Ocean City, Baltimore Harbor, Wildwood, and Historic Philadelphia. Then we are off to Lake George and lots more fun!
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Gesher Going GREAT!
Though the second week of camp was short, it was packed with fun for the Gesher CITs.
We started out the week with a new "Skill of the Week" - Time Management and Organization. This skill highlights the importance of knowing your schedule and always keeping track of your campers. The CIT Staff has been meeting with each CIT individually to set goals for the summer, which they will refer to throughout the summer and use them in our performance discussions.
On Tuesday we had our first "Days of Caring and Sharing" (DOCAS) trip, where 15 CITs visited Spring Hills Assisted Living to plant an organic garden and visit with the residents. Checkout the Facebook photos on the Cherry Hill Township Facebook page
The hot weather didn't stop our fun on Thursday, when we spent the day at Great Adventure. We had a blast on Nitro, Kingda Ka, El Toro and all the other rides.
On Friday 20 CITs visited the New Visions Shelter in Camden for our second DOCAS trip of the summer. We delivered sandwiches made by Camp Aaron campers and served lunch to the residents. We also enjoyed a visit from Lenny Krayzelburg who spoke to the CITs about leadership and his upcoming Olympic trip.
Next week brings a visit from Olympian Carli Lloyd, a trip to Hurricane Harbor and a workshop on bullying awareness.
Shabbat Shalom - have a great weekend!
Gesher CIT Director