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April 20, 2018  RSS feed

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Teen summer program offers personal development at Federation’s Jewish Community Camp

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties’ Jewish Community Camp will offer a program specially geared for the “unique needs and discriminating tastes” of campers entering grades six through 10.

There will be three one-week sessions, each offering a personal development theme through a Jewish values lens: happiness, gratitude and purpose.

Lisa Schmid, Community Camp administrator, said the Sabrim program curriculum will allow for self-reflection, identity formation and service, The model for the three sessions is the Service Learning Toolkit created by Repair the World and Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps.

Each camp session will provide 18 hours of documented community service with local Jewish and non-Jewish organizations; a day trip to Busch Gardens, which will include an exclusive group challenge; down time for camp activities like conquering the rock wall or going swimming; and the opportunity to design part of the Shabbat experience for the entire Jewish Community Camp.

The Sabrim sessions are:

Discover your Happy: In this session, from June 4-8, campers will explore the six pillars of happiness (mindfulness, human connection, positive outlook, purpose, generosity, and gratitude) in the service of self and others.

Thanks, Gratitude for Greatness: This session, from June 26-30, teaches campers the impact gratitude can have in one’s own life and the lives of others.

The Purpose Challenge: This session from July 16-20 offers four days of challenges. It presents a thoughtful journey through creating change in the world in a personal way. Sabrim will conquer their own values statements and learn a bit more about their own perspectives on tikkun olam – repair the world.

The Sabrim Summer Program camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. A one-week session costs $275 per camper, which includes all activities, snack, a t-shirt, and a Shabbat pizza party. Lunch is not provided.

Transportation with other campers is available for an additional fee.

During weeks when the Sabrim Summer Program is not offered, campers in grades six through eight are invited to participate in regular camp activities, while those entering grades nine and 10 are invited to participate in the counselor-in-training program.

Home base for the camp is 1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater, on the grounds of Temple B’nai Israel. Interested campers and families should visit for more information and to register.

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