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August 24, 2018  RSS feed

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Community Camp offered many varieties of fun this summer

Campers roast marshmallows for s’mores at the “undernight.” Campers roast marshmallows for s’mores at the “undernight.” The Jewish Community Camp wrapped up its second year of camping fun and achievement earlier this month and plans are already in motion for summer camp again next year, as well as camps on no-school holidays.

The camp is operated by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. For the past two years it has been housed at the Temple B’nai Israel campus in Clearwater, which served as a base for excursions to the Highland Recreation Center in Largo and Highlander Pool in Dunedin for swimming three times per week. Each session, campers were tested for swim ability with nearly a dozen non-swimmers graduating into proficient swimmers.

Other activities brought to the Jewish Community Camp campus included Krav Maga (Israeli Self Defense), Bricks4Kids, Aleph Bet Yoga, American Sign Language, water slides, a Bash Entertainment DJ dance party, storytime with Joni Klein-Higger and a magic show by magician David Fletcher.

Jewish Community Camp participants run the bases of Tropicana Field after the Tampa Bay Rays beat the NY Yankees. Jewish Community Camp participants run the bases of Tropicana Field after the Tampa Bay Rays beat the NY Yankees. The campers experienced field trips throughout the summer to Lowry Park Zoo, MOSI, Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, a Pirate Ship cruise, HorsePower4Kids, the Straz Performing Arts Center, Splash Harbor, Dinosaur World, a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game, a boat ride to Anclote Island and a visit to the Leepa-Ratner Art Museum.

Each week there was a different theme incorporating the weekly field trip. Campers and counselors alike came dressed in themed costumes and enjoyed roleplaying.

During the first session the Tsofim Israeli Scout Caravan visited the camp and performed an engaging show for all ages. The camp was privileged to host some of the scouts in family homes as well.

Campers and staff celebrated the Fourth of July during the second session, and session three hosted Israeli visitors – four teens – from the Federation’s partnership region in Hadera/Eiron. The teens brought Bamba, and halva, and shared a few Israeli dances and songs. Notes written by the campers were taken back to Israel by these teens so they can be placed in the cracks of the Kotel – the Western Wall – in Jerusalem.

Each Friday afternoon at Kabbalat Shabbat, while enjoying homemade challah made by the campers themselves, “fandanas” (special bandanas) were given to campers who exhibited behavior encompassing the six core values: Community, Tenacity, Integrity, Courage, Responsibility, and Compassion.

“We saw so much growth and maturity in many of the campers as they strived to be cohesive with their peers and be respectful while still having crazy fun and camp silliness,” said Lisa Schmid, the camp administrator. “We saw so much kindness and loving toward each other that it really made our experience with these campers a joyful one and all our counselors fell in love and were passionate about ‘our kids.’”

Look out for information coming soon regarding Holiday camps on when school it not in session and next year’s summer camp.

For more information about future camp sessions, contact Maxine Kaufman, Federation director of Arts, Culture and Education, at (727) 530-3223.

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