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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Life at Capital Camps

Shalom Friends and Family!

I know it's been a few weeks since my last post, but we have been busy, busy, busy! After a few days in Rockville, Maryland visiting Jason, Rosalie, and our beautiful nieces, we ventured up to Capital Camps. Let me tell you something...I have worked and attended 6 different camps. This camp is by far the best! The facilities are amazing, the staff is incredibly amazing, and the director and assistant director are the greatest!

During Leadership staff week, we talked an awful lot about ways to manage staff and how to train the staff to work with these 600 children that would attend camp this summer. We really bonded as a leadership team, and we were really excited for the staff to arrive. Once the staff arrived, the real fun began. I have 30 of the best staff I have ever had the pleasure of working with in Benjamin Village - the youngest village in camp, 8-10 year olds. The counselors and specialists in my village are truly amazing, and we are a really close group!

The kids have been here for a week, and I don't know where it went! I feel like it was only yesterday that we were in Israel, sitting on Moshe Hess Street, overlooking our little Macolet, and enjoying all of the amazing smells of the wonderful food our neighbors cook! We really do miss our neighbors, and we are feeling quite nostalgic every day!

But, back to Capital Camps. I will admit that Carlie's babysitter, Chen, an Israeli, is very good with Carlie. Carlie loves her, and asks about her all the time when she isn't around. Carlie goes all over camp, and everyone treats her so kind and she loves all of the attention. Batya is working in the office, and I am pretty sure she's enjoying that too. The only downside is that because I am "on call" 24 hours a day, it's been pretty hard for Batya and me to spend lots of time together...but we're trying to make our schedules more conducive to seeing each other!

Camp really is great! The food is great, and everyone is just so welcoming and accepting. It truly is a wonderful place for us, and I expect the rest of the summer to be just as great if not better!

I'll do my best to write again this summer, but for now, Shavuah Tov and L'Hitraot...