Flashback: Lydia Seidler

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Lydia Seidler, 23, of Pikesville is no stranger to summer camp adventures. The assistant manager of Quarry Wine and Spirits has spent summers at White Pine Camp in Ontario, Canada; B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp in Lake Como, Pa.; Camp Betsey Cox in Pittsford, Vt; and three summers at Capital Camps in Waynesboro, Pa. What did… Read More

Summer Skill Building

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Like many 22-year-olds, Ben Nadis has somewhat murky career goals. Though he likes his job at the Kroger near his house in Farmington Hills, Mich., he doesn’t want to work there forever. Maybe he’ll be on TV instead, he jokes — he’s not sure. But Nadis isn’t like most 22-year-olds. He was born with developmental… Read More

First Person

Isaac Mamaysky and his wife, Lisa, at Camp Zeke
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“You worked in camp!?” My professor was befuddled. Admittedly, it’s a strange way to spend the summer after your first year in law school. Most of my classmates accepted summer associate and law clerk positions at various firms —that’s what you’re supposed to do. As a college student, I had told friends and family that… Read More

What’s for Lunch?

Campers are encouraged to make their own food choices at Camp Louise.

Adequate sustenance, one of our strongest creature comforts, can become even more important when a kid is away at camp, surrounded by all that is unfamiliar. That’s one reason many camps work to stay responsive to what kids like to eat, as well as address the growing number of special requests due to health or… Read More

Bottom Line

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NEW YORK — Andrea Lass’ son and daughter had their hearts set last year on going to Camp JRF, a Jewish overnight camp recommended by their friends. But with her husband recently laid off, the New Jersey mom didn’t see how the family could manage the expense, even with a scholarship. At the suggestion of… Read More

No Camper Left Behind

Jewish nonprofit camps are expensive — expensive to run and expensive to attend. Through partnerships, scholarships, incentives and discounts, local camps are making a concerted effort to make sure no Jewish camper is left behind. Approximately 150 campers from the Baltimore area make their way to Capital Camps in Waynesboro, Pa., each summer. Families returning… Read More

Affordable pocket-size scouting classics

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No camping experience is complete without a good old-fashioned campfire sing-along. Need help remembering the lyrics to classic songs? The 55-page “Girl Scout Pocket Songbook” is available for $3 at girlscoutshop.com. Likewise, the Boy Scouts of America sell the 144-page “The Scouter’s Companion” for $9.99 at scoutstuff.org. The pocket-sized book includes survival tips, campfire songs… Read More

Sun safety

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Nothing feels more uncomfortable than the inside of a sleeping bag rubbing against severely sunburned skin. Kids don’t want to spend the summer in the shade, so keep them sun safe with these simple suggestions. Create a sun-safety kit that includes one large bottle of sweat-proof sunscreen that has a minimum CDC recommended SPF 15… Read More

Camp care packages

Receiving a package at mail call is part of the excitement of camp. For the busy parents who don’t have time to pull together the odds and ends that make up a great care package, several online businesses are willing to do the work for you, including shipping directly to your camper. Sealed With A… Read More

Outside the Box

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For many kids growing up in Baltimore’s large Jewish community, summer camp is a time to get away from home and have fun with friends. For those growing up in places with little to no real Jewish population, camp can offer much more. “It’s tremendous,” said Phran Edelman, Camp Shoresh’s director of operations. “For some… Read More