Inside Scoop: Where to Shop

Unless you’re roughing it in a tent, your basic needs for summer camp likely will be covered by shopping Target or Wal-Mart. But a visit to provides tools that will help you organize your thoughts when making that all-important packing list. The site is so popular and helpful that 270 camps have recommended it…. Read More

Inside Scoop: Friendships Are the Key

Summer camp is generally an on-the-go adventure, but undoubtedly there may be those times when your camper will be sitting on his or her bunk in need of something to do to fill the time. Camp Louise alum Ayme Lederman says her two daughters, who also attend Louise, have much less free time†than she did… Read More

Inside Scoop: Fashion vs. Practicality


Perhaps the next most difficult decision for a parent after choosing a camp for his or her kids is deciding what to send along with them. In 2016, while some camp traditions such as oversized sweatshirts remain, others have long ago faded. Stacy Schwartz Frazier, assistant director of Camp Louise in Cascade, Md., said when… Read More

Marji Arnheim


Marji Arnheim, 45, is a Camp Louise alumna who attended from 1976 to 1987 before becoming a counselor the following year. Since 2007, she has served as a staff photographer and has watched her two boys follow in her footsteps at Camp Airy. What were your favorite things at camp? As a young camper, I… Read More

Service Learning, Jewish Learning Summer camps teach teens to care about community

Informal Jewish education is a priority for Jewish summer camps, and in the spirit of tikkun olam, Jewish camps are embracing community service as a vehicle to strengthen campers’ connection to Judaism. “There is growing research demonstrating the ways in which service learning is a vehicle for personal leadership development,” says Laura Menyuk, director of… Read More

‘A True Vacation’ Some camps aren’t just for kids


Parents often think of summer camp as a way to have some time away from their children, but more Jewish summer camps across the country are letting parents get away with their kids. “It’s an incredible opportunity when your child can play with their peers and you, as a parent, can hang out with the… Read More

Flashback: Alan Lazerow


Alan Lazerow, 32, grew up in Frederick, Md., but his parents were accustomed to the energetic Jewish community of Baltimore. Still, when they found out about Camp Shoresh, located in Adamstown, Md., just minutes from Frederick, they sent Lazerow to the Jewish summer camp from a young age. Thirty years later, Lazerow, a Baltimore attorney,… Read More

Nature Camps Provide Chances to Explore, Connect to the Earth Several Baltimore-area camps offer outdoor experiences

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For 11-year-old Noah Lindquist, nature camp is his yearly reset  button after a year of being cooped up inside a classroom. “It’s like his revitalization. He gets back to finding who he is after a year of being in the classroom,” his mother, Karen Levin, said. “I feel like he’s a relaxed, truer version of… Read More