Big Money Capital Camps awarded $100,000 grant

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For its groundbreaking work in the personal and professional development of its staff, a local Jewish summer camp was awarded a signature grant from a leading Jewish education philanthropy. The Covenant Foundation awarded Capital Camps and Retreat Center a $100,000 grant over two years to develop the Institute for Leadership and Learning, a national fellowship… Read More

Mail Call Parents, campers stay in touch with the use of technology

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There was a time not long ago when a child awaiting a handwritten and addressed letter from home was a sleep-away camp rite. But that has changed considerably in the past five years due to technology programs offered to parents and families that enable same-day communication (and photos) with campers. Some say this progress is… Read More

Pick a Camp, Any Camp Directors chime in on overnight or day camp

Rivaliers at Camp Airy (File photo)

It has been well established that children who attend Jewish summer camp are much more likely to be engaged Jewishly as adults. But the next question — which hasn’t received as much attention — is how much difference is there between overnight and day camp in that outcome? “I’d be hard-pressed to say it doesn’t… Read More

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

First Person From litigating cases to lighting campfires

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? Whether it’s gluten-free pizza, salad bars or chicken nuggets, camp kitchens keep kids happy

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

No Camper Left Behind Jewish camps increase scholarship, incentives to make experience affordable

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