Outside the Box

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

Flashback Laurie Rosen

Pikesville native Laurie Rosen has plenty of memories from summer camp. After all, she was a camper and counselor for eight years, from age 8 to 16. Now 30, the Pikesville High School and University of Delaware graduate who works as a financial loan consultant for her father’s company, HFS Financial in Reisterstown, attended Beth… Read More

What’s Trending? Healthy living dominates 2015 camping trends

In recent years, healthy eating and lifestyle initiatives have grown in popularity among Jewish summer camps. This year promises to prove the trend is only growing. “Parents are definitely concerned about what the camp is serving,” said Jennifer Silber, executive director of Habonim Dror Camp Moshava in northern Maryland. In addition to concern about the… Read More

On Bookshelves Inside Scoop

“Summer on the Short Bus” by Bethany Crandell Running Press Book Publishers, 2014. 256 pages Nook Book and paperback Bethany Crandell’s debut novel is a perfect pick for the young adult in your life. “Summer on the Short Bus” tells the story of 17-year-old Cricket Montgomery, an over-privileged and entitled teen with tons of attitude…. Read More

Bad Hair Days Inside Scoop - Health

It’s drop-off day at summer camp and smiles are everywhere. Campers and counselors share hugs, music blares from outdoor speakers, and parents greet one another. But before they can bid their parents goodbye, the kids must pass the mandatory pre-admission lice check. Campers who have lice will be sent home to be treated and will… Read More

Education Inside Scoop

Does your middle school or high school student prefer curling up with a good book to playing sports, doing arts and crafts or singing around a campfire? If so, the Great Books Camp may be a perfect fit. Started as a three-day program in 2002, the innovative camp now offers eight-week sessions at Amherst College… Read More

On Bookshelves: The Path of Names

By Ari Goelman 339 pages; Arthur A. Levine Books (Appropriate for mature middle schoolers) Dahlia Sherman, 13, wants to spend her summer going to magic camp. Her parents agree, but first she must attend Camp Arava, a Jewish overnight camp, where her brother, Tom, is a counselor. On her first day, Dahlia sees two girls… Read More