Yoga For Youngsters


Ellie Schwartz of Roland Park is only 12 years old, but she’s already an experienced yoga student. Schwartz had a yoga birthday party when she was 8 and has been taking classes on and off since she was 9. Last year, she took part in a week-long yoga camp at Baltimore Yoga Village in Mount… Read More

A Culinary Revolution


Tug-of-war competitions, ghost stories, bad-movie nights and new friendships are just some of the memories that youths will take from their time at camp. Years ago, when grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and celery were the norm in camp dining halls, food probably wasn’t part of the “remember that time… Read More

Building Bully-Proof Bunks


I’m a big believer in the transformational power of summer camp. No doubt it’s a belief that stems from my long-ago Santa Cruz Mountain summers spent under the canopy of redwood trees at Camp Swig. In so many ways, camp has had a lasting influence on me; I can even credit my career as an… Read More

Home Away From Home


Growing up in Minsk, Belarus in the 1990s, Olga Cherches knew better than to call attention to the fact that she was Jewish. The post-World War II Jewish community in Minsk was already small but it became even tinier as most Jewish families began to emigrate to the U.S., Israel and elsewhere. In the early… Read More

Immersion Technique


It used to be that parents who wanted to expose their children to conversational Hebrew over the summer had to travel to Israel. Now a growing number of American Jewish day camps are offering Hebrew-immersion programs, where kids do the standard day camp activities — swimming, arts and crafts, music, zip-lining and field trips —… Read More

Flashback: Debbi Weinberg


Debbi Weinberg grew up attending Jewish camps. From Milldale to Louise to Timber Ridge, camps have been a major part of this Baltimore native and Pikesville High School graduate’s life since she was very young. In addition to her full-time role as founder and director of GEM (Girls’ Empowerment Mission), Weinberg also serves as co-chair… Read More

Beware of Poison Ivy!


It’s green, bushy and lurks in leaves of three: It’s poison ivy. Urushiol is an oily allergen that is found on the leaves of poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. This toxin causes an uncomfortable skin rash that can easily spread to another person. With an abundance of nature-rich camp activities, it is important… Read More

It’s Spring Break: Time for Camp!


Summer is not the only time that kids can enjoy a fun and educational camping experience. Nip boredom in the bud: Get your 9 to 12-year-olds away from TV and video games and give them an enriching spring break by enrolling them in Junior Achievement of Central Maryland’s Biz Town Spring Break Camp in Owings… Read More

Great Beginnings


One dollar was all it took. At least, that’s how longtime director Sara Yudlson recounted the start of Camp Louise in a self-published history. Post World War I, she writes, immigrants were pouring into the United States. Many young women worked long hours in crowded, unsafe factories. Lillie Meyer Straus, the wife of Aaron Straus,… Read More

‘They Were So Cool’


She met them nearly 30 years ago, but Jenny Wingrat still remembers her three favorite counselors from good old Camp Wohelo. Even though Camp Wohelo is no more (the Waynesboro, Pa., property is now Capital Camps), Wingrat will never forget the impact Penny, Beth and Jenny had on her life when she was a camper… Read More