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

Flashback

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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?

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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

Magical Wonderland

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Ecstatic children spill off the buses and run through a tunnel of counselors decked out in silly costumes, cheering loudly. The session kickoff is a thrill for the campers, who without Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special would not be able to participate in the joys of summer camp. The children and teens who attend… Read More

A Thing Called Love

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NEW YORK — Beth and Jeff Kopin are one of an estimated 700 married couples to have met at one of the Conservative movement’s Ramah camps. The Kopins, who fell in love at Ramah Wisconsin in the 1970s, went on to raise a flock of “Ramahniks.” “There’s this family feeling if you meet another Ramahnik,”… Read More

Back at Jewish Boot Camp

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It’s pretty accurate to say that when I began seventh grade, my life changed. Navigating a new student body, and then spending three weeks at Herzl Camp in nearby Webster, Wis., gave me the tools to begin carving out my Jewish identity, and many decades later, I’m still whittling away at it. In elementary school,… Read More

On Bookshelves

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“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