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

Bottom Line Connecting discount-seeking families with camps eager to broaden recruitment base

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NEW YORK — Andrea Lass’ son and daughter had their hearts set last year on going to Camp JRF, a Jewish overnight camp recommended by their friends. But with her husband recently laid off, the New Jersey mom didn’t see how the family could manage the expense, even with a scholarship. At the suggestion of… 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

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 Laurie Rosen

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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? Healthy living dominates 2015 camping trends

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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 Camp Simcha, Camp Simcha Special bring joy to ill children

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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