Marji Arnheim

Marji Arnheim, 45, is a Camp Louise alumna who attended from 1976 to 1987 before becoming a counselor the following year. Since 2007, she has served as a staff photographer and has watched her two boys follow in her footsteps at Camp Airy. What were your favorite things at camp? As a young camper, I… Read More

Service Learning, Jewish Learning Summer camps teach teens to care about community

Informal Jewish education is a priority for Jewish summer camps, and in the spirit of tikkun olam, Jewish camps are embracing community service as a vehicle to strengthen campers’ connection to Judaism. “There is growing research demonstrating the ways in which service learning is a vehicle for personal leadership development,” says Laura Menyuk, director of… Read More

‘A True Vacation’ Some camps aren’t just for kids

Parents often think of summer camp as a way to have some time away from their children, but more Jewish summer camps across the country are letting parents get away with their kids. “It’s an incredible opportunity when your child can play with their peers and you, as a parent, can hang out with the… Read More

Flashback: Alan Lazerow

Alan Lazerow, 32, grew up in Frederick, Md., but his parents were accustomed to the energetic Jewish community of Baltimore. Still, when they found out about Camp Shoresh, located in Adamstown, Md., just minutes from Frederick, they sent Lazerow to the Jewish summer camp from a young age. Thirty years later, Lazerow, a Baltimore attorney,… Read More

Nature Camps Provide Chances to Explore, Connect to the Earth Several Baltimore-area camps offer outdoor experiences

For 11-year-old Noah Lindquist, nature camp is his yearly reset  button after a year of being cooped up inside a classroom. “It’s like his revitalization. He gets back to finding who he is after a year of being in the classroom,” his mother, Karen Levin, said. “I feel like he’s a relaxed, truer version of… Read More

Big Money Capital Camps awarded $100,000 grant

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

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

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