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Mid-summer Camp Reflections


Dear Friends,

The end of this week marks the official half-way point of camp this summer, which always sneaks up on me so quickly! Like most Camp Directors, I spend ten months of the year planning and working hard to ensure an incredible and successful two months of camp. I always find myself looking introspectively during very quick seeming eight weeks, seeing all that we’ve planned come to life. When people ask me about my job, I tell them it’s pure imagination. If you can dream it up and it’s physically possible – chances are we can make it happen here at camp. Every single day, I witness dreams of all shapes and sizes come true for campers and staff!

Today is also the last day of our week long Color War at camp. For those who are unfamiliar, Color War is a particularly exciting week where campers and staff are divided into two teams and spend the week competing against each other in all sorts of camp games and activities to determine the ultimate winner. Each year, Color War features a new theme and colors. This summer, we are debating the best Philadelphia sports team: Red Phillies or Green Eagles. At this moment, we still don’t have a clear-cut winner, but the competition has been intense! Color War week is always a favorite among campers and staff because of the camaraderie and teamwork involved in this camp-wide competition. Campers and staff of all ages have worked together tirelessly all week, giving their all. The results of their hard work and dedication will be revealed in just a few hours…

This week has also been been a celebration of our labors in the form of growth and bloom! In the fall of 2022, the JCC partnered with Perelman Jewish Day School and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia to add a Hoop House to our campus. During the spring, students from Perelman Jewish Day School and Robert J. Wilf Preschool and Kindergarten planted and tended to a variety of vegetables and fruits in the hoop house. Now, in summer 2023, Camp Kef has a flourishing vegetable garden. Both campers and staff love to visit the hoop house during Nature to learn about gardening and check out how everything is growing in the hoop house. Stay tuned over the next few weeks to see how our harvest progresses!

As hard as it is for me that Summer seems to be flying by, I am beyond excited for the second half of camp! We still have plenty of fun ahead – including new Majors, field trips, Thrilling Thursdays, Yom Kef Kef Wednesdays, and so much more.

Shabbat Shalom,