Camp, Then and Now "For many of us, sleepaway camp is the first sizeable chunk of time away from parents. It’s a taste of adulthood. Nikayon , daily cleaning time, was the first time I really scrubbed a sink or swept an entire floor. Because camp means building a society in miniature, in which kids have more independence and power than they do back home, friendships there seem more vivid, more intense–a lifetime poured into a concentrated month or two." Unlike the author, Marjorie Ingall, I, on the other hand, just sent my son off to camp for his final summer as a camper. I love the independence, self-esteem and Jewish identity sleep away camp builds. It is irreplaceable in terms of building character!
"From the place where we are right flowers will never grow in the spring." Yehuda Amichai