Monday, June 28, 2010

Camp, Then and Now

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!

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