The Joy of Camp

By Becca Goldman

Every year we count down the weeks, days and hours until we are reunited together at camp. The result? Pure joy. The butterflies of pulling through the entrance into camp, running, hugging and jumping into the arms of the bunkmate you haven’t seen in ten months, high fiving your counselor as you unload your duffle into the chug. It looks different for everyone but the result remains the same…we couldn’t be happier to be here.

Every week at camp, we honor a different Jewish value and it is so fitting that joy was the first of summer 2017. We saw it on the faces of our campers as they indulged in their first (or second, or third) grilled cheese on Opening Day, as they proudly watched their counselors introduce themselves on the first night during Staff Skits, and as  they found out their new favorite friend was also in their Water skiing elective.

The first day of programming was incredible and the energy throughout camp made us feel grateful and excited that it was just the first of many amazing days in Hampstead. Animal Care took our new baby bunnies out for a “walk” in the Dell. A group of Tsofot girls got to break in a new camp favorite, 9 Square in the Air. Tie dye has already begun to coat our hands and the pavement around camp. Hammocks hung all around have become a favorite hangout for campers and counselors to share their favorite parts of the day with one another. Campers have hung values posters throughout camp. Our first BBQ was delicious, the berry bar at breakfast was top notch and the Master Chef elective has received rave reviews. Bunk 8 woke up this morning and made pancakes on the beach, with a side of donuts, of course. Olot joined Head Counselor Jill for early morning yoga on the Dance Platform. Mad Science experimented with making 3D bubbles. Bunk 10 practiced howling in Nature class. Funny, amazing, joyful moments are happening in every nook and cranny of this magical place.

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