By Jeremy Fingerman
Each summer, as I make my yearly pilgrimage across North America to visit Jewish camps, I feel fortunate to soak in incredible moments – a camper conquering a fear of heights on the zip line for the first time, our Cornerstone fellows running a program exploring Jewish values with campers, and of course, meals ending with song sessions filled with unbridled ruach (spirit) and joy.
I also see first-hand the responsibility and complexity of the role of the camp directors. My admiration and appreciation grows with every visit as I have in-depth discussions with these professionals, their leadership teams, and their lay leaders. As we walk through camp, the constant buzz of the walkie-talkie reminds me of the enormity of the job at hand.
Unanticipated incidents – a staggering range from medical issues and staff performance to internal and external communications – present challenges for these professionals. I marvel at how the larger camp community rallies to support each other during these trials, and especially in times of emergency.