With Much Appreciation: A Salute to Camp Directors

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.

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