Impressed by our first day of camp, we wondered what the second day might hold in store. Experienced campers knew all-too-well that Tuesday meant there would be no trip (and that there would be pizza!). We enjoyed both instructional and recreational swim, and returned once again to the gym with Greg. At lunch, our campers enjoyed pizza, salad, eggs, tuna, and sandwiches. In Jewish culture, we learned about the holiday of Chanukah and baked cookies. In music with Ilan, we learned about different instruments, brainstormed a unique band name, and even had a jam session! At day’s end, we wished a happy Fourth of July as we enjoyed our customary ices and fruit.
Upon arriving at camp on Thursday, we inquired about each other’s Fourth of July. Questions buzzed all around: Did you see fireworks? Did you have a barbecue? Did you travel anywhere? It was in this spirit of mutual care that we enjoyed our trip to Lazerland. We played dodgeball, gaga, and laser tag with sportsmanship and camaraderie. At dismissal, we reflected on another successful day of camp over ices and fruit.
To close off the week, Friday was spent in camp. We swam in swim, ran in gym, and engaged our creativity in arts and crafts. Before lunch, we attending our first weekly Oneg Shabbat service in the sanctuary, where we learned about gratitude, rest, and the weekly Jewish Sabbath. Naturally, we enjoyed our chicken nugget lunch (with salad, tuna, french fries, eggs, etc.) with greater appreciation than before. Afterwards, we practiced self-defense in Krav Maga, learning how best to stand up for ourselves, all the while getting an incredible workout. After a jam-packed day, and week, at camp, we looked forward to reuniting with our friends the following Monday.
The second week began with another trip, this time to the Jones Beach pool. After socializing and getting to know each other better on the bus ride out to Long Island, we changed into our bathing suits and hopped into the pool. Some campers stayed in the shallow end; others dove off of the diving board. Similarly, while some chose to eat bagels at lunch, others opted for eggs or tuna. Despite our individual styles, we all came together as a group in the spirit of enjoyment and mutual respect. Upon returning to camp, we concluded a long day by sitting back, relaxing, playing a few games in the Wii room, and eating our ices and fruit at dismissal.
The camper of the week is Scott L. Scott is best known for his kind, respectful, positive attitude, reflected in the way he engages with his fellow campers and his counselors alike. He approaches everything with an infectious smile, from playing sports in the gym and swimming with his friends, to asking a counselor to help him at lunch. Scott is truly a pleasure to have in our group
Our camper of the week was Nicholas M. Nicholas was very respectful to both his counselors and his peers. He listened to what people had to say 100% of the time. He had also brought a lot of liveliness to the group because at times he would randomly break into dance. I learned he is a pretty good dancer and is a pretty funny kid.