From sports to technology and business to ‘wellness,’ Jewish foundation will offer campers new specialty camp experiences for 2014 season.
So, your son is too busy with his startup ventures to bother with color war? Your daughter is happier in a science lab than in front of a campfire? The idea of your organics-only child exposed to S’mores and bug juice makes you queasy?
That’s no reason not to send the kids to Jewish overnight camp.
Or at least it won’t be as of June 2014, when four new programs are slated to hatch from the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC)’s second “specialty camp incubator.”
At Eden Village program, local home-schooled kids get hands-on learning and a chance to socialize.
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Putnam Valley, N.Y. — On a sunny afternoon last week, while the rest of New York’s schoolchildren were stuck indoors, 15 kids were literally rolling around in the dirt while their parents looked on approvingly.
You know how people always say that pregnant women have a certain “radiance” or “glow” to them?
Well, I swear my 8-year-old daughter Ellie has returned from her first-ever overnight camp experience with a similar glow. And no, I’m not worried she’s pregnant. She’s just very happy, and in less than six days has become visibly more independent, confident and mature. Not to mention tanner.
We both have two elementary-school-age daughters (hers are Ella and Zoe, mine are Ellie and Sophie), are married to French Canadian high school history teachers, are alumni of crunchy liberal arts colleges and love Eden Village Camp, where we met in person a few months ago — and where I’m dropping Ellie off tomorrow for her first overnight camp experience ever. (Thank goodness it’s only a five-day session, as I’m feeling very nervous and sad about leaving my firstborn, even though I am confident she’ll have a great time and be in good hands.)
It’s been a busy and fairly Jew-y week and a half, both with family and work, and there’s a lot to write about once I have time to collect my thoughts.
I have not forgotten my promise to write about last week’s Judaism 2030 conference, and I also want to write about my daughters’ last day (for the academic year, not for their whole lives) of Hebrew school.
However, the topic for today is Family Camp at Eden Village. Which my daughters and I attended this weekend. And really liked.
Being an opinionated blogger whilst also being an objective reporter can be a little tricky.
One day I am writing about why I don’t send my kids to Jewish day school, and later in the week I’m interviewing day school administrators — and parents who are grappling with whether or not to keep their children in day school or instead try out a Hebrew charter school.
Eden Village melds eco and Jewish values, and
has campers saying, ‘Pass the zucchini.’
At Eden Village Camp, a brand-new Jewish sleep-away camp in Putnam Valley, 50 miles north of Manhattan, the children are actually clamoring to eat their vegetables.
On a recent hot and muggy Wednesday, while approximately 40 campers ranging in age from 8 to 17 listened eagerly from the long dining hall tables, a counselor announced the lunch menu: eggplant and summer squash, fresh from the camp’s own farm and stuffed with polenta, quinoa, lentils, feta cheese and pickled Swiss chard, along with a green salad.