Camp News & Mazel Tovs
Dear Parents and Campers,
I hope that you enjoyed an uplifting and heiliga Chanukah!
Camp has always been an integral part of the growth of our boys. They make connections in camp like in no other setting. They take responsibility for their actions in camp like in no other setting. They have fun in camp like in no other setting. And, yes, they learn in camp like in no other setting.
To create this special Torahdik environment, we are blessed with counselors who are outstanding serious Bnei Torah. Our Counselors show the boys that they can have a great time enjoying leagues, sports, and trips while at the same time showing them how a Ben Torah acts in all situations. Campers see how their counselor davens and learns with geshmake, while at the same time plays ball and interacts with his campers and friends as a true Ben Torah.
This year Rosh Chodesh Elul comes out on August 8th and 9th and Labor Day is on Erev Rosh Hashanah. Because our amazing counselors need to leave back to yeshiva on Rosh Chodesh Elul, we took the initiative this year to try and change the summer schedule. We worked closely with the Vaad Roshei Yeshiva of Torah Umesorah. The Roshei Yeshiva felt that that there is a need to begin the new school year the week of August 23rd, so that there should be a significant amount of learning before the Yomim Noraim.
We are pleased to announce that Boruch Hashem the effort has been successful. The yeshivas are modifying their schedules so that the boys can come back to yeshiva well before Rosh Hashanah. They are also ending yeshiva one week earlier in June. This way, camps can start and end early.
We have coordinated our dates with many camps. Our new dates this summer will be:
- First Trip: June 21 – July 20
- Second Trip: July 20 – August 12
Day Camp Extreme:
- First Trip: June 22 – July 19
- Second Trip: July 20 – August 11
Looking forward to a wonderful summer together.
Rabbi Shlomo Pfeiffer
- Is summer vacation shorter?
- No, it is the same. It just starts one week earlier and ends one week earlier. If you think about it, the boys end up trading June learning (which is not as strong) for Elul learning (which is much stronger).
- What about the girls’ camps and the Bais Yaakov schedules?
- It is our hope that the Bais Yaakovs and girls’ camps will follow suit as well.
- What are you going to do after many of the counselors leave on August 9th?
- Our plan is to have our famous two-day trip on August 9th and 10th when fewer staff members are needed. We will have JCs move up to the counselor positions for the last couple of days of the summer.
- Second trip is a shorter than first trip.
- Yes, that is because Tish B’Av falls out when we would have changed trips. Keep in mind that second trip does not have the three weeks, nine days, Tish B’Av or Shiva Asser B’Tamuz. Also, second trip has our famous two-day overnight trip at no extra cost.