As part of our summer blog series on 21st Century Skills, we are featuring personal stories from camp alumni and professionals across the field exemplifying how Jewish camp provided the ideal environment to become the best version of themselves.
As parents, we want to see our kids succeed in all facets of life – whether that is getting into a certain college, establishing themselves in a career of their choice, or empowering them to compete in the global marketplace. In many ways, our children’s success is the “promised land”.
Music is a huge part of Jewish camp. Whether it’s a ruach filled song session or a mix tape playing in the dining hall, each and every camper can distinctly remember the songs that soundtracked their summers. It’s generally a mix of Debbie Friedman and Guster, Fleetwood Mac and Dan Nichols. And every time one of those songs starts to play, memories of summer nights by the campfire come rushing back.
One of the great advances for USY Summer Experience in the last few years has been our affiliation of with the Foundation for Jewish Camp. Though we are not your traditional bunk and mess hall kind of camp, USY on Wheels, our cross country travel program for teens, has benefited so much from our affiliation with FJC. Over 100 of our USY on Wheels participants over the past three years have received incentive grants through FJC’s One Happy Camper program.