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GFC Spotlight: Drew Beckelman

GFC Spotlight: Drew Beckelman

Some of the greatest lessons that I have learned in life have come from camp. Greene is a super special place to meet life long friends, grow up, learn about yourself, become independent, and learn to be a leader in the community. In my seven years as a camper, I have...

Interconnectedness and Camp

Interconnectedness and Camp

Over the past few months, I’ve been studying mussar, a Jewish virtues-based approach to ethics and character development, with camp professionals from a variety of Jewish camps. This week, we studied areyvut, interconnectedness. In sharing with each other all the ways...

A Farewell Letter from Loui Dobin

A Farewell Letter from Loui Dobin

"’The time has come’, the Walrus said, ‘To talk of many things: Of camp - and kids - and families - a community that sings- And why things always have to change - And leaving all these things’”. (Apologies to another Louis; Louis Carroll). It is interesting to be...

Christmukkah: A Celebration of Diversity

One of the things I cherish the most about the extended family that is Greene Family Camp, is our diversity. As I sat to write this Christmas edition of “Tell Me S’more” I couldn’t help but reflect on the many members of our community are observing Christmas today. ...

The Miracle Of Camp: Friends Become Family

The Miracle Of Camp: Friends Become Family

Hanukkah Night 8 | Gadd Family's Miracle of Camp The first time our daughter, Evyn, went to GFC, our twins joined her for the last ten days of their Bonim session.  They all had a blast, but Evyn came home and cried for a full two weeks. She loved camp so much and she...

The Miracle Of Camp: Connecting to Jewish Identity

The Miracle Of Camp: Connecting to Jewish Identity

Hanukkah Night 7 | Carly's Miracle of Camp   My strong Jewish identity was forged through 20 years of being on staff and faculty. As an education director and a mom of Camp Kattan age kids, I’m always trying to help kids find connections to their Jewish identity....

The Miracle Of Camp: Do I Have to Pick Just One?

The Miracle Of Camp: Do I Have to Pick Just One?

Hanukkah Night 6 | Kate's Miracle of Camp   One of my favorite miracles of camp is friends you only get to see at camp. Some of the friends you make may live in another state, or another city or town that is hours away from where you live. I have a friend from...

The Miracle Of Camp: The Magic Lasts All Year

The Miracle Of Camp: The Magic Lasts All Year

Hanukkah Night 5 | Scott Family's Miracle Of Camp   Chanukah is a minor festival on the Jewish calendar. While its theme of survival is far from insignificant, over the centuries we’ve creatively adapted ways to emphasize this festival as a true bright spot in...

The Miracle Of Camp: We Can Be Together, Even When Apart

The Miracle Of Camp: We Can Be Together, Even When Apart

Hanukkah Night 4 | Scott's Miracle of Camp When I was 12 years old, the Sisterhood of Congregation Emanu El in Houston Sisterhood made the smart decision to give me a scholarship to attend URJ Greene Family Camp. Four years in NFTY, 17 summers on staff and faculty and...

The Miracle Of Camp: When You Fall, Camp Will Catch You

The Miracle Of Camp: When You Fall, Camp Will Catch You

Hanukkah Night 3 | Ariel's Miracle of Camp For me, the miracle of camp is being able to become the person I want, and at the same time to not be afraid to fall. Camp gives the opportunity to explore yourself, to try new things and step out of your comfort zone over...