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This is What We’re All About

This is What We’re All About

I have been around Jewish summer camp my entire life. My wife, Shannon, has not. In 2019, I brought Shannon to GFC for the first time, and this summer, I have the pleasure of bringing my daughter as well. I am so thrilled to be able to share my love of Jewish camping...

Camp is the Shabbat of the Year

Camp is the Shabbat of the Year

Something we say all of the time at GFC, is that "Camp is the Shabbat of the year." While this statement always rings true, it holds more weight this summer than it has ever before. Shabbat is the 7th day - the day of...

Blessing Our Campers

Blessing Our Campers

This past weekend, our summer leadership team gathered  (virtually) for the first time to begin training for summer. Unit heads, song leaders, activity directors, camp care team, and full - time director team spent hours at virtual camp.  The joy was palpable. The...

Tikkun Olam – Hand in Hand

Tikkun Olam – Hand in Hand

This week on the blog, Assistant Director, Ethan Lane-Miller, writes about the power behind teen/adult partnerships in taking action to repair the world.   In addition to my work as an Assistant Director at Greene Family Camp, I have the special opportunity to...

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....