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Shabbat ShaPOOL: Thinking Creatively in the Heat 0

Shabbat ShaPOOL: Thinking Creatively in the Heat

Posted on Jul 20, 2018 in Camps & NFTY, From the Blog, Shabbat, Youth & Family

Second Session is off to a great start at GFC this summer – we have had an incredible first week! Our campers bring so much energy, fun and spirit to the entire community. This week, in addition to the many activities the campers choose each day, we celebrated Earth Night and learned about our farm at camp, planted seeds, and heard from master gardeners in our area. Campers have been riding horses, jumping in the pool and lake, and are continuing to build the lifelong friendships they create at camp. This session is particularly out of the ordinary because of the heat. Our typical daily schedule is built with the Texas heat in mind – our outdoor sports activities are all scheduled for the morning hours. In the afternoon, we are typically inside or swimming. A hallmark of camp creativity is how we find solutions to challenges and create camp memories that will last a lifetime. Today, we are doing this with our first ever Shabbat ShaPOOL! Tonight, instead of having services at the Beit Knesset, our t’fillah (services) will be held in the pool! Part of the beauty of camp Shabbat includes the sunset over the lake, and being with our camp community surrounded by our natural setting....

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The Rhythm of Camp 0

The Rhythm of Camp

Posted on Jul 19, 2018 in Camps & NFTY, From the Blog, Youth & Family

I awakened to the high-pitched beeping of my cobalt blue Ironman watch. It was hidden in an unknown part of the room that was of course not my night stand. In a mild attempt to not wake up my family, I quickly disarmed the alarm, delayed only by my still-sleeping foot’s reluctance to hold my weight. I got ready by the light sneaking in between the black-out curtains.

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Camp is for Parents, Too 0

Camp is for Parents, Too

Posted on Jul 13, 2018 in Camps & NFTY, From the Blog, Youth & Family

GFC Session One, 2018 has officially come to a close. With Caleb and Chloe unpacked, laundry started, and the kids tucked into their own beds for the first time in several nights, it’s time to reflect. Why do we send our kids to camp? How do we explain this investment to friends outside the Jewish community or those who don’t send their kids to any summer camp?

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Am Yisrael Chai – Connecting Israel to Camp 0

Am Yisrael Chai – Connecting Israel to Camp

Posted on Jul 3, 2018 in Camps & NFTY, From the Blog, Israel, World Jewry, Youth & Family

On a recent congregational trip to Israel, I heard from Rabbi Gilad Kariv. Rabbi Kariv is the President and CEO of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ). Rabbi Kariv spoke very openly on the important relationships between the Israeli and American Reform congregations. Not unfamiliar to many of us, he emphasized the importance of relational Judaism.

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Finding Our Strength in Avodah 0

Finding Our Strength in Avodah

Posted on Jun 29, 2018 in Camps & NFTY, From the Blog, Youth & Family

Throughout this past year, I remember impatiently waiting for the opportunity to return to camp. After not seeing many of my camp friends for the last two years, I was beyond excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the Avodah unit at GFC and strengthen my identity as a Jewish teen.

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