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Camps & NFTY

Camps & NFTY

Why We Love Fall Camp 0

Why We Love Fall Camp

Posted on Sep 14, 2018 in Camps & NFTY, From the Blog

After a summer of fun, it’s hard to return to normal life. Late night conversations over flashlight in your cabin, s’mores by the campfire, singing stars in the sky under a sky full of stars…back to school just doesn’t compare. And for those that haven’t experienced a summer at camp yet – it’s hard to truly quantify the magic. Camp can be scary for those who have never been – where will you sleep? How’s the food? Can you be away from home for a full summer? We’ve got an anecdote for both – something that takes those in camp withdrawal back to Bruceville and gives those who have never been to camp a chance to try it for the first time: Fall Camp. We love Fall Camp because it’s the best of summer packed into three days. Spend time in the art room. Shoot rockets in STEAM. Learn camp songs around the campfire. Celebrate Shabbat at camp. Get some fresh air. Play a game of Gaga. Read a good book in the library. Plus, we’ve got plenty of special surprises in store. Delicious treats, and exciting activities never before seen at camp!Registration is open now! Return home, or try camp for the first...

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Finding My Place at Camp 0

Finding My Place at Camp

Posted on Jul 22, 2018 in Camps & NFTY, Defining Reform, From the Blog, Interfaith, Youth & Family

When I started the summer, I wasn't really sure why I volunteered to be faculty this summer. I am a Jew by Choice and a Jew of Color and while my home congregation, Temple Emanue El in Dallas,  is a wonderful place, I have had trouble feeling like a part of the community. These past several months I have felt a sort of rift between me and the religion I love. I don’t always get a chance to celebrate Shabbat or the holidays because I don’t always have a place to go.

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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.

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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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