Welcome to Trip II! What a wonderful week of welcoming over 280 campers to the Home of Happiness for an energy packed 3-week session. For those of us who spend all 7 weeks here at camp, it’s an adjustment as we move into Trip II where activities, surprises, and special events get scheduled back-to-back. A similar experience to Trip I with trips, overnights, Maccabia, carnivals, and so much more, but faster!!
One of the highlights of Camp Wise is that our program helps campers try new activities, sports and challenge themselves, while also giving each child multiple opportunities to design their own experience. Our morning schedule features cabin activities where cabin groups rotate between team and community building programs across camp (e.g. low ropes course, Horseback Riding, Sports, Art Shack, Giant Swing, Song Session, Improv, etc…). In the afternoon campers attend chugim (their specialty activities) where they spend multiple days improving skills in an area they love.
Another beautiful moment this week featured the return of ILS – the Israel Leadership Summer! All 36 of our 11th grade campers returned from Israel as close as could be to one another, having spent 4 weeks in the Holy Land. Their leadership experience is the first step in preparing these talented and dedicated high school teens to become future staff members, leaders and teachers in our community. For ILS one of their key memories was a shepherding lesson they all attended near Jerusalem. Together they learned about how to lead and guide a group, by learning how to heard actual sheep in the Judean hills! The lessons will stick with them as they grow: about where to be, how to use your body language and voice, and how to signal to a group what you need from them. This experience and so much more formed lifetime memories.
As we move into this beautiful Shabbat – with a cool breeze and bright blue sky – our hope is to continue with a session of growth, of meaning making, of memories, and of care for each person at Camp Wise. Keep the letters coming and send the love!!
SOLEL!! – Solel had an amazing time on their first trip to Cincinnati! On Wednesday we saw all kind of animals at the zoo and explored the biggest, coolest grocery store we’ve ever seen in Jungle Jim’s. Thursday we spent all day at Kings Island, riding roller-coasters and playing games all day. It was an awesome trip and we’re happy to be back for Shabbat!