New Camper, Now What?

Eleven girls in the poor smiling

Dear parents/guardians of first-time campers, We hope that you are excited for your child’s first summer at Camp Pembroke, Camp Tel Noar, or Camp Tevya! With camp getting closer, many families begin thinking about how they can best prepare their child for the overnight camp experience. We’ve developed this collection of recommendations as a discussion […]

Making your camp Mitzvah Project

Tevya four girls smile dressed in blue and white

BY BARBARA STEVENS,DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, THE COHEN CAMPS   Every year, a few Cohen Campers do something I consider extraordinary: they invite friends and family to give to their camp’s Scholarship Fund. They do this in place of gifts for their bar or bat mitzvah, or for their birthday. Cohen Camps Alumni do it, too, […]

Our Jewish Values – Commitments #6 to #10 Explained

Group of boys with arms around each other

BY JONATHAN COHEN,THIRD-GENERATION PRESIDENT, THE COHEN CAMPS In articulating our Jewish purpose in the manner of our 10 Commitments we have created a language that helps focus and guide us through the rhythms of planning and running our camps. In my previous posts I explained in general the core values that make our camps – […]

Our Jewish Values – Commitments #1 to #5 Explained

Tel Noar campers walk through the Shabbat gateway

BY JONATHAN COHEN,THIRD-GENERATION PRESIDENT, THE COHEN CAMPS We have always considered our camps (Pembroke, Tel Noar and Tevya) to be involved in the informal Jewish education business (shh, don’t tell the campers). This began with my grandparents, Eli and Bessie, who believed that Jewish education in all of its forms was an important means to […]

Is That My Camper’s Elbow?

Three girls holding cameras laughing

Dear parents, I don’t think I understood how important it was to parents to “see” their child during their time at camp until I was a counselor. It was my fourth summer on staff, and I was at home on my day off. I hadn’t yet had the chance to see all of the pictures […]

A Letter to Our 2021 Staff

Five staff members holding hoolah hoops in front of their faces

June 2021 Getting ready for Summer 2021 Dear 2021 Staff who are about to arrive at camp, When campers write letters home, they fill the margins with memories and highlights from their days spent with new friends, trying different activities, and attempting to put words to their time here at camp. In these letters, the […]

The Camp Duffel: 10 Tips to Pack Like a Pro

Pembroke camper smiles while lying on her festively decorated bunk

1 Label everything…and then label it again Camp very quickly feels like home to our campers, which means one thing…our campers leave everything everywhere (sound familiar?). If there is a label or name written somewhere on it, that lost item is 99% more likely to find its way back home. Initials are good, full names […]