Camp Tevya | Summer 2024 | Week 1

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Dear Tevya families,

Welcome to the very first edition of our weekly newsletter for Summer 2024. You can expect to receive these updates each week, typically by Shabbat.  We hope that these newsletters give you a little peak into the magic of camp, and give some context to the letters you will hopefully be receiving soon; the first letters were written yesterday at Rest Hour.

For the last two days, we ran incredible days of programming, filled with laughter, excitement, and unforgettable memories in the making. Walking around camp feels like a postcard–the sun is shining, the temperature is perfect, campers and staff are engaged and having fun. Our campers have been participating in a wide range of activities, from sports and arts to team challenges and outdoor adventures. We’re excited to share the joy and magic that’s already been happening at camp, in the short amount of time since you last saw your camper.

For those of you who have opted in to our Campanion App, which is available for families of current campers, we hope you’ve been enjoying the ease of use, especially the facial recognition feature. If you haven’t yet done so, it’s very easy to get the Campanion App by following a few simple steps:

  • Download the Campanion App at either the Apple App or Google Play Store
  • Use your MyCampTevya dashboard email address and password to log in
  • Upload a training photo of your child, which enables the app to send you photos of your camper over the summer
  • Ensure you have push notifications enabled within your phone settings so you can receive important updates from camp all year long
  • You will also have the capability to email your campers through the Campanion app and directly through your log in on the computer.   

Value of the Week

The value of this past week, which was introduced last Shabbat with our staff at Orientation, was Community. We stressed with our staff that we want everyone to feel a strong sense of belonging here whether it’s their 1st summer, 3rd summer, or 5th summer.  If they, as staff, feel that sense of belonging to our community, they will ensure that our campers feel the same.  For campers who had Tarboot classes yesterday and today, they discussed Courage as the value of the week.  It certainly takes a lot of courage to come to camp, especially if this is your first time.  It also takes a lot of courage to try a new activity, make a new friend, or sit at a mixed table in the dining hall.  For the upcoming week, campers and counselors will be asked to keep their eyes open throughout the week and nominate people around camp who are demonstrating the value of the week.  Sneak peek…next week’s value is Integrity.  Counselors will read the nomination sheets aloud with their bunks during Shabbat Prep and will reward individuals or groups with a bracelet that states the week’s value in English and Hebrew. 

Camp Activities

On the opening night of camp, campers were treated to a fun variety of Department Skits where they learned all about the activity areas at camp. It was exciting to be together as a whole camp community, and you could feel the energy in the air. We closed the night out with our first singing of the Alma Mater and Rad Hayom.  

It was a beautiful night last night at Thursday BBQ, and the Potanipo sunset did not disappoint. Every Thursday we have BBQ where campers and staff eat outside on the soccer field, enjoying hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken, watermelon and our famous blondies.

Last night’s evening activities included…

Yavneh and Dalia: Relay Races on the Bog Field

Middle and Older Oles: Water games on the Tsof Field

Tsofs: 4 Way Capture the Flag on the Soccer Field

Bogs: Bonfire, complete with songs, stories and s’mores.

Upcoming Events

Our Dor L’Dor campers will be departing for Spain and Portugal on Sunday. A life changing journey awaits them and we can’t wait to hear all about it from their weekly Shabbat letters.

Next week, we’re looking forward to celebrating July 4th all together as a camp community. The town of Brookline launches fireworks from Skunk Hollow, our other beach around the lake where our Water Park is. We can’t wait for the show!

Next week, we will be doing Big & Littles, pairing our oldest and youngest campers together.  They will have opportunities over the session to hang out both formally and informally. This is always such a sweet tradition and the campers remember their Bigs & Littles for years to come.  

We also will be having Royalty this week. Royalty is a longstanding camp tradition dating back to 1960/1961 where the oldest campers choose a King or a Queen, and the youngest campers choose a Prince or a Princess. They are revealed to the whole camp in a fun ceremony in the dining hall. These royalty are staff members who are chosen by the campers as individuals who would be fun to hang out with and get to know more. They will have some special time built into their schedules for King/Queen/Prince/Princess time.

Shabbat Shalom,

Lauren + Elissa

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