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November 21, 2014 | 28th Cheshvan 5775

10 Ways to Make Camp Count in your Congregation

1. Recognize Those Who Are Going to Camp
Display photos and bios of campers who are going to camp on a bulletin board and include their names in bulletins and emails.

2. Send Campers a Postcard
From clergy, youth director or Temple board--build a relationship and make campers feel connected to larger Temple community!

3. Organize a Send-off Party
Help campers meet new friends from their home congregations and get excited about heading to camp.

4. Send Congregational Care Packages
Have each parent bring a small item (enough for each kid from the congregation at camp) and gather all parents together to stuff care packages!

5. Invite a Camp Representative to your Congregation
Our staff loves to visit congregations and talk with potential campers and families. Request a visit from your regional camp!

6. Arrange a Camp Visit
For prospective campers and families to get a taste of camp before leaving for the summer.

7. Leverage Local Counselors
Ask your camp director to provide you with a list of camp staff in your area so you can tap into this powerful cohort of young adult leaders who are role models to campers.

8.Have the Campers Make an Outreach Plan for Your Congregation
Encourage them to develop a plan for reaching out to friends and potential new campers.

9. Share Camper Letters With the Congregation
Include letters in your Temple bulletin, email newsletter and on your website.

10. Welcome Them Back and Let Them Share with the Congregation!
Invite returning campers a few minutes to share about their summer during a Shabbat service. Celebrate new friends, reunite with old, and reinforce lessons and friendships from the summer.

Download these ten tips as a printable PDF.

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