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Campers That Fly Like Birds cat-camps2
URJ Camp Harlam

Your first time on the adventure course at camp can be a scary one. The zip line is especially intimidating, even when you're already harnessed and ready to go. First year staff member Hanna Anderson learned that quelling those fears is as simple as encouraging campers to spread their wings and fly. Read more »
Kutz Camp Set Me On My Jewish Path cat-camps2
URJ Kutz Camp

Summers at camp can have a lifelong impact. For Rabbi Paul Kipnes, six years at Kutz set his life on a course that would weave together an intense love of Judaism, a versatility with creative and innovative programming and a deeper appreciation of himself. Those summers are a vital part of the rabbi he is today. Read more »
Jumping Right In: Learning From The Localscat-mitzvahcorps
Mitzvah Corps Nicaragua

After only a couple of days in Nicaragua, Mitzvah Corps participants are already learning from the locals. The first lesson of the trip is that sometimes you just have to get dirty, literally and figuratively. As the teens get to know each other better, they look forward to diving deeper into the culture and making a difference. Read more »
Building Awareness On Maple Lake cat-camps2
URJ Camp George

Wearing pink on Wednesdays started out as a fun cabin bonding idea, but grew into much more. One Camp George cabin is making a difference by raising awareness for breast cancer. Campers and counselors share why this cause is about more than just a pretty color. Read more »
An Invitation To Belong cat-camps2
URJ Camp Kalsman

'Belonging' isn't only having a membership card. It's a sense of comfort, connection and inclusion in something larger than yourself. At Kalsman, there's an emphasis on helping campers understand the Hebrew they speak –  for the sake of learning, but also for the sake of feeling like they belong, and Judaism belongs to them. Read more »
More Than Just a Board Meeting cat-nfty2

At Mechina, teens accustomed to being leaders in their regions are challenged to see things through the eyes of participants. They learn from each other and their predecessors, starting the weekend hungry for knowledge and guidance, and leaving excited to begin their NFTY year. Read more »
We Aren't Saying Goodbye, Only L'Hitraot (See You Later) cat-israel2
NFTY in Israel

As the first NFTY in Israel groups return home, they reflect on the experience of a lifetime. They explored the Old City, climbed Masada and hiked all the way from the Kinneret to the Mediterranean Sea. But just as important as what they did was who they did it with, and the many things they learned together. Read more »
When Lightning Strikes And We Are Tested cat-camps2
URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI)

The recent events at GUCI have tested the community physically, emotionally and spiritually. The camp rose and beyond expectations with the support of the local and greater Reform Movement. As the affected campers grow strong, so too does the kehila kedosha, the sacred community we build each summer. Read more »
A Journey Through The Ranks: Seeing Camp From All Angles cat-camps2
URJ 6 Points Sports Academy

Molly Minnen was one of the first campers at 6 Points when it opened in summer 2010. She has since risen through the ranks from camper to CIT, and now to counselor. Although at times challenging, this new role is teaching her valuable lessons that will stay with her for the rest of her life. Read more »


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