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October 8, 2013, New York, NY -- Registration is now open for URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, a new summer camp offering high-level programming in science and technology. This innovative new camp will open in July 2014 on the campus of The Governor’s Academy near Boston.
URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy will attract campers seeking high-level science and technology experiential and fun learning in the summer. Campers will work alongside experienced instructors to design projects in activities such as robotics, video game design, environmental science, and digital media production.
Greg Kellner will serve as director of 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy. Kellner has been part of the URJ Camps and NFTY family for more than 20 years. Most recently, he served as the Senior Assistant Director of the URJ Crane Lake Camp and as the Assistant Director of the URJ Eisner Camp.
“Greg is exactly the right person for the job,” said Director of Camp and Israel Programs Paul Reichenbach. “Greg knows camp, he knows kids, and he knows technology. He will be a great leader for this exciting new start-up.”
“What will make our camp unique,” said Kellner, “is the combination of outstanding science and tech programming with Jewish learning and living in an intentional, fun and dynamic Jewish community. So in addition to hands-on, immersive learning in science and technology, campers will also explore their Jewish identities and their connections to the Jewish community,” he explained, adding that science and Judaism naturally complement one another, since “science explains the world around us, but Judaism is what gives it meaning, creating the connections and culture that are the essence of the human experience.”
The new camp builds off the success of the URJ’s first specialty camp, 6 Points Sports Academy, which recently completed its fourth summer with more than 600 campers. Both camps offer two-week sessions, professional instructors and program design, and locations on the campuses of prestigious boarding schools. The Governor’s Academy, 30 minutes north of Boston, features modern educational, recreational and dorm facilities combined with a rustic campus to give a “summer camp” feel and create a safe and warm environment for campers.
Funding for 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy is made possible by the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s (FJC) Specialty Camps Incubator grant, jointly funded by The Jim Joseph and AVI CHAI Foundations.
“As we know from current research by the Foundation for Jewish Camp, Jewish camp attendance strengthens Jewish identity and increases the likelihood of adult participation in the Jewish community,” said Reichenbach. “And now with 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, we will attract a new audience to experience all that Jewish camps have to offer in an environment specifically tailored to them.”
For more information about URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, please visit http://www.urj6points.org/scitech.