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by Shayna Simon
My name is Shayna Simon I am 12 years old. I have attended Camp Chazak at URJ Eisner and Crane Lake in Massachusetts for the last 2 summers. This camp is for kids like me that may have some challenges and just need some direction to stay focused and enjoy this wonderful camp experience.
The best way I can describe this camp is "AWESOME" We get to play, swim, sing, cook, eat and laugh together. I especially enjoy being able to share my Jewishness with everyone through prayer & singing. I even got to play my guitar during services. This year will be my last year at Camp Chazak as I age out.
I also was fortunate to attend URJ Kutz Camp (Warwick NY)this past summer for 2 weeks in their Mitzvah Corp program. A special needs portion of the camp with teenage mentors. I can't use the word "AWESOME" enough. This program gave me the opportunity to learn how to be a songleader. I love to sing and play guitar. Participating in all the camp activities were fun. The best parts for me were celebrating Shabbat outside but I must say seeing Josh Nelson and Dan Nichols in concert was my favorite events. Singing and dancing with all the campers was such a great experience I hope to enjoy again. I have started to bug my mom to send me to Kutz for 3 weeks this year. I love Kutz!
Please consider joining me in either one of these wonderful camps this summer. I'm sure we will become friends for a life time.
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