Summer Camp

Why Jewish Summer Camp Is Worth Every Dime

School ends, and kids have nothing to do for three months. That may be true of other children, but not yours. You have no desire to let your children spend the summer sitting on the couch playing video games. You know they need something to keep them active, but you aren’t sure you have the money for summer camp. The truth is that if you can afford it or get financial assistance, Jewish summer camp is worth every single dime you will spend. Here’s why.

1. Social Growth

Any type of camp that includes multiple children gives little ones lessons in social skills. Your child will learn to be part of a team, lead others and work to achieve a common goal. These are skills that your child will carry into adulthood.

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What to Include in a Care Package for Jewish Summer Camp

Attending Jewish summer camp is a big deal for kids. It is often their first time away from home, and they may be left feeling a bit lonely and anxious. A great way to send a bit of love from home is with a care package. But what should you include? Here are some ideas:

1. Craft Supplies

If your little one is a budding artist, a box of craft supplies is a great idea. A sketchbook and some watercolor pencils can give your child something to do in their downtime.

2. A Group Activity

Help your child make friends by sending something that they can do as a group. Plain fabric bags and a bow or two of fabric markers will allow the entire cabin to come together to participate in a fun activity.

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Find the Jewish Summer Camp That’s Right for Your Family

When you are looking for a Jewish summer camp for your kids, the choices can be overwhelming. Many parents begin to wonder if camp really matters. The short answer is yes, camp does matter. Camp is more than bonfires and roasted marshmallows; it provides your children with an experience that they may not get elsewhere.

If you are looking for the perfect Jewish summer camp for your child, here are some tips that can help you narrow down your choices.

1. History

The first thing to look for is a camp that has been active for years. Experts agree that a poorly-run summer camp wouldn’t stay in operation. You can feel safe when you find a camp that has been running every summer for decades.

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How to Save for Jewish Summer Camp

It’s almost winter, meaning that it may seem to you as if next summer a long way off. If you want to send your child to Jewish summer camp, now is a great time to start saving. On average, it costs about $85 per day to send a child to camp, which can make coming up with several hundred dollars difficult for some families. Saving now could mean that your child gets an opportunity they wouldn’t otherwise have. Here are six tips for saving.

1. Start Early

Start saving now. Research the costs now and start putting money away. Many camps have savings for early registration, so the sooner you have the money, the more you may save.

2. Look for Aid

Many organizations, such as the Jewish Federation of  Atlanta, provide scholarships and aid for camp. Start researching your options now to determine what you will need to do to qualify.

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How Jewish Summer Camp Turns Children Into Leaders

You may be compiling a list of reasons to send your children to Jewish summer camp instead of choosing another summertime activity. One of the best reasons that experts have offers is the fact that camp builds leadership skills within its attendees. But how?

The development of these skills starts early and can happen in environments that we believe to be the least likely. In fact, it is often during low stress, relaxing, leisure situations that our skills are best developed.

Children who attend Jewish summer camp gain these skills through inspiration. Campers are able to look to counselors and adults who have perfected the art of leadership and emulate their behaviors. Every camper will have the opportunity to help others, either organically or through assignment. This opportunity allows children to feel valuable and encourages them to step up when needed.

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How to Know Your Kid Is Ready for Camp

You think your child is ready for Jewish summer camp. You know you are ready for them to go to Jewish summer camp. But how can you be certain that this year is the one? Here are some great rules of thumb to consider before packing your child’s bags.

The first thing to ask yourself is whether or not your child can sleep away from home comfortably. Have they spent the night at a relative’s home? Maybe they have sleepovers with friends. If your child can handle these nights away without incident, it’s a good indicator that they are ready for camp.

The next thing to ask yourself is whether or not your child can swim. Every Jewish summer camp will have its own policies with regards to children in the water, but your little one should be able to swim at least one length of a pool. This will ensure they are able to take part in activities that the camp offers.

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Perfect Birthday Gifts for Your “Year-Round Camper”

For some kids, a week or two of camp every year is more than enough time spent hiking, swimming and being constantly outdoors. But for others, going to Jewish summer camp is simply a supplement to a year-round urge to be in the wilderness. If your child is one who would rather spend their free time blazing new trails in the woods instead of playing video games, here are a few gift ideas for birthdays, Hanukkah and other holidays:

1. High-Quality Boots

Depending on how fast your child is growing and how often they are outdoors, they may outgrow athletic shoes seemingly as soon as you buy them. But for teenagers whose feet are pretty much done growing too much, a pair of high-quality hiking boots could be the perfect gift. Though they will be pricey, the right pair can last for years, even under rigorous conditions.

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Why Disconnecting from Tech Is Good for Kids

It’s no secret that our world is more connected than ever before. Between your phone, your laptop, your tablet and your TV, there isn’t much you miss these days. Chances are, your kids are just as connected. Even if they don’t have the same arsenal of screens as you, they probably rely on technology for everything from entertainment to education.

While a more connected world certainly has its benefits, it also has its drawbacks. It probably isn’t realistic to completely disconnect your kids from technology all summer long, but attending camp can provide a welcome reprieve. Here’s why disconnecting from tech for a week or two is good for kids:

1. Create Instead of Consume

When your kids are constantly connected to technology, there is little reason for them to be creative. At camp, the option to simply sit back and consume media all day isn’t available. As such, kids have to be more creative. Further, interacting with nature has been shown to boost problem-solving skills. Often, this newfound creativity comes back with campers, even when they are able to resume their normal level of media consumption.

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