He’s One Happy Camper
Hello, my name is Ami. I am a student at Atlanta Jewish Academy and I will be going into 5th grade in the fall. I am almost 10 years old, in fact, I will be turning 10 at camp this summer!
The camp I go to is Camp Stone. Camp Stone is a Bnei Akiva camp. Bnei Akiva is a youth group that does activities that have to do with Israel and the Torah. It is located in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, which is 850 miles away from Atlanta. (I googled it.) Last summer, when I went to camp for the first time, I only went to camp for two weeks to try it out. This summer, I am going to go for a whole month! Last time, I was in the youngest bunk, and I was not allowed to do some fun stuff like glassblowing, horseback riding, and more. When I go to camp this time however, I will try to do these things, and I’m really excited about it.
The food is awesome. They have amazing pizza bagels, and every day you get shekem, which is really good snacks. Also, there is a lake, and a pool. There’s a big thing in the lake that’s a huge trampoline, with a log and a blob. One person sits on it, and another person jumps, and the person sitting flies into the air and falls into the lake. There’s also a huge waterslide, and I made a giant splash last summer.
In art we got to make a real challah board to bring home, and after that we made dream catchers. We also played basketball, but I’m not so into sports, so after a while I started drawing instead.
Shabbat in camp is fun. We wear white shirts and blue pants. After Friday night dinner we sing a lot of songs. We have Shabbat menucha, which is really relaxing. Last year, I just sat down and read a book. I like to read a lot, so that was great. I finished five or six books at camp.
We went into the forest and made a bonfire and we all made smores. It was fun. We slept outside in sleeping bags. It’s called the chutz. In the morning we got up and walked back to camp for breakfast.
Every summer Camp Stone has a different theme from the Torah. Last year they built a model mishkan (tabernacle) and it was awesome. I heard that the year before they made an actual archeological dig, just like the real ones in Israel. Every day before lunch, the counselors do these skits about whatever topic we are learning about. They are always funny. Last year we had a theme from the Navi (Prophets) and I knew all of the stories because I learn them every night with my dad. I can’t wait to see what we do this year.
I got the One Happy Camper grant from Federation, and that makes me, well, one really happy camper, because it helps me go to camp and do all sorts of cool things that I can’t really do here. Thank you!