January 2020 Newsletter Highlights!

By JCC Camps at Medford

FROM THE DIRECTORS
Happy New Year!

The New Year is always an exciting time in the camp office! As soon as we enter the new year, we know that the months will fly by until camp begins. This time of year we are heading to camp fairs, open houses, tours, and other community events, and we love meeting new potential campers. Meetings with our Leadership Team and interviews for new staff are coming up, and we are looking forward to sharing all of our exciting plans with you for Summer 2020!

Happy New Year!

B’Shalom,
Beth, Sara, and Jared

CAMP AERIAL TOUR!
Check out our new JCC Camps at Medford Aerial Tour! https://youtu.be/GsIDJ62wfZk

MESH at the JCC Camps at Medford

For Summer 2020, we are working on all of the ways we can better support our campers’ and staff members’ Mental, Emotional, and Social Health.

We are SO excited to share with you that we have been selected as a recipient of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yedid Nefesh Grant. The growing awareness and evolving complexity of mental health challenges in our society necessitates that camps be equipped with enhanced staffing and training at all levels to ensure proactive support for the mental, emotional, and social health (MESH) needs of every camper and staff member. With a visionary gift from The Marcus Foundation, FJC (the Foundation for Jewish Camp) aspires to elevate the field to nurture all in our Jewish camp family. Through these efforts, we can build stronger, more inclusive, and resilient communities year round.

This initiative aims to provide overnight and day camps with financial and programmatic support for camps to address MESH in holistic ways – supporting camps’ hiring qualified mental health professionals on their staff, enhancing counselor training, integrating wellness programming into activity areas, and develop other ways to create cultural change within their camp communities year-round. Funding will also include professional development, research, and evaluation.

For the first time, we will be hiring a full-time, seasonal Mental Health Professional to be a part of our Leadership team at camp. This person will be a part of camper intake, staff orientation, and will be there support the mental, emotional, and social needs of our campers. We are incredibly excited. If you or someone you know may be interested in this role, please send a resume and cover letter to Sara Sideman at [email protected] Click HERE for a full job description. (Please link to PDF)

COME VISIT US AND BRING A FRIEND!
Each winter and spring, we attend a number of local camp fairs and events, as well as hosting our own Open Houses. We love when current campers stop by and visit. Bring a friend who is interested in camp to one of these events and get a pair of camp sunglasses. We hope to see you there!
• Saturday, February 1, 11:30-3 ~ Moorestown Friends School Camp Fair
• Saturday, February 1, 12-4 ~ South Jersey Mom’s Camp Expo at the Deptford Mall
• Saturday, February 15, 12-4 ~ South Jersey Mom’s Camp Expo at the Cherry Hill Mall
• Sunday, February 23, 10-1 ~ Philadelphia Family Summer Camp Fair at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
• Sunday, March 15, 11-2 ~ Camp Open House at JCC Camps at Medford!
• Sunday, April 26, 11-2 ~ Camp Open House at JCC Camps at Medford!

STAFF HIGHLIGHT: EVAN BOYLE JOINS COOLANU!

EVAN BOYLE is thrilled to continue his love of camp in a new role, as the COOLANU COORDINATOR. Evan has been working at the JCC Camps at Medford for 8 years. He spent 6 years as a counselor in Camp Hilltop, 1 year as a Sports Specialist in Camp Aaron, and 1 year as an Assistant Division Head in Camp Aaron. During the off-season, he is a Social Studies and Special Education teacher in Mount Holly, New Jersey. Evan enjoys playing basketball and volleyball. He also loves going to sporting events, including his favorite team the Philadelphia 76ers.

Evan is excited to continue to grow the Brewlanu program and identify new opportunities for life and social skills at camp for our Coolanu participants!

9th GRADE TRAVEL: TIYULIM

Our campers love to travel! New for 2019, we are excited to debut Tiyulim, our 9th grade travel program. As an alternative or add-on to the LIT experience, our 9th graders will have the opportunity to spend 4 weeks traveling on day trips, short overnights and 1 week overnight programs. For our first year, the 9th graders will spend a week in Orlando for a Universal experience and a second week in Atlanta exploring the city. For the remaining 4 weeks, campers will have the opportunity to be an LIT and gain valuable leadership experiences as they prepare to become staff members in the following summer. Any questions? Please contact Jared at [email protected] Click HERE for FAQs about this new program. (Please link to PDF)

QUESTION OF THE MONTH…T-SHIRT TIME!

Each month we will be bringing you a new question…some to help us grow as a camp, and some just for fun! This month’s answers will be used for future social media posts…let us feature your camper! Here is the question for January:

We have already begun thinking about our Summer 2020 t-shirt! Have a great design in mind? Send it our way for a chance to be featured as this summer’s t-shirt designer!

EARN MONEY FOR CAMP! (needs a cute graphic)
Did you know that you can earn money toward your child’s camp tuition?! Refer a new family to camp, and if their children attend, earn $100 toward your child’s camp tuition! Help us spread the love of JCC Camps at Medford!

JOIN OUR CAMP STAFF FAMILY!

At the end of each season, we are always sad to say goodbye to some staff that are ready to move on from camp. Return letters have gone out to staff, so we already know that we need to fill the following positions. If you are interested, please apply at www.jcccampsatmedford.org.

Open positions:

• Camp Hilltop Assistant Director
• Woodworking, Ceramics, Sports, and STEM specialists
• Ropes staff
• Advocates
• Lifeguards
• Counselors

WHAT IS A DUGMA?
Applications for the 2nd cohort of our Dugma Fellowship are now open! The goal of the JCC Camps at Medford Dugma Fellowship is to build a team of dedicated, enthusiastic counselors to serve as camp leaders and role models for younger camp staff and campers. We want to build our future leadership team from within!

Participation Requirements:
• Employed at least one year as a JCC Camps at Medford staff member
• Must at least be entering 12th grade during Summer 2020
• Complete online application
• Submit short essay (max 500 words)
• Commitment to FULL Summer 2020 camp employment
Timeline:
• Applications due March 15
• Acceptance letters will be sent by mid-April.
• Participants will meet for the first time in May.
What will I do as a Dugma Fellow?:
• Gather with an exclusive group of strong JCC Camps at Medford counselors, selected from all three camps
• Spend a special day training, exchanging ideas, planning for the summer, and learning new skills
• Develop unique skills to make a positive, exciting impact at the JCC Camps at Medford
• Be a part of an Orientation Welcome Team to greet staff at camp orientations
• Serve as a mentor for younger JCC Camps at Medford staff and LITs
• Meet for a weekly lunch with the Camp Directors for ongoing training, sharing of ideas, and to discuss summer progress
• Become a lead for special ruach filled camp moments such as Shabbat, flag pole, Israeli dancing, and more
• Provide feedback to the Camp Directors on staff training
• Assist with planning of special theme days, Carnival, Israel Week, Ruach Week, and Maccabiah Color War
What are the perks of the Dugma Fellowship?:
• Connect with others who are PASSIONATE about Jewish camping and the JCC Camps at Medford
• Build valuable, life-long leadership skills
• Include this PRESTIGIOUS fellowship on your resume
• Build stronger relationships with JCC Camps at Medford leadership team
• A special Dugma t-shirt
• A $100 stipend upon completion of the FULL 2020 camp season
TO APPLY: CLICK HERE
Questions? Email Sara, Associate Camp Director, at [email protected]

CAMP STAFF INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

We know that choosing to come back to camp in the summer can be difficult when faced with the need to find an internship. That is why we are SO excited to share our new Summer Internship Program!

JCC Camps at Medford, together with our Jewish Federation Family of Agencies, is launching a new program for college students, the 2020 Summer Internship Program. This program is intended to benefit you as a JCC Camps at Medford staff member and offer you the opportunity to gain valuable skills not just at camp in the summer but in areas that interest you prior to the start. We will pair selected candidates with departments within the Jewish Federation system and community companies for a 4-week internship prior to the start of camp. Internships will begin in mid-May and continue through the end of June at which time the internship will conclude and your camp position will begin.

The collective program provides a 12 week summer opportunity of growth, learning, and community. This is a fantastic opportunity for a college or graduate school student to bring your creativity, passion, and expertise to an internship in your field, along with working at your beloved summer camp.

Applicants must be able to commit to both the internship program prior to camp and the full camp season (June 29 – August 21). This is an experiential internship, course credit would be determined on a case by case basis and facilitated by the intern.
To apply for this amazing opportunity, CLICK HERE!

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