Tonight, we invited the entire Camp Pinebrook community to celebrate Shabbat with us and what a Shabbat it was! The campers practiced all of their fun camp Shabbat songs like ‘Shababa-Shabbat Shalom,’ ‘Zum Gali,’ and ‘Am I Awake?’ The campers did an absolutely spectacular job performing for their parents on the Bimah, led by a variety of Rabbis and Cantor Schloss. After the service, campers and their families joined us for a community dinner of veggie dogs and hot dogs prepared by Camp Pinebrook Staff! During the dinner, counselors had the chance to meet the families of their campers and forge meaningful connections that build our community into the loving and caring one that it is. Earlier in the day, campers cooked challah to bring home and enjoy with their families.
Somehow the last day of camp is upon us! What a summer it has been, and we at Camp Pinebrook are so excited about all that has transpired and all that awaits us in the year and years to come.
As our community grows, rest assured that the elements that are so crucial to us and distinguish Camp Pinebrook will absolutely remain the same:
- Our staff to camper ratios will be preserved, as our staff will grow with our camper population and we will welcome more specialists and other support staff.
- Our 1:3 swim staff to swimmer ratio will remain the same.
- We will maintain coed camper groups bunked by age.
- Our daily updates, newsletters, blog posts and other communication will continue.
It’s never too early to start thinking about next summer (read: discounted pricing for summer 2019), and in the time being we look forward to seeing our campers at mini-camp on school holidays (our first will be this November on Veterans Day!). Year-round, Camp Pinebrook is Westchester’s premier Reform Jewish community of friends AND summer of fun.
As we approach the final days of our first summer at Camp Pinebrook, we as a community are all about celebrations. Wednesday’s talent show was a raging success! Our campers and counselors performed silly skits, sang songs, and danced as our whole community proudly cheered. Campers are putting the finishing touches on art projects and our swim department is shouting with joy as so many of our campers are passing the deep water test with flying colors!
We mark the end of our summer with Siyum, the Hebrew word for culmination. We reflect with joy that our Camp Pinebrook community learned and lived our core values — community, compassion, respect, encouragement, and teamwork — and we cherish the friendships and bonds we have built! Camp has been filled with sports, arts, drama, music, dance, martial arts, cooking and so many days of fun filled activities. We hope that you have enjoyed the summer with us and have seen your campers grow and develop — we sure have!