This week 300 college-age counselors from more than 60 different camps convened at Capital Camps for the annual FJC (Foundation for Jewish Camp) Cornerstone Fellowship Seminar. There, they developed new experiential Jewish educational opportunities to implement at camp. These returning camp counselors also refined and enhanced their own Jewish journeys.
Camp Ramah Darom, proudly brought eight veteran counselors to the Seminar as well as Camp Director, Geoff Menkowitz and Program Director, Michael Fingerman.
The theme for Cornerstone this year was “Dare to…”FJC Cornerstone faculty facilitated programs that pushed their fellows to be brave, bold, step-out of their comfort zone and grow to meet their full potential as leaders.
Counselors are the linchpin of the Jewish camp experience. Happy and well-trained staff lead to happy campers who return summer after summer. When a camper returns as a counselor, the impact of the camping experience is amplified as staff internalizes the lessons of their own camper experience to create similar (or better) experiences for their own campers.
Since inception 16 years ago, over 4,000 Cornerstone alumni are now all over the globe – professionals, students, rabbis, and teachers – daring to innovate, create and celebrate Jewish life.
The above information was originally shared in “Campfires & S’Mores, the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s e-newsletter.