During the summer, the Dwares Jewish Community Center in Providence is bustling with J-Camp kids and smiles. On Dec. 18, the fitness lobby was once again full of eager camp kids, ready for fun at the J-Camp reunion.
The event began with an hour of swimming, followed by pizza and dancing. The campers also designed their own camp T-shirts, one of which will be selected as this coming summer’s camp shirt.
Then everyone headed to the gallery to show their parents the dances they had learned. Soon their younger siblings and parents, as well as camp counselors, were joining in the fun.
Afterward, the weekly themes for next summer’s camp were introduced, including American Ninja Warrior week! Seth Finkle, director of Camp Haverim and teen programming coordinator, also gave each camper a Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island cup with a sneak peek of the new reward systemto keep the kids motivated to do the right thing and help others.
The afternoon ended with a Skype call to summer shaliach Noam Spector, who told the kids she was coming back this summer.
We can’t wait for another amazing summer. See you all in June!
ALEXIS KUTENPLON was the CIT leader at J-Camp in 2016.