August Camp: A Recap

August Camp: A Recap

August camp has passed in the blink of an eye! We created some fabulous art, spent lots of time playing outside, studied Torah together, and made new friends. Here’s a peek into our last three weeks:

Fantasy and Magic

Week 1 was all about fantasy and magic. We made wands, learned about Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), and did some magical science experiments.

We spent a lot of time during this week trying to find magic in our daily lives. With everything going on in the world right now, we can get overwhelmed pretty easily. We challenged ourselves to think of small things during the day that feel magical and that make us feel blessed. Some things we came up with were:

  • Food
  • Shelter/Home
  • Family
  • Love
  • YouTube
  • Playing outside
  • Cute dogs in Rittenhouse Park

Food and Me

During our second week of camp, we took a deep dive into food and where it comes from. We made apple dolls, learned about how food gets from the farm to our tables, and created brachot (blessings) for our families when we all eat together.

We encouraged kiddos to see how many things they could list brachot for in 3 minutes. All together, we came up with a list of almost 50 things that we can bless! Here are some of our favorites:

  • Pizza
  • Health
  • Giraffes
  • Books
  • Our bodies
  • Washing hands
  • Unicorns
  • Robots

Creation Art

During our last week of camp, we looked at the Creation Story with lots of different artistic modalities. We played drama games, listened to music, did paper crafts, and painted some fabulous murals.

We did a scavenger hunt in Rittenhouse, looking for things in nature that reminded us of each of the 6 days of creation. We looked for evidence of bugs, thought about how it felt to be in the sun and in the shade, and found leaves that were bigger than our hands!

Overall, it’s been an amazing three weeks of camp. These kiddos are now total experts at handwashing, did a great job of maintaining distance from friends that weren’t in their table groups, and wore some awesome face masks. We are so thrilled that we were able to have camp in person, and can’t wait to start Distance Learning Days and Jewish Enrichment! 

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