Rotem David

Why you should join a Jewish summer camp

Every summer institutes such as the Jewish agency and more chose over 1500 emissaries to join summer camps all over north America and Canada .

This summer I had the opportunity to join a summer camp in New Jersey as a general counselor for a group of 4-6 years old kids.

This experience was one of the greatest decisions I ever made and here is why.

Reason number one: Kids teach you lessons you forget as an adult. Once i got released from my service everyone prepared me for a super serious time of my life.

However my campers taught me different.

My campers , with their joy and happiness helped me reconnect with who I was as a child.

By that I managed to learn that there is importance in being a child.

When you’re a child you have no responsibility or worries which give you space to use characteristics such as creativity or unlimited kindness.

Once you grow up you change and forget about who you were as a child, however, the characteristics you had as a child are necessary at your adult life as well.

Lesson 2 :

It is not easy to move to the other side of the world at such a young age for a period of 3 months.

However, when you’re far away from everything you learn how to get along on your own.

This is an amazing opportunity to discover different sides in your personality you didn’t know exist.

Lesson 3: The best representation of Israel in the diaspora.

There are many programs that improve Israel’s image and connect diaspora Jews to Israel.

However what is beautiful about summer camp is that it is a completely non- political place.

In summer camp you don’t just create activities for your campers you also represent Israel.

Summer camp is the first time that most Israeli young adults meet American jews and learn about each other.

Since camp is a non-political place it gives the opportunity to feel more comfort to get to know eachother and create connections that you will maintain for a long time.

People don’t just learn about Israel through news but also through the Israelis who impacted them.

To conclude, I recommend everyone who wonders if they should join a summer camp or not to do so, it is an unforgettable experience.

About the Author
By the age of 16, I created a project on social media called "Teens for Israel" to educate the younger generation on how to use their social media skills to improve Israel's image online. 2 years later I filed a position as a spokeswoman of a political youth headquarters, I manage a team of 30 ambitious teenagers and lead online social projects. In addition, I wrote columns for youth news websites about social issues in Israeli society and impacted youth with my articles by creating conversations about the topics I wrote about. Today I am a released IDF combat soldier who is soon to fly with a delegation to the USA to educate youth about Israel and is passionate about using media as a way to educate and raise awareness.