Camp Stein Families,
I hope that you are all doing well in all of this uncertainty. So many of us have had our schedules drastically altered as we navigate these completely uncharted waters. Here at camp, we remain in our ‘hang with us’ mode as we pay attention to our government and the CDC concerning all the impacts of Covid-19. Our plan is to follow their directives concerning the school closings, authorization to meet in large gatherings and safety measures moving forward to ensure our beloved camp remains a safe space for everyone.
Everyday we are learning, sharing and gathering ideas and options from our camp counterparts across the nation. As we know more, we will share with you our thinking and plans for the summer. We will work to stay in touch with all of our camp families through virtual events, to provide all of us with ‘a little bit of camp’ to warm our hearts and minds during this time of relative isolation. Camp will send out a list of up-coming virtual events each week so that you know how to find us online.
Please never hesitate to reach out to me about anything. Although there are still many unknowns I will always do my best to get you the answers you need.
Here is a list of our upcoming virtual events for the coming week!
Friday, March 27th at 2:30pm: Israeli Dancing with Annie & Rebecca Jewish Camp at Home
Friday, March 27th at 5:00pm: Shabbat Story with Leah posted on Camp Stein Facebook page
Saturday, March 28th at 10:30am: Saturday Torah Live posted on Camp Stein Facebook page
Monday, March 30th at 6:30pm: Paint Night with Chloe Camp Stein Facebook page
Suggested materials to follow along
Option one: crayons/colored pencils, markers, construction paper/printer paper
Option two: paint/acrylic paint, paint brushes, water cup, paper towels, canvas/cardboard/construction paper
Thursday, April 2nd all day: Make your own Grilled Cheese Day!
We’re missing one of our favorite camp foods! Join us on Thursday by making your own grilled cheese at home. Post your creation and make sure to tag Camp Stein on Facebook or Instagram!
Friday, April 3rd at 4pm: Song Session with Zach Jewish Camp at Home
We love seeing your comments online, your posts about camp, your emails and your texts! Keep them coming!
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom,
Dear Camp Stein Families,
Here in the Camp Stein office we are continuing as much as possible with all of our usual precamp planning and preparation for a season of learning, friendship, discovery, adventure, and lots of fun! With that in mind, and in light of the uncertainty we are all experiencing right now due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want you to know that we are already thinking about possible changes to the upcoming camp season and are working intensively now to consider how best to meet the needs of Camp Stein and your family.
We are closely monitoring the impact that COVID-19 is having on our communities and the world around us, and we are sending thoughts for health and healing to all who have been impacted already. Health, safety and the Jewish value of pikuach nefesh, (saving a life) are our top priorities and we are coordinating our summer and year-round programming with the support and guidance of the Union for Reform Judaism, the American Camp Association, the Foundation for Jewish Camp, the Association for Independent Jewish Camp, J-Camp 180, as well as local, state and federal health agencies. The status of COVID-19 and our community’s response are evolving. As we learn more, we will continue to update you about any potential impact on camp for this summer.
These developments can be stressful, and we are all tasked with working to provide the necessary support to our loved ones – especially our children. With that in mind, here are some resources that may be helpful:
• This infographic is very clear and explains what is happening right now and why folks are being asked to stay home.
• PJ Library has a terrific library of online resources for families who are practicing social distancing and not engaging in play-dates etc…Many of these are for younger children but the inner child in each of us may find something useful here!
• And here is a link to an article about Jewish Overnight Camps in general, and the collective responses to the current situation. My favorite quote from this article is:
“This is what camp directors do…We’re not used to COVID-19 but we’re used to crisis management. Camp directors right now are staying calm and being like, get your communication, get your parents, get your teams together and we’re gonna ride this out.”
It is in that spirit of riding it out that I say to you, here in the Camp Stein offices we are preparing, we are planning, and we are moving forward for an amazing summer with your kids! If you have any questions or concerns about the upcoming camp season, please contact the us at email@example.com or 480-951-0323. We are as committed as ever to supporting your family and we are here to assist in any way that we can. We wish you all the best and hope that your family is healthy and safe during these challenging times.
In good health,
Camp Director, Camp Daisy and Harry Stein