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August 4 Newsletter

Update from Camp Director - Jon Pivnick

Aug 04, 2012


Well here’s that moment of clarity again.

The summer is flying by and we have so much to cram in to the last 2 weeks.  I know it can be done but I wonder where we will find the time.  There are still a few special programs yet to happen. Wink, wink!

This past week has seen the Pathfinders travel in the direction of Montreal for a 4 day/ 3 night program.  They went White Water Rafting, attended the  Montreal Holocaust Museum (followed by a discussion with a survivor), played at the Mont Saint Saveur Water Park, visited CBB Montreal and participated in the first ever Segal Centre for the Performing Arts Summer Camp Singing Competition. They ended the trip with time at the Aventure La Fleche on the zip-lines and climbing structures.  There were a lot of happy, excited and tired faces when they returned.  This was a camp adventure that they will not soon forget.

The camp celebrated it’s first ever Bar Mitzvah on the property.  Joshua Freedman was called to the Torah on Thursday before all of his friends at camp and members of his family. After that we were treated to a beautiful brunch and then there was a great party at night complete with hors d’ouevres and a sweet table.  The place was jumping! Mazel Tov Joshua.

And then Shabbat arrives!  Everyone was so nicely dressed tonight.  We welcomed Shabbat with a lot of music and dancing as children and young adults should.  It was a great party and in my mind the biggest change to what we do in camp this year.  We’ve had great support from our Israeli counselors Nir, Or, Dor and Netta.  They have been supported by the addition of Mor Ben-David who is the counselor that came with our campers from Israel this session. Mor has been a great addition to our (already fantastic) dance program.  She has the Israeli hip-hop and pop music going on the stage and it’s a great site watching the kids getting into the Hebrew, the beat and the dances. Sababa!

Later today a group of campers will be learning to barefoot ski from our guest instructor, Eric Segal.  Eric was my Head of Waterfront when I was director back in the 80’s.  He’s still got it. Amazing and crazy is the only way I can describe what he does without skis.

I hope you’re enjoying the pictures and the videos. Here is a link to the slide show from the end of the 1st session.

Registration will open early in September.  I did have to turn a few campers away in some units so please register early to avoid disappointment.

We’ll talk soon.


Jonathan Pivnick, Camp Director