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Camper Spotlight: Neel

Posted by June 30, 2015 • Share:

Camper Spotlight: Neel
Cabin: Seniors
Counselors: David, Daniel
Core Sport: Basketball

Neel is a first time camper coming all the way from Singapore! He came to camp knowing only one other camper, but has already made tons of life long friends. We sat down to talk about his time at camp.

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 8.50.14 PMWhat has been your favorite part of your camp experience so far?
I really loved the Maccabi Cup because I got to interact with people I didn’t know and make new friends. It was also really fun to be a part of a group and cheer on my teammates. I also have enjoyed electives for similar reasons. I appreciate the opportunity to meet new people, and the coaches were so enthusiastic.

What has been the most challenging thing for you so far?
Being so far away from home has been a little tough for me, but I have been able to get over my homesickness because of the support around me. Everyone is so nice and fun to be around, it has made making friends really easy. For example, on the first day of the flag football elective, the person on the other team who was guarding me kept telling super funny jokes to make me feel more comfortable and part of the community. He is now one of my better friends at camp!

What has been your favorite evening activity?
The first night of the Maccabi Cup was awesome. It was essentially a big game night, with board games, charades, and Pictionary. It really helped our team come together.

What is your favorite camp meal?
I love it whenever we have the cheese pizza and pasta meal. Gotta carb up for basketball!

What is your favorite part of Shabbat at camp?
Since I am not Jewish, it has been really interesting to learn about the culture and practices of the religion. Also, the food on Shabbat is delicious.

What is your favorite part about an average day at camp?
I love core sports because the coaches are so enthusiastic and challenge me to get better every day. I also like evening program because you never know what is coming. I love the surprise, and its always something super fun.

Do you have any advice for campers coming second or third session?
The first thing I would tell them is to always listen to your counselors, because they are here to help you have the best experience possible. I’d also tell them not to be scared because camp is super fun. Finally I’d encourage them to live in the moment when they do come to camp, and make the most of the experience because it is a fantastic opportunity.

Camper Spotlight: Greyson

Posted by June 30, 2015 • Share:

Greyson was a Session 1 camper at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp. He came to camp to play tennis, a sport he had never played before, and picked it up quite quickly. However due to an arm injury he had to switch his Core Sport to soccer.  Our Communications Intern, Ben, sat down with Greyson to discuss his experience at camp.

Greyson

What has been your favorite part of your camp experience so far?
I have really enjoyed core sports because the coaches are so enthusiastic. In the short amount of time I played tennis I improved immensely, in part because of the passion Coach Jason has for teaching tennis.

What has been the most challenging this for you so far?
The most difficult thing for me so far has been sleeping. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve had trouble adjusting to a new place, or if it’s because I’m so excited to start the next day.

What has been your favorite evening activity?
I really liked Human Mario Cart because of all the creative events. Plus running around campus was super fun. (For those of you who aren’t familiar with Human Mario Cart, it is a race to save Princess Peach that involves various challenges that can only be overcome by working together to accomplish a common goal).

What is your favorite camp meal?
Recently we had Chicago style beef sandwiches for lunch. I really liked them.

What is your favorite part of Shabbat at camp?
Getting the opportunity to play soccer with all my friends, specifically the ones who are not in my core sport.

What is your favorite part about an average day at camp?
I really enjoy Core Sports, but I also appreciate rest hour because it allows me to relax and unwind.

Do you have any advice for campers coming second or third session?
I’d recommend bringing a clock, and lots and lots of clothes.

Maccabi Cup, by Ari

Posted by June 30, 2015 • Share:

This blog post was written by Ari, a Varsity Boys camper in Session 1.

Each session we hold the Maccabi Cup, a competition between the Green Team and the Blue Team (our camp colors). A series of games are held over two days, culminating in the trophy presentation to the winning team. In this blog post, Ari writes about his Maccabi Cup experience during Session 1.

Maccabi Cup 1

What is the Maccabi Cup?
The Maccabi Cup was a series of fun, and athletic events that ranged from live action Pacman, to Frisbee golf, to soccer.

What was your favorite part about Maccabi Cup?
My favorite part is how it pushes you competitively, while retaining good sportsmanship. It also built character. My favorite event was Pacman due to its cleverness, or soccer.

When you hear the words “Maccabi Cup,” what is the first thing that comes to mind?
I think of Jewish heritage and sporting events. That makes me think of community.

What about the Maccabi Cup did you find the most challenging? What aspect came easiest to you?
Coming up with chants was extremely hard as well as the music listening. (Referring to an event called a “Singdown,” which is a game where people are given a category and are tasked with listing as many songs as they can that have lyrics that fit that category. For instance, if the category was “colors,” then “Little Red Corvette” and “Paint It Black” would be examples of good answers.)

What piece of advice would you give to future campers about competing in the Maccabi Cup?
I would say not to let the competition get to your head and no matter what show good sportsmanship.

Why do you think we hold the Maccabi Cup? Why do you think it is split up over multiple days?
I think it’s split up so we can focus on core sports and so we can put as much energy [in to the Maccabi Cup] as possible.

Why do you think the Maccabi Cup is important?
It helps build good fundamentals athletically and non-athletically as well as character and good sportsmanship.

 

Camper Spotlight: Jonathan

Posted by June 24, 2015 • Share:

Camper Spotlight: Jonathan

jonathan

Cabin: Teen Leaders
Counselor(s): Harry, Sam, Joe
Core Sport: Basketball
Grade: Entering 10th

Jonathan is a veteran here at JCC Maccabi sports camp. He came last year for first and second session, and enjoyed his time so much that he decided to return this year, again for first and second session. Jonathan and I sat down during pool hour to talk about his camp experience.

What has been your favorite part of your camp experience so far?
Probably learning more about my core sport, specifically more about how it’s played. Also making new friends, and seeing old ones.

What has been the most challenging thing for you so far?
Coach Arsenio has been really pushing us in basketball, we’ve been working on conditioning a lot. It’s hard, but I stay motivated because I know it’s good for me.

What has been your favorite evening activity?
Human Mario Cart was awesome. It was an evening program where we had to work together to save Princess Peach (played by one of our counselors). I liked how there were a bunch of different challenges you had to overcome in order to advance in the race.

What is your favorite camp meal?
Last week we had hamburgers and hot dogs. It was awesome.

What is your favorite part of Shabbat at camp?
Getting the chance to do other activities besides my core sport.

What is your favorite part about an average day at camp?
I like both core sports and electives. Core sport gives me the opportunity to improve at basketball, which is why I came here. But electives add a little variety to the day, which I really like.

What’s different about this year?
There are way more campers this year, which I think is better. You get to meet more people from different places around the country and the world!

Do you have any advice for campers coming second or third session?
I’d tell them to keep in mind that small deeds turn into big deeds. This has been something that Coach Arsenio has been telling us. Basically it means that small actions, like making a pass or taking one more dribble, lead to bigger, more important actions, like an open shot or a better passing option.

Be sure to check back for more camper spotlights as the summer continues!