Check out our amazing first day of camp!!
|We’re a couple days into Session 1 and so far we’re having an awesome time!
Day 1 included a festive welcome for our campers – meeting roommates and moving into the dorms, get-to-know-you games, choosing electives and an educational visit to the Health Center. After a swim test, campers donned their athletic gear for their first taste of core sports.
The day culminated with Opening Ceremonies. Cabins took on fun group challenges and campers were showered with all the colors of the rainbow in our first ever Color Run (pictures coming soon). We closed the evening by singing our camp song “Fly” as a community for the first time before cabins retreated to their bunks to prep for bed, establish cabin commandments and settle in for a much needed rest.
The regular schedule kicked in on Wednesday as core sports were in full swing, electives started and the pool was hopping! The motzi and birkat hamazon (blessings before and after meals) are in mid-session form as campers sang both with summer camp gusto! Today was another great day of sports camp action!
It’s been a few great days of laughing, singing, playing, learning and making friends…everything camp should be!
David Sandberg will be returning as a second year counselor and assistant coach for baseball. He is graduating from the University at Buffalo with a degree in chemistry and math. He played baseball from early childhood through high school. David was even fortunate enough to participate in the Maccabi Games on three occasions. He played with his older brother during his first experience in Detroit, Michigan. David previously was a camp counselor in the sports division at a JCC camp near his home in Long Island, New York. He is looking forward to working with returning and new campers to provide great summers and helping the campers improve their skills.
Gavrielle Sonntag was born and raised in San Francisco. She graduated from International High School this spring where she played four years of varsity volleyball, basketball, and track and field. She helped her basketball team made it to the state semifinals two years in a row, and her volleyball team to the farthest round of playoffs in school history. During the summers, Gavi went to Camp Tawonga and learned more about her Jewish identity in that community. Additionally, she was bat mitzvah at Temple Emanuel, and continued in their fellowship program through senior year. This is Gavi’s first summer at JCC Maccabi Camp, and she will be coaching basketball and volleyball in addition to being a counselor.
Matan Mashiah will be joining us this summer at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp from Rehovot, Israel. Matan has been playing basketball since he was in grade 2. Currently, he plays basketball in an Israeli league and coaches children in elementary and junior high. He is looking forward to meeting everyone at camp and helping campers improve their basketball skills.