Author: Brent Osborne

Sports Movie Night Checklist

Posted by December 4, 2018 • Share:

Much of the Jewish religion centers around tradition – some dating back thousands of years. Whether it’s observing Shabbat, dipping our Apples in Honey on Rosh Hashanah, or lighting the menorah on Hanukkah, tradition is a key element in keeping our faith alive.

At JCC Maccabi Sports Camp, we too have many traditions. Every first Saturday at camp is dubbed “Sports Movie Night.” Just ask your camper; chances are they will still remember what movie we watched this past summer at camp.

Thankfully the holiday season brings families together to experience some quality time. As we enter the holiday season, we encourage you to find some time to bring a camp tradition into your home by hosting a sports movie night. Pick your favorite sports classic OR we recommend watching the 2003 Disney movie Full Court Miracle (available to stream on Amazon). Full Court Miracle is based on the true story of two real life characters – the University of Virginia basketball star Lamont Carr and the story of Alex Barbag.

Much like the Maccabees, this movie tells the tale of a Jewish, youth basketball team in the face of insurmountable odds and celebrates the miracle of dedication and human courage.

Here are some things you’ll need to make your Camp Sports Movie Night complete:

  • Everyone must wear their PJs and bring a blanket and pillow.
  • Surprise your kids by inviting some of their best buddies without them knowing – maybe a local camp friend!
  • Snacks are essential – popcorn and M&Ms are our typical go-to.
  • Be sure to have a quick “Cabin-Time” after to discuss the movie. Ask things like which character they would want to be and why and talk about the morals within the movie.

We hope your family’s sports movie might is a success! From all of us at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp, we wish you and your family a Happy Hanukkah and a joyous Festival of Lights.

Staff Spotlight: Sam Cogen

Posted by February 26, 2018 • Share:

Eager and ready to enhance our minds, bodies, and souls this summer, we are thrilled to be welcoming Sam Cogen to our team as our Athletic Trainer AND Songleader!

Sam comes to JCC Maccabi Sports Camp from URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute, where he served as a Songleader for the last four summers. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Sam graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s in Athletic Training where he interned for the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins of the AHL. Sam has experience working clinically for performing arts organizations, club sports teams, Division 1 football teams, and two high schools. Sam be attending Indiana University this fall as a member of their post-professional athletic training program to obtain his master’s degree.

We are thrilled to have Sam join us at JMSC!


We’re Bringing Back the Love Letter

Posted by February 13, 2018 • Share:

Though deeply rooted in Christian tradition, Valentine’s Day has morphed into a true Hallmark Holiday. What’s left of this universal celebration is something that people of all faiths may in good conscience observe: A day to acknowledge the power of love and human connection.

When your camper begins their journey at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp, you embark upon one of the greatest adventures of being a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, cousin, or friend.  The adventure?  Writing letters to camp, of course!

In an age of 140-character micro-thoughts on Twitter and an era of shrt txt msgs to ur kids, it’s so easy to forget the nostalgia of a handwritten letter. When our campers receive packages and e-mails during rest hour, it gives them that warm, fuzzy feeling of comfort. The letters they receive provide the latest news, encouragement, humor and so much more. But most importantly, the letters you send to camp remind them you care. And while you may not always get a response, we promise your letters make them feel great!

So today, we encourage you to bring back the love letter. Breakout your ballpoint pen and print out our Valentines Day Camp Postcard below to tell your kid just how much you love them!

Click here to download our printable camp postcard!

Virtual Parlor Meetings

Posted by February 1, 2018 • Share:

We know that parents are busy! That’s why in-between car pools, making dinner, and everything else on your plate, we’re inviting you to meet us from the comfort of your own home! During our virtual parlor meetings, you’ll get a chance to meet our Camp Director and learn about our spectacular Jewish overnight sports camp.

Simply log-on to our video conference call and learn about what makes us unique. We’ll talk about our individualized coaching, our top-rated facilities, our fun and engaging programs, and will then help prepare you and your child for the summer of a lifetime Plus, if you have questions, we’ve got answers.

Join the fun!

Thursday, Feb 8 @ 2pm PST

Monday Feb 12 @8pm PST

Sunday Feb 25 @11am PST

RSVP by clicking here.

Once you RSVP, we will email you the log-in information to connect with us!

The Content of their Character: Honoring MLK

Posted by January 14, 2018 • Share:

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking. (Photo by Julian Wasser//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

55 years ago, in a time marked with civil unrest, hatred, and violence, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., in front of 250,000 people, and passionately declared: I have a dream.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” –MLK, JR.

MLK introduced what was then a revolutionary concept — accepting individuals based on who they are on the inside, not by their external appearances. Dr. King’s dream has not yet been fully realized and there is still much work to do. But here at camp, we live Dr. King’s dream every day.

Tikkun Midot, strong character, is one of our core values. It is our mission to help each camper fully understand the value of ethical behavior and how their choices, actions, and words can impact others. Dr. King had a dream for the future and our campers have the opportunity to make it a reality.

As we honor the legacy of Dr. King, we encourage you to post a picture of your child in their favorite JCC Maccabi Sports Camp T-shirt on social media. Be sure to tag us in the post and use the hashtags #StronginCharacter and #WeAreJCCMaccabi.

Together, as a community, we can showcase how strong in character we truly are and promise to value all people for their worth.

#StrongInCharacter   #WeAreJCCMaccabi