Happy Holidays & Happy New Year
With the holidays on the horizon and a new year around the corner, there is something particularly fresh and brimming about this time of year. The Hebrew word Hanukkah means “dedication.” The roots of this name, and the holiday, come from the classic story of The Maccabees who risked their lives for religious freedom.
The Syrian-Greek King Antiochus forced Jewish practice underground and destroyed the center of Jewish life – the Temple. The brave Jewish Maccabees took to the hills in revolt and defeated his army. When the war was finally over, the entire Jewish community gathered to rejoice in strong force by rebuilding and rededicating the second temple.
The story of Hanukkah is all about rising to the occasion: sometimes oil outlasts itself and sometimes people outdo themselves.
Now is a great a time to ask, “What do I want to rededicate myself to this year?” And while adults often discuss resolutions, this time of year is also the perfect time to help your children set realistic goals that will challenge and fulfill them in the coming year.
At camp we strive to create an environment that allows campers to gain better self-awareness to set, plan and achieve goals. Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from achievements on the field or building positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, kids who purposefully achieve goals, however small, are building strong character.
Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a new year filled with achievement!
Yours in Camping,
Josh, Mara & Brent