Travel Tips: East Coast

By Lewis Feingold

I think the number 1 tip for any camp travelling is not to panic and to know that there will always be people to travel with and places to go. You don’t want to be committed to an internal flight if it turns out all your new friends have decided to travel somewhere else after camp. Once you know where and when your camp friends can travel with you and host you, it’s good to know that internal flights in America are relatively cheap and can be booked at short notice. Our journey took us from Maine to Boston, Miami, New York, Washington, back to New York then back to England.

Let’s begin with Boston; it’s truly great, of course it is less concrete jungle and a bit more charismatic than New York. Go see the Red Sox! Post-camp is baseball season and it was tons of fun – they even have kosher hot dogs at Fenway Park (the stadium). Of course, this can also be done in New York with the Yankees. It’s a good idea to take advantage of sporting events. We also took the duck boat tour of Boston which was a fun throwback experience and I would definitely recommend that.

Next was Miami, which was fantastic. Best bits are the weather and the beach. It’s a relaxed location to just soak up the atmosphere and enjoy, which is perfect after a crazy summer at camp. In case the beach gets too boring – Sawgrass Mall is great for outlet shopping and the Everglades National Park is nearby.

New York needs no introduction – it’s a must-see. Anyone travelling the East Coast will most likely go here at some point. It offers good food, classic tourist sites and a beautiful green space in the form of Central Park. It’s also a really good place to try and meet up with friends travelling from other camps, as everyone is likely to go there at some point. Also, you can’t leave New York with going up one of the skyscrapers – I recommend the Rockefeller Center. You get the views and still see the empire state building!

Washington DC was brilliant and offered something completely different from our other destinations. Seeing the White House, Lincoln Memorial and other famous sites was definitely a highlight. During our stay in DC, we were able to join in with the college life of American University, as we had a friend who was a freshman going there. If any staff is still travelling by the time American colleges start, I cannot recommend visiting enough!

After DC our travels came to an end and we went back to England. I think the biggest tip of all though is to stay with camp friends and not go too far away from camp. Camp friends are friends for life and you probably won’t see most of them very often (until you return the following year), so you have got to take advantage of the time you have with them after camp.

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Embassy Visits

We have had so much fun at Grosvenor Square this year with so many J1 visa days. The American Embassy has been packed with staff from around the country getting all the paperwork they need for the best job they will ever have at an amazing Jewish summer camp. Here are some pictures of the fun and early mornings we have shared. #bagelatembassy #matzaatembassy

Round up for Summer 2016

What we work hard for all year round, what we dream about and what we are nervous for, is the journey that is about to begin.

What a year it has been but when does the year begin for you? Is it from 1st January or from Rosh Hashanah or from when camp ends and begins again? All we know is camp years are no doubt the fastest. A year has flown by and we hope that through this newsletter you can get an idea of what has happened here over the past few months with the JCUSA family.

We can’t put into words how honoured and grateful we all are to be surrounded by such wonderful people; camp really does bring the best people together. Thank you to all of the JCUSA alumni for your support and hard work. Thank you to all the sensational camps and camp directors we work with and a huge thank you once again to the JCCA in enabling us to provide so many people with a life changing Jewish opportunity.

For us the time has now come to what we have all been waiting for; Summer 2016. The build up and the excitement has been wonderful but now we focus on our mission to change lives and to impact our camps and campers. We hope that this journey is one you will never forget and what you learn from camp makes you into the person you have always wanted to be.

To all staff remember don’t leave camp knowing you could of done more and embrace the love and emotion of the best place on earth.

To all of our wonderful camps and staff may Summer 2016 be the best yet.

Wishing everyone an amazing Summer 2016!