Summer Lovin’ Camp JCA Shalom

Summer Lovin’ In the past month; I have sung new songs, learnt new dances, engaged in (funny but slightly bizarre?) camp traditions, over-eaten extensively on carbs, engaged in various debates ranging from topics of world peace and our effects on the environment, to the best Disney film made and an ongoing question of is water…

From Kenya, to Surprise Lake Camp

I am Brigit from Kenya and this is my first experience at being at camp. At first it was not so easy considering the fact that I knew no one apart from communicating with some few key staff prior to camp. When everyone arrived all the fellow counsellors seemed to know each other and the…

Camp JCA Shalom – Abi Rodin

It was no surprise to any of my friends or family when I told them that for the fourth summer I was going to hop on a plane in London to my second home in the Malibu Mountains. The first summer I came here, I was terrified. People were dancing around during the birkat hamazon…

The Best Summers Imaginable

On November 2012 I made a decision, a decision I now look back on as one of the best decisions of my life. That decision was to take a big step into the unknown and work at a Jewish summer camp and like most good decisions, was taken on a whim. When people say that…

My Camp Family

On 9th June, I was one of several hundred people flying from London to California; I could’ve been anyone, going anywhere. By the time I made the journey in reverse eighty days later, I had become part of a new family. What changed in that time? I had been a staff member at Camp Mountain Chai.…

Summer camp is a great addition to your CV

Here’s an undeniable fact: University summers are long. Almost as long as a semester. And these summers are probably the last time you’ll get 3 months to do anything you want. So, for me, spending those three months experiencing something less than fantastic seems like a waste.   However, at university, it seems that everyone’s…

My Jewish Summer Camp Experience

On the 7th June 2014, as I arrived into camp via a three mile canyon road; off of the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, I had no idea that what I was about to experience over the next couple of months, would change my life forever! I was hired as a Sports Specialist/General Counsellor and…