Monthly Archives:June 2014

Finally, Camp Has Started!

Posted by on June 24, 2014

Can you believe it?  The day has finally arrived, a day we have been waiting for since the end of last summer…THE FIRST DAY OF CAMP!  It was such a thrill to get the call that the busses were at the gate and to seem them pulling up the road.  Mark greeted every bus and you could tell that he was just as excited as the campers.  Once the busses parked and the campers got off, they were immediately told what bunk they were in (although, I am not sure how they heard with all of the excitement in the air).

After some time spent getting to know their counselors and unpacking, we gathered for flag lowering where Mark officially opened camp.  After flag, we went into the dining hall for our traditional first night meal, pizza and cookies.  I thought the building was going to collapse with all of the yelling, cheering, stomping, and clapping as the first meal of the summer was rolled out.

Once dinner was finished (and everyone had cleaned up), we walked down the front lawn to Uncle Milts Outdoor Stage.  Here, Mark introduced the administration of camp.  What was great was seeing the creative songs and cheers groups came up with to introduce themselves.  The campers loved seeing their Unit Leaders do their Unit Cheer and song (and so did we).

Tonight the campers are heading back to their bunks to go over rules, do icebreakers, and spend time bonding with their cabin mates and counselors.

We can’t stress enough how excited we are for this summer to FINALLY be here!  We know it will be our best yet.

First Update From Poland!

Posted by on June 24, 2014

Hello Camp Micah Friends and Family,

After a somewhat restful sleep last night, we hit the ground running this morning with an hour and a half drive to Auschwitz and Birkenau. It was clear that everyone felt the whole impact of the Holocaust, and the damage it truly caused to both the people who were forced to face this, and to the surroundings of the community. All of the displays and exhibits were powerful, especially the hair and shoes of the victims, and preserved drawings by children who were forced to skip their childhood.

After the camps, feeling both more in touch with our Jewish heritage and background, we went to meet with the director of the Krakow JCC who told us about bringing back Judaism in the community. He told us about the growing amount of people who were realizing their Jewish history that their ancestors previously hid out of embarrassment.

We later met with a woman who received the “Righteous Among the Nation” award from the Israeli government. She shared a different point of view of the events during the Holocaust and shared how it was to live as a young polish girl hiding a Jew, risking her life. Everyone asked many questions and were very interested.

Ending the day on a more whimsical note, we all tried some local Polish sandwiches which were about 32 cm. It was very entertaining and a lot of tide sticks were put to use. The kids next had a great search for ice cream and odd interactions with homeless people. While on the bus, I (Matt) have started a selfie-challenge, meaning that I will take a selfie with everyone who falls asleep on the bus. It has been a successful day, tackling 8 selfies, 2 of which were our group leaders, Michelle and Seidy.

With much love (and 24 selfies left),

Matt Grosswald and Becca Gorman