Richard Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester

The Rosenthal JCC is a place of belonging, caring and sharing - inspiring vibrant Jewish and community spirit, nurturing individual potential, respecting diversity and celebrating life. Across Northern Westchester, our exceptional social, recreational, educational and cultural programs and services promote experiential learning, teamwork, artistic and intellectual exploration, the love of Jewish tradition and Israel, and pure fun - while building enduring friendships and support networks.
Sep 3, 2015

38 Days of Fun at Camp Discovery

A day of fun
A day of fun

38 Days of Magic

 

We’re a small organization, not grand by any means. We’re a community center that works extremely hard and we produce amazing results across the board. Being a part of the Camp Discovery family during the summer is definitely my favorite part of my year round job and the most rewarding for me, and I can say with all certainty most of the staff that works at camp feels that way too. Within this great team are the kids. The kids lead us, inspire us and remind us that success is measured in small steps, not always in some grand fashion.

 

Only 38 days. It’s amazing how fast it goes. It was over the summer that the staff and campers got to see it all come together. The campers in the Trailblazer Program at camp are not succeeding because they got a home run or a new local swim record, but because of all of other small events that most people fail to recognize daily.

 

“I’m happy that he was able to work through his sensory issues at the pool… giving him the idea to work out before he got in the pool (so he can warm up) made him feel independent and solved the issue he had” 

Parent, Trailblazer Program Camp Discover 2015

 

Looking back this summer, the success of our Trailblazer campers was measured by small milestones and the small hurdles overcome. The support of the shadows that work with these campers was special.  For those campers who are not used to the typical successes that other children feel daily at other camps, they finally feel it with us. Our camp environment, our flexible schedule and accommodating staff make these success stories possible.

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Sep 2, 2015

Summer of 2015- More Campers, More Fun & a New Treehouse!

Camper enjoys the New Treehouse
Camper enjoys the New Treehouse

We just completed our 3rd summer at Sunrise Day Camp-Pearl River, and everyone had a fantastic summer! We were so sad to see camp end but so many wonderful memories of the summer were created that will last forever.

Our camper attendance reached an all-time high of 193 campers, up 44% versus the summer of 2014. Our campers traveled from all over the NY Metro region just to come to Sunrise: Rockland, Westchester, Orange County, Manhattan, Bronx, and 9 counties in New Jersey.

Everyone had a blast this summer! One of the most special treats of the summer was the opening of the new Sunrise Treehouse built by Pete Nelson of Animal Planet’s “Treehouse Masters” and financed by Quicken Loans. The treehouse is multi level, whimsically designed, handicapped accessible and fits beautifully into the landscape of the camp. Campers can enjoy activities such as music, board games, reading, and bowling on the upper level of the treehouse, and swings and hanging out on the lower level. We were so excited when Pete Nelson featured Sunrise on his TV show on Friday, August 21! You can watch the show by clicking on this link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjtdGNcRCZY

Another summer highlight was the annual “color war” in which campers and counselors were divided into 2 teams and enjoyed friendly competition for 3 days. This year’s color war break featured some animals that had escaped from their zoo and their zookeeper who was chasing after them! The 2 teams were the Orange Jaguars and the Green Pythons, and campers and staff dressed up in costume and body paint for all of color war. In 3 days, Sunrise campers and staff on each team designed and decorated a creative plaque and banner, and also performed a skit, song, and cheer all related to their team’s theme. One of the most craziest and exciting events of color war was the Apache Relay. Everyone at camp was involved in the Apache Relay and had a wonderful time. Color war is just pure fun and it doesn’t matter who wins! Our campers learned that respect and sportsmanship are more important than winning and these are lessons that are best learned at summer camp.

Looking ahead, our annual “Fall Festival Family Reunion” will take place at camp on Sunday, October 4. The festivities will begin in the morning with volunteers setting up crafts and fall themed decorations. Camp families and staff members will arrive in the afternoon and will enjoy a variety of fall crafts and treats. We can’t wait to see everybody!

Orange Jaguars Show their Strength!
Orange Jaguars Show their Strength!
Green Pythons got the spirit!
Green Pythons got the spirit!
Jun 4, 2015

The Expertise of Shadows at Camp Discovery

"It sounds strange, but the sounds from the trees hurt my ears sometimes", said Emily, a new camper during an intake before the start to camp.

Have you ever sat outside, under the tress and really listened? What would you hear? Would the sounds you heard relax you or would they make you feel uncomfortable? Now add 100 campers to this visual and have them sit with you. Are you still feeling relaxed, or have your feelings changed?

For some Trailblazers at Camp Discovery, sensory overload is a trigger that make parts of the camp day uncomfortable and challenging. Unpredictable changes such as weather or a change in the schedule are unique to each child. In comes the support of the one-to-one Shadow, still fulfilling the duties of your traditional counselor while giving that extra individualized attention. Campers who are assisted by Shadows receive support and expertise to help them with any issue that may come up. Shadows are a valuable source of assistance and guidance to their campers as well as the group as a whole.

Before the start of each summer, campers and Shadows participate in an intake interview. It is during this intake period where a camper and Shadow get to learn about each other, ask questions about camp and start to build a rapport. Shadows at Camp Discovery have the knowledge to address and answer these questions from our campers and their families. Knowing the individual needs of each camper and making sure they are comfortable with their surroundings is a key component of the Shadow-camper relationship.  

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