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MESH Moment of the Month: January 2022

MESH Moment of the Month: January 2022

It’s possible that giving kids choices, at least some kids, or at least at some times, is actually counterproductive to our intentions.

MESH Moment of the Month: October

MESH Moment of the Month: October

Grow comfortable with your child’s discomfort. It’s giving your child a gift you’ll get great returns on, all while giving you practice and building resiliency of your own.

And the Arie Goes to…

And the Arie Goes to…

Every Summer our staff nominated their peers for an Arie Award. This award goes to staff members who are outstanding members of the Harlam community. Please read the individual blurbs below about each recipient. Annie Joseph: Annie stepped into a close knit community...

A Tribute to our 5 Year Staff Recipients

A Tribute to our 5 Year Staff Recipients

Each summer Camp Harlam honors our staff members who have worked at camp for a 5 years. Some a take a few years off in between, the years, others come back year after year. THANK YOU to each and everyone of you for time and dedication to Camp Harlam. This year we...

18 Years: To Life a Camp

18 Years: To Life a Camp

In honor of Lisa David and Kara Weiner's 18 years at Camp Harlam! Nineteen years ago in 2002, which was Arie Gluck’s final summer as Harlam’s Director, camp sold Arie Gluck bobblehead dolls, which are now given away to the Aries – an end-of-summer awards show to...

Acting with Your Heart

Acting with Your Heart

It is my first summer at camp, and the moment I walked through the door and saw all of the smiling faces, I knew I would have a great time! I knew I made the right choice coming to Harlam. All my friends care for me and I care for them.

It’s a Big Playground

It’s a Big Playground

It’s a big playground, with a big safety net built in, that allows kids opportunities to take risks, knowing they have the guidance and support of peers and staff there to assist them.

Chavurah Says Farwell to Their Campers Years

Chavurah Says Farwell to Their Campers Years

In the Chavurah village, every surface is covered with signatures messages from past campers. These represent the real meaning of camp: The people we have grown up with and the people who were here before us as campers and staff, made many memories just as we have. Now, we join together as a community to remember all of our loved ones who gave us so many memories.

To Chavurah: Camp is within You

To Chavurah: Camp is within You

Your experiences at Camp Harlam will always come with you. No matter where you find yourself or what you’re doing, you’ll take this summer, and all the summers, with you. I’m so proud of the people you are and the people you will become, and I can’t wait to see you again.

Shehecheyanu Moments

Shehecheyanu Moments

The Shehecheyanu is the blessing for when you do something for the first time. We say it on the first night of all of our holidays. We say it to mark joyous occasions. We said it on our first day of camp in the amphitheater before beginning this fantastic summer.

Summer 2022 Dates: Sunday, June 19- Sunday, August 14

Camp Harlam's Counselor in Training (C.I.T.) program is designed to bridge the gap from being a camper to being a staff member. The program combines leadership training, education on how to be a staff member, hands-on experience working with campers, and separate activities just for the participants in the Gesher program. A select group is accepted into this program based on their applications, personal interviews, essays, and recommendations.

The Gesher program is an 8-week (full season) experience that includes a 2-week experiential component living in the cabins with campers.

*The Gesher application is now open.  While we have already accepted participants to the program, we will continue to accept applications as space allows because we know it continues to be a challenging time for so many of our Gesher age kids.  We don’t want our usual November deadline to be an additional stressor and certainly prioritize your wellness first.  If we can be helpful as you consider applying, or have questions about available space, don’t hesitate to be in touch with us.  If you are ready to apply, please use this link.  

Testimonials

The most valuable way to hear about the CIT program is from former CITs. Here is what some CITs had to say about their experience:

“Being a CIT requires you to be okay with making mistakes, accepting them, and learning quickly from them and moving on.”

“I really didn’t expect to change at all when the summer began, but at the end of the summer I realized just how much I had changed. Last year, I cared so much about how others viewed me. And as the course of the summer went on, I stared to recognize that I was so much happier when I was unapologetically me. And I’ve carried this into the beginning of this senior year of high school and I couldn’t be happier not caring about what others think of me.”

“I had the summer of my life. I grew in ways that I did not predict, and I had an incredibly meaningful experience.”

“I really loved this summer. I think it gave the participants so many opportunities to learn how to grow as future leaders not only at camp.”

“My favorite part of the Gesher program was the fact that we were given trust and freedom to be independent with our own kids.”

“I had such a positive experience this summer. I really thought that we had a lot of direction and purpose for being at camp.”

“My favorite part of the Gesher program was the balance it provided between camper and counselor. We had our responsibilities and made the most of our opportunities working with campers, as well as hanging out within Gesher and our fellow CITs.”

“I had many experiences that made my Gesher summer so amazing. One part was simply living in the Bayit. Getting to live with all my friends under one roof really made me appreciate everyone. I loved being able to walk into the center room at night and always have something new to do with someone new. I also loved the aspect of the summer that gave us the freedom to do what we liked. I’ve always been very anxious and I like to do things on my own time, very independently. At camp, it can be difficult to find time to yourself. But the off periods, and the ability to pick what you want as a CIT made the summer so awesome.”

“I became more outgoing and was given many chances to go out of my comfort zone.”

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Summer 2022 Dates: Sunday, June 19- Sunday, August 14

Camp Harlam's Counselor in Training (C.I.T.) program is designed to bridge the gap from being a camper to being a staff member. The program combines leadership training, education on how to be a staff member, hands-on experience working with campers, and separate activities just for the participants in the Gesher program. A select group is accepted into this program based on their applications, personal interviews, essays, and recommendations.

The Gesher program is an 8-week (full season) experience that includes a 2-week experiential component living in the cabins with campers.

*The Gesher application is now open.  While we have already accepted participants to the program, we will continue to accept applications as space allows because we know it continues to be a challenging time for so many of our Gesher age kids.  We don’t want our usual November deadline to be an additional stressor and certainly prioritize your wellness first.  If we can be helpful as you consider applying, or have questions about available space, don’t hesitate to be in touch with us.  If you are ready to apply, please use this link.  

Testimonials

The most valuable way to hear about the CIT program is from former CITs. Here is what some CITs had to say about their experience:

“Being a CIT requires you to be okay with making mistakes, accepting them, and learning quickly from them and moving on.”

“I really didn’t expect to change at all when the summer began, but at the end of the summer I realized just how much I had changed. Last year, I cared so much about how others viewed me. And as the course of the summer went on, I stared to recognize that I was so much happier when I was unapologetically me. And I’ve carried this into the beginning of this senior year of high school and I couldn’t be happier not caring about what others think of me.”

“I had the summer of my life. I grew in ways that I did not predict, and I had an incredibly meaningful experience.”

“I really loved this summer. I think it gave the participants so many opportunities to learn how to grow as future leaders not only at camp.”

“My favorite part of the Gesher program was the fact that we were given trust and freedom to be independent with our own kids.”

“I had such a positive experience this summer. I really thought that we had a lot of direction and purpose for being at camp.”

“My favorite part of the Gesher program was the balance it provided between camper and counselor. We had our responsibilities and made the most of our opportunities working with campers, as well as hanging out within Gesher and our fellow CITs.”

“I had many experiences that made my Gesher summer so amazing. One part was simply living in the Bayit. Getting to live with all my friends under one roof really made me appreciate everyone. I loved being able to walk into the center room at night and always have something new to do with someone new. I also loved the aspect of the summer that gave us the freedom to do what we liked. I’ve always been very anxious and I like to do things on my own time, very independently. At camp, it can be difficult to find time to yourself. But the off periods, and the ability to pick what you want as a CIT made the summer so awesome.”

“I became more outgoing and was given many chances to go out of my comfort zone.”

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