Week 3 of Camp Shai has been full of energy and spirit! Yesterday, we had a rainy day drop off at the main lobby of the JCC due to the damage from our Wednesday evening storm, but this only inspired our campers to be louder and more enthusiastic than ever before at morning circle! They were ROARING in the Shade Shack on the JCC Terrance! We sang everything from “Bo, bo, bo boker tov” to “Singing in the rain” (Camp Shai style) and rounded out our morning with some silly stretching exercises to get us ready for the day!
This past week, we have talked a lot about responsibility, and many of our campers, including our Mighty Middot (campers who represented our camp values) this week have showed us what this looks like in action. Our campers are cheering each other on as they play Gaga and looking out for one another when they are having a tough day. When a camper misplaced his hat, another camper jumped right in to search for it. Some of our campers are even starting songs and cheers in their cabins when counselors are helping a camper in need, and we have campers who are making sure they take care of all of their belongings throughout the day so they go home with everything they arrived with. This may seem very small, but for our youngest campers who are moving throughout the building to different activities all day, this is a big deal!
Acharayut (responsibility) is one of our Camp Shai values, and it is one of the essential features of any kind of meaningful communal life. When we look out for one another, we begin to feel like we are a part of something larger than ourselves. Responsibility can be wide-ranging – we are responsible first for ourselves, our behavior and attitude. But, we are responsible for the well-being of others and we must share responsibility for the welfare of our community which involves feeling connected to others, acting with empathy, and taking initiative.
One of our goals is to help campers realize that each individual is a vital member of our community whose unique contributions define the character of our camp group as a whole. At the same time that we challenge campers to take responsibility for their own behaviors, we also ask that they recognize that they are accountable to each other and to the greater community. This week, our On The Road group participated in a campfire conversation centered on “Kavod HaBriyot” (respect for all creations) during their overnight at St. Mary’s Glacier. They discussed how we interact with and respect animals, nature and our surrounding environment, and how we respect ourselves. They became immersed in a conversation about the importance of small acts that can contribute to making a better world – from riding bikes instead of driving cars, to preparing food and resources for homeless shelters.
As we round out the end of Week 3, we are celebrating all of these small acts of kindness, respect, and responsibility – they are the glue that binds us together as a community, and the reason we look forward to seeing each other every day at morning circle.
Camp Shai and Youth Programs
This week the MACC will offer 11 different creative opportunities – from Curious George to Frozen to Harry Potter in the theatre department to Film making, Wheel Throwing and Water World in the art department. The focus, collaborative, and creative skills students learn in our classes will serve them well as artists, but will also develop them into thoughtful and empathetic students and future leaders.
If this is your first year or 10th year with our Art Academy and Wolf Theatre Academy we want to remind you that it is our goal to create a fun, but specialized arts education experience. We pride ourselves on providing classes taught by theatre and visual arts professionals who are nurturing creative mentors. Of course, your experience is different if you are five years old and joining the Man with the Yellow Hat as Curious George in a creative drama than if you are 18 years old and playing the lead role in a main stage production.
Our terrific summer main stage productions are a great way for the whole family to beat the summer heat. If you are looking for a fun night of quality live entertainment at a reasonable price, consider bringing the family to a Wolf Theatre Academy production where the talented young artists never cease to amaze. You might be surprised at the quality of these future stars of stage and screen. This week we open one of the most popular summer musicals of all time – Grease! (consider this show to have a PG-13 rating). This show opens on Wed June 24 at 7pm and plays through Sunday. Later this summer don’t miss Thoroughly Modern Millie, July 15-19 and the one of the greatest tragedies in our language, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, August 5-9. For tickets and more information call 303.316.6360 or buy online at maccjcc.org.
Steve Wilson, Executive Artistic Director, MACC
Meghann Henry, Director of Education, MACC
Emily MacIntyre, Assistant Director of the Wolf Theatre Academy