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January 14, 1994 - Image 74

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-01-14

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Changing to Meet
Your Needs

(Continued from page 1)

The real key to our success is our staff. They
are committed to ensuring that every child's
needs are met, and we are proud to have
such devoted and caring staff: Susie Zaks,
Marc Kay, Cheryl Miller, Ruth Grey and David
Miller will all be back as Senior Staff at Camp
Maas; Mitch Rosenwasser will, once again,
coordinate our teen trips; Beth Sonne and
Jody Winkelman will direct Agree and
Kennedy; and Barb Vedder, who has been the
Director of Silverman Village for over ten
years, will return in the same capacity this
summer. The total number of years
experience in the camping field exceeds 150
years. I am able to say, without hesitation,
there is no other camp in North America that
can boast the quality and experience of
Tamarack Camp staff.

I look forward to hearing your comments,
suggestions, and ideas as I have in the past
two years. Please call or drop me a note so
I can continue to provide the best program
for you, your children, and the community.

Hope to see you all in the summer or '94.

Harvey Finkelberg

Executive Director

GREAT PROGRAM AREAS

CAMP MAAS

HORIZONS

"One camp for
all ages"

"Where all children "Campers-our #
are special "
priority"

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UNIOR SIDE, WELCOME TO
Ay ofun filled n ew
I sCuAmMmPe M
r awaits s
villages, Frontier and Kadima, are
being built near Deroy and Fishman;
special programs are being planned;
specialty areas set up, and staff are
being hired.

We know a sense of excitement and
apprehension exists about attending
camp, especially with our youngest
campers. We are prepared to help our
campers integrate into the camp
setting as quickly and positively as
possible. The counselors sleep in the
cabins with the kids, leading to a
comfort level within each bunk as they
acclimate to camp. Once the campers
become more comfortable with their
surroundings, they begin to "branch
out", participating in village, Junior
Side, and all camp programs, along
with individual choice activities.

"We've got what you
love to do"

Junior Side is located at the lower end
of camp, with easy accessibility to all
program areas including Waterfront,
Arts
& Crafts, Pioneer Skills, Nature,
f
he summer of '93 will never be
Sports facilities, and the Richter Dining
forgotten, as we introduced several new
Pavilion. Each area is capable of
specialty areas.
gearing programming for our youngest
campers, so projects, activities, and
Imagine waterskiing behind a beautiful new
tournament ski boat, maybe even barefooting, skill development can be age appropri-
ate.
tubing, or hitching a ride on the Jet Ski. All
campers were able to waterski (Providing they
passed their swim test; if not, they went tubing Positive reinforcement is constantly
being emphasized at camp. We want
with a staff member). We had one camper,
all
of our campers to feel good about
who had never skied, barefooting by summer's
themselves
and our goal is to boost
end. The waterfront also saw the introduction
their
self-esteem
in every way pos-
of kayaking, along with an upgrade in our
sible.
This
is
done
at all levels of
facilities for windsurfing, sailing, and canoeing.
camp, from cabin clean-up awards for
the whole bunk to swimming patches
The horseback riding at Maas offers campers
for individual achievement.
of all abilities the chance to explore an

extensive trail network throughout the property.
Our administrative staff always main-
You can learn to take care of a horse, then
tains constant contact with our village
ride out into the sunset and sleep next to a fire.
supervisors and counselors, helping
them
solve difficult issues, including
We are very proud of our Landsports program,
homesickness
and bunking problems.
and we continue to enhance our facilities. A
Parents
are
encouraged
to call and
new floor hockey rink and 8 tennis courts,
inquire
how
their
child
is
progressing at
along with our existing areas, will make the
camp,
with
a
timely
response
from an
summer of '94 even better.
assistant director.

The Fine Arts have become finer, with all-camp
Helping your child adapt to camp and
plays, Ceramics in our top-notch shop, and
having
a fun, safe, and positive camp
two Arts & Crafts buildings with all the newest
experience
is the goal we all work to-
projects. Communications have infiltrated
ward at Camp Maas.
camp with our Radio Station, and images of
Video and Photography are everywhere.

We will continue to promote skill development
in each program area, encouraging campers
to learn while they're having fun.

rig ihb summer of 1993 we em-

barked on a very special
program. Horizons was devel-
oped out of our commitment to serve
all Jewish children. Eight children with
special needs attended camp and
were integrated into our regular camp
program. Extra support staff were
hired and every aspect of their pro-
gram was aimed at ensuring success.

Anne Ouerkerk, the coordinator of
Horizons, marvelled at the acceptance
by these children's bunk mates and
staff. Anne said, "Not only did our
Horizons campers benefit from this
experience but the awareness of the
other campers in learning to live and
play with children who have special
needs is excellent." Sam Miller, who
was featured in an article this summer
about the Horizons program, can't wait
until Camp starts again. His mom,
Judith, told us, "I was really leery
about sending Sam to camp but I truly
believe this was an exceptional
experience for him."

The Fresh Air Society Board of Direc-
tors has reaffirmed their commitment
to serving all Jewish children and has
directed the staff to continue the
Horizons Program.

Mr. Finkelberg, Executive Director of
Fresh Air Society, has stated, "We are
currently looking for Jewish children
with special needs who can benefit
from an integrated overnight camp
experience. It is our hope to continue
to accept all children to camp."

STAFF TRAINING

4i)

1 taff training at Camp Maas is

considered a high priority. All
staff are required to attend a
one week, intensive pre-camp training
session before the campers arrive. It's
important staff understand everything
about camp: scheduling activities;
developing quality programs; learning
about the many specialty areas and
what they will offer campers; learning
Shabbat songs and to incorporate
Judaic content into programs; and, of
course, our most important concern,
understanding our campers.

Staff are divided into small sections,
those working with the same age
groups meeting together. At the many
sessions offered, staff learn what
makes their camper's "tick" and what
needs they have. From this, staff
discuss what they can do to provide
the most positive camping experience
for their campers.

We stress our theme, "Camp is for
Kids", throughout pre-camp and all
summer long. Staff training sessions
are scheduled on an ongoing basis
throughout the summer covering
topics such as "Building Camper's self-
esteem", "Homesickness", "Separation
Anxiety", and "Creative & Exciting
Programming".

All staff participate in these sessions,
which have proven to be a great
learning experience. It gives them a
better insight and understanding of our
campers, allowing closer relationships
to form. Our focus this summer will be
to prepare our staff to work positively
and successfully with our campers.

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