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February 07, 2003 - Image 44

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-02-07

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Choosing A Camp

Camp fair provides representatives from 82 day

and overnight camps.

fun," she said. "It's interesting to see
that there is so much out there, so
many opportunities.
"My youngest will be attending
I is the 14th year of Elaine
camp in Canada this year. Even
Sturman's involvement with a
though we have made our decision,
super-sized summer camp fair
we will still go to this year's fair. I
that has been popular among
want my daughter to see the camp's
Jewish parents and has grown to 82
booth and get a feel for the camp she
participating camps from the United
will be attending."
States and Canada, the most ever.
Sturman encourages parents to
This year's free Super Summers for
bring children. "It's a family day. It is
Kids: A Camp and Activity Fair will
important that children be a part of
take place Sunday, Feb. 16, at the
Birmingham Schools conference cen- the decision process and have the
opportunity to ask their own ques-
ter next to Groves High School in
Beverly Hills.
Some factors to consider
"There's something for
when looking for a summer
everyone, whatever the
camp, Sturman says,
interest and price range,"
include: day or overnight
says Sturman, the fair's
camp, camp references,
coordinator, who operates
ratio of staff to campers,
the Bloomfield Township-
medical staff availability,
based Elaine S. Events.
the camp's proximity to
"We'll provide tips on what
home, the cost and the
type of camp you should be
child's interests.
considering and how to
JCCs Josh French
Jewish camps to be rep-
wisely evaluate a program."
resented at the fair include
All day camps represented
Hadassah's Young Judea, Fresh Air
are certified by the State of
Society's Tamarack Camps and the
Michigan. Overnight camps are cer-
Jewish Community Center of
tified by the American Camping
Metropolitan Detroit.
Association or the Canadian
Josh French is assistant day camp
Camping Association.
director at the JCC. His reason for
Representatives will be on hand
participating in the fair "is to make
from general day and overnight
families aware of the camp's features
camps; camps for just girls or boys;
camps for children with special inter- on and off site and at both build-
ests, like sports and academic enrich- ings." Transportation is provided
from home to camp and back for
ment; and camps for children with
most campers. This year, the staff
special needs, like speech problems,
will introduce its new mascot,
attention deficit, cancer or weight
Chicken Head.
High school and college students
Other camps will emphasize the
interested in summer employment
farm and horseback riding, science,
can obtain application information
sports, academic enrichment, lan-
at the fair.
guage, the arts — even guided travel
"Option and diversity is what the
for older campers to Australia, New
fair is about," Sturman said. ❑
Zealand and Alaska.
"There is a really nice selection for
parents," Sturman says. "You get to
Super Summers for Kids: A
see a variety in a one-stop shopping
Camp and Activity Fair will be
11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday,
Many Canadian camps will have
16, at the Birmingham
representatives. "In Canada, our
Schools Corporate
money goes further — and the
and Conference Center,
camps are not too far in distance."
31301 Evergreen Road, Beverly
Randy Simko of Farmington Hills
Hills. Free admission.
— mother of Alyssa, 13, Ian, 12,
and Carly, 7 — is a fair regular. "It's


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