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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-08-30

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Tamarack Camps' programs add to
community unity.



Harry Kirsbaum I Contributing Writer

Jewish identity."
With an estimated 50,000 Tamarack
According to A Timeless Treasure:
Deena Lockman, Tamarack Camps
the Detroit area, which isn't the case
Camp alumni, the Fresh Air Society's
100 Years of Fresh Air Society Camp by
development director, said the teen trav-
at other camps that actively recruit
board of directors established a strategic
Wendy Rose Bice of Bloomfield Hills, by
el trips throughout the western United
campers from all over the country. And
planning committee last year for the
1949, property in Ortonville was bought
States and Alaska "mold future Jewish
Tamarack's philosophy is different and
and an offer from Frank Lloyd Wright
leaders. They go from here to Yosemite,
old school.
Among the recommendations was
to design the new camp was considered,
loop all around the country and spend a
"We are a classic group-oriented
increasing family camp programs at
then rejected.
lot of time in Colorado."
camp. In this day and age, so many
Camp Maas and the Butzel Conference
In 1981, a $1 million bequest from
camps have given up that philosophy,"
Center, continuing to provide scholar-
Benard and Rosalyn Maas changed
Camp For All
he said, citing a Jewish communal camp
ships for campers, increasing outreach
Camp Tamarack's name to Camp Maas.
Some 1,200 campers plus 85 Israeli
in the east where campers go to indi-
to alumni by reunions at the camp, and
In 1994, the camp in Brighton was
campers stayed at Camp Maas in
vidual choice programs and clinics that
increasing reunions for former campers
Ortonville this year, and about half of
include professional baseball players
and staff outside of the Detroit area.
"From 1927 to 1994, Brighton was
them received some type of subsidy,
giving baseball clinics and artists from
A "Havdalah Alumni Reunion" is
a very magical site," Engel said. A
Engel said.
the Metroplitan Opera teaching kids to
Brighton staff reunion held earlier in the planned for Sept. 15, the night before
"The past few years have been rough,
Rosh Hashanah Eve, at Camp Maas, said
summer drew 80 people from 18 states.
especially for the older parents, older
"They don't even go on camp-outs
Lockman. (See sidebar.)
What keeps the Tamarack camping
workers who have lost their positions.
anymore," he said. "We value the group
"We're trying to reach out to our
experience thriving is the close connec-
We like to think that we can be helpful."
experience; we center it around build-
alumni who told us that the Havdalah
tion to the Detroit Jewish community,
Historically, the Fresh Air Society
ing Jewish identity and center it around
service at camp was always one of their
he said.
offered a free camping experience to
a progressive tripping programming,
three fondest memories. People have the
"So many Michiganders have moved
every kid who attended, but in the midst
where kids start as mini-campers who
option to sleep over."
away since 1989, and they've moved
of the Great Depression in 1932, the
camp out overnight. Then, through the
A "Dad and Me" event also is planned
all over the country, but many of the
Detroit Jewish community opened Fresh
years, they spend more and more days
Oct.12-14, said Engel, for dads and sons
parents remain here," he said. "These
Air Camp at Brighton to 460 campers,
farther into the wilderness where they
and daughters through grade 6.
families want to have a Michigan con-
half paying a full fee.
learn to live and work together as a
Butzel and Camp Maas are used year-
nection. They will send their children to
A year later, the Fresh Air Society and
group, where they learn the value of a
round for groups, including groups from
Tamarack, and then have them stay with
Jewish Welfare Federation began a part-
community and an appreciation of the
nine temples and synagogues, he said.
nership, and the growth of Jewish camp- their grandparents afterwards. They
outdoors, and learn to explore, through
"As we enter our 111th year, we're
are reconnecting with Michiganders
ing in Detroit began.
activities, their
simply continuing a long tradition that
in Michigan, forging lifelong friend-
In 1936, Irwin Shaw became Fresh
began in 1902 with a vision of getting
ships in Michigan, and the hope is that
Air Society director, and the
"The most
kids into fresh air on Belle Isle, and that
someday Tamarack can act as a portal
Federation bought an addition-
memorable summer for me
has occurred every consecutive summer
to bring these kids back permanently to
al 40 acres on Blaine Lake in
was in 1991. I was on Western One.
The trip was unbelievable. I climbed moun-
110 Years! on page 10
tains I never thought I could climb; I
"Circus Day
saw sunsets more beautiful than any-
at Brighton. The staff would
thing I had ever seen. And I met the most
stay up all night, turning the camp into
wonderful friends. I was filled with com-
a giant circus. When the campers woke up, the
plete happiness every day of that trip. And
looks on their faces were priceless. The
those friends I met, I'm still friends with to
flagpole became a giraffe, the playground
this day. In fact, one is my husband and
was full of circus animals and the Rec Hall
many were at our wedding. And now, all
became a Big Top. Staff and campers dressed
these years later, we have two little kids
up as clowns, circus characters and super
who love to climb mountains and watch sunsets."
heroes. Circus skits based on a theme occurred
—Tracy Aronoff Huntington Woods, camper
throughout the day and a big carnival in the
afternoon. The day culminated with a Big Top
show, complete with acts such a water ballet,
the human cannonball, magicians and the world's smartest
elephant. The day was pure magic and reflected great
energy and creativity"
— Danny Klein, Novi,
staff Tamarack and Brighton



August 30 • 2012

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