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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-12-05

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Camper Kentaro

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I Managing Editor





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December 5 • 2013




ince 1969, Willoway Day Camp,
north of Pontiac Trail on Old
Plank Road in Milford, has given
countless campers, ages 5-14, fun sum-
mer memories to last a lifetime.
Addy Katz of West Bloomfield built
those memories at Willoway when she
was a child; and now her two children,
Matthew, 13, and Evan, 10, are doing
the same. Katz also works at the camp
and is in her seventh year as a first-aid
"I'm watching them do what I did
when I was growing up:' she says. "And
over the years, I've watched them grow
up at camp and make lasting friend-
The American Camp Association-
accredited camp was started by Arnie
and Lorraine Fisher of West Bloomfield,
members of Congregation B'nai Moshe.
Arnie and Lorraine, married for 57 years
with three children and eight grandchil-
dren, were both educators when they
launched the camp so many years ago.
"We wanted to make a different kind
of camp for kids, a non-competitive
place where they could grow, raise their
self-esteem and make friends:' Lorraine
Fisher says. "And Arnie and I are acces-
sible to camper families 24-7:'
Nearly 80 percent of the campers at
Willoway are Jewish. Even though it is a
secular camp, Jewish music and dance
are included in the activities — 25 of
which are going on every period of
every day.
Outdoor amenities on the 16-acre site
include state-of-the art swimming pools
built especially for children, a pond and
a lake site, animal farm, nature trail, low
ropes-initiative challenge course, "ga-ga-
ga" courts, athletic fields, tennis courts,
go-kart track, basketball courts, baseball
diamonds and archery range.
Indoor activities include arts and

crafts, photography, gym, climbing wall,
performing arts, photography — both
digital and traditional — and much
more. Optional Thursday overnights,
weekly cookouts and camp shows add
excitement and build tradition.
"Our staff is our biggest stren
Fisher says. "We have a 1-to-6 ratio of
counselors to campers. The average age
of our counselors is 20, and we bring
in 25 staff from the United Kingdom
to bring diversity to our program:' The
camp has a staff of 70.
According to Katz, her kids cherish
the relationships they build with coun-
selors. "Matthew received a bar mitzvah
card from London — from one of his
counselors last summer; she says.
Matt Lester's children, Asa, 7, and
Elliah, 10, are both "grads" of Willoway
Day Camp. "They're ready for overnight
camp now, and Willoway prepared
them:' says Lester of Bloomfield Hills.
"Willoway is the best day camp in
Southeast Michigan:'
An added bonus at Willoway is that
transportation is included. "We run
eight buses and 12 vans that pick up the
campers at designated locations or at
their door; Fisher says.
"I really like the door-to-door service
says Eden Elbinger, whose daughter
Skylar, 9, attended the camp for four
years and whose son, Zachary, 6, is
signed up for this summer. "The camp
runs like a well-oiled machine she says.
"Zachary loves the sports there, and he
did every single overnight last year:"
Children participate in a range of
sports taught by a staff of teachers and
specialists. The camp pond with fishing,
paddleboating, rowboating and canoe-
ing provides all levels of aquatic skills.
"Camp is an important part of a
child's life Fisher adds. "We try to meet
all the needs of the children here:"
This year's open house will be June
8. A schedule can be found on the
camp's website at www.
willowaydaycamp.com .

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