Louise Director’s Blog – July 9, 2021
MIDDAH OF THE WEEK – CURIOSITY
Did you know that your brain grows kind of like a muscle? The more you use it, the more it will be able to do. Curious brains are active brains and active brains become smart brains. So if you want to be smart…be curious! In fact, Albert Einstein famously said, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
Walt Disney said, “We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
Developing curiosity about people doesn’t only help your brain develop. It helps the people you’re curious about too. Think how good it feels when someone wants to know all about who you are. Ask someone about their hobbies today.
“Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
This Shabbat, we had a chance to recognize some of our campers who demonstrated curiosity this week:
This Unit A camper always tries new foods and is curious and asks great questions. She wants to know and learn everything about camp!
Another Unit A camper is always curious when her friends are upset and she always wants to help. She is always finding ways to help out at meals and she is the first to help clean up things – even if they weren’t hers. She is an amazing helper!
This Unit D camper is new to camp and asks many questions in order to learn camp traditions. Her curiosity has gotten her involved in so many activities and has allowed her to make so many friends.
This Unit E camper is always looking for ways to help people and she shows curiosity when looking for more ways to cheer people up and make them feel right at home!
Another Unit E camper uses her curiosity when she is trying new things with games in the bunk and learning how to do new activities around camp.
And another Unit E camper was really excited and curious but also really scared to do the second level of the Adventure Park. She climbed halfway up, then back down the ladder, went to sit down and think about it again. She decided she was going to work to conquer the second level. She was still scared the whole way up. With encouragement from her peers and the outdoors staff and her own curiosity and determination, she did it!
A Unit F camper has been curious to see if she can push herself this summer in the pool by training with our Swim Department Head to prepare for her swim season.
In the bunk, this ST engages people in conversations that make them think and become curious about things. She brings people together in a thoughtful way.
Two of our trainees (an ST and a CA) have both been spending their summer at the pool where they are learning about being SWAFF (Swim Staff) members! They are helping out with mermaid training, lifeguarding, and so much more! They are always curious about when they can go back to the pool and what they can do to give back!
Two CAs approached a member of our Dining Hall leadership team to thank her for all of her hard work, and then they expressed their interest in showing appreciation for the whole kitchen staff. They asked how to go about thanking them in a meaningful way. They talked about making thank you notes, drawing pictures, making bracelets, etc. What a beautiful way to acknowledge the hard work that goes into feeding the campers and staff 3 times per day!
We are so proud of our Middah of the Week nominees!
This Week’s Birthdays
Nola – Bunk 15
JULY 5 –
Yael – Unit F Counselor
Lauren – Director of Development
Ruby – Bunk 22
Erin – ST Counselor
Jordan – Doctor
|Cheesy Scrambled Eggs||Ravioli||Matzo Ball Soup|
|Home Fries||Eggplant Parmesan||Challah|
|Melon||Garlic Bread||Roasted Potatoes|
High: 82°F | Low: 66°F
Sunny and an afternoon rain cooled things down a bit!