Okay, without the first part, because all camp staff know that faculty are basically a pain.
Galil was understaffed this morning, preventing the usual programming for "Galil Time" (where the kids sign up to go with each counselor for their specialization) so the wonderful AUH (Mollie) asked me to come up with something fun. I explained to her that I was NOT fun, but after brainstorming with two other faculty members (Regina Hayut, a classmate cantor in New Jersey, and Stephanie Schwartz, the educator at Mainline Reform) we came up with doing a series of trust exercises, in anticipation of tomorrow night's trust-game based unit t'fillah. It went very nicely, but what else would you expect from a program that involves Aryeh bobbleheads and blindfolds? (No Aryeh bobbleheads were harmed in the performance of this activity).
I'm endlessly impressed by the staff--poised FAR beyond their years, very capable and highly responsible (and responsive), they clearly have a passion for their kids and this camp, as well as making Judaism come alive. Probably not any different than any other camp, but it's wonderful to see these kids--many of whom I've watched come back summer after summer as children, tweens and teens--step up as 'adults' and role models. What's especially amazing is how many of these folks will NOT become Jewish professionals, but will carry that passion for Judaism and engagement with them into synagogue life (well, we hope).
Shiur round one went AMAZINGLY. I hope round two goes even half as well tomorrow and Friday. Then it'll be time to get ready for Shabbat and pack it up for home.