December Mega Blog!

Hello Canadensis…

So, it’s Friday and it’s freezing out!  Winter is definitely here.  To warm up, I figured there is nothing better than to write about camp…so…a December Mega Blog for all of you!

I have yet to comment on our Canteen on the Fly from a few weeks ago, but thanks to everyone for coming out.  The seven locations we hit this year were a lot of fun.  And certainly, the one common theme we kept hearing from everyone was…I can’t wait for camp next year!  In all, I think we ended up seeing over 150 campers and staff!  In some locations, we may have even violated some of the maximum number of patrons fire codes to such large turnouts.  Here are a few pictures…

In Plymouth Meeting, PA. From left to right: Katie Podell, Valerie Solomon, Lily Ernst, Rachel Green, Jessica Novey and Jordan Marburg.

In Long Island. Eric with 2010 CITs Jeremy Tarica, Bryan Pantofel and Matt Feigin.

2011 Upper Senior Girls Sydney Schlessinger, Maddie Hecht and Lauren Grama.

Aunt Terri with Mel Sukonik, Josh Brownstein and Allie Ernst.

After our final Canteen on the Fly event in Cherry Hill, NJ, we learned that Justin Liebman was having a sleepover with all of his bunk mates from last summer’s Boys Bunk 6.  So, me, Eric, Pam, Matt and Robin decided to surprise the boys.  It was great to see everyone having such a great time together and Bunk 6 counselors Pete Tarnoff and Michael “Rosey” Rosenthal also showed up to join in on the fun!  In the time we were there, the boys were playing a whole bunch of games from bubble hockey to ping pong to pinball, had a pizza and pasta dinner and a make your own ice cream sundae dessert!  Justin’s sister Lauren also had a camp friend in Hannah Schreiber sleeping over that night as well.  Here are some great pics from the bunk reunion…

Special Shirts made just for the occasion. In attendance were (from left to right) Sam Hunn, Ryan Lefkowitz, Justin Liebman, Zach Minion, Jonathan Pollack, Bradley Skolnick, Andy Grossman and Eric Miller.

And a shot from the back.

Staying up late night for snacks and a movie.

As a camp of the American Camp Association, we have the opportunity of attending so many wonderful off-season events.  A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to hear a wonderful speaker by the name of Jean Kilbourne.  Jean is one of the country’s leading experts on the topic of the image of women in advertising.  She was named by The New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses.  She is the author of many advertising-related books and even produced a documentary about the power of advertising called Killing Us Softly.  Her presentation was absolutely amazing and drew many ties to life at camp for our girls but also all youth in general.  For more information about Jean, please visit her website, which provides so much wonderful information on the topic.  The site is www.jeankilbourne.com.

Thank you to all of the parents that completed our Parents Survey online.  We have used the past few weeks to review all of the information and have found it incredibly helpful.  Your feedback is so important to us and we are grateful to have gained more insight to your opinions on what we do well at camp and what can be improved.

I have had the chance to see some camp families over the course of the past few weeks.  I got together with Jayme “Jamz” Lerman a few weeks ago for dinner.  Jamz can’t wait for her fourth summer at camp as this year she will be back for her fourth summer in the Freshman Girls division.  We talked about camp for hours!  I got to look through her photo albums of summers past and we had a great time.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of our get together.  Thank you to parents Andrea and Ken for such wonderful hospitality and such and amazing meal!  Jaime and I had a blast!

At the New York Giants football game vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars, I was joined at our tailgate by Lower Inter Boys Eli Lieberman and his dad Evan, who is as big of a Giants fan as me.  This was Eli’s first Giants game.  Eli filled me in on all his favorite things after his first summer at camp and can’t wait to return for year number two.  In the lot, we munched on some great tailgate food from prime rib to cheese steaks to rack of lamb.  Some good eats for sure.  Thankfully, the Giants also made a second half comeback to save their season and give Eli (not Eli Manning) his first ever win when going to a game!  Unfortunately, I once again forgot to take a picture.  We were having too much fun!

In Woodcliff Lake, NJ, I met up with new campers and twins Jolie and Rachel Newman.  Both are currently in the third grade and will be part of our Junior Girls division for Summer 2011.  Rachel filled me in that she just finished an undefeated soccer season and is now playing both travel and rec basketball.  She is also involved with tennis, singing and dancing.  This summer, she is looking forward to the zipline, rock wall, lake, water trampoline and gaga.  Jolie told me all about the theater productions she has been involved in, including shows “Beauty and the Beast,” “TV Magic,” and “Glee.”  She really enjoys singing and dancing.  For the summer, she can’t wait to try the banana boat, zipline, the water trampoline and to be part of the Canadensis Theater program.  Here is a photo…

Me with Jolie (left) and Rachel Newman.

Eric, Pam  and I also went to Briarcliff Manor, NY to visit the Kilman Family, who also introduced us to some families interested in Camp Canadensis for future summers.  While there, we had a great time catching up with Emily Kilman, who will be back at camp for her third summer as part of the Freshman Girls division, and sister Samantha, who will be joining us for her first summer in the Lower Inter Girls division.  Samantha just finished up a local theater production of “Bye, Bye Birdie,” in which she was case as Karl while Emily let us know that she is just getting underway with her basketball season.  Here is a photo…

Me, Eric and Pam with Emily (right) and Samantha Kilman.

I also got some great pictures sent to me from 2011 Lower Senior Boy Austin Margulies, who recently celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in November.  Here are some shots from that event…

Austin in the middle with some camp friends!

Good times!

Well, that’s all for now.  Future blogging to come.

Have a great day…Brian