End of March Mega Blog!

Hello Canadensis!

Yes.  Yes.  I know.  A few weeks without a blog.  To make up for it, though, here is one of my Mega-Blogs to re-cap the time that has gone by without my filling in everyone in Canadensis Cyberspace.

First off, thank you to all of the camp families that came out to Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, March 13 to represent Camp Canadensis at the Jewish Relief Agency (JRA Event).  This was the second year that we did this and just like last year, I was personally amazed at what they do at JRA.  For a few hours, volunteers work together to package kosher, non-perishable food in boxes.  After packing, the volunteers load their cars and deliver the food packages to more than 2500 low income Jewish homes.  The feeling you get doing this is just remarkable and the recipients are just so grateful for the boxes they receive.  Here are a few pictures from the event…

Our Canadensis Team takes a break from our food deliveries for a quick photo.


Me (with my crazy hat for Purim) and Jaime with the Cebula Family...Mike, camper Rachel and Suzanne; younger brother Adam (not pictured was still working hard with his volunteering when this picture was taken).

On March 15-18, the winter team of me, Eric, Pam, Cara, Matt and Neil headed down to Atlantic City for one of our favorite times of the year…the American Camp Association Tri-State Camping Conference.  This four day event has over 3000 attendees from camps all over the country and allows us to attend sessions that discuss all aspects of camp.  The conference brings in many speakers.  This year, two of the keynote speakers included best selling authors Seth Godin and Jean Kilbourne.  The conference also hosts one of the largest exhibit halls and gives us the opportunity to scout out new services for camp.  If you would like to learn more about this event, you can visit the website here:  http://www.aca-nynj.org/.  In the exhibit hall, Cara and I stopped and competed in a dancing game.  Here is a shot…

Cara and I in a "Dance Off" at the Tri-State Camp Conference. Cara, who won this match-up again?

For all of our new campers in grades 1-4, we are so looking forward to our annual New Camper Bowling Event in North Brunswick, NJ this weekend on April 3.  This is a great event, along with our Open House on June 5, for campers and parents to meet one another and talk all about camp!  We play ice breaker games, bowl and eat pizza.


JUNIOR BOYS currently in GRADES 1-2  at 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
JUNIOR BOYS currently in GRADE 3 at 12:30 – 2:00 pm
JUNIOR GIRLS currently in GRADES 1-2-3 at 2:30 – 4:00 pm
LOWER INTER BOYS and GIRLS currently in GRADE 4 at 4:30 – 6:00 pm

There have been a number of wonderful home visits to fill you in on as well.  In Warren, NJ, I got to hang out with Sophia Brociner, who is in the 4th grade and will be in our Lower Inter Girls Division this summer for her first summer at Canadensis.  In the fall, winter and spring, Sophia is one busy girl.  She is active with a softball team and a dance team, which has a performance in the spring.  She participates in a program called “Girls on the Run,” which promotes physical fitness and self-esteem through long distance running.  She also plays the saxophone, swims, bike rides and is involved in her local Girls Scouts troop.  With all of this, she always finds time to take care of her guinea pig Penelope.  When she gets to camp this year, she is excited for Glass Fusion, the Banana Boat, going on her division’s overnight and the high ropes course.  Here is a photo…

Me with Lower Inter Girl Sophia Brociner and her guinea pig Penelope.

Also in Warren, NJ, I got together with 3rd grader and Junior Girl Sydney Cohn.  Sydney, who is coming to camp for her first summer, is very busy with several different activities.  She is in a hip-hop dance class at Dance Express and will be performing in the spring to the hit song “Supersonic.”  She takes tennis lessons and also likes to play forward on her soccer team, which has games in both the spring and fall.  She told me that she also likes to learn about and collect crystals.  Sydney let me know that she is completely psyched about the upcoming summer and is eager to try the ropes course, archery, swimming, kayaking and biking.  At the same time, she can’t wait to make a whole bunch of new friends as well as get a break from school.  Here is a pic…

Me with Junior Girl Sydney Cohn.

In Short Hills, NJ, I met up with 2nd grade boy Justin Green, who will be in our Junior Boys division.  When I asked him about what he is looking forward to in his first summer, he replied with excitement, “I can’t wait for a great summer at Canadensis!”  Justin also filled me in that he plays left midfield for his travel soccer team, the Millburn Blast, and that he takes tennis lessons.  At his house, I also got introduced to his new dog Rafa.  While there, Justin also beat me in a game of Foosball.  Justin let me know that he is a really good joke teller.  This summer, he is ready to try activities like rocketry, all of the lake activities, the Banana Boat and soccer.  Here is a photo…

Me with Junior Boy Justin Green and his new dog Rafa.

In Morristown, NJ, I spent some time with the Hawks brothers, 6th grader Drake and 2nd grader Branden.  Drake, who will be back at camp for his 4th summer as part of our Freshman Boys Division, has been playing a lot of lacrosse as an attacker for his team the Colonials.  With the many weekends he spends skiing, he just recently placed 5th out of 90 skiers at the Kandahar Challenge Championships.  In the fall, Drake also played goalie on his soccer team.  Drake wanted to say hello to all of his bunkmates from Summer 2010’s Bunk 11.  He is also looking forward to a Lacrosse inter-camp and Color War.  Drake’s younger brother Branden will be at Canadensis for his first summer and will be in our Junior Boys Division.  Also a big skier, Branden just took 2nd place in a recent Hunter Mountain Race.  In the next few weeks, he will be starting his baseball season, where he really enjoys pitching.  He also plays flag football for his Jr. Colonials team.  In the fall, he will be moving up to play tackle football.  When he gets to camp in 2011, he can’t wait for baseball, fishing, waterskiing, sailing, woodworking and the Corn Man!  Here is a photo…

Me with the Hawks Brothers, (left) Junior Boy Branden Hawks and (right) Freshman Boy Drake Hawks.

In Bala Cynwyd, PA, I had so much with the Rosenau Girls, Julia and Emma!  Julia, now in the 7th grade, is so psyched for her 5th summer at Canadensis as she will now receive her 5-Year Jacket!  She has been extremely busy this year on the Bar and Bat Mitzvah Circuit seeing all of her camp friends.  She also showed me pictures from her own Bat Mitzvah which took place  a few months ago.  She has also been playing basketball and softball.  Julia is so happy to be a Lower Senior this year and wanted to give a shout out to all of her bunkmates from Summer 201o’s Bunk 12 as well as Assistant Head Counselor Karen Sharir!  She also can’t wait for Cooking and Hondas.  Emma, who is now in 4th grade and will be in our Lower Inter Girls Division as part of her second summer at camp, has been involved with gymnastics, softball, basketball and playing the cello.  At camp this year, she anxiously awaits Color War, Glass Fusion and once again beating me in Basketball.  Last summer, myself and two other counselors lost fair in square to the Girls of Bunk 4.  This year, we will have a rematch!  Emma also wanted to say hello to all of the Girls from last summer’s Bunk 4.  Here is a picture…

Me with the Rosenau Girls, (left) Lower Senior Girl Julia Rosenau and (right) Lower Inter Girl Emma Rosenau.

Finally, in Rye Brook, NY, I saw first time camper and 3rd grader Zack Richman, who will be in our Junior Boys division.  Zack plays travel soccer in both the fall and spring as part of his team, the Rye Brook Raptors, where he plays left wing and striker.  Zack told me about his recent trip to Breckenridge, Colorado, where he just learned how to ski a black diamond trail.  Zack also enjoys basketball and is even a real student of the game and learns about NBA legends such as Walt Frazier, Clyde “The Glide” Drexler and Wilt Chamberlain.  He also likes ice skating and hopes one day to start playing ice hockey.  When he gets to came in a few months, he is looking forward to the Banana Boat, waterskiing, making S’Mores, tennis, and most importantly, making new friends!  Zack’s younger sister Zoe, a future Canadensis camper, let me know that she has been busy with hip-hop dance, cooking, ice skating and soccer.  Here is a pic…

Me with Junior Boy Zack Richman and Future Canadensis Camper Zoe Richman.

As is always the case here on Brian’s Blog, I love to hear about camp friends getting together over the fall, winter and spring months.  When I get this information, I am always eager to see pictures, so I can then post them hear.  Well, it turns out that a few weeks back, the girls of Summer 2010’s Bunk 6 had a sleepover at Alexa Dersovitz’s house.  According to Alexa’s mom Nicole, the girls had an absolute blast!  Here is a pic…

The Girls of Summer 2010's Bunk 6 recently had a sleepover.

I hope all of our camp families are gearing up for the summer as we are now less than 100 days away from an amazing summer.  We just recently sent out our latest camp mailing with a whole new bunch of forms.  If there are any families with questions, please call us.  If there are any prospective families looking to book tours of camp this summer, please give us a call as we are beginning to book tours on April 1.

Well, that’s all for now.  More to blog next week.  See everyone soon!

Have a great day…Brian