Didn’t get a chance to blog yesterday due to the fact that I went down to the office in Plymouth Meeting. On those days, I am in the car for at least 3 hours, which leaves very little time to get other things accomplished. Yesterday was the first day for our new Assistant Director Pam Levi. For those that didn’t read the last newsletter (which is still available to read on the website), Pam is joining our year round team after working in the camping industry for a number of years. She is going to be an amazing addition as she brings in a ton of experience, creativity, organization and camp spirit! Welcome, Pam!
We actually even sat down for a number of hours yesterday to begin really putting together the summer calendar. As Eric mentioned in the November 1 Canadensis Today Show (available in the Media Room), we have used the information that we received on your surveys to help with our planning. Thanks to everyone that filled it out. Your suggestions have really been helpful, although I’m sorry to disappoint those that were hoping for Miley Cyrus to come to camp next year. Oh yeah, one more thing, sushi is a bit too difficult to serve for 600+ people so don’t expect that to be on the menu next year. The meeting, which went for 2.5 hours, really got me excited for the summer. We even spoke of a possible scenario for Color War break! Of course, there is no chance of me ever revealing that one.
Later on, Eric and I had dinner with Programming Director Roy Faden. First off, it was Roy’s 50th Birthday on Friday. Happy Birthday Roy! During dinner, Roy also provided great insight for ways of making Summer 2010 even better than last summer. We are so grateful for having Roy as part of our team. Producing schedules for all of our campers and staff is one daunting task. Roy, along with Programming Coordinators Brian Stern and Will Armon, made it possible for the summer to run so smoothly. The dinner with Roy made the summer feel not so far away either. In fact, my ride home to New Jersey felt a lot quicker with such a good talk about camp!
I got two great e-mails today that I wanted to share with everyone. The first was from Jared “Groundhog” Katzman, who let me know that the Video Yearbook is almost ready for duplication. He is almost ready to submit it to us so we can get it copied for everyone. It should arrive in the first few weeks of December so be on the lookout! I thought the DVD, produced by Lauren “L-Mac” McGuire, was so amazing! The idea of having the campers as reporters was great. I can’t wait to watch it again. The other e-mail was from 2010 CIT Samantha Goldberg. Every once in a while, I will get an e-mail from her that simply screams with her excitement for camp. This e-mail was no different as Samantha reminded me that we only have 235 days until camp. She also mentioned how excited she was for the Reunion in January as well as the CIT Weekend in the spring. Apparently, some of the CITs for Summer 2010 will be getting together in an upcoming weekend, too. At the end of today, I also got a chance to talk with Counselor Martha Archer. Martha is back at Ohio University in her Junior year. She said that everything is going well and was so thrilled to receive several invites to campers bar and bat mitzvahs!
So, I have started to receive a number of your Halloween pictures. Thanks for sharing to everyone who sent one in. If you haven’t sent one in and would still like to, I will continue to post them. First off, I hope everyone had a good time trick-or-treating or going to Halloween parties. The concert I went to was a lot of fun. And, a lot of good costumes, too. The best was a group costume of people that went as all the Kellogg’s characters (Cap’n Crunch, Toucan Sam, Snap, Crackle and Pop, Dig’Em, Lucky the Leprechaun). So now, without further ado, here are your costumes…
Good stuff everyone! Again, thanks for sharing. I think Halloween at camp is going to a blast!
Finally, congratulations to Paula and Josh Halpern for guessing the answer to the last trivia question. The Monster Mash went to #1 on the Billboard Charts in 1962. Your Color War bands are on their way! On one last Halloween and Monster Mash note, if you haven’t seen the Jib Jab video on Eric’s blog, go there now. It is hysterical!
More blogging tomorrow!
Until then…Have a great day…Brian