WHY ARE WE OFFERING VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING INSTEAD OF ON–SITE CAMP?
It was our every intention to run Camp Shoresh on-site at our beautiful campus this summer, but only if we felt confident that we could do so safely. Sadly, after consultation with our medical experts and our Board of Directors, we have come to the conclusion that the modifications required and the health threat of Covid-19 are insurmountable at this time and are too significant for us to be assured we can safely operate Camp Shoresh in Adamstown this summer. The risks posed by this coronavirus threaten our most sacred value – the health and well-being of our children, staff, and faculty who attend camp – along with their communities back home. These risks also compromise our ability to provide the excellence in programming and participant care that are hallmarks of Camp Shoresh.
We know that the Shoresh camp experience is what hundreds of kids look forward to every year. There are so many positive outcomes of a summer at Shoresh: the bonds made with friends, the positive Jewish environment, learning from amazing mentors, just to name a few. It is for that reason that we will be offering free of charge a Shoresh@Home camp experience which will provide campers with the sense of community, consistency, and development that they would receive in our traditional camp setting, but now virtually. We look forward to giving your camper(s) the ruach they expect from Shoresh through daily morning davening and learning, Tuesday lunches, and weekly evening game shows, crazy entertainment, and creative experiences for the whole family. We know that kids need Shoresh, and Shoresh will be there for them!
WHAT IS SHORESH@HOME?
- Campers are a part of a daily virtual group, broken into divisions, like they would experience at camp.
- All our staff has worked with us before and are seasoned camp professionals and counselors.
- The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. for davening (prayer). Parents will review descriptions of the different davening groups and select the appropriate one for their camper on the online registration form.
- For “Big Campers” (rising 2nd graders and up) at 10:00 a.m. there will be a 20–minute learning session on Pirkei Avos (Ethics of our Fathers) with the Division Head or another Head Staff member.
- The fun will continue on Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m. – 2Gether Tuesdays – where we will share lunch together online with our Shoresh bentching, contests, prizes, and our crazy ruach!
- Additionally, there will be a bonus evening program for the whole family at least two nights a week from 7:00-7:45 p.m. A full schedule will be sent to registered families shortly
- There will also be a surprise in-person visit from one of our Head Staff members!