David and Lily
Since joining the Cohen Camps as Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving in March 2011, I have been amazed at the depth and breath of warm feelings the alumni have towards Camp. The number of alumni sending their children to camp is extraordinary. They can’t wait to go back to camp and see their children sharing the same experiences that they remember so fondly. As an alumna of Camp Pembroke in the 1970’s, I started sending my daughter to Pembroke in 2002. She will be celebrating her 10th year at Pembroke this summer.
I would like to share with you one particularly heartwarming story of a Tel Noar alumni, David Koplan who is sending his daughter to Tel Noar this summer:
David “Kopie” Koplan spent nine summers at Tel Noar from 1982 to 1990. Along with his sister Michelle, he loved everything about Camp and the friends he made here remain a big part of his adult life. When it was time to start thinking of his daughter Lily going to Camp there was no question in his mind as to which camp she would attend. Tel Noar of course! But, Lily was a little young to go to camp; she was only 7 years old when she first visited Tel Noar with her parents in the summer of 2011.
Although Lily was certain she was old enough to be a camper, her mom had reservations. So with her dad’s help, she put together a PowerPoint presentation to persuade her mom she was ready. This is her fabulous PowerPoint.
When her mom finally agreed Lily could hardly contain herself. Her dad made a video of her hearing the good news for the first time. Thanks to a little creative persuasion Lily will be off to Camp Tel Noar this summer to follow in her dad’s footsteps. She can’t wait to take part in all the fun activities, weekly Shabbat celebrations and making all the new friends that certainly will last a lifetime.
For your enjoyment, this is the video of Lily hearing the news of her mom saying YES!