CTN 2019: Just around the corner

  • It’s true what they say, a day at summer camp feels as though two weeks have passed. When lunch time rolls around it’s a complete shock that only a few hours have passed – how does camp manage to fit so many activities into such a short space of time?

    If you didn’t get chance to see CTN’s previous first impressions from across the pond earlier on in the year, then you may not know the person typing behind the keyboard. I’m Francesca, born and bred in England, and this summer I’ll be keeping you updated on all things Camp Tel Noar. If you don’t already, make sure to follow us on both Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates!

    Arriving at Boston airport to the friendly faces of Efraim and Billie, the international staff felt the CTN community feeling from the very beginning. Proven correctly – the amount of friendships and laughter that has occurred in these short few days has been truly remarkable.

    When our home grown counselors joined the international staff on Wednesday, the community feeling grew even stronger. Seeing counselors beam with excitement and instantly diving into each other’s arms was something that would turn any face into the biggest of smiles.

    After spending time introducing and reconnecting, it was time for staff week activity to start with some fun games and team bonding. In true Camp Tel Noar tradition, Michelle’s plastic chicken made an appearance and it wasn’t long until counselors were running across the field, competing as though their lives depended on it.

    These last few days have been a whirlwind of team bonding, skill building and personal development, intertwined with a fun dose of campfires, laser tag, and many basketball games (for anyone who saw our Instagram story – Joel did in fact make the shot).

    Having a little time before campers arrive allows our counselors to bond together, settle into camp, and most importantly, gain an abundance of knowledge to take with them for the coming weeks.

    Our counselor’s days have been filled with training which will allow them to provide the best possible summer experiences for our 2019 campers. The pool and waterfront staff have been busy practicing water safety, Project Adventure visited camp to assist with low ropes training, and the Culinary Arts departments practiced some of their specialties (the shoestring fries and vanilla ice cream was much too tempting to resist).

    During our first Shabbat dinner we were visited by two of Tel Noar’s incredibly loved past counselors, Danny Fier and Abby Dinerman. Danny joined us to lead the Shabbat song session and passed on the role of song leader to this year’s team of Ally, Lola, and Roie. Abby came back to perform on the CTN stage once more, supporting our newly formed Rikud (dance) team consisting of Bridgette, Abby, and Maya.

    As we sat during Shabbat, surrounded by friends both old and new, we reflected on the past few days and looked ahead to the incredible summer that is just around the corner. To all our Tel Noar campers out there – we cannot wait to see you in just a few short days!


One response to “CTN 2019: Just around the corner”

  1. Deborah Shank says:

    Beautifully written! I look forward to reading your blogs throughout the summer!

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