By Rachel Clark, Gordon JCC Director of Marketing
Camp Davis 2022 is a big hit!
Summer arrived at the JCC with the start of Camp Davis 2022! Two hundred campers descended on our campus the week of June 6, under a big red-and-white tent down by the pool. The theme of the first week of camp was “Hachnassat Orchim: Welcoming One Another,” and welcome they did! Counselors were met, new friends were made, and our Israeli Shlicha, Noa, arrived from Israel. Traditional Camp spent the week swimming, singing, playing LOTS of Gaga Ball and kickball, and making friendship bracelets and lanyards. Art Camp created enchanting fairy gardens and made magical wands. Wacky Science STEM campers built Lava Lamps and participated in a successful Egg Drop from the second floor of the J, and Sports Camp learned all the lawn games from Corn Hole to Can Jam.
When asked her favorite thing about camp, Rishonim camper Sofia Reagan announced “I can’t remember, it was all just too much fun,” with an extremely dramatic flair.
At the time of writing, Camp Davis is currently halfway through Week Two! This week kicked off with just as many kids, and the popular annual Art Camp: Project Runway Fashion Camp Jr. led by JGalleries curator Carrie Mills. The theme of “Gimilut Chasadim: Acts of Loving Kindness” was visible when campers and friends greeted each other with hugs and high fives, familiar faces, and new friends alike. Campers were excited for Adventure Challenges, games, fun, and lots and lots more swimming. Dress-up day brought a rainbow of colors, and STEM camp cooked up delicious treats in the Science of Cooking.
The rest of summer will continue with a different Jewish theme each week and will culminate with week 8 and our annual Camp Davis Maccabia Games Color War, everyone’s favorite friendly competition! Campers will experience Israeli Culture with Noa, our Israeli Shlicha, and will nosh on Kosher food from Goldie Shepard and her crew. As always, communication continues to be a priority as we work our way through summer and ensure each, and every camper has their best summer yet.
Camp Davis Inclusion Director, Abby (AP) Pierron says, “Camp Davis is moving along, packed with so much fun. Campers are engaged and encouraged in many different opportunities every day, and staff is working together with many combined resources to assure everyone is included in a fun, safe, summer.”
The days are hot, but thankfully the pool is cool, and the campers are having a blast.
Camp has added extra water stations, sunscreen and shade breaks, and lots and lots of popsicles to help beat the heat.
Camp Davis will continue through July, and we have a few spots available in some of the remaining sessions. We look forward to sharing more next month! Head to www.campdavisnashville.com for more info.