Why should the big kids have all the fun?
Each week, a group of nearly 50 three to eight-year-olds take Eisner by storm, getting a taste of our camp experience through our Day Camp at Eisner program. While Day Camp is largely separate from the rest of camp, day campers are afforded many of the same opportunities as our older campers: swim, Limud, sports, Shabbat, and more!
What’s the best part of Day Camp at Eisner? To Marla Peckman, Day Camp Director, it’s “teaching children to love Eisner from an early age, and what makes camp so magical.”
Assistant Director Ashley Weitzman agrees. She loves helping campers acclimate to Eisner and watching them grow up, moving from Day Camp onto K’tanim and beyond.
One of the many unique aspects of the Day Camp program, and Marla’s personal favorite, is Shabbat. Every Friday morning, campers and staff make their own challah to eat on Shabbat, and some even include special ingredients such as sprinkles, fruit, oreos, or chocolate chips! Kabbalat Shabbat at Day Camp is also special. The services are hands-on, kid-friendly, and full of ruach (spirit) and laughter. The campers even write their own prayers!
The other distinctive feature of our Day Camp program is our weekly trips. Every Wednesday, Day Camp has its own special Trip Day, traveling to places like the Cove Bowling Lanes, the Berkshire Museum, the Mason Public Library, the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, Bousquet Water Park, the Trevor Zoo, and even a special visit to Crane Lake!
In order to give our day campers the best and most authentic Eisner experience, we also place a strong emphasis on Jewish learning, through our Limud program. The theme for Day Camp Limud this summer is Ani V’Atah, You and Me. We focus on a different element each week, with topics such as friendship and how we take care of ourselves, our families, our community, and our world.
We are also proud of our diverse and dynamic Day Camp staff, which includes counselors from around the world, local staff from the Berkshires, and of course, past Eisner campers and day campers. The Day Camp program accommodates children with many different needs and food allergies, helping each child have a meaningful and fun camp experience!
Day Camp has its own special place in the Eisner Bubble. “I love seeing the smiles on their faces when they accomplish something they thought they couldn’t do,” said Marla. If you’re interested in learning more about Day Camp at Eisner, visit our website or give us a call!