CRB is fortunate to have an outstanding and enthusiastic tzevet. Many of our staff members started off at CRB as campers and they return to Camp this summer eager to create a magical and memorable experience for hundreds of children. Part of what makes our tzevet so exceptional is the intense staff training they undergo. Before the campers arrive, the staff spends a week learning how to create great programs, help homesick campers and be strong Jewish role models. For many staff members, the training begins weeks and sometimes months before summer arrives. This week, our roshei edot (division heads) gathered to discuss plans for Camp and participated in a special seminar, lead by Sarah Sokolic, on presentation and leadership skills. Camp has also taken advantage of the many on-line training opportunities offered for counselors by the American Camping Association (ACA).
The National Ramah Commission (NRC) works with all the Camps on staff development. NRC offers special seminars and trips throughout the year to enhance staff training. Returning counselors can participate in the Weinstein Institute, a four-day professional staff development program each winter. In the spring, roshei edot can work on camp programming and Jewish leadership skills at the Weiner Institute. Our senior staff members who wish to build upon their Jewish educational and staff training skills can apply for the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Cornerstone Fellowship, which is funded by the Avi-Chai Foundation. The Avi-Chai Foundation is also the sponsor of the Daber Fellowship Program, a seminar for Ramah staff members to work on their Hebrew language skills. Daber participants have been a tremendous asset to our efforts to increase the use of Hebrew in Camp!