Camp Chaverim: Returning Staff Know What It’s All About

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Camp Chaverim staff are busting at the seams in anticipation for June to come around. On June 18th they’ll start their first day at camp and cannot wait to see their campers. Camp Director Whitney Maurer is one of those eager staff members thrilled to get the summer started. This will be Whitney’s third summer at Camp Chaverim, her first summer as Camp Director. Since beginning work at Chaverim, Whitney has been a senior counselor and the assistant camp director and couldn’t see herself anywhere else. When asked about what she likes about Camp Chaverim Whitney explained about her educational background. “My degree from Miami University of Ohio is Kindergarten to third grade education. You can have so much fun with kids that age and be silly with them. One of my favorite memories from being a counselor here was when our group name was Mad Monkeys and we made silly monkey hats and cheers. I still have the group photo from that day. They were just so much fun.”

Also returning is Matt Graul, who will be Whitney’s assistant director. Matt has worked at Chaverim for numerous years and Whitney talks about the great team they make and how wonderful he is to have around. “Matt knows every face at Chaverim and he always has a smile on his face,” says Whitney. Other returning staff include Sam Rosenthal who is a junior counselor in first grade, Reid Howell, Kindergarten and first grade unit head, and Samantha London as the second and third grade senior counselor. Kaley Birchler will be returning to work with the specialty camps and Kaley Rosenthal, Mackenzie Graul, and Adam Gray will also return as senior counselors throughout the camps and under the direction of Rosenthal will staff the aftercare program.

While the staff are stupendous, their special programming will be what the kids rave about. There are oodles of special activities to get excited about at Chaverim this summer. Each week has a theme and on Wednesdays and Fridays programming will revolve around the themes. Whitney describes a day during Week 2 she’s calling “The Best Day Ever.” During this “day in heaven,” the campers will have extra pool time, a great snack, and the scooters and bikes will be out all day!

Chaverim campers will also have the opportunity to register for specialty camps this summer. Specialty camps are being run by Kim Moore, the past Camp Chaverim director. There are a variety of camps that kids can come to such as Adventure Camp, “Craft-rageous” Camp, and Lego Camp. Kim is excited to be brining a new company, Bricks 4 Kids, to run the Lego Camp. “This will be an amazing program. The first program is a complete automotive build with Lego’s and mechanical parts,” Kim says. “The ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Camp will also be a great camp as the JCC is teaming up with Capital University’s dance team.”

Whitney and her staff are counting down the days to see their campers, both old and new faces. “I’m looking forward to seeing all of my previous campers come back. I can’t believe my Kindergarteners are already going to be in second grade,” Whitney says.

For more information or to register your child for camp, contact Halle Schwartz at 559-6279 or hschwartz@columbusjcc.org or Diana Goggins at 559-2251 or dgoggins@columbusjcc.org.