All. Camp. Reunion. 2017.
Blog post contributed by Jason Kromirs with special guest Marley Striem
On Sunday, February 26th, Perlman was excited to host our first (in recent years) all camp reunion, bringing the entire camp community together. Over 75 campers and staff attended the reunion at the Kaiserman JCC in Philadelphia. It was a jam-packed day filled with reuniting with old friends, making new friends, doing a variety of camp activities and counting down the days until summer 2017! We had a large representation of campers from the Freshmores, Juniors, Seniors, and Teen Leadership as well as lots of new and returning staff.
Camper activities included camp-style icebreakers, a gaga tournament, lanyard making, a Maccabiah-style “hatchet hunt”, and creating a plaque to be hung at camp. We were happy to have had busses of campers come from Greater Washington and Greater New York joining the campers from Philadelphia who had to travel a little less. We had campers from Maryland, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington, DC, Virginia & Pennsylvania all represented. The day was extra special thanks to the nice weather that allowed for outdoor play.
Two new full-time Perlman Camp staff attended as well; Jason Kromirs, Assistant Director of Camper & Staff Life and Abe Fertig-Cohen, Teen Leadership Director. “What an incredible sense of community I’ve experienced today, said Jason. I can’t wait for the summer to see over 300 campers have the time of their life!”
It was so nice to see my bunk as well as some of my counselors, and people in different divisions. Towards the end of the day, Candice and I introduced the Perlman Camper Committee to everyone. To those who couldn’t attend the reunion, the Perlman Camper Committee is a group of campers interested in helping Perlman to spread the word about camp and gain support for our camp community during the year. During the reunion, we sold laptop stickers with the Perlman logo on them. We sold $195 dollars worth of stickers, going towards the Perlman Camp Scholarship Fund.
I like being a part of the Camper Committee because it gives me a chance to be involved with Perlman during the school year. Camp is such a special place to me and I know that many of us can say that it is a second home to us. Being able to talk to my camp friends on the phone every day and counting down the days till we see each other again takes such a big part in my life. Come join the Camper Committee; the more people the better!
Marley was a great representative of the Camper Committee and have no fear if you missed out on the laptop stickers at the reunion you can buy them online today!
The day came to a close with a song session and viewing the new camp video. It was sad to say goodbye to our friends, but everyone had such a good time and camp is now right around the corner. We hope to continue to host all camp reunions in the future, and thank you to every one who came out and made the day so wonderful!