Camp Connections that Last all Year
By Pam (Rosenberg) Swedko, Board Member
Camp B’nai Brith of Ottawa has taken the camp experience and extended it all year long by partnering with a number of Jewish agencies, being part of important community events and giving campers and their families opportunities to connect with CBB and Judaism when camp is over.
While obviously, summer is the best part of CBB, get-togethers like froyo mini reunions give kids a chance to see their camp friends, give parents a chance to put faces to the names they have been hearing about since the kids stepped off the busses, and a chance for kids planning to be campers in the summer to come an opportunity to meet some people and get a feeling for the CBB family.
Over the past few years, CBB has partnered with PJ Library does Jr. Day at B’nai, a great new initiative that brings families up to camp for a day while camp is in session and gives them a taste of what they are in for before they commit to a Weekender program.
CBB recently took part in a Shabbat dinner for university students with Hillel Ottawa and they can be seen at almost every local Jewish community gathering such as the SJCC Chanukah Gift Fair and Mitzvah Day, proudly sporting their navy blue CBB t-shirts and big smiles.
CBB is more than just a place to spend summers and make lifelong memories – it has become a year-long connection to Jewish life.