The Zone is Never Too Far Away…

Many camps provide a fantastic summer for its campers, yet leaves them with only fond memories and sad goodbyes when summer comes to an end. The Zone, however, works at maintaining the relationships and inspiring moments found during the summer  with ChillZone, Shabbatons, and Yom Tov events throughout the year.

We recently received the following email from a couple of Zone campers who are now in seminary in Israel that illustrate the powerful outreach of The Zone:

Dear  our Oorah parents,

 As the yomim noraim  are coming to an end and seminary is on full ride now, we wanted to share a few thoughts. The zone has really prepared us for coming to Israel  even despite the challenges . It has taught us how to find the right girls to befriend, get into the more serious schools and really just shown us how much you’ve always been there for us. Times here might get hard but we always know TheZone is never too far away. We just wanted to let you know  with the zone as our background we were set up for an amazing, inspiring, growth oriented year. As we look at the girls around us , we see how lucky we are to have the zone to keep us connected. Our torahmates continue to inspire us over the seas so we never feel too far away. We look forward to the upcoming zone events, chillzone, and even hopefully to what this summer holds in store for us.

Chag semach

From  your children in Israel,

C & I

We are so happy these girls feel able and ready for an inspiring year in Israel!

 

A Happy Camper Tells Her Story

I first heard about TheZone from the principal in my Hebrew school. My sister Rebecca wanted to go to a camp and she said that the camp would be a really good experience for her. She went last year and she said it was really fun, you learn new things, meet new people and make new friends, and just have a really fun summer…. so I figured – why not go?

counselors form a "tunnel of love" greeting new campers as they come off the bus to camp

“tunnel of love” greeting new campers

Right when I came off the bus, I was surprised how nice and caring the people were. They all helped me with my luggage and they made a tunnel of love for me to go through! My counselors met me right away and comforted me, cuz obviously I was new so I was a little overwhelmed and scared. Also I didn’t come with any friends at all, so it was a little scary for the fist minute. But then people started talking to me and being really friendly, and all my fears vanished right away!

The kids in my bunk thought that I was shy at first, but then I started to get to know them better and opened up more! My counselors acted like they knew me since forever!! They showed me around and where the cool places are in camp, told me directions… Miriam is really loud and cheerful and makes everything really funny! But she’s also really respectful and I look up to her for that. And Shani is really caring and listens to everyone’s needs and tries to fulfill them. I’m so lucky to have them as my counselors; both of them are really amazing people and I look forward to keeping in touch with them when camp is over!

TorahMates is a really nice part of this camp cuz you get to have one on one time with a staff member and it’s really personal. It’s a relationship that will always last and it’s a staff member that is “yours” and they won’t leave your side. I learn with my TorahMate about the mitzvos – right now we’re learning about parts of Torah. Now I know even more then I thought I could know! She taught me so much and continues to teach me.

This camp has activities I never even heard of till I came here! One of the awesome activities that I really enjoy is ATVing. I also LOVE the horses!! And it’s an amazing experience trotting through the woods! Seniors switch day, which was this past Friday, was SO COOL. It makes you know more about the staff members and campers and see how much they do for us even though we don’t realize it. It makes me appreciate our staff more. Speaking of which, the staff is great! They all just want us to have the best time possible and they really do all they can to make sure we have an enjoyable summer. The fact that they come without being payed is a huge chesed and it shows how much they really really reallly want us to just have a good time!

It’s funny becuase one thing I learnt is that you can wear a long skirt and be tzniut but still be really awesome and cool! That’s one thing I learned from the staff. I look up to so many people in camp, but two people in specific that really stick out in my mind are the two head counselors. Even if they don’t get a lot of sleep or they work so hard, they still put on a great show for us every single day! Imagine what camp would be like without them!!! Even when Elisheva’s mom had a baby, she went home for a drop (For the FIRST time this summer!!) and came straight back!!! That’s a five hour drive!! #Devotion

If you asked what my inspiring memories from camp are, it would have to be Rabbi Davidowitz’s speeches! They mean so much and I know the topic but I don’t know much about it, and he opens up a whole new world! He really means everything he syas and it reflects back onto me. I learn so many lessons in camp each day, but one lesson that really stuck out was to appreciate your parents – cuz here I am being independent, and now I realize how much my parents do for me!! I love you Mom and Dad!

TheZone feels like one big happy family – everyone sticks together as a whole and everyone is here for each other. I know that now that I’m part of the family, theres no going back and it’s gonna be my second home forever! Thank you to Oorah, TheZone, and our amazing staff for putting your time and effort into making my summer amazing! Thank you for giving me the amazing experience I never dreamed I could have!

-Sarah B, S1 2014 Session B