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Parent Testimonials

“Both of our children loved Camp! Each day was filled with exciting, varied, fun-filled activities. The counselors provided a warm, loving environment with tremendous spirit!”
Ellen & Erik Coren

“Our son Jacob really enjoyed the trips, the singing, activities and friends he made last summer. We were very impressed with the way the staff went out of their way to care for us in our families’ time of need.”
H.S.

“Sarah really loved her time at CGI. She treasured the personal attention from the camp and the friendships she made.”
M.F.

Excerpts of A Parent’s letter
to the Orlando Jewish Community (2002):

To All – 

I would like to share with you an amazing experience my children had this week.

Sam, 8, and Lily, 5, attended the Chabad Day Camp for a week. It was held at a local elementary school. There were nearly 40 kids in attendance, and even some from Maitland!!! The last time I remember feeling this excited about an experience my kids had was when Sam was in preschool and broke out in song (David Melach) in the middle of Gooding's!

Chabad has captured something outstanding here, and I think that we can both learn from what they did, and find an opportunity to capitalize on it by partnering with them and growing Jewish identity - at least in South Orlando!

Here is what made the camp outstanding:

1) The Director
2) T
he Counselors
3) The Programming
4) The Communication

 

1) The Director
Chani Konikov, Rabbi Konikov's wife was the director of the camp, and what a lovely person she is. She knew every child by name. She made it a point to know the parents and report on the kind of day that they had. She was outgoing, friendly, energetic, passionate and tireless. She went everywhere with those kids, and they adored her. I asked her if Chabad was doing a preschool, as I know they conduct a Hebrew School, and she said they were planning to open one in the fall of 2003. Chabad currently offers Mom's morning out only. We could have a huge opportunity on our hands, and it would be families who care about Jewish community.

2) The Counselors
The counselors were imported high school grads from NY - all Jewish, enthusiastic and loving

3) The Programming
The programming was outstanding. Each week had a different Jewish theme - holidays, blessings, etc. And Judaica was woven into everything they did. The kids made challah on Friday and mezuzahs on Wednesday. Additionally some days were themed - army day, crazy hat day, etc. The kids were bussed to Turkey Lake Park Mon, Wed and Fri for free swim and activities. They went on a field trip each week - Green Meadows, Water Mania, etc. They spend Shabbat at Mickey's Retreat boating. Granted the camp was small, but they did their best to keep it fun and interesting. The kids came home with lots of new JEWISH songs, as well as some old camp favorites

4) The Communication
Each week a newsletter with the upcoming activities, some digital pictures of the kids and they things they learned, came home. At the end of camp, each child got a roster with names and addresses.

The price point was easy, and the camp was good value. For $110 each, the kids got all this and lunch each day.

I am impressed!

 

Amy

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