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‘Camp Kveller’ Will Help With All Your Questions and Concerns About Jewish Summer Camp

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As is true for everything during this pandemic, summer 2020 is going to be very different than other summers. While, for many of us, the much-anticipated end to homeschooling will bring a measure of relief, as summer camps across the country care are canceling, the next three months are looking pretty daunting, too.

At this unprecedented moment, there are so many new things to figure out. How do we keep our kids entertained, and happy? How do we explain to them that the camp they were so looking for is now canceled?  How can we continue to support our cherished summer camps, and are there ways to recreate some semblance of camp spirit at home? Most of all, how are we parents expected to survive an entire summer without childcare?

These are not easy questions, but we are here to help you find the answers with a brand-new series called Camp Kveller. And no, it’s not an actual camp. Rather, it’s a series of live, informative talks to help parents navigate this stressful time and generate ideas for formulating a Plan B (or C, or D…)

This series of helpful talks will be hosted by Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, who is the former Rosh Moshava (Head of Camp) at Pennsylvania’s Camp Stone and, believe it or not, has an actual Ph.D. in camp!

Every Thursday, Sharon will be leading a discussion with one or more camp experts, helping us answer all your pressing questions about the strange summer ahead. She’ll talk to child psychologists, camp officials, and other experts — and it’s all going live on Kveller’s Facebook page, so we welcome your questions and input, too.

The series begins this Thursday, May 21, at 12 PM EDT with a conversation with child psychologist Dr. Judah Koller about how to help your kids deal with the disappointment and frustration about camp being canceled. We know so many of you are dealing with this particular strain of sadness right now (us, too), so don’t miss it!

Upcoming topics include:

  • How to create your own camp at home
  • How to make safe decisions if your camp is still opening
  • What to do about camp tuition
  • How to “campify” your backyard
  • How to support kids with different needs
  • and more!

Have a topic you’d like us to broach or a question you’d like answered? Join the Kveller Moms group!

Camp Kveller logo by Grace Yagel; background image via Getty Images

 

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