Camp Kesher creates a fun, connecting summer
Unlike the others, Camp Kesher is held in Muizenberg, Cape Town. It bridges the gap, organisers say, in that it is a camp for kids who require an individualistic approach, and who feel that they would do better in a smaller environment.
“It is perhaps one of the few safe spaces where the children are not afraid of being judged, and they are able to have authentic fun while just being themselves,” says Camp Kesher Head Meir Spector.
In other respects, the camp is similar to other Jewish camps. The main camp is held in December, though there is a winter camp for high school students. According to Spector, the schedule is jam-packed, with two to three outings a day including to Table Mountain, water slides, paintball, and bowling. Other activities include team building and the opportunity for children to bond.
Camp Kesher prides itself on the quality of its madrichim, who are “hand-picked” with the sole purpose of ensuring that the children enjoy every aspect of camp, while also having outstanding role models.
“The madrichim are extremely dedicated, understanding that their duties extend well past the two and a half weeks of camp,” says Spector. “Throughout the year, they are in communication with their channies. In addition, there are multiple reunions. This ensures that Kesher is not just a family for December camp, but rather a family for the entire year.”