Planting the Seeds of Our Future
Tonight begins Tu B’shevat, the birthday of the trees – a celebration of the rejuvenation of nature and the growth of seeds, flowers and plants. We’ve created a sort of tradition the past few years with providing an update on our youngest campers to commemorate this holiday. In fact, in the spirit of Tu B’shevat we announced the name Garinim, or seeds, or our 3rd grade village back in 2018. Now, 2 years later, the future of Camp Chi is bright for many reasons, and the growth of our younger campers is certainly a key reason.
Campers in Garinim have grown to really love camp and want more! The youngest village in camp has outpaced the rest of with a retention rate that is nearly 4% higher than almost all other villages! Plus the feedback has been that these 3rd graders want more camp, as almost two-thirds of the returning campers are coming for longer sessions this year. With the village going into it’s 3rd year of existence, we believe it is safe to call Garinim a big success!
When Garinim was created, we began to brainstorm ways to bring entering 3rd graders to camp. For many years the 3rd grade age group has been one of the largest at Try Chi, and that made it obvious to us- open Try Chi to second grade too. And that’s exactly what we did last summer. In 2019, 25 brave 2nd graders came to camp for 3 nights and 4 days, blazing a trail for future campers to follow. They made s’mores, rode horses, enjoyed grilled cheese, and most importantly met new friends and made memories together. Because of those new friends, the compassion of their counselors, and the memories made at Try Chi, more than half of these 2nd graders will be in Garinim this year. From their success, the 2nd grade program at Try Chi has more than double the amount of campers it had last year at this time.
So help us fortify the future of Camp Chi and spread the word about Try Chi and our Mini Sessions to your friends and family. For every new family that registers for 2+ weeks that you refer, you’ll get $150 off your summer tuition and you’ll be helping solidify Camp Chi’s future. All it takes is planting a little seed.
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