Still Growing- Garinim One Year Later & More
A year ago, we introduced Garinim, a new two-week village for 3rd graders. Now, it is Tu B’shevat, the birthday of the trees, once again and we reflect on the seeds (Garinim) we planted last summer. Without a doubt, we can proclaim the first summer of Garinim a huge success. Nearly 30 campers (all new, of course) were up for the challenge of setting precedent and creating Camp Chi history. Last summer, we had our first Garinim ruach award winner, the first Garinim plaques were made, the first bonds of camp friendships were formed and so much more. A lot of credit should be given to the counselors, specialists, and all the staff that helped to create a different experience for these campers. Due to their hard work, over 80% of last year’s Garinim campers are already signed up for this summer. Many are moving onto a longer session, ready to tackle another adventure and continue growing at Camp Chi.
Now we look at how to plant another batch of Garinim. Just like at camp, where we plant new trees each year, while caring for and tending to the trees that have been there for years, we are excited to see how Garinim can grow and develop in year two. We are thrilled to announce that this year’s Garinim registration as of January has already surpassed where last year’s ended. With less than 10 spots left, we would encourage any families interested in Garinim to register today.
In addition to Garinim, which is for rising 3rd graders, we are excited to share exciting news on the Try Chi front. Starting this summer, Try Chi will be open to campers starting in 2nd grade. This allows campers who may want to have that two-week experience as 3rd graders a chance to sample overnight camp and get a taste of the Camp Chi Magic. Registration is open and we already have almost a full cabin of 2nd grade boys and girls for Try Chi 2019. We are excited to welcome these youngsters to the Camp Chi family and help shape their camp experience for years to come.
As with seeds, cultivating a love of camp in campers this young takes a different level of care. The needs of a seven or eight-year-old is different from a ten, eleven, or fourteen-year old. We work hard to identify the best staff for this age group and provide age-specific training for them and support them throughout the summer. These staff members are the caretakers of these young saplings, who will hopefully help these campers find the same love for Camp Chi they have. So whether you are interested in Try Chi or Garinim, don’t delay- register today.