What’s Old Is New in 2022
Although our eyes are on the future, ready to start the next century of Camp Chi, it’s sometimes fun to reflect on the past. Any time we talk to staff or alumni, we love hearing everyone’s memories of what they consider the “good ol’ days”. Whether that’s 1976 or 2016, it’s great to hear about the state of Camp Chi through the years.
After having much of Camp Chi be modified for Summer 2021, we took a good hard look at the past to determine what we want the future to look like. After some great reflection, we came of up with a list of things from the past we missed in Summer 2021, and are excited to bring back for Summer 2022. Here are just a few of the ways what’s old is new at Camp Chi:
On a normal summer in the past, we would hire tons of staff members from abroad. In Summer 2021, that wasn’t exactly possible. And although we did have a handful of incredible international staff last summer, we’re upping that number. Like, a lot.
We back up to our numbers from the past and have over 130 international staff members joining us for Summer 2022. While last year we only had a handful of countries, we have staff from more than 15 countries represented this year. We can’t wait for the blending of cultures and peoples that we were used to in the past. Meeting people from all walks of life is one of the most beautiful parts of Camp Chi, and we can’t wait for our campers and staff to meet everyone this summer!
Shabbat & Havdalah in the Amphitheater
For Summer 2021, Shabbat & Havdalah Services were moved to the Athletic Field and Tennis Courts. It was still great to have all of camp together for these moments, but it wasn’t quite the same as being together in the Amphitheater. The mood and energy of having hundreds of friends in the Amphitheater singing together is hard to pinpoint, and can really only be described as “Camp Chi Magic”. We’re beyond excited to have that magic back this summer.
Meals in the Dining Hall
Last summer, all of our meals were eaten outside in the Picnic Grove. It was lovely to be out of doors, eating in the fresh air, surrounded by trees. But sometimes we also missed the energy of eating in the Dining Hall, music playing, looking up at all the old SIT Plaques.
This summer, eating in the Dining Hall is back, but eating in the Picnic Grove is also here to stay. We’re going to be doing a hybrid of indoor/outdoor eating, meaning everyone is going to get the best of both worlds!
There were many things that people missed last summer, but if there was one thing it seemed the Camp Chi Family missed the most, it was Horseback Riding. The collective sigh from the community was heard across the country, and reverberated well past the summer.
Sigh no more, Camp Chi Family, Horseback Riding is back! Once again, our stables and fields will be packed with horses of all sizes and colors, ready to give our campers and staff an unforgettable experience! Whether you’re an expert or have never mounted a horse before, Horseback Riding will be the perfect place for you this summer!