Written by Moshe G.
The past two summers I’ve been a counselor in an overnight camp.
Around two months ago, being a devoted counselor, I made phone calls to all my campers from the past 2 years to ask them if they are coming back to camp for a 3rd year. To my surprise, two of my campers told me “NO, this year I will be in Crown Heights for the summer!”
when I asked them why the reply was my parents can’t afford it! I was totally lost for words, here I am on the phone with a 12-year-old telling me his parent’s financial problems. after around 30 seconds of Silence on the phone, I said, oh I understand I’ll see if I can speak to the directors to get a discount, goodbye.
Right after that phone call I passed on the message to the Head counselor to speak to the director to see if they can get any discounts and sure enough those two campers are enrolled for both months this summer. Thank you director and the other sponsors.
But they’re not the only ones I have a few more campers and I know of a few more campers in other camps which are going only for one month due to the price.
I have another camper which came last summer for his first time to a Lubavitcher camp. His family is now coming closer to Lubavitch but is not Lubavitch yet. he is not coming to Camp as of now due to financial issues! And I’m sure he’s not the only one! What is a thirteen-year-old meant to be doing in Crown Heights the whole summer?! knowing that all his friends are right now in Camp having fun!
It doesn’t make a difference which camp, it’s a general problem that the camp tuition is outrageous! I know there are a lot of funds and discounts from third parties and from the camp itself but it’s still nowhere near affordable for a lot of Crown Heights families never mind shluchim.
I know a shliach in Europe that his kids just finished online school for the year, now they will be home with absolutely nothing to do for the next two and a half months!
Pls donate generously and I will give out the money to however many people possible according to how much we fundraise. Thank you very much!
I will not write my name so I won’t embarrass any of my campers or family.
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