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TEEN TOPICS | JULY 24, 2014

JCC Summer Camp I
by Deborah Levin

I chose to spend my summer working at JCC summer camp because I wanted to stay involved in the Jewish community and I love working with kids. By working at JCC summer camp, I got to create bonds with the campers as well as all of the other counselors while having fun with the different camps and earning money that I can save for college and future necessities.
For the first week, I was a counselor with camp Keff group Modi’in. The rest of the summer I have been with different specialty camps like cooking camp and superhero Lego camp as well as working stay n play a couple times.
It is a very enriching experience.
JCC Summer Camp II
by Dylan Rosenberg

When I was younger, I attended Camp JCC. My experience as a camper was fun, active and life changing. That experience made me look up to the counselors; therefore I became a CIT (Counselor in Training).
As a CIT, I worked with two counselors and got an understanding of the responsibilities of a counselor and what the job is about. The counselors were so much fun to work with and being with kids all summer long made my summer so much better.
After those two years, I became a real counselor. I was responsible for my campers and their wellbeing. This is now my fifth summer as a counselor and I thoroughly enjoy coming to camp each morning because of the campers I get to work with every day.
The job has made me grow as a person and take responsibility for everything I do. I always want to come back each summer and be a counselor all over again.

International Leaders Training Conference
by Jessie Hymes

This summer I spent an incredible 18 days at B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp in Lake Como, PA. This BBYO summer program is called ILTC (International Leadership Training Conference).
Throughout these 18 days I learned new leadership skills and tools to help shape BBYO near me. Not only did it help me learn new strategies for recruitment, programming ideas, and calendaring, it was also a place where I made lifelong friendships.
During ILTC we had maccabiah, athletics, Israeli dancing, song sessions, mural making and so much more to create the memories and friendships that will most definitely last a lifetime.

Chapter Leaders Training Conference
by Alex Koby

CLTC (Chapter Leadership Training Conference) is a 12- day program that teaches you how to lead a BBYO chapter effectively. At CLTC, I met so many awesome Jewish teens living in California, New York, and everywhere in between.
We were split into mock chapters where we would have daily lessons on how to incorporate the five folds of AZA into a fun, purposeful program. These lessons were led by young adults who were formerly in BBYO, and knew everything about it. We even got to run our own programs for the other 100+ people at CLTC to enjoy.
Although I was not on my mock chapter’s board, I learned a lot about what it means to be an active member, and how they are more important than a board. I would definitely recommend to any person in BBYO to go to CLTC as it teaches a lot of great leadership skills, and it’s a blast!

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