Give us your camp stories

Your spouse/friends/children/colleagues may be sick of hearing about your antics at Jewish overnight camp.

But we at JTA are not. We’re compiling amusing camp anecdotes for an upcoming special package on Jewish camping. And to jog your memory a little, here’s some ideas. Answer as many or as few as you’d like. Or briefly describe another camp memory.


To contribute, email [email protected] a few detailed, complete sentences in response. Include your name, the name of the camp and the approximate time said anecdote took place. If you have any good photos, e-mail those as well. DEADLINE: Monday, Feb. 10 by 9:30 a.m.

-Craziest/most interesting thing you’ve had to confiscate or had confiscated

-Craziest/most unusual request you’ve gotten from a parent (if you were a counselor/director)

-Strangest thing sent/received in a care package

-An unusual/surprising way you recruited or were recruited as a counselor/staff person or camper

-Most amusing/interesting crisis you weathered at camp

-Best surprise-color-war breakout/introduction

-Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you while at camp

-Best prank a camper ever pulled

-Best excuse a camper gave you (or you gave a counselor) for breaking a rule

-Wackiest program you’ve ever run/participated in

-Biggest summer transformation you witnessed by a counselor or camper

-Best cure for homesickness

-Most surprisingly tasty camp food — something that either sounds disgusting or looks disgusting but is actually delicious.

Julie Wiener Julie Wiener is a features writer for JTA. Previously, she was the associate editor of The New York Jewish Week, where she wrote about education, food and assorted other topics along with intermarriage.