The room was too small for the 20 bochurim who will be working this summer as of headstaff for Chabad-run Gan Israel camps.
They came Wednesday night to the Tzivos Hashem Resource Center on Kingston and President to hear a talk on Tricks and Tips of Camp Management by R’ Michoel Harari and share a few tips of their own.
Harari, who has been running Camp Youth Outdoor Adventures for the past eight years, and is a full time educator at Lubavitcher Yeshiva (Ocean Parkway), had some novel and not-so-novel recommendations for the coming summer’s leaders and educators.
Here is a sampling of Michoel Harari’s suggestions:
• “Work with a Mission: BEGIN with the END in mind.”
•”Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you.”
•“Evaluate yourself and your performance before anyone else does.”
•“Don’t be too proud to ask the Camp Director for advice.”
•“Don’t bite off more then you can chew, you can do everything, BUT not at once.”
•“Your priority should be to make self-motivated leaders out of the campers, not only guide them to do good things.”
•“Make camp your dream, and live it…”
The participants included veteran as well as first year Directors, Head Counselors, and Learning Directors, some of whom will also be planning the annual Staffweek at Campschool in Crown Heights the week prior to camp.
“These bochurim and yungerlite are very special,” said Michoel Albukerk, the coordinator of Staffweek. “When they organize the Staffweek program, they are going the extra mile to train themselves and equip their staff with the tools and the vision to build top notch Chassidim from our children at CGI’s all over the world. And every participant of Staffweek will make sure that all their camps will be ‘The Rebbe’s Camp’.”
If you would like to hear this session, and you are Head Staff who missed the event, you can send an email verifying your position (name, camp, location, director’s name and phone) to [email protected] and you will receive instructions how to view it online as soon as it is uploaded.
STAFFWEEK, now in its tenth year, is conducted by Tzivos Hashem Resource Center and Crafts Workshops.
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