By COLlive staff
Every year, during the summer months, the little town of Vaughan which sits on top of Thornhill, Ontario starts bursting with activity.
At the Chabad headquarters, known simply as Chabad Gate, bright yellow school busses pull up, discharging 700 happy campers ready to start another exciting day at Lubavitch Day Camp.
During the day, campers are infused with doses of yiddishkeit, administered to them throughout the day in every way possible.
The campers, from age 3 to Bar and Bat mitzvah, enjoy an action-packed fun-filled day every day. From lineup in the morning, reciting the pesukim, davening and singing. Learning classes, where the theme of that week (shabbos, ahavas yisroel, kosher, moshiach etc.) is broken down for their particular age and brought out in very practical ways. Arts and crafts, karate, swimming, sports, and hot lunches served every day.
Servicing Toronto’s Jewish community for over 30 years, the camp has had the merit to see the fruits of its labor. For many of the campers, their only connection to Judaism is the summer months spent in camp. These campers grow up, keeping shabbos and kosher, remembering their roots which were instilled in them so many years ago.
This camp and the powerful rippling effects it has, is powered by a group of devoted, hardworking staff who make it their business to give the kids the best Jewish experience of their lives.
Most groups of staff end up staying a second year, sometimes a third. On top of all this, in charge of both the boys and girls divisions, is Mrs. Esti Steinmetz who keeps all aspects of the camp running smoothly at all times.
Directing the Tiny Tots division this year was Tova Hochman. The preschool division was headed by Dina Rosenzweig and Shelley Frisch-Israel. Nechama Parshan, Gila Harrouch and Chana Rochel Shaeffer were the Head Counselors of the girls division.
Running the boys division were Head Counselors Mendel Deitsch and Mendy Posner.
Lubavitch Day Camp described itself a home away from home for campers and staff alike.