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“Next Summer“ is Here!

We are not even a week into the fall season, but I can still hear our campers’ voices from the conclusion of Summer 2023 echoing in my mind. Amidst the sounds of idling green buses and cheering parents, there is a common theme: “I can’t wait for next summer!” Well, it’s official: “Next summer” is here! We … Read more

Building Relationships, One Alum at a Time

We are thrilled to share the addition of Helayne Shaw to our stellar advancement team! Helayne, now in a full-time position with Tamarack Camps, will continue in her leadership roles with new campers and family camp and will also lead our robust alumni engagement. Recognized as Tamarack’s Distinguished Alum in 2021, Helayne brings unmatched passion for … Read more

Passion and Partnership

At Tamarack Camps, we are so fortunate to have the most dedicated and thoughtful board members and community leaders. A star among stars is Elizabeth Sollish, and I am so excited to officially introduce her as our newest Vice President of Advancement.  As our President, Michael Cooper reflected in his article, everyone – including our board … Read more


It’s almost time to apply for the BEST. SUMMER. EVER! But first, we must get through another winter’s cough and cold season. Let’s stay as healthy as possible while we dream of another summer at “The Greatest Place On Earth!”!  ​Your child has a stuffy nose, cough, and fever. Is it the FLU? COVID? Or … Read more

Our Collective Strength

As summer fades, and fall beckons, I am reflecting on so many of the high points from the previous months. Amongst countless magical moments, I appreciate that each below instance was set in motion by the commitment of our year-round team and board members, and was moved forward with a collective force of strength — through campers, families, supporters, alumni, … Read more

2023 Annual Meeting

Less than a week following the conclusion of Tamarack Camps’ 121st summer, our community gathered once again in the “fresh air” at Springdale Park for the 2023 Annual Meeting. The evening began with outgoing board member, Rabbi Harold Loss, delivering the D’var Torah, followed by greetings from Howard Neistein, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s Chief … Read more

Summer Leaders, Lasting Impressions

As we reflect on our 121st  summer, I can’t help but look back in awe of our amazing staff, who made camp and so many special moments possible. This summer, 350 staff came together from 17 different countries – many of whom were meeting each other for the first time. I had a front-row seat to … Read more

A Powerful Reunion

I am so grateful I had the opportunity to spend Shabbat up at camp last weekend. Enjoying Kabbalat Shabbat with more than 80 alumni, spanning over 60 years at Tamarack Camps, was a really powerful experience. While we all have different memories at camp, we were unified by our love of place, community, and tradition. The evening … Read more

Moving the Needle

When I joined Tamarack’s board seven years ago, I was immediately drawn to advancement (advancing the agency and its mission through fundraising and messaging). As I wrap on my last four years as your Development Chair and Vice President of Advancement, I want you to know that I am so honored to have had this … Read more

Raising a leader: What truly defines a leader?

I am proud to be a part of Tamarack Camps agency leadership and feel strongly that our campers are gaining necessary skills to be fantastic future leaders of our community.  Many successful leaders attribute their leadership skills to positive childhood experiences. From watching a camp counselor guide a successful hiking trip or a coach motivating … Read more