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A New Season – A Fresh of Breath Air

This is a month of progression. On March 14th, daylight savings time began – and, as the hands on a clock moved forward, we took a step closer to a new time. We literally jumped ahead, and, on that day (“Super Sunday,” detailed below by our President, Geoff Kretchmer), figuratively entered a new period. Then, … Read more

Super Sunday

The Masters Golf Tournament, played in Augusta, Georgia, has been around for 87 years. For the last 31 years, Jim Nantz has been the lead broadcaster. For golf fans, we are familiar with his famous phrase “a tradition unlike any other.” This can also be used to describe the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s “Super Sunday,” … Read more

Teen Programs Camper Care Team

We are thrilled to welcome back Gail Chynoweth (Director of Health) and Stacey Lusky (Social Worker) to the Teen Programs Camper Care Team! Gail has been part of the Tamarack Camps family for many years. You can find her around the community as the School Nurse at Hillel Day School. Stacey continues as the lead … Read more

Camp Maas Senior Leadership Team

We are excited to announce that our Camp Maas Senior Leadership Team has been finalized! The Senior Leadership team is comprised of our directors, teachers, social workers, Jewish educators, and the entire Camper Care Team. These individuals oversee the day-to-day operations of camp during the summer and some during the off season. Most have spent … Read more

Introducing our new Chief Advancement Officer!

As your new Chief Advancement Officer, I am inspired daily by the generosity, spirit, and warmth of the Tamarack Camps community. Thank you for welcoming me with open arms: it is truly an honor to have this opportunity to work alongside such amazing team members, board leaders, committee volunteers, alumni, families, and donors. Your dedication … Read more

JCC Day Camps powered by Tamarack

This summer at JCC Day Camps, powered by Tamarack, we are so excited for another incredible summer.  At JCC Day Camps there is a variety of programming for children in kindergarten – ninth grade. We are located on over 250 beautiful, wooded acres at the JCC of Metro Detroit in West Bloomfield. Camp families feel … Read more

Helayne Shaw: A Tamarack Legend

The Alumni Spotlight gives us the opportunity to catch up with a Tamarack alum, hear about where they are now, and learn how Tamarack Camps has shaped them. Helayne Shaw is a Tamarack legend and we are thrilled to be honoring her many incredible years with Tamarack Camps at the Send a Kid to Tamarack annual event on … Read more

Original K’Far Ivri Campers Hold Zoom Reunion

Camp Tamarack/Ortonville’s Hebrew immersion village, K’far Ivri, lasted only around twenty years, but original campers there – the “Kfarniks” – feel a lasting  connection to it and to each other.  Of the fifty-some campers and staff from the summers of 1964, 1965 (and a few from 1966), thirty-five participated in one way or another in … Read more

Welcome Home

For nearly 120 years, Tamarack Camps has been a beacon of light – an inclusive home with a critical mission and awesome playground that appeals to families, attracts campers, encourages board participants, and motivates staff members. I have enjoyed the honor of working here for over 12 years – and, as I write this note, … Read more

President’s Podium

Since August 4th, I have served as the President of the Board of Directors at Tamarack Camps. I’m happy to lead our group with a lot of supporters that also believe in the value of Jewish camping. My goal is to connect people and organizations to us, create partnerships, and enable new relationships to grow. … Read more