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Camp Maas Newsletter: Shabbat

Dear Families of Camp Maas,

Emotional.  Camp is very emotional.

And, especially at camp, time flies — and emotions soar. Within the blink of an eye, our Mini C session has ended.  In the midst of so many smiles, mixed with tears, our campers returned home from home — with greater independence, enhanced confidence, a bit taller … and absolutely smellier.  In 10 days, lives can positively change, which, actually, is the beauty of a summer.  And it’s emotional.

Later, back at camp, around our Ortonville flag, as the sun began to set, and Shabbat gradually settled onto our grounds, we gathered. And, while we missed the 97 campers that left today, we circled around those that are here.

And, again, emotions rose.  Together, we slowed activities, swayed, heard a sermon, listened to music, enjoyed a traditional Shabbat dinner, and, afterward … danced.  And sang.  And cheered.  And celebrated camp, home, family, and togetherness.

Which, really, represents the spirit of Shabbat.

Shabbat Shalom — with best wishes for continued peace, health, and happiness from “The Greatest Place On Earth.”

Lee Trepeck
Director, Camp Maas