Camper Years/Staff Years: Camper: 1992 – 2005 Staff: Agree (’07, ’08) ; Western Trip (’09, ’10) ; Alaska (’11) (Interesting side note, my siblings and I are 4th generation Tamarackers!)
City: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Coordinator at ESA, a Talent Agency (mostly getting directors and actors onto TV shows) ; Member of a sketch comedy group, “Practical Folks”
Favorite camp activity: Backcountry hiking trips. Specifically, camp fires after a long day of hiking.
Favorite camp food: Old-school Shabbat dinner (chicken, potato k’nishes, chicken soup, egg noodles and apple fritter things for dessert)
Favorite camp song: At Agree, “Outdoor Type” by The Lemonheads. Or, if we’re going with Mass songs, the DeRoy cheer.
Favorite staff person: Beth Sonne and a close second is Joel Kirsch, my DeRoy counselor.
Hiking or canoeing: Hiking. Every time.
Favorite camp tradition: Community meetings at the end of each day on travel trips. It’s a great way to share all of the wonderful things we did that day and appreciate where we are, what we’re doing, and of course, each other.
Best camp memory: As a counselor on the Alaska Trip in 2011, the all-male hiking trip on Pinnell decided, as a group, to hike non-stop until we reached the end, making us the first trip (that I know of) that did the entire 3 day, 27 mile trek in a single day. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so accomplished or so much camaraderie.
Best Post Camp Tamarack Experience: Climbing to the top of Mount Washington, the tallest peak on the East Coast, with my brother Danny in May 2012. That sense of accomplishment and camaraderie is something that can be hard to find outside of camp settings, but that definitely did it for me.
Camper Years/Staff Years: Camper 1996 and 1997, Staff 2002
City: San Francisco, CA
Occupation: Senior Program Officer at the Koret Foundation
Favorite camp activity: High Ropes
Favorite camp food: S’mores
Favorite camp song: the Miriam song
Favorite staff person: All my Specialty 2002 co-staff
Favorite village: Specialty!
Hiking or canoeing: Hiking, especially in the Bay Area!
Favorite camp tradition: Standing on chairs and yelling village cheers in the chadar ochel
Best camp memory: “Friday or Havdallah night song sessions to end the week where my siblings (Brett and Lindsay) and I would find each other to dance…this still happens today.
Most Valuable Attribute You Learned About Yourself From Camp: Generally speaking, camp taught me the importance of having fun, exploring, trying new things and getting out of my comfort zone. Camp was also the first time that I had a lot of Jewish friends and I realized how important it is to be a part of a strong Jewish community.