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Summer Kick-Off

By: Lee Trepeck, Chief Executive Officer

June 24, 2022

Throughout this previous week, our playgrounds have filled – and, finally, with boundless energy for the journeys ahead, Tamarack Camps has opened for the summer of ’22!

Finally, since 2019, the full breadth of our programming options are in motion: Bubbie Zaydie, the Sue & Alan Kaufman & Family Teen Mission to Israel (TM22), the Alaska and Western Trips, Charles N. Agree Outpost Camp, Camp Kennedy, and Camp Maas! Within each mile of travel, every stop along the way, and every step together, we remain motivated to provide positive experiences, lifelong memories, and, of course … THE. BEST. SUMMER. EVER!

Before kick-off, Carly Weinstock (Camp Director), discovered a beautiful song: “Colorful,” inspirationally sung by Jukebox The Ghost. In the spirit of tradition – establishing a song of the summer – this became a sweet selection to represent our agency. Throughout its anathematic beat, the lyrics highlight important cornerstones of our philosophy: inclusivity, connectivity, and the joy of youth – all wrapped within a welcoming home (15 countries represented at Maas).

Then, we had a dream: let’s bring the band to camp! However, to make it happen, we needed support – and, through the generosity of the Benard L. Maas Foundation, our call was answered! So, through careful coordination and Hollywood-style navigation, we created a concert: Ariel, Zoey, and Eli (who have performed here since 2009) opened, and Jukebox the Ghost closed. No one wanted it to end. Without question, on our stage, inside the William Davidson Foundation Amphitheater (aka “The NOA”), our entertainers engaged the souls of our community. And way beyond “Colorful” (sung three times, which was a record for their concerts!), a memorable evening unfolded: energetic tunes, autographs, dancing, singing, and interaction. Collectively, we raised our individual voices and it felt like Pine Knob in Ortonville … the concert of the summer!

Now, as the season continues, let’s remain linked to every program – with good health, deep enthusiasm, and genuine kindness. And here’s my Shabbat wish: through the summer light, let that combination shine in beautiful color.