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Summer Better than Others

Best Internship Ever – at Summer Camp!

By Lior Shemesh of Danvers

This past summer, a group of Jewish teens volunteered for two (or more) weeks in an unbelievable leadership program and work experience internship at Camp Simchah On The Hill and Kinder Camp as part of The Jewish Teen Internship (JTI) program.

We rotated our schedules to have the chance to work with all different aged kids in a variety of dif- difin – dif ferent activities. The specialty camps were art, tennis and krav maga, which were followed by the volunteers taking charge of the entire camp to run programs and games for the kids on our own.

I learned so much about being a leader from this program, not only in the Jewish community, but anywhere I go. Each week, we took part in a service learning program that was sponsored by the North Shore Teen Initiative. During my first week, we went to lynn Woods l and spent two hours helping to clear an area which was to be later used for a children’s festival. We picked up trash and shattered glass and de-weeded areas of the park. While this might sound like a mundane task, the fact that I was doing it with 10 of my friends not only made the afternoon go faster, but also made it enjoyable.

One of my favorite memories from the summer was during Shabbat, when all of Kinder camp came together to sing songs, dance and perform the mitzvah of giving tzedakah. It was inspiring to watch kids under the age of six show selft – he self lessness by giving money to charity. By the end of the summer, the Kinder camp alone had raised over $50 which was donated to the food pantry. I guess it goes to show that even though we were there to help teach the kids, they were the ones who inspired us, because after that point, we gave tzedakah too.

I would re-live the summer again in a minute, because it was so much fun meeting new people, working at a camp and helping the kids and the community.

bullet point  Lior was a JTI 2010 participant.