Author: Brent Osborne

Staff Spotlight: Sam Cogen

Posted by February 26, 2018 • Share:

Eager and ready to enhance our minds, bodies, and souls this summer, we are thrilled to be welcoming Sam Cogen to our team as our Athletic Trainer AND Songleader!

Sam comes to JCC Maccabi Sports Camp from URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute, where he served as a Songleader for the last four summers. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Sam graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s in Athletic Training where he interned for the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins of the AHL. Sam has experience working clinically for performing arts organizations, club sports teams, Division 1 football teams, and two high schools. Sam be attending Indiana University this fall as a member of their post-professional athletic training program to obtain his master’s degree.

We are thrilled to have Sam join us at JMSC!


We’re Bringing Back the Love Letter

Posted by February 13, 2018 • Share:

Though deeply rooted in Christian tradition, Valentine’s Day has morphed into a true Hallmark Holiday. What’s left of this universal celebration is something that people of all faiths may in good conscience observe: A day to acknowledge the power of love and human connection.

When your camper begins their journey at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp, you embark upon one of the greatest adventures of being a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, cousin, or friend.  The adventure?  Writing letters to camp, of course!

In an age of 140-character micro-thoughts on Twitter and an era of shrt txt msgs to ur kids, it’s so easy to forget the nostalgia of a handwritten letter. When our campers receive packages and e-mails during rest hour, it gives them that warm, fuzzy feeling of comfort. The letters they receive provide the latest news, encouragement, humor and so much more. But most importantly, the letters you send to camp remind them you care. And while you may not always get a response, we promise your letters make them feel great!

So today, we encourage you to bring back the love letter. Breakout your ballpoint pen and print out our Valentines Day Camp Postcard below to tell your kid just how much you love them!

Click here to download our printable camp postcard!

Virtual Parlor Meetings

Posted by February 1, 2018 • Share:

We know that parents are busy! That’s why in-between car pools, making dinner, and everything else on your plate, we’re inviting you to meet us from the comfort of your own home! During our virtual parlor meetings, you’ll get a chance to meet our Camp Director and learn about our spectacular Jewish overnight sports camp.

Simply log-on to our video conference call and learn about what makes us unique. We’ll talk about our individualized coaching, our top-rated facilities, our fun and engaging programs, and will then help prepare you and your child for the summer of a lifetime Plus, if you have questions, we’ve got answers.

Join the fun!

Thursday, Feb 8 @ 2pm PST

Monday Feb 12 @8pm PST

Sunday Feb 25 @11am PST

RSVP by clicking here.

Once you RSVP, we will email you the log-in information to connect with us!

The Content of their Character: Honoring MLK

Posted by January 14, 2018 • Share:

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking. (Photo by Julian Wasser//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

55 years ago, in a time marked with civil unrest, hatred, and violence, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., in front of 250,000 people, and passionately declared: I have a dream.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” –MLK, JR.

MLK introduced what was then a revolutionary concept — accepting individuals based on who they are on the inside, not by their external appearances. Dr. King’s dream has not yet been fully realized and there is still much work to do. But here at camp, we live Dr. King’s dream every day.

Tikkun Midot, strong character, is one of our core values. It is our mission to help each camper fully understand the value of ethical behavior and how their choices, actions, and words can impact others. Dr. King had a dream for the future and our campers have the opportunity to make it a reality.

As we honor the legacy of Dr. King, we encourage you to post a picture of your child in their favorite JCC Maccabi Sports Camp T-shirt on social media. Be sure to tag us in the post and use the hashtags #StronginCharacter and #WeAreJCCMaccabi.

Together, as a community, we can showcase how strong in character we truly are and promise to value all people for their worth.

#StrongInCharacter   #WeAreJCCMaccabi


Hope and Risk: Reflections on Hanukkah

Posted by December 19, 2017 • Share:

Albert Einstein once said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

As the story of Hanukkah goes, the Jews only had enough sacred oil to last for one day. Yet miraculously, the oil burnt for eight. Rabbi David Hartman proclaims that the miracle of Hanukkah isn’t that the oil lasted for eight days, but rather that our ancestors lit the first candle at all.

The Jews were not certain that the light would shine long enough to complete the rededication of the Temple, but they took the chance. Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of human courage and empowers us to take risks for the future.

At camp, we guide our kids to take healthy risks, even if it may result in failure. Whether it’s attempting a challenging new skill on the field, performing in the talent show, or actually going to camp for the first time, our campers learn that every risk comes with the reward of a vital learning experience.

So as the days grow shorter and the air chills, the celebration of Hanukkah reminds us to rededicate ourselves and rekindle the flame of hope.

From our family to yours, Happy Hanukkah!

The JCC Maccabi Sports Camp Team