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Is the Mystery of Ga-Ga, Everyone’s Favorite Summer Camp Game, Finally Solved?

A quest to find the inventor of the iconic game leads to an unlikely founding father: a nice zaydeh from Maryland.

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My Own Private Tisha B’Av: The Summer Camp

To a young boy grappling with his sexuality, a fire portends the struggles to come

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Jewish Summer Camp Flies Palestinian Flag, Teaches Kids Bad Lesson in Politics

Empty, symbolic gestures is how you do bad performance art; it’s not how you educate children.

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Letters From Summer Camp

Canoes, Canoodling, Color Wars: Write us and share your best summer stories

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A Prayer in the Forest

Getting lost at summer camp made me rethink what psalms mean to me

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A Nostalgic Visit to Philadelphia’s American Jewish History Museum

I experienced a poignant, personal moment when one exhibit made mention of my New Jersey summer camp

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Summer Camp Promotes IDF-Style Training Program for Youth

New York’s Camp Mesorah has published a video depicting its ‘IDF Training Paintball’ program that glorifies war—and tells campers to ‘enlist now’

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The Ga-Ga Saga

The game is a staple of Jewish summer camps. But where did it come from?

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How Jewish Camps Welcome LGBTQ Kids—and How They Don’t

Times are changing. Are our sleepaway camps changing with them?

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God of the Poconos

Finding religion at sleepaway camp

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Walden, Revisited

For a century, it’s been a camp for (mostly) Jewish girls—but not a Jewish camp

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The Power of Summer Camp

A week-long retreat in the Poconos offers a fun and immersive experience for children with developmental and social learning disorders—and their parents and siblings

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An Ode to the Israeli Summer Camp Sexpot

The character of Yaron, played by David Wain in the Wet Hot American Summer Netflix series, is spot-on

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Wet Hot American Jewish Summer Camp

Unlike a lot of classic teen comedies, the original ‘Wet Hot’ and its new Netflix revival series do not wash out the Jews. Is this a good sign or bad?

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How Summer Camps Should—and Shouldn’t—Observe Tisha B’Av

Stop setting things on fire and traumatizing campers. There are better and more meaningful ways to mark the holiday.

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Struggling to Finance My Children’s Jewish Education

As a single mother of four, I’m tiring of elitist parents who desire shorter school days and complain about the rising costs of sleepaway camp

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Sending My Kids to Jewish Sleepaway Camp Is the Best Investment I’ve Ever Made

A new report details the factors that impact success in young adults

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Summer Camp Turned Me From an Awkward Girl Into a Confident Young Woman

As a kid, I didn’t feel comfortable in my body. But at camp, I finally lost my inhibitions—thanks to a group of Israeli dancers.

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Transparent’s Jill Soloway Creating MTV Show

About two women who met—and were struck by lighting—at summer camp

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The Zionist Dream in the Poconos

An excerpt from the new memoir ‘Why Not Say What Happened’ conjures lost summer worlds

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The Letter From Camp Lives On

Even in the age of email, the genre of ‘Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah’ endures

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From Sports Camp to Talmud Sleepaway Camp

Kutsher’s Sports Academy’s former Catskills location now Hasidic boys’ camp

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Camp Offers Sick Jewish Children—and Their Families—a Vacation From Illness

For two weeks at Camp Simcha every summer, campers aren’t kids with cancer or kids with cerebral palsy. They’re just kids.

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How the Pledge of Allegiance Helped Me Love ‘Hatikvah’

The nationalist anthem my kids sing at camp makes me uneasy. But I grew up reciting a jingoistic pledge, and I turned out OK.

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Camp Puts Jewish Values to the Test—That’s Why Camp Friendships Endure

While kids play ball, swap clothes, and steal their first kisses, they also learn about community, identity, and being a mensch

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For $1,000, A Pro Will Pack Your Kids for Camp

This year’s over-the-top summer camp trend involves professional organizers

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Find Out Which Jewish Summer Camp These Celebrities Attended

There’s a website for that

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Finally, a Jewish Science Summer Camp

URJ’s 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy has robotics, video game design, and more

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Polish Yeshiva Becomes Hotel; Syria’s Horror

Plus a church’s stolen bible returned 40 years later, and more in the news

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Letters to Summer Camp—From the Parents of Very Special Campers

What adults whose kids have purported psychic powers, from soulful Crystal Children to fiery Indigo Children, might say

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