A summer at camp brings Jewish experiences to life. But what exactly is a “Jewish experience” anyway? This seminar is about values exploration. Specifically, it focuses on what makes a value Jewish. Over the course of the program we will navigate the differences between “thin” and “thick” values, and explore how through the cultivation of a camp culture and the design of specific programs these values can become a lived camp experience.
What is experiential about experiential education? Turns out, ‘experiential’ is more than just a buzz word. This highly interactive seminar will provide you with frameworks for creating four types of educational experiences: abstract, metaphoric, mediated and concrete. Additionally, the seminar will introduce you to the variables that shape these experiences, the methodologies that bring them to life, and how each plays a different role and yields different outcomes.
How are our campers learning from the experiences we are designing? In this seminar we will step into the shoes of our campers to consider how they are receiving and processing what they are experiencing and learning at camp. More specifically, we will explore how our campers become the protagonists of their own story. We will focus on the processes of memory formation, self-authorship and storytelling, and how these ideas can help shape the totality of the camp experience.
CEC targets camps, not individuals. As such, eligibility requires the participation of both the full-time camp director (or senior professional responsible for vision and design of camp) as well as the full-time person responsible for educational implementation at camp. Participating camps must be in North America.
Eligibility is limited to overnight camps only.
If your camp only has a seasonal educator or only has either a director or Jewish educator who can participate in CEC, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
Thanks to the generosity of the AVI CHAI Foundation, tuition for the Camp Educators Cohort is $1,800 + $180 registration fee per person. The total cost to a camp is $3,960 for both participants.
In addition to participation in the program itself, tuition covers travel within North America (up to $400 per seminar), double occupancy hotel room and meals during seminars and additional seminar-related expenses.
Tuition does not cover transportation to/from airports or baggage fees.