Chinuch Comes Alive at Camp Kaylie
(Wurtsboro, New York) -- Sports and chinuch are staples of summer camp, but at Camp Kaylie, Torah learning isn't just another period on the schedule -- it's an activity that every single camper looks forward to every day with enthusiasm. From an array of chinuch shiurim, to mishmar and cocoa club, to a Masmidim program, learning is an exciting and integral part of the packed schedule at Camp Kaylie, as campers are inspired by the myriad of formal and informal learning opportunities.
Campers look forward to their two daily chinuch shiurim, as they cover a tremendous amount of ground in Gemorah, Mishnah, Parsha, Mussar and Halacha, while being inspired by a cadre of experienced and dynamic rebbeim, under the leadership of Rabbi Shalom Rosner. Shiurim are given at different levels to cater to the individual strengths of each camper and maximize their potential. Rabbi Rosner personally teaches an advanced Gemorah shiur for older campers. "Chinuch in camp is one of my favorite activities," said Moshe Carroll (B24). "Rabbi Rosner's shiur is awesome and we get to learn a lot of Gemorah in-depth.â€ť
In addition to chinuch, an array of optional learning activities further complement the learning at Kaylie. The younger divisions in camp enthusiastically run to Cocoa Club every morning after wakeup to learn Pirkei Avot with Rabbi Yossi Ungar, enhanced by inspiring stories. "I love learning in camp," said Aiden Buchbinder (B2). "Cocoa club and chinuch are awesome and Rabbi Ungar tells the best stories." A weekly Thursday night mishmar program for the older campers has proven to be a big hit, as has nightly shiurim for staff. At Camp Kaylie, it isn't uncommon to see a counselor learning with his campers, as the boys are taught the importance of being a Ben Torah at all times during the day.
Additionally, Camp Kaylie's Masmidim program makes a major impact on the environment of the camp. More than 15 young men dedicate their days to studying Masechet Menachot with Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz, while imbuing a tangible spirit of Kedushah and Torah throughout the camp. In addition, the Masmidim lead several exciting learning programs for campers while also enjoying many shiurim from prominent guest rebbeim. â€śThe Masmidim Program is one of the many gems of Camp Kaylie,â€ť said Avi Beer. â€śNot only do we get to learn intensely ourselves, but we also get to transmit the Torah we learn while inspiring the campers.â€ť