This weekend, we will welcome 30 alumni back home to Jordan Road, the first alumni event at camp in many years. At Camp Kalsman the way we say hello when someone arrives to camp is “Welcome Home!” That’s because at camp we are encouraged and given space to be the best, most authentic version of ourselves; at camp there is a feeling of safety, belonging and acceptance that just feels like home. In this blog post, Jessica Gliner, our Art Supervisor this summer, shares her story of coming home again:
Coming home, again
by Jessica Gliner, Art Supervisor
Camp Kalsman has always been my home away from home. Every summer I knew that I was going to camp and it was going to be amazing! I was a camper for 7 years, then a CIT, then a counselor 3 (plus 1 summer online in 2020), and now I am the Art Supervisor. I had always prided myself on the fact that the only summer I didn’t go to camp (when camp happened) was to go on a NFTY in Israel trip when I was in high school. This was true until last summer when, instead of working at camp, I decided to pursue a master’s degree in education.
While I was away I missed camp so much. I didn’t realize how hard it would be so when the staff application opened in the fall, I knew right away that I was going to apply to come back! Sure enough, my Kalsman community welcomed me back with open arms and it felt like I had never been gone. Even though things had changed during the summer that I was gone, I didn’t understand some of the jokes and there were new songs I had to learn, it didn’t matter because I was back home where I feel most comfortable.
For anyone who has been away, whether it has been 1 year or 10, the Kalsman community will always be here to welcome you home. This is what makes Camp Kalsman so special!