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I’m interested in the Avodah program and want to be a Unit Counselor in July. Which age groups will I be able to work with?

ACA standards require that staff members be at least two years older than their campers. Therefore, Avodah participants will not be hired to work with any units older than Tsofim (campers completing 8th grade). 

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What is the value in Avodah’s full month of training?

The month-long training program in June will give you a chance to develop a full understanding of the importance and responsibilities of staff at camp and will also allow time to transition from a camper mindset to that of a staff member. It also gives us time to determine the best role for you on staff. You will learn […]

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Why not just hire SIT-age campers for staff from the beginning of the summer?

We recognize the importance of training and mentoring. Having a core of experienced staff members who can mentor incoming staff allows new staff members to receive one-on-one support and allows older staff to cement their skills through mentoring. Additionally, the 2019 revision of the American Camp Association (ACA) Standards requires that at least 80% of our staff members be 18 years old or […]

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How will campers who previously attended different sessions be integrated together in the Avodah program?

Before arriving at camp, all Avodah participants will take part in virtual orientation sessions to get to know each other. Trainings will include icebreaker activities and intentional groupings that will help participants from different camper sessions break down barriers and learn to work as a team. After all, we’re all Barney folk! One of the best parts of being on staff […]

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I want to participate in the one-month Mechina program. Will I get to see and spend time with my friends who are in the Avodah program?

In addition to being able to spend your down time with your friends who are in Avodah, we will also have several organized opportunities each session for you to spend time with each other. In some cases, these will be joint training sessions. In other cases, they’ll be purely recreational opportunities. 

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I’m interested in Avodah, but I can’t arrive on time. How late can I arrive and still participate?

We understand that you may have other things you want to do, but we’re asking folks to commit to the entire two-month experience. If that’s not for you, we invite you to consider Mechina.  If you are unable to arrive on time due to school commitments, we can accommodate participants who can arrive by June 10 for Avodah, provided you participate in all virtual events before your arrival at camp. 

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