Ep. #80: Like The Time We Sang My Song In Front Of The Entire Camp

Behold, the power of the songleader Mark Young spent his formative summers at Camp Wise in Beachwood, OH, where he learned the power of song and also the value of keeping the camp staff happy. We talk about how he became a songleader, the powerful feeling you get when people sing a song you wrote, … Continue reading Ep. #80: Like The Time We Sang My Song In Front Of The Entire Camp

Ep. #79: Like the Time I Ate 179 Beet Slices For Color War

Lana Schwartz smiling, presumably before the beet-eating battle. Author Lana Schwartz (Build Your Own Romantic Comedy) joins our latest episode to share a bounty of hilarious stories from her time at camp, including reminiscing about calling cards (remember those?), her triumphant color war moment as a champion beet-eater, and a cabin prank involving an insane … Continue reading Ep. #79: Like the Time I Ate 179 Beet Slices For Color War

Ep. #78: Like the Time We Played the Game “Betcha Won’t Lick That”

Pamela Schuller (right) is thinking about what dirty joke to tell next Comedian Pamela Schuller has made her mark on the camping world, traveling around the country performing and helping camps with their inclusivity efforts. But before she did that she was a camper at GUCI in Zionsville, Indiana, where she spent her formative years … Continue reading Ep. #78: Like the Time We Played the Game “Betcha Won’t Lick That”

Ep. #77: Like the Time Our “Spontaneous” Cabin Raids Led to Ice Cream Parties

Ted Deutch (right), rocking the jean cutoffs like a BOSS at Ramah Poconos Before becoming a politician serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for Florida's 22nd District, Ted Deutch was a camper like you and me, spending his summers at Ramah Poconos in Lakewood, PA. In our latest episode Ted joins to talk about … Continue reading Ep. #77: Like the Time Our “Spontaneous” Cabin Raids Led to Ice Cream Parties

Ep. #76: Like The Time I Learned To Sing All The Songs Backwards

Denise Eger (middle), showing off her songleading skills Rabbi Denise Eger has been an agent of change throughout her professional life, blazing trails and being a staunch advocate for civil rights and inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community. Some of what got her started down that path was the time she spent growing up and forming … Continue reading Ep. #76: Like The Time I Learned To Sing All The Songs Backwards

Ep. #75: Like the Time I Called an Evening Program Infantile To Get Out of Going

Sara Beth Berman, ready to run sh*t If you've been watching our game show Jewish Geography Zoom Racing, you've probably become familiar with Sara Beth Berman (aka SBB), whose deep ties to the summer camp community have given her an extensive rolodex of contacts that often get called upon during game play (how effective those … Continue reading Ep. #75: Like the Time I Called an Evening Program Infantile To Get Out of Going

Ep. #74: Like The Time We Were Both More Popular At Home Than At Camp (How???)

Jeffrey Yoskowitz and Liz Alpern are the creative forces behind The Gefilteria and recently produced The Great Big Jewish Food Fest, an amazing virtual food festival that took place - entirely virtually - in May. In our experience, that kind of creativity often has a camp background behind it, and the two of them proved … Continue reading Ep. #74: Like The Time We Were Both More Popular At Home Than At Camp (How???)

Ep. #73: Like the Time We Directed A Documentary About Summer Camp Called Crip Camp

Jim LeBrecht, enjoying life at Camp Jened in the 1970s Jim LeBrecht was having lunch with documentary filmmaker Nicole Newnham one day and happened to mention the summer camp he went to, Camp Jened, in the early 1970s. He thought it was a story worth telling, and Nicole agreed. The result of their work is … Continue reading Ep. #73: Like the Time We Directed A Documentary About Summer Camp Called Crip Camp

Ep. #72: Like the Time Everyone Shut Up Because Something Beautiful Was Happening

We're 72 episodes into Campfires and Color Wars, and we've chatted with many different flavors of camp couples. Couples who met at camp, couples where one went to camp and one didn't, and couples who went to different camps and haven't decided yet where to send their kids. Jamie Beth Cohen and Sam Schindler both … Continue reading Ep. #72: Like the Time Everyone Shut Up Because Something Beautiful Was Happening

Ep. #71: Like the Time I Learned to Love Indigo Girls at Camp

Rabbi Sari Laufer (right) When you think about the music you listened to growing up at camp, if you’re a female the Indigo Girls probably feature pretty heavily in your rotation. Why is that? What is it about the folk-rock duo from Atlanta that so ensnared so many girls to walk around camp singing Closer … Continue reading Ep. #71: Like the Time I Learned to Love Indigo Girls at Camp