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“Homesick” is a Four-Letter Word

“Homesick” is a Four-Letter Word The idea of missing people, places and routines is actually a lovely sentiment--how lucky we are to have people and things to miss (and people to miss us) while we’re away! Labeling this as a “sickness” is a directly negative label to...

What Do I Love About Camp?

What Do I Love about Camp? What do I love about camp?… well everything, but here are a few of my favorite things. My name is Rachel, and I have been going to camp for 6 summers, and this will be my 7th and final summer as a camper because I am going to be in...

Being Camp Nurse Brings Family Joy

Being Camp Nurse Brings Family Joy In 2012, I came to Jacobs to be the camp nurse for a week. Being a camp nurse was not new to me. I first went to be a Camp Nurse at a summer camp in Wisconsin in 1995. That was special, as it was the camp I grew up going to and my...

Introducing Ben Cohen: Assistant Director

Introducing Ben Cohen: Assistant Director Howdy y’all! My name is Ben Cohen and I am so excited to join the Jacobs Camp team as Assistant Director! I am from St Louis, MO and was active in NFTY Missouri Valley as a teenager, went on a NFTY in Israel trip and spent...

My Friendships, Jewish Identity and Home: A Bat Mitzvah Project

My Friendships, Jewish Identity and Home: A Bat Mitzvah Project I grew up in the small town of Clemson, SC. Out of the 1,000 people at my school, my sister is the only other Jewish person. People assume I’m Christian and they get uncomfortable when I say that I'm...

New Family Buddy Program

New Family Buddy Program Living Our Values: Welcome Home Hospitality We are excited to announce the launch our new Jacobs Camp New Family Buddy Program! This summer Jacobs Camp has 63 new families, and we need YOUR help to welcome them to the Jacobs Camp community....

Mitzvah Projects Make Jacobs Magic

Mitzvah Projects Make Jacobs Magic The whole value of a benevolent deed lies in the love that inspires it. – Talmud: Sukkah Love inspires many of our amazing campers who are becoming B'nai Mitzvahs to use this important time in their lives to support the place they...

From the Cabin to the Boardroom

From the Cabin to the Boardroom When the words “camp counselor” or “camp staff member” at Jacobs Camp came to my mind, I used to think of the obvious: sweating in 100-degree weather, gathering nine-year-olds to go to the pool, and making lasting memories with your...

Jacobs Camp is My Home

Jacobs Camp is My Home I have always thought about a certain question for the past year or so. Why do I want to go back to camp? And the answer is Jacobs is my home! When I think about it, it always can guarantee a smile because I can recall so many happy memories....

A Rejuvenated Spirit

A Rejuvenated Spirit Over the last two weeks, I've had the opportunity to reflect on the past year at our beloved Home Away from Home in Utica, MS. In many ways 2021 helped to rejuvenate the Jacobs Magic and the incredible spirit of the Jacobs Camp Family.  Certainly,...
Jacobs Camp is #1!

Jacobs Camp is #1!

At the end of each summer, we participate in the Foundation for Jewish Camps' Customer Satisfaction Insight Survey that provides a look at what parents and campers really think about their camp experience. This year, we learned that Jacobs Camp topped the charts in...

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Camp Never Ends

Camp Never Ends

Those who have worked on staff at Jacobs Camp know that the Jacobs Magic continues even as you graduate from a camper to becoming a "magic maker". During the summer, our amazing staff members make a lasting impact on the lives of our campers while developing their own...

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Jumping For Jacobs – A Tzedek Project

Jumping For Jacobs – A Tzedek Project

My name is Mica Karotkin and I am helping raise money for Jacobs Camp for my Bat Mitzvah Tzedek project. When I was thinking about what I wanted to do, Jacobs camp came to my mind instantly. I decided to do a backflip for every five dollars raised. I made the website...

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Next Summer Vacation

Next Summer Vacation

Dear Mom and Dad, What do you want to do on your next Summer vacation? I would like to go back to Jacobs Camp, my sleepaway camp. I went there last summer and I met a lot of new friends, and I had an amazing time with lots of fun experiences. There where so many fun...

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Summer 2022 COVID Update for Jacobs Camp

Summer 2022 COVID Update for Jacobs Camp

Dear Jacobs Camp Families, We are hard at work planning for an incredible summer ahead, and as always, the health and safety of our entire community is our main priority. With that in mind, I am writing to share a couple of important policy updates for Summer 2022....

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EVERY KID GOES TO CAMP

EVERY KID GOES TO CAMP

It is always amazing how quickly chants catch on at camp. Whether a unit is chanting “messy night” excited for their messy night evening program or the whole camp on Friday night is chanting “cherry cobbler.” When there is chanting at camp there is excitement...

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