From the Anash.org Inbox: A frustrated staff member at a Chabad overnight camp writes that he feels that one of the most important aspects of camp are being overlooked.
By A Frustrated Staff Member
Every summer, hundreds of Chabad children flock to various camps across the country, where they enjoy a range of activities, from sports and crafts to trips and shows. But the most important part of camp, the one that makes it a truly Chsidisheh experience, is the learning program.
The learning program is where campers get to study Torah, Chassidus, and Halacha, and deepen their connection to Hashem and the Rebbe. It is where they learn about their heritage, their mission, and their role in the world.
The learning program is also where the learning teachers come in. The learning teachers are the dedicated bochurim who devote their summers to teaching campers of all ages and backgrounds. They are the ones who prepare engaging lessons, answer questions, inspire curiosity, challenge assumptions, spark discussions, share stories, give feedback, offer guidance, and show care.
But sadly, the learning teachers are also the ones who get the least recognition and appreciation. They are often overshadowed by the counselors, who get all the credit for being fun, cool, and popular. They are often overlooked by the camp directors, who focus more on the logistics and finances of camp. They are often ignored by the parents, who don’t know or care about what their children learn in camp.
This is not fair. This is not right. This is not how it should be.
The learning teachers deserve more respect and gratitude. They deserve more support and resources. They deserve more recognition and appreciation.
They deserve to be celebrated as the unsung heroes of camp.
So next time you see a learning teacher, thank them for their hard work and dedication. Next time you think about camp, appreciate them for their contribution and influence.
And next time you write about camp, don’t forget to mention them as well.
P.S. And if you really want to show your appreciation for the learning teachers, don’t hesitate to tip them generously at the end of the summer. They work hard for little pay, and they could use some extra cash to cover their expenses or treat themselves to something nice. Tipping them is not only a nice gesture, but also a way of supporting their continued service to our community.