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The Counselor’s Perspective

by Zoe Falkenstein
Counselor for Netanya Nightingales
Cheer/Dance Assistant Coach

As a kid, I went to the same day camp for ten years. After my sixth year, my director invited me to become a Junior Counselor. Overfilled with joy, I returned to that camp for four more years. But what was it that kept me coming back year after year after year? The well-trained, amazing, and inspiring counselors.

I nervously awaited my arrival at the American Hebrew Academy. I attended a brief leadership program at the beautiful AHA in 2010, but it was my first year at 6 Points Sports Academy. Would I feel included? Would I make friends? Would everyone be nice? A million thoughts ran through my head.

Fortunately, staff week gave me the confidence that my first 6 Points summer will be phenomenal. I met so many welcoming, caring, and passionate counselors. Over the past week, we learned about safety, “back-pocket games”, and taking care of our campers. My favorite part of the week was getting to know my fellow staff members through ice breakers and team building exercises. We are very excited to be welcoming the campers into our community, or Kehillah.

Being a new counselor, the returning staff brought me in with open arms. They taught me all of the songs, cheers, and specific 6 Points traditions. I can not begin to express my gratitude to all of my friends, and I am so proud to call them my new family. Our first Shabbat as a 6 Points family made me extremely excited for the summer and for the arrival of our fantastic campers.

The nerves have completely disappeared, and I am ecstatic to experience the summer of a lifetime as a counselor at 6 Points Sports Academy. We are so happy that our campers have arrived safely and can’t wait to get this amazing summer started!

 

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