As the end of the summer inches closer and closer, I am compelled to reflect on my time here at Camp Inc. and to call into question: what are the major takeaways for myself, my colleagues, and our campers? What have we learned? How have we grown? How will we use what we have experienced here to better the world around us?
Many days this session I’ve sat in on the start-up track’s meetings and have listened to/participated in conversations about mission statements, logos, and revenue models. I’ve seen the group collaborate, disagree, compromise, and further their business plan with each meeting. I have also seen the team getting caught up in seemingly trivial details, such as the font in their logo. Throughout the process, while the kids are focused on the minutiae of their business, I am amazed at the bigger picture. Silver Lining, our campers’ organization, is committed to aiding homeless populations worldwide and decreasing food waste in our society. Talk about tikkun olam! To me, this group of passionate teens is representative of the values of Camp Inc. I truly believe that whether it be through the for-profit or non-profit sector, our campers will go on to repair the world.
The end of Camp Inc. 2016 falls at an appropriate time in the Hebrew calendar. This past Shabbat, both Parshat Matot and Parshat Masei were read, ending the book of Numbers. It is customary when one of the books of the Torah is complete to say “chazak, chazak, v’nitchazek,” be strong, be strong, and may we be strengthened. That is my blessing to every camper and staff member here. We have made friendships, learned from one another, and have created a kehila kedosha, a holy community. May every Camp Inc.-er take their experiences from this summer and use them as fuel to do good in this world. We hope that our campers look back on this experience years down the road and recognize that their time here strengthened them as individuals, as business people, and as Jewish leaders. Be strong, be strong, and may we be strengthened!