This week’s parsha, Shelach, tells the story of twelve spies, one from each tribe of Israel, who were sent by Moses to scout the land of Canaan. Moses instructs the men to explore the region and its inhabitants—to discover if those who dwelled on the land were strong or weak, numerous or few in number. When they returned from their mission, there were two main conclusions: 1) the land is indeed flowing with milk and honey and its fruits are magnificent, and 2) the inhabitants are giants—strong and unconquerable. Ten of the twelve spies were completely discouraged and fearful of their defeat. However, Caleb from the tribe of Judah and Joshua from the tribe of Ephraim called on the people to trust in God’s ability to bring them into the land. Despite the fact that they were outnumbered, they stood by their convictions and believed both in God and in themselves. The courage and determination of these two characters teach us that we shouldn’t doubt our abilities and that we can overcome adversity with hard work and resolve. This lesson is especially relevant to the business world that our campers are getting a taste of this summer. In the cutthroat world of entrepreneurship, the odds are against you and the likelihood of success is slim. The greatest asset that we are trying to imbue in our campers is trust in oneself.
Whether it’s in the start-up or coding track, evening programs, or in cabin life, we are attempting to create an environment where campers feel empowered and confident. We hope that every camper has the opportunity to be a leader here at camp, may it be in sports, in the Maker Space or in Shabbat services. Camp is a place where everyone is free to be who they are without fear of judgment, just like Caleb and Joshua were when they stood up for their beliefs.
With Demo Day around the corner, we look forward to seeing campers exhibit the leadership skills that they have honed in the past couple of weeks. We know that with passion, motivation, and bravery, our campers have the ability to change the world!
Jordyn is the Jewish Educator at Camp Inc.! She is originally from Long Island, New York, and has spent the past four years at The Ohio State University doing her undergraduate work in sociology and Judaic studies. She is thrilled about living in the beautiful mountains of Steamboat Springs, Colorado for the next couple of months! She loves spending time outdoors, and can’t wait to do plenty of that at Camp Inc.!