L’DOR V’DOR, FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION
Since 1953, the JCC Ranch Camp has been creating Jewish memories and friendships that last a lifetime. Located in Colorado’s magnificent Black Forest, the Ranch Camp provides children entering grades 2-11 with a truly western Jewish experience. Over the last 60 years of operation, JCC Ranch Camp has established a strong tradition of community that is built around and devoted to our campers. It is a place where life-long friendships are born, Jewish identities are discovered and nourished, and children are challenged to grow in mind, body and spirit.
WHO: Jared Coyne
HOMETOWN: Boston, MA
SCHOOL: Last May I graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in environmental studies.
RANCH CAMP HISTORY: Rakaz Ropes 2013
CURRENT EMPLOYMENT: I began a ten-month position with an Americorps program called the Student Conservation Association, where I now live with my sixteen fellow corps members in the Kenneth Dubuque State Forest. While working for the SCA, I have spent the last five months teaching environmental science at elementary schools in rural western Massachusetts which has been incredibly fun and rewarding. In the next few weeks we will begin five months of conservation projects during which we will be doing trail work in many forests and parks around the state.WORDS FROM JARED: “As you might be able to guess, I love doing everything and anything outdoors. My favorite activities include mountain biking, road biking,backpacking, rock climbing, scuba diving, canoeing and fishing. I love these activities not only because they keep me active, but also because they get me outdoors where I can explore some unfamiliar territory, clear my head of stress and foster a sense of wonder about the world. Spending time outside has taught me that true happiness is as simple as getting out and doing something that you love.In all of my adventures, there have certainly been things that have gone wrong. After an amazing summer in Elbert, I spent the month of September riding my bike from Seattle to San Diego with a few friends from college. During this trip
I had some crashes, broken spokes, flat tires, poor weather, muscle cramps, sunburns, long days, sleepless nights and overall discomfort that certainly slowed us down. But despite all the physical problems we faced, we were able to get through it with a lighthearted attitude and the desire to press on. In the end, the jokes we made and the good times we shared are far more memorable than any of the issues we faced.”
WHO: Jared Coyne HOMETOWN: Boston, MA SCHOOL: Last May I graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in environmental studies. RANCH CAMP HISTORY: Rakaz Ropes 2013 CURRENT EMPLOYMENT: I began a ten-month position with an Americorps program called the Student Conservation Association, where I now live with my sixteen fellow corps members in… Read more
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