Jun 29, 2024

Posted by: kskeen

Session 2 – Shabbat Shalom!

We have had an incredibly fun filled and action packed start to Session 2 at Ranch Camp! We’re so excited to begin this incredible journey with all our Session 2 campers. As they settle into bunks, meet counselors, start exploring, and preparing for our first Shabbat together, let’s take a moment to reflect on the wisdom from this week’s Torah portion and how it relates to our experiences here at camp.

In this week’s Torah portion, we read about the twelve spies who were sent to scout the Promised Land. Ten of them brought back a mixed report. They showed the rich fruits of the land, but they were also afraid of the challenges ahead. They let their fears overshadow their excitement for the new land and nex experience.

As we begin our camp adventure, we might also feel a mix of excitement and nervousness. We might be thrilled about horseback riding, archery, or arts and crafts, but also a bit anxious about making new friends or trying new activities. Just like the spies, we have the evidence of great experiences ahead of us, but we may need to face our fears with courage.

One of the most important lessons from the spies’ story is finding balance in life’s challenges. While it’s natural to feel apprehensive about new or unfamiliar things, we should also remember our strengths and past achievements. We’ve all faced obstacles before and come out stronger. Here at Ranch Camp, we have an amazing community to support us and help us exercise our struggle muscles.

The Torah portion also highlights the power of forgiveness and standing up for one another. When G-d was considering what to do when the Israelites felt apprehensive and not confident in their faith with the exploration of the new land, Moshe reminded G-d of the great love G-d had for the people and their shared journey they had experienced together.  This act of advocacy is a beautiful reminder of how we should stand by our friends and support each other, even when times are tough. At camp, we teach the idea that everyone has the right to be seen, heard, and felt and is a valued piece of our community simply because they are here. We encourage campers to stand up for what is right and use their voices to lift eachother up. 

We also recognize that there might be moments of conflict or times when we feel out of our comfort zone. These moments are opportunities to grow closer and strengthen our bonds. By working through our disagreements with kindness and patience, we build a more supportive and loving community. A community built on love. 

As we dive into the adventures of Session 2, let’s embrace every moment with enthusiasm and courage. Let’s support our friends, try new things, and remember the love and commitment that unite us. Together, we can create unforgettable memories and grow in ways we never imagined.

Shabbat Shalom!

With love and excitement,


Camp Director