It's hard to believe summer 2021 has come to an end. I feel like we have been planning for this summer for FOREVER, playing out countless scenarios on how to create a fun, meaningful, and healthy summer for our participants. We knew our teens needed it, our staff needed it, and you—as parents—needed to see your children return home with joy, laughter, a sense of belonging and community, new friends, a connection to Judaism, and most of all, confidence to return to the school year.
Here are some highlights from this summer I’m excited to share with you:
- Nearly 650 teens traveled to Israel with BBYO, and over 750 teens participated in our domestic summer leadership programs.
- Our flagship leadership program, CLTC, settled into a new home at Commonpoint Retreat Center in Pennsylvania, where teens enjoyed classic camp activities, like boating, swimming, Spikeball, basketball, and tennis, as well as meaningful leadership training.
- We launched two new programs, Movement Makers, a later summer option offering teens the leadership experience of ILTC and International Kallah wrapped into one, and Camp BBYO, an opportunity for 8th–10th graders to get a taste of BBYO and enjoy a week of camp with friends.
- Thanks to the RootOne program, we offered $3,000 vouchers to make traveling to Israel even more affordable; our teens rode camels, went on a Tel Aviv graffiti tour, spent Shabbat at the Western Wall, rode banana boats in the Mediterranean, and so much more.
Looking over the survey results from this summer, participants overwhelmingly indicated that our programs met or exceeded their expectations, raved about how much fun they had, and said they would recommend it to their peers. Teens came home feeling excited about having formed a new close-knit group of friends and feeling connected to their Jewish heritage.
Interested in having your teen join us for summer 2022? Mark your calendars NOW for November 4 when registration opens, and our BIGGEST discounts of the year are available. You can also pre-indicate your interest here and we’ll make sure to notify you before registration opens and spots fill up. In the meantime, I want to wish all of you a sweet and happy New Year. L’shana Tova!
Chief Movement Experience Officer