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Posted: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 10:00 am

One summer at Camp Stein, I remember one new camper who was very afraid to attend camp.  She was extremely nervous, and was forced to get on the bus against her will. Upon arriving at camp, she cried and kept asking to go home.  Our counselors did a very good job of engaging her and getting her to take her mind off of home. After a few days, things slowly improved and she started to allow herself to have fun. 

Incredibly, by the first Shabbat, she was one of the loudest participants in the camp’s song session, and that very same girl who was crying because she didn’t want to come to camp, was crying on her last day because she didn’t want to leave her friends and go home. Camp had become her new home. 

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