Volunteer Service Camps For Kids Is July 29-Aug. 2

Monday, June 24, 2013

Philanthropy Camp for rising first graders through rising sixth graders will be offered from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily from Monday, July 29, through Friday, Aug. 2.  Philanthropy Camp was designed in 2008 by parents looking for a way to teach their children how they could make positive a difference in the world.  

Concurrently Camp Tikkun Olam for rising seventh through rising ninth graders was designed in 2012 as an extension of Philanthropy Camp.   These camps are joint programs of the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga and the Chattanooga First Church of the Nazarene, this week-long summer camp based at both locations has consistently received acclaim from parents and campers for its unique programming.   

During Philanthropy Camp, campers explore ways to take care of the environment, community, world, and neighbors through hands-on experiences and field trips. Philanthropy Camp teaches that philanthropy requires action that goes beyond the donation of money to charity. The camp’s motto is “I came. I saw. I gave,” and children learn lessons that will last a lifetime, officials said.

During Camp Tikkun Olam, campers will learn about several local non-profit organizations, volunteer at those organizations, learn about charitable giving and create a presentation for Philanthropy Camp. The camp’s slogan is “Tikkun Olam," which is Hebrew for “Repair the World.”

These camps program are open to everyone regardless of religious affiliation. Philanthropy Camp is sponsored in part by Wal-Mart and the Brainerd Kiwanis Club.  Limited financial assistance is available. 

The cost for each camp is $120 for the first camper and $100 for each additional sibling. Campers are asked to bring their lunch, and snacks are provided.   For more information or to register for either camp, contact Deborah Tepper at 493-0270, ext. 10 or camp@jewishchattanooga.com.

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