Youth Culture and Teaching
Young counselors and peer learning are also defining elements of camp education. Younger campers learn from counselors and older peers. Older campers teach younger ones and learn from counselors who are often not much older than they. They learn to respect camp activities because they see young role models who value activities. Counselors, who are often still forming their own identities, as adults and as Jews, can rediscover their Jewish identities, develop leadership, and explore the satisfaction of teaching. Many counselors were themselves once campers and find joy in giving back to the programs which influenced their childhood.
Informal interactions between campers and counselors are fundamental to most camp learning experiences. Above right, campers and counselors chat in a relaxed setting.
Jewish camps help young counselors find their own identity as adults and as young Jews. Above, counselors playfully form pyramids and pose for their own group photos.
Since most counselors at Jewish summer camps are themselves Jews, campers often look to them as religious mentors. At left, campers pose with Robert Layman, a counselor who would go on to become a rabbi.
Camp Pinemere. 1953. Pictured are Stanford ""Pat"" Hunn on the left and Robert Layman on the right with their 6-year-old campers. Stanford ""Pat"" Hunn went on to become an attorney in Philadelphia and Robert Layman a rabbi.
Camp Hofnung. 1945. A summer camp in Pipersville, PA sponsored by the Workmen's Circle. Pyramid of counselors. Bottom, Murray Ancharov, Harold Jacobs, Arnold Shafritz; middle, Erich Rad, ???, top, Alan Melamed.
Young woman reading to girls at country camp, circa 1950