When we had managed to stuff all our gifts into our luggage we headed to the social hall for the closing ceremonies. Dembi started off the show by naming and thanking every staff member in camp. First the waiters, then lifeguards, then specialties, medical and nursing staff, administrative staff, and maintenance staff. Each group got a well-deserved standing ovation. He went on to thank the counselors for their tireless efforts over the past two weeks on behalf of their camper. He told the campers that the only payment their counselors wanted is a thank you-in the form of a hug. At his count of three, every counselor turned to his camper, and the camper reciprocated with a long embrace. It was an event you had to witness.
Dembi went on to thank the campers for being an inspiration for us all, and for giving us the most epic session ever!
We then settled into out seats to watch the CSB 2012 Memories movie. For the first time ever, it included interviews from our very own campers. When that was complete, we headed out to the baseball field where we were treated to a spectacular fireworks display. What a way to end an epic session!
Although this session was short, the friendships gained, bonds formed, and good-times that we had will stay with us for a lifetime.
To our dearest campers, you are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for joining us for an amazing session here at Camp Simcha. Although it was short, we managed to fit in SO MUCH in the brief time allotted. Unfortunately, Tikunei Twelve (at least in Glen Spey) ended some time this morning.
It’s true that there are many lands you’ve still to visit (some of which are not even on a map) and wonderful things to see(that no one has yet imagined), but were confident that if you really want to, you’ll surely reach them all by yourself.