GiFT Summer Camp success21/08/19
This year GIFT Summer Camp in England and Israel doubled its intake; and for the first time included a boys’ camp, to the delight of parents who had been requesting it for years. The camps, which were in high demand, with waiting lists, were based around GIFT’s mission - to inspire and educate children to be more giving in their daily interactions and all aspects of their lives.
During the camps, the children visited Norwood, decorating flower pots for service users. They made decorations for the children of Camp Simcha together with Langdon’s Brady camp.
A highlight of the camp was making and delivering chocolate krispies, to the local fire service.
The children participated in GIFT’s innovative initiative ‘Supermarket Challenge, which involved a visit to a local supermarket where participants were challenged to purchase healthy and cost effective items on a tight budget, which they then packed up for GIFT service users.
The camps culminated in a kindness scavenger hunt in a local shopping centre and park, where the children did random acts of kindness and handed out compliments and ice pops to passers-by.
A woman who happened to be in the park at the time wrote in to GIFT to say -‘ I was in the park with my kids today and wanted to say how friendly and polite your camp leaders and campers were - they made such a good impression and were great ambassadors- giving out goodies to everyone, elderly, Jews and non-Jews alike. You should be really proud!’
Stacy Vecht, mother of a participant said - “My daughter absolutely loved camp. Not only was it fun but we were delighted that we found a camp focussed on giving”.
Pirkei Avot 1:14