SCITs Spotlight

Session A campers are living it up as we close out the session, as you’ll see from last night’s Carnival photos below! On our final evening together tonight, campers feasted on a banquet dinner and were entertained by a rousing closing campfire. Everyone is appreciating having one more night to sleep in the cabin with their bunk mates before a bittersweet farewell tomorrow.

Meanwhile, we couldn’t end the session without a special spotlight on our SCITs, who have been an amazing support to Session A campers — enjoy!

2021 SCITs!

This year, a record breaking 52 SCITs (Specialists and Counselors-In-Training) have joined us for Session A, and we are so fortunate to have them! These teens, entering 12th grade next year, are largely former campers who are interested in developing their skills to work directly with campers.

Our SCITs were podded together for the first week of camp to learn about the ins and outs of working with kids at Tawonga and specifically how to foster the mission for campers. At the start of the second week, the SCITs jumped in, helping out with all aspects of camp. Our CITs (counselors in-training) were paired with bunks and assisted our counselors during meals, activities and bunk time while our SITs (specialists in-training) spent time in various program areas, learning how to lead blocks at Camp. 

CIT Elijah shared, 

“The IT community is awesome. Every IT is a great person, and I love working with them. The first Freylach (Friday night song session) was a favorite moment for me because it was amazing to be back together with everyone at camp.”

Waterfront SIT Elena reflected,

“I love leading unit swim because I get to give instructions for the different games we play and watch the campers play and work together.”

Our SCIT leaders, Sophia K. and Liz C., are proud of the work their SCITs have done this session.

Sophia shared a favorite moment from the session:

“A highlight of the program was an impromptu open mic night around the campfire during our camping trip to Calaveras Big Trees. Everyone got an opportunity to perform and it was beautiful to see the SCITs rising up to support each other!”

Liz reflected on her time with this group,

“It’s an honor to work with the SCITs. Watching their growth, many starting as young campers, bring the mission to the kids has been a highlight of my seven years at Tawonga. The teens bring love, care and support to the staff and campers they work with and make a huge difference in every camper’s Tawonga experience.” 

We are so grateful to our amazing SCITs and can’t wait to welcome many back in future summers as staff.

Enjoy photos below of our SCITs, last night’s Chalutzim dance and last night’s Carnival celebration, plus more.