More than 130 students in grades three through nine from across Montgomery County, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C., gathered at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School’s (CESJDS) Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Upper School Campus for the inaugural Jewish Intercamp Games. Students from public schools, other private schools, and CESJDS participated in a Maccabiah-style competition, including Capture the Flag, a scavenger hunt, a basketball shoot-out, soccer, and hockey.
Participating camps included: 6 Points Sports Academy, Camp Avoda, Camp Airy, Camp Havaya, Camp Louise, Camp Yavneh, Capital Camps, Habonim Dror Camp Moshava, Perlman Camp, Ramah Day Camp, Ramah New England, and Camp Shoresh.
“The Jewish Intercamp Games was a display of strong connections and the value of the immersive Jewish experience at camp,” said Dr. Marc Lindner, high school principal and associate head of school. “CESJDS dovetails off of those experiences with a year-round immersive Jewish education.”
The Ramah camps (Ramah Day Camp, located in Germantown, Maryland, and Camp Ramah in New England) had enough campers for two teams, and took first and third place in the games. Camps Airy and Louise, in Thurmont, Maryland, won second place, while Camp Avoda, a camp for boys in Massachusetts, took home the sportsmanship award.
By Laurie Ehrlich