In the summer of 2022, we returned to Camp Gilboa full of energy and enthusiasm about the hundreds of chanichimot (campers) and tzevet (staff) members about to spend a transformative camp experience full of joyful Judaism, friendship, and social justice. This report highlights the many achievements of the Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa community in 2022 - Gilboa is thriving!
In summer 2022, we welcomed more chanichimot than ever. At the same time, a record number of tzevet came together to make the camp magic happen. To accommodate this growth, we housed some older chanichimot in tents and staff members in new “Tiny Home” sheds.
We anticipate having to turn some chanichimot away until we increase our camp’s capacity. To address this, we’ve completed a master site plan that charts our expansion plans. We need to enlarge the dining hall and kitchen, add more bathrooms, and build a new healthcare center to care for more children. In order to grow, we must focus on tzevet retention, and ensure that our youth leaders’ experiences are as fun and meaningful as their chanichimot.
We are bigger and stronger than ever thanks to the generosity of our community. In addition to the countless hours dedicated by volunteers, we raised funds together to ensure every child who needed financial assistance could come to camp.
Whether you are a current camp family, an alum who spent your transformative years in Habonim, or a supporter cheering Gilboa from afar, we know you join us in celebrating all we have accom- plished together in 2022. Thank you for your commitment and partnership!
Tyson Roberts (Board Chair)
Elana Bloomfield (Executive Director)