A Little Bit About Our Villages...
Yesterday when Jim posted about the Parent Orientation session on June 25th, he mentioned that your children are going to be assigned to groups. These groups are called "Villages" and each village is named after a special feature of our area!
Liberty Village: Our youngest campers have the honor of representing Liberty State Park this summer! The state park functions as a sanctuary (Or Oasis!) within Jersey City and features a beautiful memorial to those who lost their lives in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. The park is also home to the Liberty Science Center and gorgeous Kayak tours. This group contains our ESIC program and has roughly 4 counselors to assist our smallest campers with their sneaker snakes, boo-boos and bug-bites. It also represents the innocence and sense of wonder that both nature and our youngest campers provide.
Passaic Village: Named after the local Passaic River, this village will comprise of campers entering First grade. The Passaic River was instrumental in New Jersey's development, as it allowed an easy trade route to form. Additionally, a dam on the Great Falls in Peterson was one of the first sources of electricity for the region! This village represents community; as the creeks and streams come together to form one big river, the different villages of camp come together to form one great community.
Palisades Village: Second graders will join our Palisades village, named not after the enormous mall, but instead the fantastic cliffs lining the Hudson River. Many of our parents will know these cliffs intimately, as they form the western and eastern banks that the George Washington Bridge rests upon. Historically, these cliffs were extremely important to our nation's railway system! The rock was transported nationwide to serve as the foundation layer underneath railroad tracks. As such, this village is all about helping others grow, because they are the oldest of our younger campers.
Lenape Village: Campers in grades 3-6 will form the Lenape (Len-AH-pay) village. The Lenape tribe are a band of Native American Indians that inhabited a large swath of land from Maryland to the Connecticut- Massachusetts border. Our eldest campers enjoy the distinction of representing these upstanding people who felt a strong sense of responsibility to their families and their community. Although Oasis meets for just a short 8 weeks, we become a family in that time, and we all have a duty to encourage, protect and love those in it!
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