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What Thursday Evening Is All About

As I sit down at my desk and prepare for a busy week I wanted to take a moment to reflect on why our event on Thursday evening is taking place.

Camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge is more than just a summer camp. We are a community filled with caring, compassionate, and loving people who believe in the values that make our camp family so special.

#WELIVEFORTHIS, A Night of Giving Back is not about us. It’s about three deserving youth-based organizations who are improving the lives of children, and one message.

Before the summer of 2013, two Equinunk campers approached Adam and me with an idea for a run to support a cause they cared deeply about – The Wounded Warrior Project.

Amazed with their excitement and desire to give back we embraced it and “The Fun Run” has become a CECBR Tradition that our campers look forward to. Through their participation in the run we give back to those who have given up so much to defend our freedom around the world.

After announcing our Night of Giving Back, we were once again approached by a Blue Ridge Camper who was inspired and wanted to find an opportunity for CECBR campers to also give back. CECBR Spins was born and is 100% camper-run.

It’s moments like these – that sparked our Night of Giving Back.

We have such a tremendous platform, as a camp for children to embrace and promote the act of paying it forward. Lets hope that Thursday evening, along with The Wounded Warrior Run at camp and CECBR Spins can inspire more ideas like them from campers in our community and beyond.

Camp is all about building a better self. Why not build a brighter future too.

We hope to see you on Thursday March 12th to support Zander Neuhaus Memorial Fund, SCOPE, Simon’s Fund and this mission to inspire more acts of kindness.

All The Best,

Scott Rosenbluth, CECBR Assistant Director

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Simon’s Fund – Checking Hearts, Saving Lives

Simon’s Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising awareness about the conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death in young athletes and children.

Simon’s Fund raises awareness about the conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death in children through prevention, education and innovation. Under the leadership of Phyllis and Darren Sudman, Simon’s Fund helped make Pennsylvania the first state to pass a law that prevents sudden cardiac arrest in student athletes. Since, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act has been passed in five other states too.

This year, the organization is launching a first-of-its-kind national youth cardiac registry of seemingly healthy kids.  HeartBytes will promote research and help standardize the heart screening process.  “Losing a child is every parent’s worst nightmare,” Phyllis states.  “I don’t want another mother to lose her child to a detectable and treatable heart condition.”

 

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Nicki and Lizzy Contribute To Camp Navigator Magazine!

Camp Blue Ridge Assistant Directors, Nicki Alpern and Lizzy Lean wrote an article for Camp Navigator Magazine about selecting the perfect residential camp experience for your daughter.

Read The Article By Clicking Here!

 

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Alexander Neuhaus #54 Memorial Scholarship Fund

Camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge is proud to support The Alexander Neuhaus #54 Memorial Scholarship Fund at #WELIVEFORTHIS, A Night of Giving Back on March 12th in New York City. Support The Cause at CECBR.org

Alexander Neuhaus (Son of Equinunk 2012 and 2013) – “Zander” — was a gifted student, multi-sport athlete, son, brother, and friend. Although Zander’s life was way too short, it was full. He was an amazing, compassionate, loving kid with an infectious smile who touched everyone he encountered. We want to carry forward the lessons and ideals we learned from Zander through The Zander Neuhaus Memorial Scholarship Fund to benefit student athletes.

Through team sports, Zander learned the importance of intense effort, sportsmanship, and teamwork. His participation in sports, helped him to mature, to develop tolerance and empathy, and, most importantly, gave him joy.

In team sports, individuals learn to accept, appreciate and trust their teammates without regard to differences in their cultures, color, nationality, or economic backgrounds. These are the qualities that forge a group of individuals into a team. These qualities, broadly applied, make a life well lived. These are the qualities that Zander was developing through his participation in team sports.

It is the mission of the Zander Fund to create opportunities that would otherwise not be available to deserving, young athletes to learn the lessons and experience the joy of team sports – just like Zander.

Tickets Are Available By Visiting CECBR.org 
Learn More About Our Items Up for Auction at Our Night of Giving Back 

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CECBR Night of Giving Back

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CECBRs Night of Giving Back | 3.12 in NYC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Camps Equinunk & Blue Ridge Launches #WELIVEFORTHIS, A Night of Giving Back

New York, New York — February 16th, 2015 — Camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge, a children’s summer camp located in Northeast Pennsylvania will be hosting #WELIVEFORTHIS, A Night of Giving Back in New York City on March 12th, 2015. The event will support three youth-centered charitable organizations; Zander Neuhaus Memorial FundSummer Camp Opportunities Promote Education, and Simon’s Fund.

“As a community that cares for and enriches the lives of children since 1920, comprised of generations of campers, staff, and alumni, we believe it’s our responsibility to help others” said Camp Director Adam Baker. “Not only do we see this event as a terrific opportunity to give back but also to introduce the children in our community to the act of giving.”

Shortly after releasing information about the event, Blue Ridge Camper, Erica Sosman (15) emailed Owner and Director Sheryl Kamen with an elaborate plan for a spin-off event (literally) aptly named CECBR Spins. The event will be held at The Roslyn JCC on March 29th and is completely camper run and spun in coordination with the year-round team at Equinunk and Blue Ridge.

“When I heard about camps Night of Giving Back, I immediately thought, I would like to be a part of this” said Sosman. Knowing my camp family would also love the opportunity to get involved, I thought why not run an event that would give us campers a chance to give back? CECBRSpins is going to be a fun energetic and amazing way for us to get involved in raising money for the Zander Neuhaus Memorial Fund, SCOPE, and Simon’s Fund.”

The Night of Giving Back event will be held at The Chester located in the Meatpacking District and will feature a Silent Auction featuring items autographed by Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry and more along with tickets to see professional New York Sports Teams and more. All proceeds will be going to charity. Tickets are available online by visiting the event website — CECBR.org.

About Camps Equinunk & Blue Ridge:

Located in Northeast Pennsylvania, Camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge has been at the forefront of resident camping since 1920. CECBR is a traditional brother/sister camp and has been a summer home to hundreds of campers, staff, and alumni. To learn more about Equinunk and Blue Ridge, visit their website CECBR.com.

Charity Information:

Zander Neuhaus Memorial Fund:

Alexander Neuhaus (Equinunk Camper 2012 and 2013), “Zander,” was a gifted student, multi-sport athlete and friend to everyone he encountered. Zander lived his life in an exemplary manner; giving of his time, friendship, compassion, support, concern and love to everyone he came across. He was an amazing young man with an infectious smile who touched so many people. We want to carry forward the lessons we have learned from Zander and the ideals he conveyed in a memorial scholarship fund to benefit student athletes of low economic resources. Sports, wherein Zander learned the importance of effort, sportsmanship, and teamwork helped him to mature and grow, be tolerant and patient, recognize that while people are different they must be accepted and embraced, and learned life lessons. Sharing, teaching, and inspiring these qualities to children through sports regardless of economic status is the mission of the Zander Memorial Scholarship Fund.

SCOPE, Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education:

SCOPE’s mission is to provide children in need the edge to succeed in life through the summer camp experience. We accomplish this by funding summer camp scholarships at nonprofit, resident camps where children will benefit from a positive, safe and healthy environment led by excellent adult role models, who will help them develop their full potential.

Simon’s Fund:

Simon’s Fund is an organization dedicated to raising awareness about the conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death in youth athletes and children. Simon’s Fund Educates, Advocates, Screens, innovates, Collaborates, Funds and Empowers.

Learn More About A Night of Giving Back by Visiting CECBR.ORG

Contact:

Nicki Alpern, Assistant Director — 631.329.3239 — events@cecbr.com

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Welcome Lizzy Lean!

The year-round dedication to our CE/CBR families and meticulous childcare during the summer is made possible due to the exceptional work of our staff – nearly 400 strong.  Our leadership team, made up of Groupheads, Program Supervisors, Head Counselors and Directors, strive for excellence in everything we do.  The corner stones of the Equinunk and Blue Ridge Experience – Family, Tradition, and Childcare – are at the forefront of every decision we make in upholding our W.I.N. Philosophy – Wholesome, Inclusive and Nurturing.

On a daily basis, it is our year-round leadership team who ensure the continuity of the EBR experience.  Leading our full-time PA Maintenance Team is our Caretaker Jeff White.  In our New York offices, Sheryl, Richie and I have could not have been more fortunate that 15 yrs ago Caralyne Cranham came into our lives.  What began as a summer job placement soon became family.  As the Director of Administration and Personnel, Caralyne is often referred to as the glue that connects much of year-round and summer operations.   The sophistication of our operations and quality of the EBR experience only grows stronger with each director who joins us.  In valuing creativity, dedication and passion for CE and CBR, we have sought out the very best in camping to join our Directorial and Head Counselor Team.  Equinunk Head Counselor Gil Kreiss first came to camp in the early 90’s during which time he held most every camp leadership position from Soph Group Head, to Senior Group Head (including 1996 for my Upper Senior group), and Asst. Head Counselor.  In fall of 2007, both Gil and I returned home to Equinunk and Blue Ridge, beginning what has been a spectacular partnership in leading Equinunk.  Gil’s warmth, deeply rooted commitment to family, and values permeates through campus ensuring a nurturing environment for both children and staff. To say Lori Scheck lives and breathes CE and CBR does not even come close to describing her passion for our camps. Having spent almost her entire life growing up and then working at Blue Ridge, a few years ago Lori took the next major step and became one of our year-round Assistant Directors.  Soon thereafter, an integral member of our full-time team, Scott Rosenbluth, became an Assistant Director within the organization. Scott’s impact on our camp has been profound as he masterfully blended his years of camping experience beyond CE and CBR with our deep culture and tradition.

In the next evolution of our full-time leadership team, Sheryl, Richie and I could not be more excited to share with you the addition of two Assistant Directors.  Over the past two years, Nicki Alpern has become a household name for our CBR families while working alongside Sheryl and Lori in the running of Blue Ridge.  Adored by our campers and relied upon by their parents, Nicki’s dedication to the success of our children is evident in how well she knows and cares for each camper at CBR.  We are both proud and excited for Nicki as she takes this next step in her journey at Equinunk and Blue Ridge.

Dreams really do come true when passion, professionalism and opportunity align.  Lizzy (Shimkin) Lean came to Blue Ridge as a Lower Sophomore in 1983, was a PC in 1991, and rose to become Chief of Grey Alaska in 1997.  More than 30 years after she first began CBR, Lizzy, returned for the Summer of 2014 with her family to continue a long standing legacy at camp  – her children Kendall and Connor are now 4th generation campers.  Lizzy’s grandmother grew up at CBR, her parents Jane and Barry Shimkin met at camp in 1965, and her brother Peter attended camp for many years.  After graduating from Muhlenberg College in 1998 with a degree in Elementary Education and Sociology, Lizzy became a teacher in Palm Beach County, Florida. Lizzy’s involvement at her children’s preschool at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton, led to her being hired as the Director of Synagogue Engagement. Lizzy worked for B’nai Torah for five years working on increasing membership at B’nai Torah and planning a wide array of programs and activities for the congregants, especially the families and their children.  Sheryl, Richie and I are thrilled to welcome home Lizzy and re-introduce her to you as one of our Assistant Directors, and welcome Kendall, Connor and her husband David to their CE/CBR Family.

This is a wonderful time in the evolution of our Leadership Team and the promise it holds for future generations of our Equinunk & Blue Ridge Family.  On behalf of Sheryl, Richie, Caralyne, Lori, Gil, Scott, Nicki and Lizzy, I wish you a wonderful fall with your family and friends and hope that the memories of last summer and the excitement for next keeps us warm in the winter months to come.

Warmly,

Adam

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Camp Cup!

Last year, Equinunk alumni Brett and Jeff Kotcher ran the first ever Camp Cup Roller Hockey Tournament in January.  The Camp Cup is a roller hockey tournament for ONLY current and former campers and counselors.  Participants traveled from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Florida and even Ottawa, Canada!  The Camp Cup brought together Equinunk families and staff and saw both our Alumni and 11th grade and under team win their respective divisions.

14 teams, a total of 8 camps, participate in last year’s event.  It was an incredible day at Skate Safe and the atmosphere in the building was electric!  At times 600-700 combined players, parents, campers, counselors, alumni, head counselors, owners and directors attend the Camp Cup!  Roller hockey industry equipment leaders, Alkali Hockey and Labeda Wheels sponsored the event and t-shirts as well as gloves and wheels were given out to MVP, MVG and tournament high scorers.

This year, the Camp Cup is back and will be held once again at Skate Safe America on Long Island on January 3rd and January 4th.  The 2015 Camp Cup divisions will consist of…

11th grade and under

Alumni (Current/former counselors as well as former campers)

30 and over

If you are interested in lacing up the skates again for Equinunk this winter, please contact Brett or Jeff Kotcher at brett.kotcher@gmail.com or jeff.kotcher@gmail.com.  They will handle all registration.

WE LIVE FOR THIS!

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Introducing Pop-Up Socials!

Greetings from the CECBR Team!

We are excited to introduce you to Equinunk/Blue Ridge Pop-Up Socials which will be coming to an area near you! Pop-Up Socials are quick get-togethers where CECBR will treat our camp families at a nearby ice cream or pizza shop! The CECBR Team will be on-hand to meet and greet, reminisce about Summer 2014 and look ahead to 2015!

Our Pop-Up Socials are in addition to our Winter Reunion set for Sunday January 11th, 2015! Dates are as follows, with locations being announced a week-ahead of time by email and on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

New York City  | October 29th
New Jersey | October 30th
Long Island, South Shore | November 4th
Maryland | November 6th
Long Island, North Shore | November 20th
Westchester | December 3rd
Philadelphia | December 12th
Florida | December 16th
London, UK | January 24th
RSVPs are NOT REQUIRED for our Pop-Up Social Events. 
Just bring your camp spirit and smiles!

We certainly hope you can join us at one of our Pop-Up Socials in your area! If you have any questions, please email nicki@cecbr.com who will be happy to assist.

In an effort to get our Pop-Up Social Details to you; be sure to follow us @CampEBR on Twitter,@EquinunkBlueRidge on Instagram and by Liking us on Facebook.com/CECBR.

See You Soon!

The CECBR Team

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Dear Camp Letter from Upper Senior Adam First

 

Dear Camp,

As I sit here at the close of my upper senior summer, I think about everything that I’ve done and been through while growing up here. 336 camping days, 980 meals, 224 laps around the mess hall during color war cheering, 18 different counselors, 5 group heads, and 7 life-changing summers. The word change tends to have a negative stigma around camp. People who have spent their entire lives here want everything to remain the same with little to no change. Since we’ve all had such amazing and cherished memories of past summers, we want the new generation of campers to have the same experiences as we did. But in this world, the only constant is change. Diamonds disappear, pools are built, and mess halls redone. These are all things that make camp appear to be different, however, these are not things that make camp appear to be different, however these are not things that make camp what it is and what it means. Camp is that we still continue traditions that have lived on throughout nearly a century of constant change. Camp is that we still keep score for color war with the hitting of colored hatchets into numbered blocks. Camp is that we still gather at the flagpole twice a day to hear the upcoming activities as if we didn’t have walkie-talkies or the PA system. Sometimes camp isn’t the only thing that changes throughout each summer. You could come to camp, and after one, two or seven summers be a changed person. That’s what happened to me throughout my camping career. I’ve come a long way from being a small, nervous, homesick sophomore who spent way more than his fair share of time in the hobby center. Camp taught me how to be responsible, how to have different personalities, and to try every activity, because you never know which one you might enjoy. That the one thing I wish I had known all along. Don’t take any day at camp for granted because like the song says, “know that time will fly, in Color War we’ll try, but in the blink of an eye, our summer heaven is gone.” Trust me when I say this, but one minute you’ll be touring the campus with Kevin Gray the first day of Sophomore summer, and the next thing you know, you will have just three days left as a camper, and all you can do is sit back and wonder where all of that time went. Camp, you made me who I am, and I thank you for that. My only hope is that you continue to do the same for years to come, turning small homesick campers into true sons of Equinunk.

With love,

Adam First
US 2014 Red Elite

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