This week the Pioneer division of CGI of the Rockies Day Camp, located just outside of Boulder in Erie, tapped into one of Denver’s major attractions and visited the Downtown Aquarium. While there, they donned diving suits, goggles, flippers and a snorkel, and went swimming with fish, turtles, sharks and stingrays.
While we made certain that the all sea creatures in the tank were well fed before the campers entered I still felt a certain trepidation as the campers descended the tank in all their gear.
With the kids in the fish pool I made my way to the inside of the aquarium to watch our campers interact with the underwater creatures from behind the glass.
Together with many of the aquarium’s guests I watched the kids swim around the tank with the fish being mainly oblivious to their Homo sapiens guests.
As I drove the campers back to camp I could tell the kids were on a high by this most exciting adventure. This trip, along with the positive camp atmosphere, teaching of Jewish traditions and values are aimed at giving the campers a healthy dosage of self esteem and Jewish pride.
Next week the pioneers will continue their exploration into new frontiers by teaming up with Young Eagles pilots and take to the skies in small planes while learning the basic techniques of flying including manning the controls of the plane in-flight. This trip indeed will be a real “high” for the Pioneers.
Do be a Pioneer you do have to be younger than 14 (sorry mums and dads) and older then 10. Limited spaces are still available for the remaining two weeks of day camp. Our younger divisions includes, Mini Gan Izzy for 2-4 year olds and the Sabra division for the 5-9 year olds. To sign up please visit www.JewishKidsCamp.com or call 720.837.3733
Rabbi Benjy Brackman on behalf of the Directors of CGI of the Rockies Day Camp
Leah Brackman and Rabbi and Mrs. Yakov Borenstein