Our summer home is a beautiful place no matter how you look at it, but many people agree that watching the sun set over Lake Buckatabon is one of the most impressive sights of the summer. As calm and serene as our waterfront looks at sunset, it sure is a busy place during the day. From free swim to instructional swim to fitness and more, we have a little bit of everything.
Every aidah (age division) except for Nivonim (entering 11th grade) has one period of swimming every day but Wednesday and Shabbat. Campers are divided into groups by their swimming ability and have several sessions a week of instructional swim. You’ll often see some campers perfecting their butterfly or breast stroke, while others are using kickboards and others are diving. Campers also get to have free swim every week and their favorite day of the week is almost always “Blob Day,” the day their group gets to jump on the giant water trampoline called the blob.
In addition to regular swimming classes, Machon (entering 10th grade) can also choose to do Tikvah swim, during which they are paired up with campers in our Tikvah program. Machon can also choose to do lifeguard training to become certified lifeguards. Bogrim (entering 9th grade) campers create and rehearse aquatic dance routines which they will perform at their annual “Synchronized Swimming” competition.
Campers interested in boating can improve their skills with sailboats, kayaks or canoes.
We also have a variety of special events that take place at our waterfront. Several times a summer, campers and staff can participate in Island swims–either by swimming or kayaking to the island across the lake. Once a summer we also do boating around the island. A couple weeks ago, campers and staff participated in a triathlon, which included running, kayaking and swimming. Campers and staff alike love to test their skills and endurance by participating in these events.