As I sit down to write the first Tak Talk blog post for the 2018 Camp Takajo season, I am filled with excitement and anticipation for our opening day. We have assembled a great group of young men and women who have demonstrated that they are ready to commit their summer to create a safe and healthy environment for your children. We are so blessed to have a 100% return of our administrative staff:
Warren Davis, Associate Director, 46 years
Bob Lewis, Waterfront Director, 30 years
Hank Fortin, Warrior Group Leader, 48 years
Neil Minsky, Junior Group Leader, 27 years
Patrick Mohan, Senior Group Leader, 33 years
They assume critical roles, which help create a fun and safe environment that will allow your boys to thrive this summer.
I still remember arriving at Camp Takajo on my first day as a 9-year-old, first-time camper back in 1970. I have a vivid recollection of seeing the Camp Takajo sign for the first time from the window seat of a yellow school bus driving down the road and meeting the owner, Morty Goldman, at the welcome arch.
I was mesmerized and perhaps a little nervous when Morty looked me in the eyes, put out his hand and welcomed me to camp. Behind Morty, was a warm and engaging staff that immediately made me feel like Takajo was my home.
After 48 years of being at camp and never missing a season, I continue this tradition of welcoming each child as they get off the bus and arrive for the summer. I am honored to follow in Morty Goldman’s footsteps and provide the same level of love and encouragement to every child who spends the summer at Camp Takajo.
As you prepare your child for his departure to camp, please recognize that it is completely normal to be nervous. However, remind your son of the first time he walked into a classroom or joined a new team and how that trepidation turned out to be a place where he met some of his greatest friends and where he developed a great sense of confidence. As difficult as it may be for some of you, try not to show any fear or emotion that you may have as you separate from your son. It is often those upset feelings that trigger an emotional reaction from our children.
Please know that I am here and will devote 100% of my time and attention to helping your son develop lifelong skills, a greater sense of independence, and self-reliance. You are giving your son a wonderful gift and the opportunity of a lifetime, and I am truly honored that you have entrusted your son to my amazing staff and me.
I will be in touch with you via my daily blog posts, but please know I am always available to you in person should you need me. Here is to the start of a wonderful season.