What is a Mitzvah Project? It is a mission that a Bat Mitzvah chooses to commit to and lead in order to help others -- to demonstrate her abiillty to change the world as she becomes a Jewish adult. As I prepare for my bat mitzvah on April 6, 2019, I have committed my time and energy to plan and volunteer for Experience Camps, an amazing not-for-profit organization that a close friend of my Aunt M introduced me to.
Experience Camps are free, one-week camps for boys and girls who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. It's a place where kids can laugh, cry, play, create, remember the person who died, or forget the grief that weighs them down. It's a place where they can feel "normal", because everyone there has been through something similar and understands what it's like to lose someone important to them.
Experience Camp is a combination of two things about which I feel very passionate…camp and families who suffer a tremendous loss.
Every summer I attend Chestnut Lake Camp and for those seven weeks I am extraordinarily happy. I always look forward to my time at CLC, both because of the activities and my friends,.
As for the kids who attend Experience Camp, they have all lost a close person in their life to cancer. This is the part very close to my heart. Last November, my Aunt Robin died from Glioblastoma and my family has been each other’s support system. You can see pictures of me, and Robin and her family here.
I chose this specific Mitzvah Project because Experience Camp really helps childrent hat I can relate to personally. These Experience Campers are each other’s support system and the bonds that they share help them get through the difficult times in their lives. The Experience Campers can have both emotional strain and financial hardship, which means that not only are their families grieving, but they are lacking the necessities that many of us take for granted. I sympathize with these campers and I want to do all I can to help them.
My Mitzvah Project goal is to raise financial donations to Experience Camps. The organization is trying to help as many kids as possible so they need all the help we can give them! It costs about $1000 to send a kid to camp for a week. It costs $500 for a trip to the ice cream shop for all of the campers. It costs $50 for a night of s’mores. I am personally committing to donating $1000 of my bat mitzvah gifts to sponsor one camper in honor and memory of my Aunt Robin. Please consider helping me help these campers.
Thank you very much