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Masmidim Tightens Enrollment

The Masmidim summer program at Camp Gan Israel in Parksville, New York, is being very selective with its enrollment for bochurim ages 14-15. “We want to maintain the high standard,” director Yosef Kramer told COLlive. He will be joined by Mendy Bronstein and Avremel Nelkin.

By COLlive reporter

Although facing fierce competition in recent years, the Masmidim summer program at Camp Gan Israel in Parksville, New York, is being very selective with its enrollment.

Geared to 14 and 15 year-old bochurim, Masmidim is building on its successful 2008 summer, assembling a creative staff and arranging new programs.

“We are going to live up to last year’s height,” the program’s director Yosef Kramer told COLlive. “We had a Chasidus shiur every morning and night, a shiur in Reshimos every week and the bochurim wore white shirts.”

The Crown Heights-born Kramer, who spent 13 years in Parksville as a camper and staff member, is credited with rejuvenating the Masmidim program.

His counselors this year will be Mendy Bronstein and Avremel Nelkin. The learning teachers were not announced yet.

Rabbi Shmuel Lew, London’s Shliach and educator, spent a full week with the bochurim last year.

“The plan is to host other Roshei Yeshivos and Rabbonim this year,” Kramer said. “Shiurim will engage the bochurim on all levels, preparing them for a successful return to yeshiva.”

Situated amongst the beautiful scenery of the Catskill Mountains, the Masmidim get to express their youthful enthusiasm through nature hikes, overnights, sports, BBQ’s, exciting trips and many more new activities planned for this year.

The camp is directed by Rabbi Avraham Shemtov and Rabbi Yosef Futerfas.

“We want to maintain the high standard and individual attention and will have a limited enrollment,” Kramer added. “All Masmidim will also need to be interviewed before being accepted.”

For more information please call the camp office at 845-292-9307 or email: Masmidim@campganisrael.com. Registration forms at www.CampGanIsrael.com