Monday, April 30, 2007

Summer is almost upon us!

The countdown has begun...45 days till training for Jefunira Camp begins! Jeff, Terri and I have been getting very excited for the summer to begin- as much fun as we have playing 1 on 1 Ga-Ga, nothing compares to the excitement of having all of our campers and counselors around to play with. We've also been busy in the off-season inventing some new games and activities- keep your eyes peeled for "Dragonslayer" "Bean Bag Olympics" and some even wackier relay events!

We've nearly completed our hiring for the summer, and are very excited about the caliber of our counselors this summer- we have some amazingly talented people working with us, including a large number of returning counselors from last year! This years counseling staff includes singers, ice hockey players, ultimate frisbee stars, martial artists, global volunteers and more...We're still looking for those last few all-stars to round out the counseling staff- if you know of anyone you think would make a great camp counselor, please send them our way!

-Director Ben

Monday, April 9, 2007

Jefunira in the News!

Jefunira Camp was mentioned as one of the most popular camps in Palo Alto in a San Jose Mercury article about summer camp registration- look for us about 2/3 of the way down. The article discusses the early deadlines for parents trying to register their kids for summer programming and brings up some good issues regarding the at times competitive and extreme nature of camp registration. Jefunira saw this first hand this year, with over 500 applications arriving on the first day- a little overwhelming even for us! For those parents still trying to choose the right camp for their kids, our best advice is to consult other parents! Nothing substitutes for first hand knowledge of a program, and past attendees can tell you about issues such as quality of staff, programming, and other topics that might not be addressed by a website or brochure. Some good questions to ask:

1) Does the camp feel like a safe place to leave your kids?
2) What is the diversity of the camp's programming? (i.e. Is it all sports, all crafts, a mix of both, etc..)
3)What kind of staff-camper ratio does the camp have?
4) Do the counselors engage campers in activities when they arrive?
5) Is the camp ACA (American Camping Assocation) certified?

Regarding #5- Jefunira Camp is one of the only day camps on the peninsula to voluntarily submit ourselves to the ACA certification process. While optional, we feel that the guidelines and demonstration that we're following industry best practices required for ACA accredidation helps us to provide the safest, highest quality summer experience for our campers!

Friday, April 6, 2007

Director Lip Sync 2006

Once again, Ben and Jeff spent countless hours rehearsing choreography, picking out costumes, perfecting their hair, and memorizing lyrics for the much anticipated directors lip sync! Did all their hard work pay off? You be the judge...

Thursday, April 5, 2007

The 1st Jefunira Podcast!

Jefunira is pleased to bring you the first of what will soon be many fun podcasts!

Counselor Lip Sync 2006

The Jefunira Counselors encounter a 7 foot tall Otter Pop...

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Jefunira camp goes high-tech!

Welcome everyone!

We at Jefunira Camp are very excited to announce our new blog. We hope to start posting some exciting new content to fulfill your Jefunira needs year-round- keep your eyes peeled for podcast interviews with the Gladiators, downloadable stories told by Directors "Jeff" and "Ben", and videos offering a behind the scenes view of Jefunira camp! We'll also be using this site to post reviews of books, movies, and fun places that we think campers would enjoy!