You Can Never Have Too Many Sisters

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    We are all about Sisterhood here at Camp Pembroke; sisters are what make us who we are, what keeps us coming back year after year, what defines us as a camp and as individuals.  Our older campers have always made connections with our younger campers, and we are very proud of the fact that we do not have to have a Big Sister/Little Sister program here at Camp Pembroke in order to integrate our campers into our summer home.

    However, this does not mean that we can’t have a Big Sister/Little Sister evening activity — which everyone looks forward to each year.  Campers in grades 8, 9, and 10 are assigned a Little Sister in grades 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.  The Little Sisters are required to search for their Big Sisters using clues created by their Big Sisters that are scattered around camp.  The Big Sisters are excited to be officially found by their Little Sisters, for whom they have prepared small gifts.  Once all the pairs of sisters have been united, they sit by the Big Sister bunks and play games together as they get to know more about one another.  Often, these Big/Little sister duos are found together at various times around camp – during evening activities, barbecues, etc.  It is yet another example of the 80 years of sisterhood that has been created and fostered for four generations at Camp Pembroke.

    Although the excitement around this event is difficult to explain, our video of the 2014 Big Sister/Little Sister evening gives you an idea of how some of these pairings happen – and how they are cemented in the early stages.  I think the excitement of the evening is evident in the video, as is the warmth, positive role-modeling and nurturing on the part of the Big Sisters.  Our girls have many summer sisters, but some of their favorite relationships are those made during the Big Sister/Little Sister evening program.

    Big Sisters Little Sisters 2014 from Cohen Camps on Vimeo.

    If you have a prospective camper in your home and haven’t had the chance to visit Camp Pembroke yet, or know someone who would enjoy Camp Pembroke, please join us for a very special day this Sunday, July 13 — The Camp Pembroke Super Tour.  Join us (and invite a friend!) at camp for time with Pembroke buddies, a tour of the camp, an art project, and Israeli dancing in the gym.  We’ll finish the day eating lunch with our Pembroke community, and a Q&A with the director.

    To reserve your spot, simply email Director Ellen Felcher at efelcher(at)camppembroke.org or call the office at (781) 294-8006.  Hope you see you and your girls at Camp Pembroke!

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