Posted by: Ofer Aronskind | July 19, 2014

Running a Summer Camp

I recently read an article in the New York Times about a family that runs a couple of sleep-away camps in Pennsylvania. The article featured Mickey Black and spoke of the several generations of his family that started the camp and continues to run it through today. The story struck a chord with me because my own family ran a sleep-away camp in the Berkshires many years ago. I was so moved by the article I decided to send Mr. Black copies of my first two books — Summer Sleep-Away and That Same Summer — which are fictionalized accounts of my experiences at summer camp.

From what I read in the article, Mr. Black has about 900 campers. Our camp had about 150. I know what it takes to run a camp — the demands, the stress, the kids. Mickey has all we had multiplied by six. Yet, two days after I mailed out the books I got a call from Mickey Black thanking me. Telling me how excited he was to read them. With all he had going on, he took the time to call a perfect stranger and say thanks. what a mensch. You see what years of sleep-away camp can teach a kid.

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