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What I Love About Being a Camp Director

I love being a part of a community where so many people are determined to make something better. Sometimes it’s the really big events, sometimes it’s the incredibly small moments. Through music, humor, a few words of wisdom, an act of kindness, pursuing a new adventure or simply being included.

I’ve always been impressed by the power of our opportunity to enrich a child’s life in a JCC overnight camp. We are uniquely positioned to create an array of exhilarating adventures amidst exceptional facilities, supervised by extraordinary young adult leaders who innately care for & nurture each child while weaving culturally Jewish values into every experience. Infusing k’vod (respect) into the way kids relate to one another during an intense basketball game or when watching a bunkmate perform on stage, ruach (spirit & enthusiasm) into a medley of songs on Shabbat, or initiating mitzvot (a good deed or act of kindness) in between water skiing or ascending a ropes course is not contrived but rather a very natural expression of who we choose to be.

Jim Mittenthal, Camp Director | Camp Barney Medintz

Jim Mittenthal is the director at Camp Barney Medintz in Atlanta, Georgia. His summer camping experience has spanned over 30 years as camper, counselor, waterfront director, unit head (at Camp Barney!), program director, and for six years as the director of another JCC summer camp in Colorado.

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