Shwayder Camp Hacks
Everyone can use a little help from time to time, so we put together some proven tips offered up by Shwayder veterans. From playing games and crafting keepsakes, to spicing up the amazing camp food, come to Camp this summer knowing everything there is to know and feeling ready to go go GO!
1) Crazy Creeks
Will save your life, and your pants
Crazy Creeks are amazing folding chairs that keep you sitting up when you are planted on the ground. They are portable, comfortable, and you can even buy one that says “Shwayder Camp”. Crazy Creeks are great for overnights, camp fires, and hanging out at the ropes course. If you are looking to avoid dirty pants, commonly known as Shwayder Butt, be sure to bring your Crazy Creek.
2) Six Minutes
The only time frame you will ever need
At camp you will find time works a little differently, the weeks are shorter than the days and a day can feel like a week. What is even more curious is that everything at camp takes just 6 short minutes to complete. Even when it feels like its taking forever, just 6 more minutes and it will be over.
3) GA GA Strategy
Ga Ga is more than a game, it is a way of life.
Ga Ga is a type of Israeli dodgeball played in a small octagonal court. To get someone out in Ga Ga you must hit them below the knees with a ball, while protecting your own shin area. Shwayder Camp campers are some of the most dedicated Ga Ga players in the world and they have some rules worth knowing before you step on the court.
Be sure you only hit the ball with an open hand
Always stay off your knees
You can’t knock out your neighbors until neighbor rules are off
Crouching is the best way to protect your legs, until crouching is called off
Keep the ball low
Counselors and staff are the only one who can make calls
Most importantly stay active, stay vigilant, and stay low, and you will be sure to succeed in Ga Ga.
4) Friendship Bracelets
Friendship bracelets can bind friends forever and ever.
Friendship bracelets and hemp bracelets are a great way to take a little piece of camp home with you. Any of the bracelets are easy to to make (we will even teach you how) and the colorful strings will brighten your day. Be sure to start you bracelet with a slip knot so you can hook it on to a safety pin. Attaching them to your water bottles is a great way to keep them close, clean, and always have an anchor. Free time, before bed, and after meals are great times to make friendship bracelets.
Like s’mores but BETTER!
Sh’mores are a Shwayder Camp staple. Instead of the typical graham cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate; Sh’mores introduce excitement into the mix by replacing the plain old chocolate bar with a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup! If peanuts aren’t your thing, we always have substitutes like Rollos, fresh fruit, or Nutella. There is no better combination in the world than peanut butter and chocolate, but it is truly out of this world when you add roasted marshmallow and graham cracker!
6) PBJ Corner
Shwayder’s best kept secret
During anytime of day, and all meals, there is a sacred corner of our dining hall devoted solely to the availability of peanut butter and jelly sandwich supplies. If Sloppy Joe’s aren’t your thing or you need a little extra food, take a trip to the PBJ corner. You can also embellish your regular meal with all the goodies in the corner. Put peanut butter on your bananas or jelly on your bagel, customize your meal and eat well everyday.
7) The Closed Toed Slip On
Laces! Who needs them?
Shwayder Camp has a closed toe shoe policy that requirers everyone to wear closed toed shoes at all times, with the exception of Shabbat. Having sneakers up at camp is extremely important for many activities, but when you are rolling out of bed in the morning to make it to flag pole on time, tying shoe laces is the LAST thing you want to do. Closed toed shoes can easily be slipped on and off and are a life saver. Clogs or Keens are a great choice because of the substantial protection they give to your toes.