Kimama is like my second home. At Kimama I can just be myself. I can’t describe how much I love that place, the friends, everything. There isn’t a moment at Kimama when I’m bored, nor or enjoying myself, or not learning something. The counselors keep us busy all the time and teach us new stuff about different things, and especially about ourselves. You could say I’m addicted to the experience! I hope that in another 3 years, when I’m old enough, I can become a counselor at Kimama – because there’s nothing I want more than that!
I look forward to Kimama the whole year, just waiting for the summer vacation to start. I feel that there I can do whatever I want to, and just be myself – Noa. They don’t judge you there by what you look like or where you come from; everyone is friends with everyone, there aren’t fights and arguments. At Kimama it’s impossible to feel that you’re not wanted or that you don’t belong. On the first day of camp, I didn’t know anyone yet and I was a little hesitant, but as unlikely as this may sound, you get to know the kids there within a day, and you form amazing bonds and friendships. At Kimama there isn’t a dull moment! There’s always dancing and fun and jokes with the counselors, the kids, in the dining hall, and at the activities. It’s not just a camp; it’s an experience you’ll never forget!
Kimama is definitely the best thing that ever happened in my life!
Camp Kimama is the best thing that ever happened to me. I met my best friends there, and I enjoy myself there more than anywhere else. At Kimama I feel the most ‘myself’ – I can be whoever and whatever I choose. All the people I’ve met at Kimama are good kids, they’re friendly and supportive, and at camp no-one cares how anyone looks, what they’re wearing, or what their views are. The counselors are fantastic, every one of them; they treat everyone with respect, they include everyone, and make sure that no-one is left out. I’ve been to all the Kimama camps – the summers, the desert, skiing, Passover camp, and more. Each time I’ve met new friends from all over the world and I’ve learned new things. Kimama is my second home and I’ll keep coming back, for every activity, year after year!
I came to Kimama with a friend who had been there before and recommended me to join. At first I was really nervous about what would be going on there, but the second I got there I became friends with everyone – counselors and campers! All my friends in my bunk are from Israel and countries around the world. The thing I love most about Kimama is that no matter where you come from – no matter which country or which culture – everyone is equal. My friends from home just don’t understand why I love Kimama so much and why it’s so important to me, and I just can’t really explain it! It’s a really special environment that someone that hasn’t been there just wouldn’t understand what kind of amazing place it is and what it does for me. Every year I just wait for the summer to go back to camp and meet my friends from all over the world and I really hope I can be a counselor in a couple of years. I would tell everyone to come to camp for the best two weeks of their lives and join this family.
In 5th grade I went to Kimama for the first time; I was in the Maya group. I went without any of my friends, and I was afraid that I’d be a little lost there. It was difficult for the first few days; I didn’t know the girls who were bunking with me, I was afraid I wouldn’t get along with them, and I really wanted to go home. The counselors persuaded me to stay and promised that I would enjoy myself. Surprisingly enough, today, the girls who were with me in my bunk are my best friends! I’m grateful to the counselors who never give up; they’re funny and it’s fun to be with them, and they’re the best problem-solvers in the world! My parents told me that next summer we’ll be going overseas, and as usual, we’re postponing flights and juggling dates so that I can join the Kimama activities, in the summer as well as during the year. Kimama isn’t a “summer camp”; it’s an incredible experience where you learn important values and meet great kids and good friends from all over the world – not via Facebook or the computer, but face to face, as part of one big family!
From the moment I got to Kimama I understood how special it was. Kabbalat Shabbat (Shabbat Service), the joint meals, amazing conversations between friends. I knew that I arrived at the door of my new home. The friends at kimama, the embrace I feel the minute I get to Kimama makes me feel at home. I don’t think I’ll ever experience friendships that are so genuine like I have at Kimama. There aren’t friendships like this anywhere in the world!