Debbi Weinberg grew up attending Jewish camps. From Milldale to Louise to Timber Ridge, camps have been a major part of this Baltimore native and Pikesville High School graduate’s life since she was very young. In addition to her full-time role as founder and director of GEM (Girls’ Empowerment Mission), Weinberg also serves as co-chair of The Associated’s new Camp Engagement Committee.
iNSIDER: Of the three camps you attended, which stands out as your favorite?
Weinberg: I probably loved Camp Louise the most because sleepover camp is just such a great place to learn who you are and learn how to be independent.
Did your children go to sleep-away camp?
My children did. One loved it, one not so much.
How did you get involved in working in camps as an adult?
I feel like of all of the ways we can help our children to be excited about their Judaism, camp is the most fun way to do so.
What does your role with the Camp Engagement Committee involve?
Basically, we are trying to promote Jewish camping to the Jewish children of Baltimore. We’re trying to increase the number of Jewish children going to Jewish camps, because we know that Jewish camping really does ignite the Judaism within us.
What was your favorite activity from your camp experience?
Arts and crafts. I usually spent a lot of my time there. I also remember doing Jewish-type folk dancing at Camp Louise; I’ll close my eyes and visualize the place where we used to dance. That was something that I remember very favorably.
Do you stay in touch with any of the people you went to camp with?
Sadly, I do not, but my sister-in-law, who also went to Camp Louise, still goes there for reunions.