How did you spend your Sunday? If you were among the lucky, you spent it in the sun. If you’re among the really lucky, you spent it with other volunteers planting, weeding and building the new greenhouse at Eden Village Camp.
Eden Village is a brand-spanking new Jewish summer camp located 50 miles north of New York City. The camp melds the best aspects of traditional overnight camps (from bonfires to lake swimming to summer crushes) with a unique environmental vision. Campers aged 3rd-12th grade engage in organic gardening and bee keeping, outdoor and wilderness adventure (i.e. hikes, rock climbing and ropes courses), green-friendly arts and crafts and natural sciences as well as weekly Shabbat celebrations and morning prayer and reflection time on the weekdays. Campers share locally-grown, mostly vegetarian/pescatarian meals – many of which they’ve helped to grow or cook!
According to the camp’s website, each camper is supported in “developing outdoor and leadership skills, exploring new interests and awakening a sense of positive Jewish identity, purpose, and joy.”
This summer marks the pilot season at Eden Village Camp. And in honor of the occasion, Repair the World joined other volunteers for a day of “barn raising” service. Together, they shvitzed and hammered to build a beautiful greenhouse for the campers to use, and helped ready the garden for the first campers who arrive on Wednesday. The greenhouse and the camp’s educational farm will be led by the Jewish Farm School, which promotes sustainable agriculture with a Jewish focus. (The greenhouse itself was funded by the UJA Federation of New York.)
If you were one of the many volunteers who took part in today’s service event, lucky you! If not, do not despair – you can help Eden Village by passing their website along to potentially interested friends and family, or making a donation to help sustain their vision. And to get you in the spirit, here’s a little barn raising music.
Check out the photos from the day below (make sure to get a look at the snazzy Repair the World t-shirts being sported by many of the volunteers: