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Repair Inspiration: Eden Village Camp Makes the New York Times

Here at Repair the World, we have been big fans of Eden Village Camp – the Jewish organic farm camp – since the get go. We have profiled their awesome summer program, with its environmentally-focused, hands-on, empowering approach to summer camp education. We even volunteered to help them build their greenhouse!

So we were very psyched to see Putnam Valley, New York-based program profiled recently in the New York Times for its innovative and gutsy “no body talk” policy, which aims to shift kids’ and preteens’ awareness from a body image and style-driven focus to deeper engagement with one another. Check out the excerpt, and read the full piece at The New York Times’ website:

No Body Talk at Summer Camps
New York Times, July 18, 2014

“Last August, on a clear summer day, Tom and Maura Gould were driving their 12-year-old daughter from Eden Village, an organic farming camp in Putnam Valley, N.Y., to their home in Cambridge, Mass., when they started talking about family members who were particularly hairy.

“Why would you want to talk about that?” their daughter, Aviva, asked from the back seat. “There are much better things to talk about than someone’s looks.”

For many people, including children, talking about physical attributes would be no big deal. But for Aviva, this kind of talk sounded an alarm, mostly because she had not heard it at camp.

At Eden Village, staff members and campers follow something called the “no body talk” rule. “The specific rule is while at camp, we take a break from mentioning physical appearance, including clothing,” said Vivian Stadlin, who founded the camp six years ago with her husband, Yoni Stadlin. “And it’s about myself or others, be it negative, neutral or even positive.”

On Friday afternoon, when the campers, girls and boys from 8 to 17, are dressed in white and especially polished for the Sabbath, they refrain from complimenting one another’s appearances. Rather, they say, “Your soul shines” or “I feel so happy to be around you” or “Your smile lights up the world,” Ms. Stadlin said.

Signs posted on the mirrors in the bathroom read, “Don’t check your appearance, check your soul.”


Spotlight On: Eden Village Camp (aka The Green Jewish Summer Camp)

Every so often, an idea comes along that feels like it should have existed forever. That’s kind of what Eden Village Camp is like. The Jewish environmental overnight camp combines two already wonderful things – summer camp and sustainability – into one package.

Now in it’s third summer, Eden Village Camp empowers campers to experience a sustainable and spiritual Jewish community geared towards them. At camp campers can be fully themselves, learn outdoor and environmental skills via hands-on projects like organic farming, cooking, and ecology hikes (and more), and become leaders in their communities once camp is over. The camp also runs several Family Camps each season to give camper parents and siblings a taste of camp-life, as well as year-round environmental programming.

There is still time to register for Eden Village’s August session or August Family Camp. Know a camper who might be interested? Find out more here. Want a closer look? Check out this great slideshow of photos, and watch the in-depth Eden Village Camp video here.

Gear up for Fall with Jewish Farm School

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you likely know about the Jewish Farm School and Eden Village Camp – two organizations at the forefront of the Jewish environmental movement. (For newcomers: Jewish Farm School is a Jewishly rooted sustainable agricultural organization and Eden Village Camp is a new, ecologically-focused Jewish day camp for kids and teens.)

Now you have the opportunity to go beyond reading about these organizations and experience their work first hand. This fall, the Jewish Farm School will host a series of events (both day-long and multi-day) that explore organic farming and permaculture, Jewish learning and social justice. Read below for more information and register today for an inspiring fall.

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Repair the World Helps Build Eden Village Camp

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.”
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