Seniors pay a visit to Camp Gan of Israel Greenwich

When many of us think of summers from our past, we often think of extended-stay visits with our beloved grandparents. Indeed, it was only a generation or so ago, that many parents shipped their kids off to visit grandma and grandpa over the summer.

Growing up in Greenwich, many families do not have large extended families in the area. Children’s grandparents often live in the “Southern States,” or may live in New York City or upstate and modern parents are not keen to ship their kids off to Nanny’s house for a long, hot summer in the city nor a condo in Milford. Seniors can get lonely in the summer as well.

In order to bring some intergenerational fun into the lives of area seniors, Camp Gan Israel of Greenwich invited several elders to camp for bingo, cooking, chess playing and good, old-fashion conversation, reminiscing and laughter about their own favorite summer memories. The seniors delighted in meeting the girls’ bunks division, the boys’ bunks division and a half a dozen or so young-adult counselors. The laughter and smiles on everyone’s faces were wide and genuine.

Children need to delight in and spend quality-time with their elders. It is a great privilege to spend time with today’s elderly. Children blossom into their full potential as citizens and future adults when they are a taught respect, generosity and hospitality. Turning off the TV and turning on one’s ability to give to others makes children truly happy. The kind of happy that makes memories that last a lifetime.





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