The Cornerstone Fellowship promotes Jewish cultural changes at camp by offering Jewish educational training to exemplary returning bunk staff and professional development to camp leaders. The annual 4.5-day Cornerstone seminar provides a cutting-edge training experience featuring workshops, song sessions and campfires, where fellows learn not only from an exemplary team of experiential Jewish educators, but also from each other. The experience trains and empowers the counselors to play a larger creative role in Jewish programming. Cornerstone also offers an important professional development opportunity for senior camp staff, who supervise their counselors’ progress throughout the program and work with them to introduce new traditions and programs at camp. Both Fellows and senior camp staff are supported by a faculty advisor who provides coaching so that visions and action plans can be implemented successfully during the summer. 308 Cornerstone fellows – the largest group on record – were trained in May 2017, bringing the program to a 15-year total of over 3,700 camp counselors who have participated.
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