Camp Case: Habonim Dror Camp Galil
By Sharon Waimberg, Executive Director
In 2005, Habonim Dror Camp Galil began dreaming of building the first significant building project in at least a generation - and the beginning of the physical revitalization of the Camp's site. Now, in 2011, as the Camp celebrates its 65th summer, campers will have use of a beautiful new Assembly Building - providing a spacious multi-purpose room with a fireplace and windows for the entire Camp community to gather in inclement weather, and to enjoy performances and celebrations together in one space. The Camp's educational staff will have a new, modern 2-story staff/administration building housing a resource library, computers, office and workspace for the design and planning of their Jewish and other educational programming. The second floor will house a staff lounge giving staff a central place to go for off-periods, keeping them close to campers in a comfortable environment.
Inspired by a late camper, this two building complex will be called The Amy Adina Schulman Center. Sadly Amy Adina's life was too short, but her commitment to the goals and ideals of Habonim Dror Camp Galil lives on.
In 2007, the capital campaign began in earnest with the help and guidance of the Grinspoon Institute. To date, the campaign has been successful in raising over $800,000 out of its $1.1 million goal. This was the first time in Galil's 65 year history that a capital campaign was initiated. The Camp's Board of Directors is pleased with the result so far. Over one hundred individuals and foundations have led the way in the beginning stage of this campaign. This was done with help from the family of Amy Adina Schulman, the Grinspoon Foundation, the Avi Chai Foundation and all the individuals who stretched to kick off this campaign. The next phase will continue to be done Galil-style, almost like a barn-raising, with every camper, counselor, alumni and community-member doing their part to raise the funds needed to complete the buildings.