LAJF's fall Board of Directors’ meeting convened at Camp Rising Sun this past weekend. On Saturday, Board members reflected on the 2016-17 fiscal year, reviewed organizational goals and the 5-year Strategic Plan, and completed a walk-through of the facilities with our Buildings & Grounds Committee.
Autumn is the time of the year where many alumni associations across the globe welcome home new campers. It is a time to begin new friendships across generations – something quite special to the CRS Alumni community. Chinese alumnae Lisa Li recently wrote a blog post on the Chinese Alumni Association webpage about rekindling old camp friendships – and about beginning new ones.
Kristen Chang (‘14, ‘15) visited Julie Kim (’89, ’90) as Julie was in the middle of moving her business, Littlefield, an all-inclusive art and performance space, to a new location. Read about how camp inspired Julie to change careers and open this art space.
Over the last year the LAJF Board, Staff, and Volunteers have worked diligently to preserve our Camp at Red Hook and make the best use of it to further our mission. What follows is an update on what is being done to restore the property, the property tax-exempt status, the use of Red Hook by 2017 campers and the steps required to re-open Red Hook.
As of August 2017, the USA's J-1 Visa, which includes the camp counselor visa program, is now being included in the discussion of potential visa categories that could be limited or cut entirely as a part of the Buy American and Hire American initiative. Read more to understand how vital the J-1 Visa is to CRS, and what you can do to help prevent the J-1 Visa from being limited or cut.
This has been one of the most intense weeks at Camp, but one of the most transforming. The campers started functioning better as a community and spoke to each other more freely. The second hiking trip, self-care day, movie night, and the weekly variety program happened this week as well. Read more about the week here.