Shaina Potash
March 11, 2022

This month we are spotlighting several awardees of Buffalo Jewish Federation’s First-Time Camper Incentive grants, Taste of Centerland and One Happy Camper. Today, we are delighted to feature Shaina Potash who attended Camp Seneca Lake (CSL) for the first time last summer.

Shaina is currently a 10th grader at The Park School in Amherst. “My experience at Camp Seneca Lake was nothing like I have ever felt in my entire life,” she shared. “I made core memories that will forever be etched into my mind.” Shaina was originally only going to stay for four weeks but enjoyed camp so much she decided to stay for the full seven weeks. “During the summer, I broke through so many unknown personal goals and defeated mental blocks that prevented me from doing many things with my life,” Shaina expressed, “I am so grateful to CSL for letting me have a little bit of childhood wonder before I reached into adulthood.”

Shaina’s parents, Jamie & Ari, share their daughter’s enthusiasm for CSL. “Shaina overcame challenges at Camp; she learned new skills, and pushed herself beyond what she thought she was capable of: physically, mentally and emotionally.” They further expressed that “these takeaways were not just about boating, campfires and the great outdoors. The memories made are gifts, and will be treasured for a lifetime.”

Camp Seneca Lake, affiliated with the Rochester JCC, has provided generations of children entering grades 4-12 with nearly 100 summers of fun, friends and cherished memories. Their 200 beautiful wooded acres in the Finger Lakes region of New York State provide the ideal backdrop for camping. Campers participate in a variety of activity areas and programs including waterfront (skiing, sailing, paddle sports and more), high and low ropes courses, land sports, hiking, nature, performing arts, and arts and crafts. For more information about CSL, click HERE.

For more information on the First-Time Camper Incentive Grants offered through the Buffalo Jewish Federation, Taste of Centerland and One Happy Camper, click HERE. If you have any questions, click here to email Mandy Weiss.

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