• Why Camp Matters

    I’ve been trying to figure out exactly which part of camp is the most important to share in a brief blog post.  How do we sum up all that is this place?  For every one of us who has anything to do with GUCI, we have emotions and experiences, memories and hopes.


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  • GUCI’s Glossary

    For those who are first-time GUCI parents or have always wondered just what your campers’ letters home mean, we thought it would be helpful to provide you a GUCI glossary of terminology used around camp.


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  • How Summer Camp Cultivates Jewish Identity

    Children connect with the world around them in ways that vastly differ from adults. They find extraordinary value in what others have grown accustomed to, see beauty in what others now gloss over, and relate to what others no longer pay attention to.


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  • Home

    Home is usually defined as the comfortable place where you feel at peace, often your house. Although this is true, it is not what I personally think of when someone asks me to define the word. My definition is Goldman Union Camp Institute. my home away from home.


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  • Returning as Second Year Staff

    As a second year staff member and having just finished my freshman year of college, I feel as though I can better appreciate GUCI. Coming from a school with almost no Jewish population and not seeing my camp friends at youth group events throughout the year, I value my time here more.


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  • Where I’m From

    An original poem written by URJ GUCI Campers Sophie, Evie, Maliya, Abe, Isa, Eden, Sadie, Katie, Rebecca, Josh, Lev, Alex, Sienna, Emma, Ross, Sarah and Charlie


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  • Bunk Night

    Bunk Night is a special night that occurs twice each session. Campers look forward to the creative night planned by their counselors. The night in which Bunk Night takes place is a surprise for the campers, and each unit gets their own. It begins with a big reveal in cabin groups.


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  • A Letter From Orly

    My name is Orly, and GUCI's Senior Assistant Director Rachel Waldorf is my human. I am so excited to be here with my new bestie Shemesh, whose humans are the Klotzes. All the other humans here are so cute and are always smiling.


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  • A GUCI Shabbat

    Candles flicker; illuminating faces singing with all their heart. Prayers echo as a community chants as one. Sweaty bodies jump in unison as song leaders make their way through the crowd. Campers twist and turn to the beat of Israeli dance.


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  • My First Non-GUCI Summer

    The past 11 summers with GUCI have been irreplaceable, unmatchable, and profoundly meaningful. I have had experiences that guided me to where I am now and have met the people who have had the most significant impact on me, and I will forever be grateful for this.


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