• “I’ve lived two lives at camp”

    It’s not everyone that can say “I’ve lived two lives at camp”.  Well, I did.  The first time in the 70’s, the second time in the 90’s.  Two separate experiences and circumstances and each very important and life-changing in very different ways.


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  • Falling in Love at Camp All Over Again

    Tu B'Av begins tonight. It’s often described as the Jewish Valentine’s Day because historically this was a day for matchmaking. The Talmud describes young women, dressed in white, dancing in the vineyards looking for a partner. Tu B’Av is a little known holiday and does not require special liturgy or ritual. Recently in Israel, the holiday has been reclaimed as a holiday of love with singing and dancing.


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  • Zionsville to Zion – GUCI connecting to Israel

    When campers speak about their favorite parts of camp, Shabbat song session often tops the list. The unbridled ruach that we experience at GUCI week after week, year after year, is evidence of a pure joy unique to this community. As a longtime camper and now as a staff member, I have experienced many Shabbat song sessions. For me, the most memorable part is when the music slows, we take our seats, the lights dim and, our arms linked around one another, and we quietly sing the last few songs.


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  • Becoming A Counselor

    I was only 17-years old when I began my job being a camp counselor at GUCI. Fortunately, I was beginning this job in a well-established training program at a camp I fully adored. My first staff-training was filled with so much information to absorb: learning about developmental milestones, communication skills, conflict resolution, incorporation of spirituality. The trainings seamlessly wove into the day-to-day of camp.


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  • Healthy Competition and Being a Captain

    Yom Sport is one of the most special days on camp each session. It’s where camp really showcases how much ruach we have. Even throughout the few years that I have been at here, no two Yom Sports are or feel the same.


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  • A Shabbat Message – July 13th 2018

    Its’ been a very busy week in Zionsville!  A great week!  On Sunday, we closed an amazing Kallah Aleph (first session), sending home 237 campers who spent their month learning and living together.  Staff had a few hours off, and then we gathered Monday morning to start a marathon day of transition.


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  • GUCI: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

    It was the summer of 2002. Vanessa Carlton and Ashanti topped the charts; Tamagotchis, Furbies, and slap bracelets were all the rage. And I was preparing for my first summer at Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, Indiana.


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  • Shabbat is when we SING!

    Every Shabbat, everyone at GUCI gathers together for the weekend. Not only to share in the relaxation and celebrating of the past week and the upcoming new week, but to share in the sound of all of our voices coming together. Each event or program that takes place during this time centers around song and community.


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  • How Did we do Last Summer?

    Each year following summer, GUCI participates in a Camper Satisfaction Insights Survey (CSI) that seeks feedback from families on a wide variety of topics including program offerings, facility conditions, leadership, cost, etc.  We carefully review the results of this survey as we consider our goals for improvement during the coming year.


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  • Alumni Spotlight, David Burkman

    At GUCI, we take great pride in building a diverse Reform Jewish community.  We encourage people to really be themselves, and to work hard to develop their “best selves.”  We embrace the wide range of personalities, interests, and skills people bring to our community each summer. 


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