Using the Internet to rekindle summer camp and youth group
There are two places most people keep a picture of their
perfect match: in the back of their minds - readily accessible
for comparative purposes during first dates - and tucked away in
their old sleepaway camp scrapbooks.
There was sure to be one winner among the whirlwind summer
romances that made camp worth the price (although your parents
were probably thinking more along the lines of cultural pride
when they wrote the check): an end-of-the-season dance partner
with enviable good looks, a wry sense of humor and
well-developed athleticism who was a quick stitch with lanyard
While lanyards probably don't matter much to you anymore -
unless you were one of the crafty types who mastered the triple
diamond pattern imported by the European counselors - all the
qualities which made your match attractive at age 12 are
probably quite similar to the traits you find yourself seeking
today. And you know at least one person who possesses them.
Chances are, the object of your summer camp or youth group
romance is also still looking for the right Jewish person with
whom to share his or her humor, intelligence and energy. And the
Internet is the best place for the two of you to reconnect.
Use what you remember about your first true love to narrow your
search of potential matches. Hometowns, alma maters and unique
interests are good places to start. Even better, search for the
name of your summer camp (and make sure you add it to your
profile): if your target doesn't turn up, a mutual acquaintance
- a.k.a. another dating prospect - might. There's fun in taking
risks: just like back at summer camp.