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Tuesday, March 20 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
Beyond the First Kiss: Building Healthy Camp Cultures Around Romance, Sexuality, & Gender FILLING

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Even in a world that is embracing new expressions of gender, many pre-teens and teens at camp still feel intense pressure to conform to very specific codes of dress, speech, and behavior based on being male or female. Sexist name calling and pressure to be sexual are commonplace at camp and are too often ignored or even encouraged by junior staff. While for many teens camp is a safe place to explore emerging desires and romantic interest, for others the camp environment can reinforce harmful pressure to hook up for reasons of status and fitting in. How do we help staff and campers to challenge expectations based on gender and create a healthier environment to explore both friendships and romantic relationships? How can senior staff communicate clear boundaries to protect all campers and also foster healthy development and conversation about personal and communal values around attraction, flirtation, romance, body image, gender codes, sexual identity and sexuality? In this highly interactive session, we will share recent action-research conducted by Moving Traditions and FJC with 25 camps and share new tools and approaches for addressing these issues proactively through staff training, camp policy and program development.

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Daniel Brenner

Chief of Education and Program, Moving Traditions
Rabbi Daniel Brenner helps Jewish communities address the spiritual and developmental needs of pre-teens and teens in his role as Chief of Education and Program at Moving Traditions. Prior to Moving Traditions, Daniel served in leadership positions at CLAL-The National Jewish Center... Read More →
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Tamara Cohen

Chief of Innovation, Moving Traditions
Rabbi Tamara Cohen, Chief of Innovation at Moving Traditions, oversees the development of programmatic initiatives including the Rosh Hodesh Reboot and Moving Traditions’ online program for trans, non-binary, and gender questioning Jewish teens. Prior to Moving Traditions, Tamara... Read More →

Tuesday March 20, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Waterview A-B, Lobby Level