Camp Songleader Development
Summer Sparks 2022 was a big success, with over 40 emerging songleaders participating from across movements and systems.
This year, we are starting a little earlier to ensure your songleaders are ready by camp opening. The extra time gives everyone a chance to check-in and address challenges that may arise after on-the-ground camp preparation begins.
Wednesday, March 22
Tuesday, March 28
Wednesday, April 19
Wednesday, May 3
Wednesday, May 10
Even if you don't have your full complement of songleaders now, letting potential candidates know they have access to this opportunity could help with recruiting. Also, if you don't have any songleaders until very late, please let Rosalie and Rachel know and we will work with you to provide the support and training needed to help make a great summer.
Led by Rachel Wolman and featuring special guest teachers each week, this thoughtfully-designed training program gives young songleaders the skills and confidence they need to create meaningful and inspiring Jewish experiences unique to your camp community.
Participants will learn:
How to sing with staff and campers of all ages
Strategic planning and communication skills
How to collaborate with their songleading team
Repertoire old and new that supports worship and camp programming
They will build foundational songleading technique and grow through honest reflection and feedback, in collaboration with peers from across camps and movements.
Summer Sparks is dedicated to development of the next generation of camp songleaders, with representative teachers that embrace an inclusive gender diversity and celebrate forward-looking community building experiences.
Five 90-minute online sessions
One dedicated 30-minute meeting with full camp songleading team
After-camp group debrief and year-round networking opportunities
Ongoing tracking, support, and connection to learning and leadership opportunities
The fee for Summer Sparks is:
$850 for 2 or more songleaders from one camp (including access to Head Songleader support for the Head Songleader(s))
$500 for 1 songleader from a camp (including access to the Head Songleader support)
We are also offering a $250 discount to Hava Nashira for participants 18 and older, so they can expand their learning and get connected to a network of like-minded peers and professionals.
Coordinator and Lead Teacher
Dan Nichols, Guest Teacher
Head Songleader Coach
Rose Snitz, Guest Teacher
Rabbi Josh Warshawsky,
In 2022, a Young Judea camp songleader team hoped to build a songleading culture where previously there was not capacity or trained staff.
In a follow-up conversation after Summer Sparks, they reflected to us how wonderful it was to have formal training along with tips on how to songlead, how to teach, and how to plan and track singing for a meaningful summer. Receiving great repertoire for young kids was helpful for them, too.
The songleaders shared with us that they had a wonderful summer of singing because they were set up for success by their senior staff and the Summer Sparks program. They had campers participating in a band, and had new and meaningful repertoire for tefilah and shira for the first time in many years.
It was an excellent start on the building of a culture of songleading for their camp, and we are proud and honored to partner with them on their journey.
If you have questions or are not associated with a camp but are interested in training, please contact Rosalie@SingUntoGod.org.