300 Children Attend Camp Koby

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Camp Koby, an American-style camp for children who have lost parents and siblings to terror, will host over 300 children today through Wednesday, March 31. The children are between the ages of 9 to 17, both religious and non-religious and include children from Druze families in the North.

Camp activities for the week include donkey rides, kayaks and mountain hiking. In the evening the group will have entertainment and campfires. There is a strong emphasis on continuity of friendships, and relationships with fellow campers and counselors. The camper/counselor ratio is one to four so campers receive the individual attention they need.

For many of the children it is their outlet for expressing feelings and connecting in ways that they cannot do with their friends as home. At Camp Koby, everyone knows what it is like to lose a mother, father, sister or brother. The children are not afraid to relax, relate to their peers and express grief and anxiety.

The camp is one of a series of programs held throughout the year, with over 600 children participating. A team of programming, educational and therapeutic professionals runs the program and works closely with trauma specialists. The camp has developed strategic relationships with the Israel Family Therapy Advancement Fund and the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma.

Camp Koby, a project of the Koby Mandell Foundation, is named for the 13-year-old son of Sherri and Seth Mandell, who, along with his friend Yosef Ishran, was brutally murdered by Arab terrorists on May 8, 2001, in a cave in the rocky countryside that surrounds the Mandell home in Tekoa.

For further information, see please see http://www.kobymandell.org, or, in Israel, call Lisa Barkan at (055) 212-641