Our long awaited CRUSY year is finally starting! This means so many great things for our region. It means a new incoming freshmen class, more conventions to get excited for, new leadership to begin, and new memories to be made.
As our summer comes to an end, so many teenagers from CRUSY return home from their USY summer programs. Whether they were on Wheels or Pilgrimage, every teenager built a connection with Judaism and USY. The summer programs that USY has to offer are unbelievable. Whether your kids are interested in doing community service, touring Israel, America, or countries in Europe or learning about Judaism, a USY summer program is just for them!
That’s it for my summer plug, but I really do hope that you consider all of these amazing programs. Now it is time to focus on CRUSY. Over 20 teenagers from CRUSY came home from Camp USY XL at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin last week. CRUSY met three other regions, CHUSY, SWUSY, and Emtza, at Camp Ramah for this fun filled week. We had five days of camp-based games and sports, and learned a lot about business ethics in Judaism. Early on at camp, each grade made a movie, and presented it on the last night of camp at the talent show. After dancing the night away and laughing at our silly movies, there wasn’t a camper smiling as camp came to an end. However, because of the cost of convention, many teenagers who wanted to attend camp weren’t able to. I highly encourage every p aren’t to make a donation to the organization “Send a Kid to CRUSY.” Next time your child has home hospitality for a convention, please consider a donation to thank USY for your child’s experience. Every family that is willing to host USYers for a night would be thrilled to know that your gift is going a great cause. Maybe the kid that you send to CRUSY could be future president of USY!
Lastly, Fall Board Convention is quickly approaching! It is the first convention of the year and I encourage all parents to spread the word, especially to incoming freshmen! This convention is only for USYers on a board, but it is open for all freshmen. If you know anyone who is even slightly considering USY, please give them that extra push that will help them sign up. Parents of USYers have so much influence in their community, and I hope that you use it to help out CRUSY. Thank you so much for reading this letter, and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me!
Ilana Kari Kramer
CRUSY President 2011-2012