Dear Kawaga Community,

As we reflect on the horrific events of the past several days in Israel, our hearts break for the unspeakable loss and despicable terrorist acts inflicted by Hamas. There are no words to express the pain and sorrow that we feel. Together, we mourn those who have been tragically lost, pray for a swift and peaceful resolution to the war, and the safe return of those who have been taken hostage. And, together, we stand proudly with Israel.

The impact of this terrorist attack echoes far beyond Israel and into our own community. We know that many of you have friends and family in Israel, and we pray that all are safe and for their continued well-being. Additionally, we have many current and former staff and alumni who live in Israel.

We know that each of our campers, and each of us individually, will experience and process this tragedy in a different way. Part of our mission and obligation at Kawaga is to inspire resilience in our campers and in each other. We also know that this quality is not something that is innate — rather it is built and is a journey. Yes, you can teach your children resilience. But, of course, just because we can learn to be resilient doesn’t mean there won’t be times that challenge what we learn.

If you are looking for resources about how to speak with your children, please consider the following:

Please know that we are here to support you and each other through this difficult time.

With prayers for peace,

Ben Fisher, President

Ty and Lauren Simpson, Directors

The Fisher and Daube Families, Owners