I enjoyed summers at Camp Poyntelle from the age of 11 through my LIT summer at 16 (1989-1994). The best part of those years was my summers at camp. At 11, I was an awkward girl trying to fit in. Camp taught me that I didn’t need to fit in with anyone. Camp taught me that I was already “in” as my unique authentic self and that there were swarms of people that would value and love me. I could always be myself at camp. I learned how funny I was, I learned what a great swimmer I was, I learned that having a good time and going with the flow would be a valued skill. I found my Jewish identity at camp and really embraced this part of myself. Camp brought me closer to my brother – a lifelong camper – and continues to bond us to this day.
I can’t help but smile when I think of Camp Poyntelle. I hope to send my girls there one day!
Stacy (Dorter) Neiman, 40
Living in the Bay Area, California (San Carlos); married to Mark Neiman, semi-professional tennis player and attorney, mother of two beautiful, hilarious girls (Sarina, 7 and Jordan, 3)
I am the Director of Corporate Relations for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.