Here at camp, we strive to give our campers the ability to practice the things they love, while at the same time learning new things and expanding their horizons. One way we do this is during a part of the day called sadnaot, literally "workshops."
Each day the shchavot (age groups) rotate through our 6 sadnaot to talk about a different subject or learn a new skill. By having the opportunity to interact with our different facilities and specialties, the chanichim (campers) are encouraged to value the different activities, and at the same time learn about a related issue.
For example, in the gan (garden) sadna (singular for workshop) campers learn about the organic/natural/local food movement while looking closely and learning about the different plants we grow. Other examples of sadnaot are rikkud or Israeli folk dancing, teva or nature, sports, and melechet yad or arts and crafts. We also have one in which our campers learn about Israeli culture, food, and people with our Israeli staff members.
Today, the Amelim had teva with Nora, where they talked about trees and learned about the role they play in protecting the environment. The Chotrim had sports with Shaun where they played an exciting game of kickball. Sayarim learned some new Israeli dances with Jonah which they can add to their Friday night repertoire. The Tzophim played in the gan with Nathan, where they took a tour and checked out which plants we are growing and what sort of agricultural practices we use (we are organic and have drip irrigation!). Meanwhile, the Bonim worked in the Melechet Yad where they used their creativity to make decorations for their Bonim clubhouse. The Bogrim did not get to do sadnaot because they were on tiyul, the overnight camping and hiking trip that each age group does.
For more exciting camp stories, check in again tomorrow!! Lailah tov (good night)!!