Shalom Chaverim V’Mishpachot,
Shalom Friends and Families,
The older kids of machaneh (camp) are back from their tiyul (camping trip! Yesterday, we traveled to French Creek State Park to go on a 5 mile hike and get more in touch with nature. On the trail we played games, had one on one conversations with those of us who we are not as close with, and even walked in silence sometimes to listen to the beautiful nature we have in out very own background. After the hike, we set up our tents and starting cooking a barbecue dinner. There was a medura (bonfire) where the kids roasted marshmallows, ate smores, and performed fun skits.
In the morning, the Bogrimot (post-9th grade) left in the early morning to go on a rafting trip! It was an amazing surprise for them. While the Bogrimot were off in the river waves, the Tzophimot and Bonimot (post-7th and 8th grade) went to Linvilla Orchards to pick peaches! We took a hay ride to the fields where peach trees were rich with orange and yellow fruits. Each chanichol (camper) got their own bag to collect peaches. At the end of the day, the mitbach (kitchen) here at machaneh will make a delicious peach crumble for dessert using the peaches that the chanichimot (campers) picked.
At machaneh, the younger chanichimot had a normal day involving zman madatz (junior counselor time) where the kids pretended they were in a relaxing spa for an hour. Later, the chanichimot had a peula shikvah (age group activity) on the topic of Judaism and Jewish tradition. How are do their Jewish lives differ from one another? How can they celebrate these differences, and bring them to machaneh? Questions such as these are just a few of what they discovered in today's conversations.
Later tonight, we will play sports, eat dinner, and relax with a movie night to close the day.