Greetings, Galil Friends and Family!
Today the entire machaneh (camp) returned from our tiyul (hiking trip) today. The younger age groups, Amelimot (campers entering 4th and 5th grade), Chotrimot (campers entering 6th grade), and Sayarimot (campers entering 7th grade) hiked a shorter trail of about 2 miles, and the older age groups, Tzophimot (campers entering 8th grade), Bonimot (campers entering 9th grade), and Bogrimot (campers entering 10th grade) hiked a trail of about 5 miles. No matter the length of the hike, our chanichimot (campers) enjoyed conversations throughout and activities along the way! In all the rain we’ve been having lately, we fortunate to have clear skies and warm weather for our trip.
Once we all finished our hike by shicvah (age group), we all reconvened at our campsite in the heart of Evansburg State Park. The chanichimot worked together to pitch camp and start their medurah (bonfire) building for the night. Barbecue and s’mores at the end of a long day sent everyone to sleep in need of some rest!
We woke up this morning, quickly cleaned up our campsite, and then enjoyed some bagels and tea for breakfast. From there, we were on our way to Highland Orchards in West Chester, Pa. Our younger schavot (age groups) enjoyed a hayride-style tour through the orchard. They saw the corn fields, the blueberry bushes, and the many, many peach trees! The beauty in viewing acre after acre of views of fruit trees was outstanding. We all learned so much about agriculture and techniques for farming today from our new friends at the orchard! As we toured and adored nature at its sweetest, our older schavot had the opportunity to go into the fields and pick their very own peaches! In the coming day, we will use the peaches we picked today to make something tasty, maybe peach cobbler!
Tiyul is a valuable experience that we offer the chanichimot. Despite a strenuous hike or a hard tent floor, chanichimot learn a lot about themselves and one another during these trips. We discover our strengths and weaknesses when out of our comfort zones! AND, what safer way to challenge yourself than to do it surrounded by supportive friends! Every kvutzah came back closer than when we left just a day ago.
Now everyone is happy, exhausted, and looking forward to some rest. A chill evening will be good for everybody tonight!
Tomorrow, we look to a regular day, back to our usual activities. It’s fun to do new things, but it’s also fun to do something familiar!