Hello, Galil Community!
Today we enjoyed a yom ragil (regular day) after several fun days of special programming. A good night’s sleep gave us all the rest we needed to jump back into the schedule of machaneh (camp). This morning, we had a classic aruchat boker (breakfast) of buttermilk pancakes with syrup and lots of fruit from the buffet—yum! From breakfast, we went to avoda (daily jobs) and nikayon tzrif (cabin cleaning), which were good ways to settle back into machaneh and make the spaces we use clean and organized.
For peulat shikvah alef (first age group activity of the day), our younger schavot (age groups), Amelimot (campers entering 4th and 5th grade), Chotrimot (campers entering 6th grade), and Sayarimot (campers entering 7th grade), dove into learning about today's LGBTQ community. The chanichimot (campers) made equal rights posters to hang up around machaneh.
On this regular day, the older schavot had a special group of guest speakers from the Workmen’s Circle, a Jewish social justice organization in New York, come to speak to them. The chanichimot listened to them speak, did some fun and engaging activities, and then were given the chance to ask questions to the guest speakers.
A compelling morning led us to lunch, where we had a machaneh favorite of pasta bar! Rotini, spaghetti, pesto, alfredo, quite the smorgasbord of options! We stood on the benches and for some spirit-filled shira (singing) after the meal until it was time for chofesh (free time), when we all darted out the doors of the chadar ochel (dining hall) to hang out with our friends.
We had our second round of chugim (interest groups) today, and all the chanichimot seemed to enjoy the activity their chug leader had planned. Walking around during chugim, I saw chanichimot playing a game of Party Host in the Improv chug, eating oranges like apples in the “Would You Rather” chug, exploring the creek in the Creativitrees chug, and making yummy desserts in the Great Canadian American Bake Off chug. Today everyone was really keeping busy! Following chugim, we had peulat shikvah bet (second age group activity). The Amelimot learned
rikud (israeli folk dancing), the Chotrimot cut vegetables from the gan (garden) in the mitbach (kitchen), the Sayarimot built birdhouses outside of the gan, the Tzophimot practiced their ivrit (hebrew), the Bonimot made hand crafts in the Beit Omenut (arts and crafts building), and the Bogrimot worked on their plans for bocoup, their takeover day.
Tonight for tochnit erev (nighttime activity), each kvutzah (age group) will do their own separate activity. Tochnit erev by kvutzah is always a great time for the chanichimot to do a fun bonding activity to wrap up the day.