We all had a restful and much needed Saturday after a long week. Following a breakfast of doughnuts and fun cereals, our chanichimot (campers) enjoyed some programming planned by the Bogrimot (campers entering 10th grade) and Madatz (counselors-in-training). From Bogrimot Chugim (interest groups) and Madatz peula (activity), we went to lunch. As a Saturday tradition, lunch is by shicvah (age group), and is a classic Israeli dish of falafel, hummus, pita, and tahini! Once we were done eating, we went to chugim rizinim (electives run by tzevet and madatz). This part of the week is an important time because it is a way for madrichimot (counselors) to talk about more significant topics about which they feel passionate and excited!
The rest of the day consisted of chofesh (free time), which the chanichimot spent down at the pool swimming, in the ultimate field playing frisbee, or at the moadon (main programming building) enjoying a game of Euchre (pronounced 'U-kerr'). As the afternoon began setting in, we gathered for musicale, where anyone has the opportunity to sing, dance, perform anything they want in front of all machaneh (camp).
With sunset on the horizon, we sat together for havdalah (end of shabbat), where we all held hands and walked into a spiral. With our best friends close by, gazed up at the sky above while two of madrichimot sang duets in harmony accompanied by the ukulele. We ended the night with medurah (bonfire), where people write and perform perform various comedy acts! Some acts are new each week, whereas others have been performed for decades!
Kvutzot were sent one by one up to the chadar ochel (dining hall) for a late night snack of glita (ice cream)! Our Bogrimot put the younger chanichimot. “Laila tov! (goodnight!),” they said.
Today, the whole machaneh embarked on a tiyul (hiking trip) to Evansburg State Park. We packed our backpacks, filled our water bottles, put on our long pants, closed toed shoes, and hats, and began our masa (journey). For dinner, we are working together to make a barbecue of burgers, hot dogs, and veggies. There’s nothing like a classic camping trip with your friends!
Tomorrow, we will be going to an orchard for some fruit picking! We can’t wait to see what fresh fruit we will be bringing back to machaneh (camp). Tiyul is always a really special time. Friendships are forged and strengthened as chanichimot are pressed to work together outside of their comfort zones. This trip should be one the chanichimot remember for a long time! More exciting details to come!
Our tiyul photos will not post until Tuesday morning for as you read this, we will be setting up camp and far from the camp office! Thanks for supporting our outdoor fun and adventures!