Good Evening, Galil Friends and Family!
What a fun filled day we had! This morning, we welcomed our youngest friends—the Nitzanimot (campers entering 3rd & 4th grade)! The Nitzanimot will be joining us for the next five days, and we have lots of fun activities planned. After the Nitzanimot were all unpacked, they were given a walking tour of machaneh by their madrichimot (counselors). From there, they spent some time together doing get to know each other activities. Shortly after we welcomed our Nitzanimot, we also said goodbye to our two-weekers but can't wait to see them soon when our year-round programming kicks off next month! And as for our amazing new friends from chanichimot and madrichimot from Habonim Dror Mexico, we can't wait to see them back with us again next summer!
Meanwhile in Big Kid Land, the Bogrimot (campers entering 10th grade) and the Madatz (counselors in training) enjoyed a sleep in after a busy day of Revo yesterday. The Bogrimot spent the day celebrating Yom Bogrimot (day dedicated to Bogrimot bonding). They woke up well rested and enjoyed a day of low-key programming, ranging from watching movies to giving each other oatmeal masks for a spa activity. Tonight, the Madatz will enjoy a nofesh (night off), where they will go to a hibachi restaurant and then come back to machaneh (camp) and watch a movie.
We had a special lunch today—barbecue in Hyde Park! There were burgers, hot dogs, corn bread muffins, and yellow watermelon! An eclectic mix of food, but tasty nonetheless. As I walked around taking pictures of everyone on their picnic, the chanichimot were enjoying the time outside with their friends, whether sitting and talking, running up and down the slide, or playing an intense card game of Euchre.
Tonight we have a very important tochnit erev (nighttime activity) planned: Veida! Every other year, Habonim Dror North America holds Veida, a meeting of all movement members grade 11+ to decide what moves the movement. It's through this process that our new use of gender neutral hebrew came about in 2014 as well as establishing the formal partnership with our sister movement in Israel, HaNoar HaOved V'HaLomed. We will be simulating our very own Veida process tonight empowering our chanichimot to make changes that they would like see at machaneh (camp)! We've seen really great success running Veida in past summers and can't wait to see what comes out of tonight's program!
Tomorrow should be a super exciting day for the whole machaneh...stay tuned! We can’t wait to see how the day goes!