Shalom Chaverim V’Mishpachot,
Shalom Friends and Families,
And just like that, we have reached our last Shabbat of Camp Galil first session 2018! Today is one of the most favorited days of the week for most chanichimot (campers). The activities are different, special, and unique to machaneh (camp). Growing up here, I cherished Shabbat. It meant so much to have Jewish traditions that were both special to Galil and meaningful and a big part of my summer fun. As I have grown, it helped define who I am as a Jewish person.
We ate muffins for breakfast today, a long awaited treat. After meeting with our anafim (work groups) for an extra long time, we pulled out all the stops to make sure our tzrifim (cabins) were as clean as can be so that one lucky tzrif can win the golden broom later this evening. There is so much dedication during this time that i’ve spotted mops and squeegees being used by chanichimot. May the cleanest one win!
During Zman Madatz (post-11th grade junior counselor time with the kids), the Amelimot (post-3rd and 4th grade) made face masks and learned about self-care. They had a guided meditation led by the Madatz, and then put on homemade oatmeal scrubs while talking about the importance of taking a break and knowing when to give yourself time to recharge when you are feeling down or stressed. The Chotrimot (post-5th grade) talked with their Madatz about kindness. They played games and made each other gifts to be kind to one another and also to reflect on the amazing session that they had. The Sayarimot (post-6th grade) talked with their Madatz about income inequality in the United States. They spoke about privilege and societal norms for keeping some up on the top, while others are knocked down. The rest of the kids played fun games or relaxed during this time before heading to a pizza lunch.
Machaneh will play some sports, and then get ready for Shabbat. The chanichimot will put on nice clothes, meet in mishpachot (families) and reflect on their week. We will have a lovely dinner, and then dance rikkud (traditional Israeli folk dance). We are so sad that this is the last Shabbat of first session, but so happy that it is bookended by amazing memories and by fun things to come in second session!
There will be no blog tomorrow, for Shabbat. Have a very restful weekend, and we will see you on Sunday!