Camp Galil: Summer 2018

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Yom Meyuchad Avant Galil!

Hello, Galil Friends and Family!

The early parts of our day were fairly regular. We woke up, enjoyed bagels and cream cheese for breakfast, did some avoda (daily jobs), and then headed to peula shikvah alef (first age group activity). The Nitzanimot (campers in Taste of Galil) had a pool party, where they splished, splashed, and swam all around! The Amelimot (campers entering 4th and 5th grade) learned about whatJewish identity in their camp and home lives. The Chotrimot & Sayarimot (campers entering 6th and 7th grade) put on their bathing suits and headed to the pool for some instructional swim. The Tzophimot (campers entering 8th grade) spent the morning on the high ropes course, where they climbed the Giant’s Ladder and zipped down the zipline. Being on ropes is always an important day of kvutzah (age group) bonding. The Bonimot (campers entering 9th grade) and Bogrimot (campers entering 10th grade) both had discussions about social justice and what it means to take a stand.


When lunch came, we all dashed to the chadar ochel (dining hall) for some yummy quesadillas. At the end of the meal, experimental music began to play, and some young artisans walked in. They declared that machaneh (camp) had become boring and derivative, and that it lacked a certain je ne sais quoi it once had. They decided the rest of the day would be committed to bringing the art back to Galil. It was Yom Meyuchad (special day) Avant Galil!

After lunch, we broke into three different art collectives and rotated around machaneh, making new age furniture, painting edgy murals, sculpting from the soil, and decorating clothing to fit our new look. From there, we were inspired by the work of Jackson Pollack, and we gathered on the basketball court to make our own version of his work. We then realized that by mirroring his work, we were being derivative, so we walked away from that mess of a painting and continued to call ourselves original artisans.

Even artists get hungry, so we had a kibbud (snack) of tea and brownies. While we ate, we also learned the rules of the art world, where we identified formula and clichés and wrote reviews of old art. By the end of kibbud, we expanded our views of the greats from Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael, but to also include Warhol, and Rothko.


From there, we wanted to simulate the rinsing of a brush after being covered in paint, so we all went down to the pool for some schiya chofshit (free swim). The swimming was fun and standard, but we decided we needed to get edgier. We all put on black and white clothing and entered an underground film festival in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We went around taking erie footage to later compile into a piece of video art. We can’t say for sure, but from the looks of the footage we took, we are thinking that the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia will want to feature our piece this Fall.


Tonight we will have dinner in the chadar ochel, which will be set up to be an art gallery exhibiting all of our work from today. After that, we will celebrate the day with an ode to our favorite movement of art: cubism. We will dance to experimental music in a mesibah (party) we are calling “mesiboxes.” Hopefully, after today, no one will ever consider Camp Galil to be derivative again. We can’t wait for the rest of second session!



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