Hey Galil fam!
Today was the Kuppah excursion! We started by driving around to each tzrifim (cabin) to wake up the kids! To get our new campers psyched for the big day, we gave them bright green camp t-shirts and played upbeat music. We instructed them to bring a bathing suit, a towel, a change of clothes, and, most importantly, a water bottle and sunscreen! We enjoyed bagels, veggie sausages, and hash browns for breakfast, and then it was time to begin our exciting day!
We rode a bus for an hour and a half to the one and only “Camelback Mountain”! Camelback Mountain is a fantastic water park with thrilling slides and pools for all ages. We got off the bus, split up into groups, and then it was time to have a great time! Each group was guided by two tzevet (counselor) members to ensure the children’s safety and accountability at all times.
We rode the most amazing water slides, such as the “Titan.” The purple monster slide was a crowd pleaser! Because it was a tube slide, groups of four could go down together. It had turns, drops, and most importantly, everyone had a great time! “Triple Venom” was another fan favorite. This consisted of three equally fantastic waterslides in a row. One of the slides was fully dark, another was completely open, and the last was half dark and half open. . I saw the kids go up and down and up and down so many times that the workers practically knew their names! 🙂
For lunch we had either sun nut butter and jelly sandwiches, or turkey sandwiches. Of course we had a sweet treat like fruit and oreos to wash it all down. Then it was back to the fun!
Kids loved the wave pool where they splashed around and jumped the waves just like they were in the ocean. Then they settled down with the lazy river to finish off the day. Camelback Beach was a success and the kids slept peacefully on the bus ride home.
After getting back to camp the kids showered and cleaned up, then it was time for dinner. We had homemade curry to eat and the kids scarfed it down after a long day!
“Veida Night” was the name of the night’s tochnit erev. Veida is a meeting place for members of the Habonim Dror movement to discuss improvements that need to be implemented. We held a mock veida in which the campers were divided into groups and the children proposed changes to Camp Galil. This is significant because it demonstrates to children that they have a voice and that their specific voice counts. It demonstrates to our young campers that if change is required, change can and will be made. It’s an important activity at machaneh (camp) that encourages the creative thinking of our young campers!
We finished off the night with delicious cookies and then it was time for bed. The kids had a long yet exciting day and were thrilled to enjoy it all with their friends!