Good evening Galil! Today was an absolutely gorgeous day full of excitement. We started as we always do, with hitkansut boker (morning flag-raising), avodah (daily jobs), an egg-celent breakfast, and some nickayon tzrif (cabin cleaning). My day got much more interesting after that, however, because I went with the parpar (post 5th and 6th graders) to do ropes! The ropes course at Galil is a favorite amongst the chanichimot (campers) and consists of three parts: the elements, the giant’s ladder, and the zipline. The elements is a system of wooden beams and ropes that is challenging but appropriate, and perfect for younger kids. The giant’s ladder is a series of “steps,” consisting of beams and wire hanging vertically. The zipline is definitely the fan favorite however, as chanichimot climb high into the trees and swing through the forest! It was awesome to see the parpar braving their fears and conquering the course.
Another major event that I got to witness today was the reveal of this sesson’s AmBo buddies! This is when our Amelimot (post 3rd and 4th graders) get paired up with a member of bogrimot (post 9th graders). This helps the amelimot to feel supported and make friends with older chanichimot, while giving the bogrimot a chance to practice interacting with younger chanichimot and build the machaneh (camp) community. My heart was full after going around and talking to the different pairs.
Tonight was an amazing tochnit erev (evening actvity) which the kids really got into. After dinner, they were informed that Galil was seceding from the United States to create their own country! Chanichimot were tasked with creating a plan for the new independent state including policies about education, economics, justice system, and government structure as well as creating a flag and a national anthem. There were some really creative ideas shared, including a government run by cheese and a society that bases their laws off of smiles. Everyone shared their plans and then had a dance party! It was a long day, but everyone had a great time. Tomorrow is a super special day: our kupa trip! See you tomorrow for full coverage of the day.