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The buses are 90 Km away from Vancouver (at 10:40am)!

August 16, 2016

Dear SIT and Second Session Families,

The Bus left camp this morning on time at 7:00am. The bus should arrive to the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport between  11:30-noon.

Wishing you a wonderful rest of your summer!

Liza

 

August 15, 2016 = Last Blog!

Dear Second Session Parents,

Tonight was definitely bitter sweet, as 2016 has been an amazing summer and saying goodbye to my campers is always very difficult for me. The gift of camp is so precious and I value every moment of being with your children. I truly wish that you could all be flies on a wall so you could watch when your child learns to waterski for the first time, tastes something new, learns to say the Birkat Ha’mazon or just be a good person and help their fellow camper who feels homesick. You would be so proud!

Our oldest campers, the SIT’s, have been  at camp for 6 weeks, learning, laughing, and having the summer they will never forget. What an amazing group of children they are. Each and every one of them played a role in the success of their summer. I wanted to share with you the speeches that were given from the Valedictorian and Historian. The campers were given the honour to address their fellow campers. As well, there were other awards given, such as the Leadership Award: Rachel C. and David F. AND Fellowship (awarded by their peers) Noah C.

Valedictorian: Jack A.

It is needless to say that SITs 2k16 has been the best summer of our lives. From five-hour hikes to chilling down at the docks, we have experienced it all. But the sights we’ve seen, and the activities we’ve done are equally as important as the growth we’ve achieved individually and collectively.

Like every year, at the beginning of camp everyone arrived with their mind set on one group of friends, people who you were comfortable around and had already spent tons of time with. But Camp Hatikvah isn’t a place where multiple friend groups can co exist, rather where one big family resides. Throughout the summer we have became irresistibly close to the point I consider everyone in SITs my brothers and sisters. We talk so much, that not even Nat or quite frankly Liza can stop us, and to me, that shows how much we love being together. Collectively we have learned how to be better people and be empathetic to one another. I think it is fair to say that we’ve all come across a problem this summer but the endless support from our friends made everything disappear. We have all matured in a way that is only possible by being at camp surrounded by your favorite people. Individually, that gave us the confidence to speak for ourselves and talk freely. Through Hadracha we gained leadership skills and put them to work around camp and while volunteering. During the year, we were able to go beyond our comfort zone and explore ‘foreign concepts’ such as doing laundry for ourselves and keeping our own areas clean. Honestly, these are things that probably the majority of the SITs couldn’t do independently. Being without parents forced us to be more reliant on our selves and develop life lessons that will be important in our future lives.

Everything that has happened this year has been indescribable and impossible to voice in a quick speech, but the main point that I’m trying to get across is that camp is truly magical. I had always been told, but never understood until this year, the large impact camp has on our identity and personality. I can’t believe that camp has came to an end but there is no other group of people I would have liked to spend this summer with. Seriously, every SIT, thank you for being the best you could have been.

On another note, to all the smaller campers, Camp Hatikvah is the best place on earth and if you ask any SIT, I am confident that they would want to live here. Almost every one that comes here is tied to this camp in one way or another, for me my parents came here and being at camp has always played a part in my summers. 

I would also like to thank all the staff, specifically Liza and Nat, we all love you guys so much and the things you do for us.

Now everyone raise your glass, make every minute here as memorable as you can and cherish these times where everything is good.

Don’t be sad that it’s over but happy that happened.

Thank you    

 

Historian: Hanah RD and Leo P.

Leo: Hi guys. My name is Leo  and I have been a camper at camp for 9 years now

Hanah: I am Hanah  and I have been a camper for 10 years.

Leo: We are privileged to be able to except this year’s award for sit historians

Hanah: The sit historian award is given to certain sit campers who have ventured on a long journey through the exciting moments at camp

Leo: For both of us camp has been running through our veins, as both of our families have been campers and staff here

Hanah: Our main motivation to come back every year to camp is to grow as a person as well as create long lasting memories and bonds.

Hanah: Every campers experience must start somewhere (at some time). My first year at camp was definitely not the easiest. I was the youngest camper at camp. Most of the kids in my cabin were at least two years older than me and usually never spoke to me. It was very hard to create a relationship with the girls as most had already been to camp or they had known each other for a while. As days passed the girls opened up and I started to enjoy the different activities. That year was truly memorable and I could not have asked for anything more.

Leo: My first taste as a camper at camp was with my dear friend Hannah. Hannah was the only person I knew, this is because that Hannah and I were both born and raised in Calgary. Like many of us sitting here tonight my camp voyage started on the long five-hour bus ride from Vancouver to camp. I did not know a single person and I was very timid and small. During that anxious ride Hanah the sat with me and I reassured me that camp would be the best experience ever! Just as I stepped off the bus I was welcomed with open arms and I instantly knew this was where I was suppose to be.

Hanah: As the years went by our love for camp blossomed. New activities, friends and personality traits were uncovered.

Hanah: The different units on camp gave us many individualized life lessons. 

Hanah: The first unit on camp is hatikvah. We usually would go swimming, play with our friends and just have a blast. Some of our fondest memories include: having a date to the dance, cabin hoping, night maneuvers, bunk parties and ping pong tournaments. The hatikvah unit taught us to be good problem solvers and include others.

Leo: Next unit is kochot, this was a big year for my friends and I. This is because we were given more freedom to move around and we could have our own cabin. The K1 year was one of the most chaotic years as a collective unit. We were trying to find who we all are as a camper at camp, what role we wanted to play and what our reputation was going to be. K1 is also the first year of canoe trips this was a very important bonding experience for the unit and made us even closer friends. K2 was a whole different story…. The K2 year that was a relaxed year compared to previous years. We had time to stop and look what we have accomplished through our camp life so far and get ready for the greatest year of our life, sits.

Hanah: Last but not least, Sits! It’s been a crazy fun summer.

Leo: We have truly enjoyed every single moment of it.

Hanah: This summer is indescribable.. it means so much to us

Leo: Throughout this summer we have gotten so close, these people are our family.

Hanah: some of our most cherished memories included the 5 day canoe trip, out of camp trips, unit time, chadracha, buddies, yom chan, and so much more.

Leo: We are grateful for sits and the summer we have had.

Leo: Camp is truly an amazing thing. The experiences you have at camp allow you to gain independence.

Hanah: Camp is a place you can run away to and have no responsibilities. It is a place within this world where you can get away from all your troubles and pains that you face in your daily life. 

Hanah: Even though we must leave tomorrow morning we know we left behind a legacy.

Leo: Camp is the best thing that happened to us

Hanah: We both do not know who or where we would be if we had never attended camp

Hanah: Thank you to all the staff and all the campers that made our years at camp amazing

Leo: Leaving camp is hard to do, as we know that we will never be campers again

Hanah: Lets not say goodbye but see you later.. May camp continue to be the best place on earth

Together: see you in 2019

 

Tomorrow you will all get to see your campers. We are expecting the bus to arrive at the McArthur Glen Outlet Mall at around noon. Please be sure to pick up all of the bags that belong to you from the luggage truck.

Counting down the days till next summer!!!

Liza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi everyone!

It’s our last day of camp!!! So hard to believe this session is already ending!

Yom Israel was great! Our campers rotated among Bedouin tents, The dead sea (Y-dock), Eilat (U-dock), the Kinneret (A-dock), the shuk and more. Our Israelis schlichim cooked for us the whole day. We really had a taste of Israel!

We had a beautiful last Shabbat on Friday. We all went down to the A-dock and the SITs lead us in prayers. This Shabbat was even more meaningful than usual as the SITs know that it is the last Shabbat that they will spend at camp as campers :(.

Saturday morning, we all had a sleep in with a cinnamon bun optional breakfast then went to our usual periods. Saturday night was Superhero BBQ followed and a campwide evening program called “Around the World”. The campers went around to stations and did some fun activities that were applicable to each country. After that, we all did Havdallah and then went to sleep!

Yesterday, was another sunny day at camp. All the kids enjoyed their docks even more than usual as they all know it is coming to an end! Campers have also been busy working on the year end iton (newspaper) and their plaques for their cabins. The chalutzim and SIT units had their last buddy hour and all went down to A-dock for general swim together. They will sure miss each other!

Last night, the Hatikvah unit showed their talent in an evening program called “Hatikvah’s Got Talent”. It was so cute to watch all of them perform for each other. Our Gesher 2 campers went on an overnight to a beautiful property that is on Woods lake. Can’t wait to hear all about it today! Our SIT campers went on the boat and went to Skull Caves to sign their names as has been done for decades before them. They were so excited to take part in the tradition.

Today will be our last day at camp! What an amazing session and summer it has been!!! We will miss all of the kids and hope to see everyone soon!

Have a great day!

Liza

Hi again!

We’ve been having some fun times here at Hatikvah!! To start, I would like to announce the winner of second session Maccabiah! Drumroll please…..  The winner is the WHITE TEAM!!! Mazel tov to all teams who showed great teamwork and determination!

Last night we ended Maccabiah with our traditional tarbut (play), dance and song. The kids were great performers! The plays were very enjoyable to watch and it was clear that the kids really enjoyed themselves.

This morning, we went back to our regular activities and docks. It was a beautiful day and the campers really enjoyed their time at the docks. We are so happy that so many campers have been trying water skiing and wake boarding for their first time!

At menucha, the Steelers played the Eagles and the Eagles won with a score of 21 to 14!

Tonight, our Chalutzim campers (the youngest) had a Sadie Hawkins dance (even though they didn’t really dance). They put on their western gear, were put into groups and rotated around different stations. They had so much fun and then got to end with donuts! Our Gesher campers played Mantracker, a game where they dress in black and have to run around camp without being caught. Our SITs had their SIT Formal! It was beautiful! They all got dressed up and their dates picked them up in the golf cart. They were then driven to Gatzke’s (a farm market up the street) where there was a beautiful table set up and they enjoyed salmon, sushi and more! They had the best time (you can look at pictures on the website soon).

Tomorrow is Yom Israel at camp! I’ll tell you all about it next blog!

Goodnight! Only 5 sleeps till you get to see your kiddies!

Liza

Hi everyone!

We have so much to tell you about!! We were so sad to say goodbye to our Giborim and Kochot plus campers on Sunday. We miss them tonnes!!

The campers had a great first week of camp! The campers loved their chugim and it was so great watching them enjoy these activities! They have been enjoying all the activities at the docks, meeting new friends, loving evening programs and just having the best time.

Yesterday was a beautiful day here in Oyama. All of the kids got to enjoy all that the docks had to offer including waterskiing, wakeboarding, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, peddle-boating and swimming! Last night, our Hatikvah unit got to enjoy an outdoor movie night! They all brought their pillows and blankets and watched “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” on the hill outside the ulam. Our SIT campers got to go peach picking just up the road from camp. We were all very happy about this at breakfast today!! After the evening program, we told the campers that they were all going cabin hopping. The staff brought them down to the U-dock where they were told they were going to be allowed to watch a little of the Olympic games. Little did they know, we were about to introduce Maccabiah!!!! At the end of the movie, the video flashed red, white and blue and they knew!! The team captains came out of their hiding spot and we lit the Olympic rings that were in the lake on fire! It was awesome! After that the teams were read out and the campers were sent to bed for a good night sleep getting ready for the next day.

 

Here are the SIT captains this session: Blue team- Jack A. and Taylor W.

Red team- Hanah R.D. and Eric Z.

White team- Rachel C. and Noah C.

 

This morning, after a little sleep in, the campers met at mifkad and our SIT captains and staff participated in the egg toss. After breakfast all teams divided by Hatikvah and SITs and rotated between the A and U dock for the dock events. After that we all had lunch, a little rest and then went down to the sports field to play gaga and do track and field events.

This evening after dinner, we all met in the Ulam and did a campwide game of “Julian Says”. After that the Hatikvah campers went to bed and the SITs went to their last dance-a-thon ever!!! L

Tomorrow will be the last day of Maccabiah and we will find out the winner!!! Even though we are all winners at Camp Hatikvah J

Finally, we have heard from many parents in the last few days who are concerned that they are not hearing from their children regularly. While we did have a small issue with our system last week, we are confident it is up and running smoothly again and that all outgoing mail that we have received has been sent. Thank you so much for your patience and your understanding.

Talk soon,

Liza

 

Here are the Second Session 2016 HFL Teams!!!

Pittsburgh Steelers Philadelphia Eagles Baltimore Ravens Saskatchewan Roughriders Winnipeg Bluebombers
aaron d. (QB) max c. (QB) jordan b. (QB) david c. (QB) josh w. (QB)
dan k. orlando l. isaac f. chase r. ben g.
zohar r. orian y. joel j. aaron g. jesse m.
owen g. max f. isaac h. josh n. harry g.
jackson b. jacob w. ram k. leo k. max g.
shae si. noam r. benjamin k. aaron s. shayna k.
elliott h. devon m. ava g. david c. josh b.
dylan k. noah d. eitan f. max f. luka u.
yale s. eli e. seth g. lev s. joseph g.
arabella k. hayes h. charlie s. julia k. grace k.
COACHES
Eric Z. David F. Isaac C. Noah M. Leo P.
Hannah RD Nathan G. Devon G. Adam R. Eli A.
Maya K. Ty M. Samson L. Shane PW Ethan L.
Derian L. Rachel C. Adam C. Elan EL Jack A.
Taylor W. Rebecca L. Rachel L. Lauren H. Emma C.
Jillian M. R’oi J. Sam S.
Zoe S. Noah C.
Chloe P.
Rebecca L.

Hi Everyone,

I am so excited to tell you about what we’ve been up to in second session! We were so happy to get our kochot plus campers back at camp after session break! They had the best time at Myra Canyon where they stayed in a beautiful house and spent their days doing adventure courses, bike rides and spending time together! It was a little vacation for them and now they are back and ready for their extra week here!

Yesterday the buses rolled up and we were so thrilled to see so many new (and old) faces! The campers got their lice checks, met their counselors and had lunch! After that, all the kids went back to their cabins and unpacked their belongings. They played name games and ice breakers and then the rain came! It didn’t stop us from enjoying our first day of camp, though! We played games indoors until the sun came back out! That evening, all the campers gathered in the ulam (meeting hall) and the staff performed our opening night performance. The theme was “Hatikvah Radio” and each cabin made a song to present to the camp. It was very cute and the kids were so excited to watch their counselors sing (talented or not)! Then they all went to bed, very tired from their long first day of camp!

This morning we woke up to nice weather and were very happy!! We all went to our chugim (chosen activities) that the campers signed up for last night. The kids chose from rock climbing, arts and crafts, yoga, music, baking, Danc3pl3y, fitness, hoola hooping and more! Such fun choices for their first week! After chugim they went to docks for their docks tests. In between lunch and more dock periods, we all took a break for popsicle fun! Mmmmm!

Today was the first game of HFL!!! (Hatikvah Football League). Everyone who tried out was put on a team and they started playing today at menucha! The teams will be posted tomorrow. Today the Blue Bombers played the Eagles and the Blue Bombers won! It was so cute watching these kids play!!

Tonight, each unit had their own evening program. Our youngest campers, Giborim, were invaded by aliens! They had to follow a map to find out where the food was hidden meanwhile avoiding the aliens who were trying to capture them! If they saw the aliens, they could hit them with water balloons! They were running around like crazy and had the best time! Our Chalutzim campers did a program called “Miss Hatikvah” where they had to dress their campers the funniest way possible and prep them like it was a beauty pageant. The kids loved it and were rolling about laughing! Our Gesher campers played paint tag and sure got a lot of energy out! Our Kochot campers went on a little picnic to Kaloya, the park/beach across the lake. Our oldest campers, the SITs, began their 2 day program called “Master Chef”. Ten campers were chosen to participate and will be eliminated until there is one winner! We will find out who that is tomorrow!

It’s been a great first two days of camp so far! We can’t believe our Gibby campers only have three days left!! How time flies!!

I hope everyone has taken the time to register for a password in order to view our pictures and to send and receive emails. You must go to the camp website and go to the area that says gallery/mail. Once you register for a password you will be able to see pictures! When sending mail, please type directly into the box! Copying and pasting from other programs does not work.

Have a good night!

Talk soon,

Liza