Session one is half way done!! It’s so hard to believe that the campers have already been here for 2 weeks and only have another 2 to go (besides the SITs). This past week has been a blast! We started last week with new chugim including unicorn fun, arts and crafts, emoji madness, archery, fitness, hula, yoga, baking, basketball and more! However, on Tuesday night our week was interrupted by red, white and blue madness as we found out it was MACCABIAH!! The campers thought that they were going to watch a movie as a camp and all came to the ulam in their pajamas and blankets. When they started the movie they quickly realized that something wasn’t right. Then the captains ran it and the kids were thrilled that Maccabiah was starting! They announced the teams and we were off to the races! The campers participated in dance-a-thons, tug of war, dock events, gaga tournaments, capture the flag, the maccabathon and so much more! It was a tight race but on Thursday night after the tarbuts (plays) it was announced that the winner of Maccabiah first session 2018 was the WHITE TEAM!!! Congratulations White! All teams had a great time and it was a great 2 days!
On Friday, we enjoyed a sleep in and woke up to ISRAEL DAY! Our 22 shlichim stayed up most of the night preparing Israeli food for the whole camp! We ate shakshuka for breakfast, Shwarma for lunch and had beef, rice and roasted vegetables for dinner! It was a yummy day! The campers also visited many places in Israel such as Zoola beach in Tel Aviv (U dock), Haifa (A dock), the Dead Sea (Y dock) the shuk, and the Bedouin tents. It was a lot of fun!
Later that night it was time for Shabbat. Our SITs decorated the Chadar for Shabbat and helped serve the meal. It is so nice to see them so involved in Shabbat every week. We started Shabbat with prayers in the amphitheater and then went to the chadar to eat. After dinner, we went to the ulam for shira (singing) and then transitioned into rikud (Israeli dancing). We all danced (and sweat) the night away and then showered and went to bed!
On Saturday, we had our usual Saturday sleep in with cinnamon bun breakfast. After that we all went to prayers and then rotated between Shabbat Peulah and general swim. We had a nice rest of the afternoon and then everyone made their way down to the carnival BBQ! We had several bouncy houses including a water slide! The kids loved it! After bouncing for hours, we all sat down to watch our weekly video (which was amazing) and then we finished the night with a campwide Havdallah service.
Sunday morning we woke up for a regular day of docks, activities and fun! Last night the Hatikvah unit played mantracker, Kochot 1 went to Kaloya (the beach across from camp) for a picnic, Kochot 2 went to the drive in movie to see the Incredibles 2, and our SIT went off camp to play mantracker.
Can’t wait to see what this week brings!!