Another week gone by!

Hi everyone,

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!!

Our first week!

Hi everyone,

Our first week has come to an end and what a week it’s been! For most of our returning campers, it’s like they’ve never left and for most of our new campers, it’s like they’ve been part of the Hatikvah family forever! It’s amazing to see what strong bonds can happen in just a few short days! The weather was a bit cool for the first 2 days of camp but now we are having the weather we know and love…. heat and sun!!! The kids have been having a blast on our new water park, skiing and wake boarding, and learning new skills in the canoes and kayaks. Our new chef has been awesome! The evening programs have been amazing also!! So far we have had opening night show, Candyland, iPhone games and Campchella! Our staff have been working for hard to make sure our campers are having the best time and we have really appreciated all they have been doing. Our chevra is strong and we are only 7 days into camp!!!

We had our first Shabbat of first session and it was so nice to see our SIT girls lead us in prayers. Our shlichim taught us some new Israeli dances and the campers loved learning them as well. They danced the whole night and were pooped as they got into bed! Saturday morning, the campers had a sleep-in with a cinnamon bun breakfast. After that, the campers rotated between Shabbat Peulah and general swim period. In the afternoon, the campers and regular periods and then we all met in the Kochot site for our Saturday night BBQ. We had an HFL game, watched our weekly movie (which was amazing) and had a campwide Havdallah service.

Today, we had a bit of a sleep-in and had a day full of docks and activities. Tonight, the evening program for our Hatikvah and Kochot campers was Harry Potter, where the campers were transported to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The campers loved running around with their wands casting spells and playing games. Our SIT campers went to the beach and had a relaxing night.

We can’t wait for tomorrow for another week of camp to start!!

And now, a message from the H(atikvah) F(ootball) L(eague)!!!

HFL is in full swing here and below are the teams for the season!

HFL Teams:

  1. Ari and Sam – Houston Texans
  • Benjy K.
  • Joshua C.
  • Oliver M.
  • Emmett S.
  • Ashton G.
  • Jake B.
  • Gabby K.
  • Samuel B.
  • Max F.
  • Isaac F.
  1. Daniel and Asher – Cleveland Browns
  • Chase D.
  • Tristan G.
  • Andrew C.
  • Jackson B.
  • Jacob P.
  • Chad B.
  • Brody T.
  • Yale S.
  • Oren K.
  • James K.
  1. Matthew and Aaron – New England Patriots
  • Jack T.
  • Evan A.
  • Jonah E.
  • Amit D.
  • Jared K.
  • Zach P.
  • Josh W.
  • Gabe P.
  • Ava A.
  • Mattea S.
  1. Tyler and Matthew L. – Arizona Cardinals
  • Sam S.
  • Jacob W.
  • Noam G.
  • Zane S.
  • Asher T.
  • Gilad J.
  • Adam S.
  • Jakob A.
  • Cassie P.
  • Josh B.
  1. Owen, Jordan and Raymond – New York Giants
  • Aviv D.
  • Luke W.
  • Noah B.
  • Oliver K.
  • Zachary B.
  • Eli E.
  • Dylan D.
  • Noah R.
  • Lennon L.
  • Sasha M.
  1. Braeden and Dave – Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Josh N.
  • Cooper S.
  • Max L.
  • Alex R.
  • Matthew K.
  • Oscar S.
  • Lev S.
  • Emmet Z.
  • Ilan T.
  • Aidan A.
  1. Yotam, Tamir and Omer – Galil – Elyon Water Rats
  • Jacob M.
  • Izzy F.
  • Ben S.
  • Itai D.
  • Adin T.
  • Max F.
  • Shae S.
  • Shoshana P.
  • Eitan N.
  • Charles S.
  1. Ben, Josh, Justin – Green Bay Packers
  • Chase W.
  • Chase R.
  • Zach S.
  • Zach W.
  • David H.
  • Tanner B.
  • Sidney T.
  • Rilan G.
  • Ellis J.
  • David B.
  1. Seth and Jacob – Seattle Seahawks
  • Wesley C.
  • Ben G.
  • Charlie T.
  • Noah M.
  • Isaac H.
  • Micah S.
  • Asher B.
  • Owen G.
  • Tahlia C.
  • Elliot H.

Check back next Sunday for another blog update!

Everyone is here!!

We are all here and happy! Check back in a couple of days for more updates of what’s happening at camp!!

Bus updates

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to give a quick update on the buses. Our first 3 buses are almost in Hope and our 4th bus is almost in Abbotsford. Keep checking back for updates! We can’t wait to see all of their faces!!!!

Update at 12:10pm

The buses seem to have hit traffic and our bus carrying our campers who are 6-11 years old (chalutzim to Gesher 1) are in Delta and our campers who are Gesher 2- SITs are about an hour away.

Bus Update as of 11:05am

The camp buses are passing Chilliwack and the estimated time of arrival is 12:30pm.



Bus update

The buses are just under 2 hours away from Vancouver!

The buses have left!

The buses have left and they are on their way to Vancouver! Check back for updates!