What an eventful few days it’s been! Friday, after a night of thunderstorms, we woke up to some rainy weather which eventually cleared up. By the afternoon, all regular dock and activity periods were able to resume as usual. After that, all the campers and staff got ready for Shabbat and all joined together in the ulam for prayers. We all enjoyed a beautiful Shabbat dinner that our SITs decorated with little Shabbat Shalom signs everywhere and little “hugbugs” that could be given out to each other in return for a hug 🙂
After dinner, we all went down to the ulam for a special edition of “Dancing with the staff”. At the end of the program, one of the Hatikvah unit heads was explaining the rest of the schedule when she was kidnapped by men in black!! The only people that could save her were the Jewish super heroes, Iron Mencsch, Captain Israel and Thor Odenstein… in other words, IT’S MACCABIAH!!!!!!!!! For those of you who don’t know, Maccabiah is our three day color way where the whole camp gets divided into three teams and competes for the title of Maccabiah winner. It is such an exciting time around here and there is so much ruach (spirit)!! Our captains this year were so excited to lead their teams. On the blue team the staff captains were Teddy H. and Barbie C. The SIT captains were David F. and Lauren S. The Kochot captains were Melila C-G and Zevi K. On the red team we had Zoe B. and Noah I. as staff captains. The SIT captains were Chloe P. and Leo P. The Kochot captains were Lily S. and David C. On white we had Shane R-D and Adi R. as captains. The SIT captains were Maya K. and Ethan L. The Kochot captains were Jessie M. and Ethan A.
That night, the games began with a Popcorn (the name of a song with a line dance) dance-a-thon for our Hatikvah campers and an all-out dance-a-thon for our older campers. They danced until they couldn’t dance anymore and then our Hatikvah campers and some of our older campers went to bed. Some SIT campers participated in a staff/SIT hockey game while the rest got a good night sleep in preparation for the rest of the games.
Yesterday morning after breakfast, our campers played capture the flag as well as a Gaga tournament. They followed that with a dock dip as, get this, the sun was actually out and we were actually sweating!!! After that, they all got changed and went to lunch. After lunch, the campers rotated between the A-dock and U-dock for the dock event competitions. Campers were assigned to different competitions such as swim relays, sand castle building, dock shots (basketball), canoe fill, and more.
After the dock events, all the campers made their way down to the sports field to participate in a tug-o- war competition. Everyone had a great time as this is one of the most anticipated events of Maccabiah! We followed the tug-o-war with our Saturday night BBQ and then everyone enjoyed their last competition of the night, Julien Says (just like Simon Says). Lastly, everyone went to bed for a good sleep in preparation for the final day of Maccabiah which includes our world-renowned Maccabathon!
This morning we woke up to beautiful sunshine for our last day of Maccabiah. In the morning we had our maccabathon which ended with our world-famous egg boil. We haven’t been able to have our usual egg boil in a long time as we always had a fire ban. At least the rain has been good for something!! All teams played very well and at the end it was very close!
This afternoon, all teams prepared for their Tarbuts (the final play the ends Maccabiah). Each team must make a play, a dance and a song. They all performed wonderfully tonight and after much deliberation by the judges and a tally of the points, it was obvious that the WHITE TEAM WON MACCABIAH!!!!
Now we are all off to bed for a great night sleep!