Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Today we went on a tiyul - a hike. As we walked, there was a great view, we could also see the lake (Big Bear Lake), animals, plants and flowers all around us. There was also a fair amount of shade here and there. We had lots of water breaks so nobody got thirsty or was thirsty for too long.
We played two games: Camouflage (basically hide and go seek, except the person who is "it" has to stand in one spot and the people that are hiding always have to see the person's eyes).
At another game we got a paper with someone's name. To eliminate someone from the game, you had to say Backlauw in a normal voice to that person, without anyone else hearing you. Then you would get their paper slip with another person's name, and then you had to eliminate him or her. You win the game once you get the paper slip with your name. This game means you have to learn to trust and know everyone's names.
Once we got to Castle Rock there was this jumbo rock. I found another way to climb the rock, which led to a new path. Then I discovered a passageway that goes to the top of the rock. Some people needed help so I helped pull them up, and Ari and Yahli (our madrichim - counselors) also pulled people up.
Once we were at the top, we could see really far - more than two miles, maybe even three.
We jumped around and looked, laid down, we talked - it was really fun. It was also fun jumping on the way down.
When we got back we got to have our free hour (chofesh) and relax from the long hike or play.
Even though it was tiring, the view, the games and fun were worth it.
- By Ben Keri (Amelim)
Shomrot Preparing to Go on the Hike
Monday, July 28, 2014
Last week, we were told to dress up and act as friends and family of Ronnie, the “Bar-Mitzvah boy”. We would be attending his simcha that night.
While we were listening to his speech, there was interruption… Dun-dun-dunnn!!! Monsters came streaming through the doors, clawing us and moaning. We split into groups and began our monster celebration. Each station had a different activity that showed us what monsters think a bar-mitzvah should look like.
At one station we learned a “Monster Mash” dance. We also visited a monster photo booth and roared for the camera. At another station, we wrote notes to the bar mitvah boy. We painted them on a picture of his face and then got our own faces painted. At the last station, volunteers from the group tasted the special monster smoothie made of old leftovers (gross!)
Al in all, we realized that a monster bar-mitzvah was much more fun than a regular one.
- - Ari, Nina, Eliza
Zombies vs. Ninjas vs. Dinosaurs vs. Pirates
One of the nights last week we did something CRAZY! It started out to be a pirate themed night and ended being a feud of Zombies vs. Ninjas vs. Dinosaurs vs. Pirates. Each species held a rotation. The pirates with sword fighting, the ninjas with stealthy camouflage, the dinosaurs with the obstacle course and the zombies with the brain eating relay race. In the end we played an intense game of capture the flag to determine the best group. It turned out that we all had the best time when it was PiratesNinjasDinosaursZombies Night!
- - Adam, Sam, Gabe, Gal
Sycho is a combination of Sayarim and Chotrim. It’s a kvutza of 6th and 7th graders.
We meet new friends, go to the pool together, talk with them about the sports we like.
In the first few days we played games that showed us how to work as a team and what kvutza is.
We talked about how our kvutza is like our home here in Gilboa.
We like the songs that we sing in the morning. We sing songs to start the day with high and fun energy.
- - Ben, Jono, Nikolai, Jordan
Chuggim are interest groups that the chanichim (campers) take part in. There are all different kinds of chuggim to try so that chanichim find what they like. There are chug art, harry potter, Triple-E (extreme, exciting exercise), flower power, chug women, ha ha you’re funny, and archery.
In Art you learn to express yourself in artistic ways. In harry potter you get to live a life at Hogwarts, make potions, find your perfect wand, and get sorted into your house when you join. Triple-E is where you learn to stay fit and healthy. There are all sorts of chuggim and they are all fun.
- - Maya, Romi