Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bonim Shabbat Blogging

Bonim's Shabbat Blogging was left as a draft on the blog. Here is their chance to be published bloggers:

Tikkun Olam
Habonim Dror has begun to take a different direction, reminding ourselves of our roots and values. Tikkun Olam or "healing the world" is core to our movement or to Gilboa. We have begun to reach out and plan what each one of us can contribute and how we can collectively improve our home communities. We also discussed subjects such as the difference between short and long term solutions, symptoms of injustice and the systems that cause them, as well as avenues to social changes such as teach-ins, rallies, protests, etc.

- Elijah

Aliyah Bet 
It all started at 1am, when we were woken up by madrichim telling us "wake up, it's time to make Aliyah!" After a few minutes of resisting, we were outside making ID cards for our aliyah. We were led by a rope to "get into Israel", but encountered some obstacles, including getting sprayed by water guns (or the spray of the waves on the boat). We made it safely to the chadar (Israel), where we drank hot chocolate and were told about what was to come next in our journey.

Yitzhak Rabin persuaded us, Bonim and Bogrim, to save the younger kids from "Atlit detention Camp", where they had been caught by the British while trying to get to the chadar, and were being held captive. After rescuing them, we went to the medura pit, sang songs and ate pita in celebration of our success in reaching Israel. In this fun activity, we learned a lot about the difficult journey olim experienced before Israel was established.

- Talia, Mia

On Thursday evening before the end of first session, chanichim were surprised by a visit from Captain Hook and the rest of the Peter Pan crew. It took campers only a few moments to realize it was BoCoup, a machaneh-wide takeover by the Bogrim (the oldest kvutza). These fantasy characters quickly "scared off" the madrichim, after which chanicim were left to save Neverland. Later that night, the lost boys led groups in training for the upcoming battle against Captain Hook. This included a lesson from first mate Smee, that exposed Captain Hook's fear of crocodiles, storms, flooding, etc. and a fun game led by Nana, Wendy's dog.

Wendy taught us a song to help uplift our spirit and make Captain Hook reconsider. Tinkerbell taught campers to "fly" with the assistance of "fairy dust" (aka glitter). The last part of training consisted of Peter Pan's "Hook-fighting-simulator" in which campers had to catch peach rings hung from clothes hangers. In the end, Peter and his crew pushed Captain Hook overboard with the help of the chanichim. This victorious battle was celebrated with ice cream and candy!

- Sarina, Maya T., Omri Livneh

Bonim Chuggim
This summer, Bonim were given the chance to run chuggim (activities) for the whole machaneh. The Bonim got into groups that met, worked hard and planned different activities. The groups were chug philosophy, chug womyn, frisbee and dance. A few days later, when chuggim were run, Bonim explained the suggested activities to the campers, who got to choose which one they wanted to participate in. Philosophy talked about the value of life which was very enlightening. Chug Womyn got a big attendance from Shomrot and up, and they got to share and talk about issues of body image and pressure of society. Chug Frisbee ran a big game, and chug Dance campers learned two new dances, and got to practice them.

- AJ, Noga, Ben H.

Sunday, August 3, 2014



If you don’t already know, Revo is a day where the madatz (Counselors in Training) take over camp and kick out the madrichim. The madatz then run camp and have a special themed day for all the chanichim. 

For this year’s Revo, we as the madatz ran a board game-themed day. The chanichim were divided into groups led by main characters such as hippos from the game hungry hungry hippos, soldiers from the game of risk, candy-themed characters from candy land, and characters called Ace and Jack that led a playing card group. Each group created their own cheer and got very involved in representing their group game. 

In the beginning of the day, it was announced that Mr. Money Bags (from the game of Monopoly) had bought everyone out and would only let one game stay in Gameland (the fictional setting for the day.) Chanichim then had to compete against each other in a round robin style, going from station to station in their groups. Every station was themed around a specific board game which everyone then played together. These included human chess, life-size battleship with water balloons, and a maze that represented mouse trap. The groups worked together to defeat each other until they realized that the real enemy they should be defeating was Mr. Money Bags.

Everyone then joined together to literally beat Mr. money Bags at his own game by playing a giant game of Monopoly where every space was a challenge/task they had to perform. After lunch and a celebration, there emerged a new bad guy in the form of Techno. He believed that board games were a thing of the past and should be replaced by apps. The groups went on a scavenger hunt around the lake to gather the necessary supplies to defeat Techno. They then participated in another round robin, where each station was a different app game they had to eliminate. The games included angry birds (where chanichim knocked down painted boxes,) candy crush (mashing up chocolate into choco balls,) and flappy bird (going through an obstacle course.) 

After dinner, to finally get rid of Techno man, all of the groups built forts out of cardboard boxes and then threw water balloons at him. The night ended with a dance party and dessert. 

For us, this day was a time to step up and take responsibility. We planned one full day for the chanichim and tried to make it as exciting and engaging as possible. Overall, it was a success and a time where both madatz and chanichim bonded and had fun.

 Revo Announced

 Amelim Building the Jordan River System (out of candy, of course)