Here are some of the week's experiences, as described by the Sayarim (6th graders):
In my opinion, this year by far has had the best pishes. A PISH (peulat shichva) is where the kvutza plays a fun, light game that represents something. Then, we will have a deep, deep, meaningful sicha (discussion) about it. One time, we baked cookies with the ingredients representing the different cultures in Israel. After that, we watched a short film about these cultures and then ate the cookies! Today we ate oreos and talked about how capitalism affects the environment . 2015’s pishes are better than ever!
- - Tomek &; Aidan
On Wednesday the 29th, the Madatz (counselors in training) took over Gilboa for Revo (revolution). The theme was Monsters Inc. and it was so awesome! For breakfast they put food coloring on basically everything. The decorations really made it look like the “scare floor” from the movie. Then we went to Scare Training to practice scaring! Then we went to Monster Resort (which was supposed to be at the pool but we got rained out, so it was at the chadar). Afterwards, we watched Monsters Inc. the movie, and after that had a PISH about friendship and learning how to respect other people's differences. Then we had dinner and it was pretty good. After that we had chofesh (which means free time). Then we had a night activity and we tried to convince the monster that Boo and kids are good. After that we had an awesome dance party and it was super fun! All together, Revo was an awesome day!
- - Drew, Arlo &; Julian
Larping – the Best Chug
At the beginning of camp there were many activities offered. Some of them were Spy, Archery, Sports, and our choice – Larping (Live Action Role Play). In this chug we chose a class from Assassin, Knight, Paladin and Monk. Each class made up names, props and backstories. After that they taught us how to fight. This included duels, hunger games or (free for all) and team battles. In all, it has been a great activity. We hope it continues next year.
- - Ben S., Liam &; Daniel O.
Larping is Amazing
At chug Larping we get to fight with swords and we wish we could do it in real life. There are some classes: Knights with a sword and a shield, Paladin with a big reinforced sword, Assassin with two short swords, Monk with a long double-sided one. It’s so much fun!
- - Chase &; Ben L.
We were all peacefully sleeping, when a warning came across the cabin. It was not safe for the Jews to live in Morocco. We were rushed out of the cabins and into the dark night. There were guards walking around while we disguised ourselves, used a limited number of letters to create 10 things we needed to survive, created a fake passport and unlocked a secret password. As soon as we finished those tasks we got smuggled into a plane that took us to Israel. When we arrived we were welcomed with hot cocoa and brownies. Taped to the walls were different articles and personal stories about Jews who lived in countries in the Middle East and Africa who had to sneak into Israel. In the end, we learned how hard it was for the Jews to get to Israel.
- - Shoshana
Yesterday was a normal day. We sang Rad Hayom, brushed our teeth and went to bed at 9:30pm. At 10:30pm our madrichim woke us up and told us to run because we needed to cross Morocco’s border before morning. We were pretending to be Sephardic Jews in the second mass immigration to Israel. We got to make fake passports for the trip. After we did that, we got to get mustaches drawn on our faces, we had to make 10 nouns with Scrabble tiles. We also had to answer a riddle and solve a hangman to cross the border. In the chadar (a.k.a Israel) we got hot cocoa and brownies. We finally went to sleep for real at 11:45pm. Overall, it was awesome!
- - Asher
On Thursday , August 30th, at around 10:30pm, every tzrif in machaneh was woken up to do an activity called Aliyah Bet. This specific Aliyah Bet, we were all pretending to be Jews escaping from Mizrachi/Sephardic countries to go to Israel. We broke up into mishpachot (families) and did activities. These activities included making passports, figuring out a secret password, and catching a boat (really, a van). Aliyah Bet connected to what we had learned earlier that day, because we had learned about Jews from morocco, Egypt, Iran and other countries with Sephardic Jews, who had to flee their homes and come to Israel. In conclusion, Aliyah Bet was a very exciting part of the machaneh Gilboa night experience.
- - Mira and Jessica
Dressed in dark clothes in the dark night we were were sneaking around, getting to different locations and getting marked. It wasn’t that easy because people were watching us and sending us back to the start. We hid in bushes, behind trees, and blended into our surroundings. Sometimes we weren’t hidden well enough and the zappers zapped us with the light of a flashlight that slowed us down. At specific part we had to risk ourselves to get to where we wanted to be. Overall it was hard work and we got to where we wanted to be.
- - Shoshana
Tiyul (hike) for the Sayarim was a six mile hike that took us seven hours along the Siberian Creek Trail. During the hike we stopped to climb rocks, play games, eat lunch, do dares and have some interesting bathroom breaks. Before we left we were given water jugs to share with a partner. Eventually, all of our water jugs had names, faces, personalities and backstories. After our group picture we headed of down the trail with our baby water jugs in hand. The trail was beautiful and the end point made us feel like we were on top of the world. On the way down we all told riddles and jokes. We had an incredible time. It was a very memorable part of Gilboa.
- Noa, Coco &; Milla