Friday, August 14, 2015

Chotrim (7th graders) - Second Session Kvutza Process



This summer, the Chotrim went through an interesting process together. They were able to learn and grow together through different peulot (experiential group activities). 

We started off by talking about the idea and importance of kvutza (age group within which the individuals grow and learn together, and support each other) and connected that to the idea of safe space and respect. The Chotrim were able to take ownership of their kvutza, as they deliberated and decided together how to spend their collective kupa money. They chose to go to Big Bear and eat pizza and ice cream before seeing the new movie Ant Man.  It was a day of fun and kvutza bonding. 

Chotrim were also able to become a stronger kvutsa on tiyul (hike), where they had to work hard and support each other in order to finish. We hiked to Castle Rock and spent time climbing the rocks and then hiked down to Boulder Cay where they got to relax and swim before hiking back up to camp. 

Overall, it was an amazing session and the Chotrim were able to learn to overcome their differences to become a strong kvutza. 

 - Jack and Ravenna (Chotrim Madrichim)



 



Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Pupikim - First Ever at Gilboa


2015 marks a momentous year for Habonim Dror as it introduced the youth movement to a brand new kvutza, the likes of which has never been seen before. This was the Pupikim (bellybuttons or navels, in Hebrew), a kvutza of chanichim entering 4th grade (whereas they had previously been included with the 5th graders in Amelim). 

Being Habonim Dror’s inaugural Pupikim, there comes the responsibility of creating a kvutza identity from scratch. This was a challenge that the Pupikim met head on. Though two members of the Kvutza of 15 had been to Gilboa before as Nitsanim in 3rd grade, this was a new experience for all of them. As such, they had many key aspects of Gilboa to familiarize themselves with. These topics manifested themselves during Peulot (discussion-based activities) and included what makes a Kvutza more than just an age group, an introduction to kupa (collective pooling of resources for intentional use by a group), what it means to be creative, and a geographic and cultural introduction to Israel. The Pupikim engaged with these topics together and with utmost enthusiasm. 

Furthermore, as a kvutza, the Pupikim proved to be one of the more self-supporting kvutzot at machaneh. They truly loved and cared about each other and in doing so, helped to build each other’s confidence and propel themselves to taking on more active and participatory roles around Machaneh. 

All in all, the Pupikim were an enriching kvutzah with an unparalleled energy. It is safe to say this is not the last that we’ve seen of these kids. The Pupikim are here to stay.

 - Ari Howorth, Pupikim madrich




Friday, August 7, 2015

Camp is over, but thinking about it doesn't end


Chug Rap and Hip Hop


This year I decided to choose the Rap and Hip Hop Chug. Although it had hip-hop in the name, it was mainly focused on rap. 

In the beginning we listened to old school rap by Slick Rick and others. Then, we went through the decades and dynasties of rap, starting from the late 80’s, where rap was a poem or a story with a beat, all the way to current rap with a story being told, some singing, many beats and generally more complex than old school. 

We learned what it meant to be African-American or white in the game of rap. Also, what it means to be a man or a woman in rap. My favorite part was listening to various artists I had never heard of before, and writing my own raps. At the last Shabbat of first session we performed eight lines each. 
Here is a piece of mine…

Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa
At this kosher camp there is no barbacoa
Every day we have PISH with our kvutza
Some might say we have a lot of chutzpa
At chuggim we write a lot of rap
For rikkud we dance everything but tap
We sing a ton of things for shira
Don’t end up sick in the mirpa’a


 -     -        Isaiah Beenhouwer (Bo, bo, bo, Bonim)


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Gilboa Photos

Sayarim on the Lake


Revolution Monster Training


Learning the Monster Dance


Continuing Monster Instruction









Shabbat Photos






Poopikim and Amelim Replacing Mazkirut?




















Shabbat Chugim - MAGIC



Shabbat Chugim - Mandala & Music




Shabbat Chugim - Water Beads Science