Kangaroo Court is a Gilboa tradition that received a revised treatment
on Wednesday night. The night opened with the classic procedures: The
chanichim took the Madrichim to court for various “transgressions”
(example: forgetting to wake up the Bogrot at Kima). Justice was served
via whipped cream pies in the face of the convicts. When punishment went
too far, however, the night turned into a provocative analysis of
America’s Justice system. Machaneh explored the potential for restorative
justice to act as a substitute for the prison system.
Machaneh (camp) is usually loud (in a good way) with
chanichim singing, playing and shouting cheers at the top of their lungs. But on
Tuesday evening machaneh was completely quiet.
The stage was set for this special evening by letting
everyone know that although there is a set plan, the success of the evening
depends on everyone’s cooperation. The goal was to learn to communicate in new
ways other than our voices and words. Chanichim were to go through different
challenges, as a group, using only body language, movements and eye contact.
They were asked to be patient and to observe their friends. The first station
was a rope tied to a stick which the group had to cooperate moving in a spiral.
The next one - the group stood on chairs where at each new stage, musical chairs style,
one chair had to be removed – so that in the first stages they had to start sharing chairs, and eventually, when the number of chairs was further reduced, they had to
hold and support each other while figurin…
Monday was one of the most anticipated days at camp – Yom Israel
– Israel Day. The day began with enthusiastic American tourist who got
everyone excited for a tour of Israel. Chanichim entered the chadar (dining
hall) which was decorated as a mini-Israel, with a Kinneret and large posters
of Israeli cities and regions. While everyone had a delicious Israeli breakfast,
a portal opened and ghosts of past Zionist thinkers stormed in. They were
resentful of the shallow perspective of Israel presented by the tourist, and
promised to show a more accurate depiction of Israeli history and essence. The
ghosts led a tour through different parts of the country, exposing a more
complex picture of the society. At each station campers met representatives of different
minorities and Zionist thinkers who told them more about their vision.
Campers went through the following stations: Negev – The ghost of David Ben Gurion presented chanichim with his vision of the Negev as a test of pioneer vigor and his…