Boker Tov Cabin 1-C!

by Jacob Levy, Halutzim Senior Counselor

With the flip of the light switch it’s a new day in Tzrif 1-C!  A typical morning in our tzrif (cabin) on the surface might seem pretty mundane.  We wake up, go to tefillah (morning prayer – where many of our campers are active participants and leaders), eat breakfast, and clean up the tzrif during nikayon.  At first glance this might seem pretty normal, but with a closer look you’ll see it is nothing mundane.  The first (and probably most important) part of why living in our tzrif is so special is because of our chanichim (campers).  We are incredibly fortunate that our chanichim are both kind and energetic.  Every day we see so many examples of this kindness.  For example they not only get their tzrif-mates involved in cabin activities like games of seven seconds, kan jam, etc., but also involve the Kochavim campers who live in connecting cabins.  In addition to their incredible kindness, our campers are always super energetic when it comes to doing cabin activities.

Some highlights from our amazing summer include:

  • Yom Fruit: This was the first in a series of cabin theme days. Campers got inflatable pieces of fruit and jammed out to the Wiggles song “Fruit Salad” and “Strawberry Fields” by the Beatles.  Later in the afternoon they went on a hunt to see if they could find more apples hidden around camp than their counselors.
  • Yom Pirate: We woke up early, hopped into bathing suits, and ran down to the agam where we kayaked out to the island for an amazing breakfast on the island. To get everyone in the pirate spirit, the campers got a Ramah bandanna and an eye patch with music from Pirates of Caribbean playing in the background.  In the afternoon we went on a treasure hunt around camp.  Everyone was super excited to receive the treasure, which included some candy and a personalized necklace (with their name and two descriptive traits written on it)!
  • Fantasy Baseball: Many of the members of our tzrif are huge baseball fans. A highlight of our day for the first few weeks was waiting for lunch and the Ivriton (camp newsletter) which contained a few baseball scores from the previous day.  So, we decided to start a fantasy baseball league for them to participate in.  Every camper drafted two teams each of which would earn them points (depending how the teams did in their games).  In addition to the draft we put up a tzrif scoreboard in which we not only included the previous day’s scores but also a sports article for them to read during flashlight time at night.
  • Memory Board: With all of these amazing peulot happening so fast it was really important for us that our chanichim were remembering the awesome moments of their summer. So on one of the walls of our tzrif we posted not only pictures of the summer but also slips of paper listing the peulot that we had done over the past few weeks.  In addition, campers personalized the board by posting their favorite memory as well as something that they are thankful for at camp.

Most of all – we are thankful to be a part of the awesome group of campers and counselors that make up Tzrif 1-C!

The picture of our cabin would not be complete without a word from our campers.  So, below is a snapshot of life in our cabin as told by Jesse:

What are some of your favorite things about Tzrif 1-C?

I really like how much we play together.  Whenever we are bored we always have each other to play with.  Whether it’s basketball or cards we are always playing with each other.

What was your favorite peulat tzrif and why?

My favorite cabin activity was eating breakfast on the island because it was an unexpected but fun activity.  It was also a meaningful activity because we had t’fillah together on the island.

What is one of your favorite memories from the tzrif?

My favorite memory from the tzrif was when we drafted our teams for our fantasy baseball league.  I liked it because everyone was really excited and we were all really happy and everyone was having a good time together!

Anything else you want to add?

Every peulat tzrif we have done really has shown when we work together as a tzrif we can accomplish anything!


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