So week 3 brings us to South America! We made rain sticks and visited the rainforest. The Yo-Yo show was awesome.
I’m so glad that everyone packed their smiles on Wednesday for K’ton Ton picture day! We definitely have the cutest campers! Thank you to all that contributed to donate a dollar for a dog for caring for animals week. We are sending $75 to Memorial Sloan Kettering Caring Canines.
Friday was the Camp Carnival. The cotton candy and snow cones were yummy! The bouncy houses were so much fun and the water slide was cool!
Looking forward to week 4.
We had a great time traveling around South America. We painted the rain forest, made rain sticks and enjoyed the camp carnival. At the Turtleback Zoo we had so much fun learning about different animals. We also got to watch a very impressive Yo-yo Show, he was so talented! At Shabbat we met some camp alumni and had so much fun singing with Tao the moose. We are super excited for this week’s journey to Africa.
As week 3 came to a close, Chalutz had many memorable moments. This week we attended the Yo-Yo Show, where many of the Chalutz campers tried new tricks! Campers posed for group and sibling photos as well as our South America Photo Booth. They learned about South American culture and climate. The campers learned the significance of rain sticks and created their own colorful creations. We also studied animals found in this continent and created lama purses and foam reptiles. Some highlights of this week for many of the campers were the trip to Launch Trampoline Park, the Chalutz Pinata Party and the Camp Carnival! We are excited to keep the fun going into Africa week 4!
We had a great time in Maccabiah this week! As our cooking project of the week, we made no bake dulce de leche cheesecake. Dulce de leche tastes like caramel and is a common dessert that is made in Brazil which matched our continent of the week, South America. With a delicious Oreo bottom, whipped cream, dulce de leche, and fruit, this treat was a favorite for everyone. Between participating in regular camp activities, swimming, and our trip to Camel Beach, we had a great week! Many campers mentioned that their favorite parts of Camel Beach were the lazy river and the numerous water slides. We are looking forward to a fun time in week 4!
This week, Teen Travel started out at Seaside Heights and attended the waterpark. Campers had a blast being able to walk the boardwalk, eat, shop, and play games. On Tuesday, we attended Fireball Mountain, one of the campers' favorite trips of the year. We played laser tag while attempting to capture the other team's flags and attempted to make our opponent's surrender, a definite thrill. On Wednesday we attended Camel Beach, and want on all different slides and we went into the wave pool. Thursday was our picture day, followed by The Funplex. We played laser tag against our staff members, rode go-karts, and played arcade games. Finally, on Friday, we attended the camp carnival and had some delicious cotton candy and sno-cones. We then went rollerblading with Maccabiah and had fun! We ended the day with Shabbat and ice cream, another great week. We can't wait for Week 4!!
It was a great second week for our Marvin’s Juniors campers. We enjoyed many fun, new and interesting activities. The yo-yo show was a highlight of the week! The campers really enjoyed the show and even expressed that they can not wait to see his new tricks next summer. Campers also enjoyed activities like drama, archery and ropes. Although our trip was postponed this week it did not stop us from having fun at the movies watching toy story 4! We are all looking forward to what fun and excitement next week will bring!
Our second week together was so much fun! We started the week off with our Monday show. Wednesday we visited our favorite zoo.. Turtleback! There we saw giraffes, penguins, bison and more! We ended our week having a blast at our camp carnival! Snow cones, Citroen candy, water slides and lots of fun games!
The second week of the summer for MORE was an exciting one. Monday we took a trip to Keansburg Waterpark. Campers had a chance to slip down some water slides, and relax on the lazy river. They also walked around the amusement park, and enjoyed some of the carnival rides! Tuesday we took a trip down the road and Painted with a Twist! We painted a beautiful silhouette of a tree against the back drop of a sunset. Wednesday we sat in the amazing Imax theater at the Liberty Science Center, and learned about black holes. We also toured a cool exhibit about bacteria, and learned some interesting facts about microscopic organisms. Thursday we ran around Funplex, and competed in some intense games of laser tag, and Go Kart races. Friday we wrapped the week up down the shore. We took a trip to Asbury Park to the Silverball Museum where we learned about classic arcade and pinball games, and had a chance to play each and every one. Overall, this week was a blast! We can't wait for next week coming up!
“You must not eat your own meal until you have seen to it that all your animals have been fed.” Jewish Teaching
Caring for Animals
Kindness to others can be cultivated by exposing children to animals as it can bring out the nurturing side of a child. Such interactions provide an important opportunity for children to become more sensitive to the feelings of other creatures and can lead to a greater sensitivity and kindness for people.
One of the most popular activities at our camp is the weekly shows led by animal enthusiast Brian Wild. Week after week Brian brings a wide variety of animals to the campground, and, in a fun way, educates the campers about the animal kingdom. Brian’s shows sensitize our campers to animals and cultivates a sense of compassion for their well-being. Brian’s important message is that all living creatures are to be valued and respected and that we are responsible for their health and protection.
A Story from the Jewish tradition about caring for animals
When Moses was a young man, he spent his days as a shepherd taking care of his father-in- law’s flocks in the land in Midian.
One summer afternoon while Moses was taking the herd through a sweet green pasture, he counted the sheep and found one missing.
“This cannot be,” said Moses to himself. “Maybe I made a mistake when I counted the sheep.” So he counted the sheep again, but there was still one sheep missing. No matter how many times he counted, the total was always the same. One of the animals was really gone!
Moses looked up and saw the smallest lamb in the flock disappearing over a hill at the edge of the field.
Moses quickly decided to go after the little lamb. He threw down his staff and ran after the lamb, leaving his dog to watch the grazing herd.
For almost an hour, he chased the little lamb. He went through the tall, soft grass, through the thick woods, and across the slippery marshes. But the lamb was still nowhere in sight.
“Why did the lamb run away?” Moses wondered. “Did something frighten it?”
Finally, Moses spotted the little lamb. It had stopped on the banks of the stream and was busily drinking the water. It drank like it hadn’t had anything to drink in weeks.
“Now I see why you ran away,” said Moses. “Finish drinking all the water you want.”
Moses waited very patiently for the lamb to finish drinking. The sun had already begun to set by the time the little lamb finally finished drinking.
Moses quietly and gently picked up the little lamb and held it in his arms. He spoke softly and sang to the lamb so it wouldn’t be scared. Then he took the lamb back to the pasture and gently placed it near its mother’s side.
Just then, Moses heard God’s voice. “Moses, because you brought the lamb back from the water with such kindness and understanding, you have demonstrated to me that you are worthy of becoming a great leader of people.”