This week K’ton Ton just had too much fun! We started off with a visit from the Israeli Caravan. They danced and sang their hearts out and the campers loved dancing and singing with them. We made boomerangs and koala bears as we traveled to Australia. On Friday we made and ate Fairy Bread! Ask your children how to make it. I’m sure they’ll be able to share the recipe (white bread, butter and rainbow sprinkles).
We have become such great swimmers, with many K’tonies moving up to the next levels. It makes me so happy to see how their confidence has increased and their fears of the pool have diminished. Next week is the last week of camp. We look forward to participating in the Maccabi games. Wear your colors proudly!
Week 7 was very exciting at camp as we traveled around Australia. On Monday we got to watch the wonderful Israeli Caravan, everyone had lots of fun singing and dancing along. On Tuesday we went to Bounce U for our last trip, everyone had lots of fun jumping around. During the week we learned about Boomerangs and made our own, we also got to make koalas and Australian fairy bread. On Friday at Shabbat everyone got to meet Lenny Krayzelburg, who is a gold medal Olympic swimmer. We are very excited to start color wars this week. Everyone should wear their colors proudly, have lots of fun and show great sportsmanship.
G’day from Chalutz! During week 7, Chalutz “traveled” to the continent of Australia. Campers celebrated the value of kind words. Chalutz campers participated in many activities that encompassed the Aussie lifestyle. We created an American take on Fairy Bread, made paper boomerangs, had a beach dance party and enjoyed our annual Israeli Caravan Show.
Campers enjoyed the leagues award ceremony at the building. Campers and counselors dressed to impress in this year’s league colors (red, white, and blue). Jeff handed out many awards, medals, and trophies to campers; rewarding them for their hard work and sportsmanship over the summer. Congratulations to our 1st place teams D and H!
This year campers earned over 130 trophies, 30 certificates, 8 prestige trophies, 2 MVP, 3 Chalutz legacy hats and 1 Nex Gen “athlete of the summer”! Campers are already anticipating the reveal of next year’s leagues program! Thank you to Jeff for creating our amazing Chalutz Leagues program that has continued to be a staple in the Chalutz culture!
Wow, we can’t believe we just finished the 7th week of camp. During the 7th week, we had some great events. On Tuesday, Cara and some Maccabiah campers participated in an improv performance on fairytales that blew everyone away. It’s amazing to see the acting talents that many of our campers have. On Wednesday, the leagues championship was Steven’s team versus Matt’s team. Matt’s team was favored to win and was the first seed going into the championship game, however Steven’s team came out on top winning 25-18. Additionally on Wednesday, we had Macc’s Got Talent, where many of our campers sang, danced, played piano, and did stand-up comedy. They all did an incredible job. On Thursday, we had our big trip to Hershey Park. The campers really enjoyed the rollercoasters and of course chocolate world! Then we had our overnight, leaving campers extremely tired on Friday and ending the camp week with a pizza party. We can’t believe that week 8 is already here and we look forward to color was!
On Monday, Teen Travel attended our biggest and best trip of the whole year! We traveled to Connecticut to attend Club Getaway, our three-day, two-night adventure. Campers took in this unique camping experience by staying in cabins with all of their friends. There were tons of activities, including trampolines, jumping off trees (with harnesses), and many ziplines. On Monday, we attended a game show with wild and wacky challenges, and we competed against four other camps with our camp coming out on top! We had a dance party on Monday and Tuesday night, with campers showing off the latest fashion trends! Campers were also able to use the lake, which allowed for swimming, jumping on trampolines, and campers rode a raft that was pulled by a speedboat. We ended our experience with s’mores, and campers will look back on this trip and now have these memories for life! On Thursday, we attended the movies to see Hobbs and Shaw. The campers were then treated to Carvel ice cream, which was a big hit! On Friday, we celebrated Shabbat, and our guest speaker was Lenny Krayzelburg. He is a four-time Olympic Gold medalist in swimming for Team USA and shared some real inspirational thoughts with the campers. We ended our day with bowling, which was a fun time as usual. We cannot wait for Week 8 of camp, which has Broadway and Color Wars in line for us!
This was a great week in Marvin’s Junior camp. We started off the week dancing the day away with the Israeli Caravan. Campers enjoyed many camp activities and loved our trip to Launch Trampoline. On Friday, we celebrated the near end of camp with our annual dance show! All groups danced amazingly. We are so proud of everyone who performed.
Week 7 has come and gone and we had so much fun! On Monday we enjoyed our show, while on Tuesday we had a fun day at camp. Wednesday we had our last trip to iPlay America where we had a blast playing games and going on rides! Thursday was another great day at camp and Friday we had Shabbat where we saw Teo and Mighty Mensch! What a great week! We can’t wait for color wars week 8!
Monday MORE took a trip to Chocolate Works where we created custom chocolate molds. Tuesday we went rock climbing at Rock Em Extreme. Wednesday we hit up the arcade at Dave and Busters and set the high score on multiple games! Thursday we trekked to the Bronx Zoo and participated in a scavenger hunt while hanging out with all of the cool animals. We wrapped the week up at Glassroots where we created mosaic coasters out of glass. Overall it was an exciting week! We can't wait to wrap up the summer next week with some exciting trips!
Value of the Week: Kind Words
“Speech has power. Words do not fade. What starts out as a sound, ends in a deed.” –Abraham Joshua Herschel
Kind words have the potential to make a person’s day and lift people up. They can inspire and heal. At the JCC Camp we encourage our campers to use their words to talk when they are angry at another person instead of hitting and using their hands. Every week a camp “alumni” gives a presentation about their lives and the impact the camp has had on them so that the campers can learn and hear the way the JCC Camp has changed their lives. Sharing kind words costs nothing but can still mean everything to the person who hears it.
“What did you do in school today?” I asked six year old Daniella.
“We made warm fuzzies”
“Warm Fuzzies? What are warm fuzzies?”
“Well” she said slowly, trying to find words that even a grandfather could understand. “warm fuzzies are things that you say that make people feel good.” And then, reaching into her schoolbag, she added, “Here are some of the warm fuzzies I got.”
“You are my best friend”
“You are very pretty”
“You I like”
“I like the present you gave me”
Much later that evening I thought of the lesson Daniella’s teacher had taught her class. How much easier life would be for all of us if we concentrated on handing out warm fuzzies to the people whose lives intersects our own in the course of any day. Mark Twain once said that he could live on a good compliment for two months. How long has it been since we gave a warm fuzzy to our children, our mates, the people who serve us, our brothers and sisters?