Dear CW Families and Friends,
This past week has been all about adventures as all of our campers went on trips away from camp. Our oldest campers in Solel left for their big trip which included a visit to King’s Island, exploring Mammoth Cave, and canoeing in Hocking Hills. And while they were gone, everyone else had their day trips: Chalutzim visited Pioneer Waterland, Ohalim traveled to Splash Lagoon in Erie, PA, and Noar spent the day at Cedar Point. But the fun didn’t stop with day trips. Campers in Ohalim and Chalutzim had overnights in the Camp Wise woods and our Noar 8th graders spent the night at the Hillel at Kent State followed by a day of canoeing on Mogadore Lake! After all of these adventures away from camp, we are looking forward to a peaceful and restful Shabbat as a full community at the Home of Happiness!
Shabbat this week is brought to us by the village of Ohalim. As Ohalim prepared for Shabbat they sat in a circle and sent one person outside. The person outside had to get everyone to stand up, but the group would only stand once they heard the specific code. There were no rules that they were not allowed to ask someone in the circle to help them out. The campers instinctively helped their friends out, and the task was much easier to accomplish. The campers learned that we don’t have to be embarrassed to ask for help. In this week’s portion Moses talks about how he asked for help when leading and organizing the Israelites became too much for him to do alone.
On the first of thirty-seven days before his passing, Moses begins his review of the Torah to the Israelites, going over all the events that happened and the laws that were given over the forty-year journey from Egypt to Mount Sinai and eventually into Israel, scolding the Israelites for their mistakes and commanding them to keep the Torah and follow all the mitzvot (commandments) in the land that God is giving them as an eternal inheritance, that the Israelites will receive and enter after Moses passes away. Moses speaks about when he appointed judges and officers to help him ease his load of answering questions and teaching Torah to the Israelites.
So too, we should feel comfortable asking when there’s something we need help in or don’t understand. Everyone in this world needs help with something. This week’s core value is Tikkun Olam, Repairing Our World. When it comes to Tikkun Olam, Rabbi Tarfon taught, it is not your responsibility to finish the work, but neither are you free to desist from it. No one person can fix the world by themselves, but with help from others we can do so much more. This value is something that we practice every day at camp.
We are looking forward to the week ahead. By the time we gather for Shabbat next week we will be welcoming home our 27 teens who have been traveling in Israel. We can’t wait to join with them for Shabbat and to learn all about their four weeks on their Israel Leadership Summer!
One week into Trip 2 2018 and C1 has already had the opportunity to participate in so many things! They’ve had the opportunity to ride the giant swing and play basketball! During Live Wise, the kids solved clues that were related to the book Leviticus in the Torah! Once the kids figured out the code, it led them to opening a bag that was full of bracelets! We also had our day trip as well!! We had an awesome time at Pioneer Waterland! We went on many slides, enjoyed food, played in the arcade and so much more! It’s been an great week full of plenty of fun! We can’t wait to see what else is in store for the session!!
C2 has had a very full and exciting week! After celebrating the cabin birthdays with a pool party and ice cream sandwiches, we signed up for our chugs! We took a break from our day to day activities at camp on the water slides and in the lazy river at Pioneer Waterland for day trip!
C3 While the girls were away this week on their overnight, C3 became grandpas in the Chalutzim Retirement home and afterwards enjoyed some tasty s’mores round the campfire. They also got the chance to ride the horses around Camp and cooked up some Israeli treats in Outdoor cooking! It’s been a busy week but there’s lots more fun stuff to come!
Throughout the last week, C6 had the opportunity to make pottery, ride water slides, and everything in between! During cabin activities, we played a lot of sports including soccer and basketball. Additionally, we joined the entire village of Chalutzim on a day trip to Pioneer Waterland where we rode water slides, relaxed in the lazy river, and hung out the pool. It was definitely a highlight of summer!! It’s been awesome seeing all of the girls in the cabin bond and grow closer as the session has gone on. We can’t wait to see what else is in store!!!
This week O1 has had a wonderful time getting to know each other better. From spending the whole day trip together as a cabin, to playing cards and fixing a spaceship during a huge thunder storm. Everyone had a blast when we jet skied and tubing down at the lake!! We have had a lot of fun so far and we can’t wait to make more memories during the next weeks!!!!
This week O2 had an awesome time at our dance cabin activity where we created a dance to the duck song. They also avoided the rain by learning about monsters in the cabin when they read the monster manual.
This week, O3 came together as a cabin to celebrate Max’s birthday with a special basketball game during rest hour. We also braved the treacherous storm by adopting a pet inflatable dolphin which we named Dolphina! We are so excited to see the adventures that Dolphina and the rest of our cabin have over the next couple of weeks!!!
O-5 has had an action packed week thus far! Sunday night we had tons of fun hanging out at our meaningful (and colorful) campfire with cheesy fries! Then on Tuesday, we went Giant Swinging during Menucha with our cabin pet Ferda! We can’t wait to find out what’s in store for the rest of the week!
O-6 has had an amazing week so far and has really come together as a cabin. Today we spent our rest hour after lunch high in the trees doing a special cabin zip line. We had a ton of fun getting to cheer everyone on!
This past week has been full of many deep talks, many many giggles and tons of new dance moves! O-7 loved our time in the rain and the extra cabin bonding we had. The tooth fairy made a magical visit and delivered some delicious candy. We can’t wait to enjoy the rest of the session!!
O8 had a fabulous time on our overnight and loved bonding in our cabin and getting to know each other during a rainstorm. We also enjoyed some special night time chipwhiches to celebrate an incredible first week and a half at camp!
This week O9 bonded over an awesome night where we enjoyed s’mores by the bonfire. We also love to catch fireflies at night while the sunsets. We love impromptu dance party’s and long rainy nights sharing funny stories! It’s been a crazy fun week and we can’t wait to make more memories!!
We have had a week full of wacky weather in Ohalim! However, we didn’t let the rain get us down in O-10, instead we used this time for a luxurious spa night – face masks and all! We can’t wait for the upcoming weeks at camp that will surely be full of fun surprises for the O-10 girls!
N1 started the week off strong by using teamwork and communication to conquer the lilypads at low ropes. They then led Noar’s evening campfire to strengthen their cabin even more.
N2 started off the week on a blindfolded hike guided by their counselors. They marched through Camp into the 15 year forest where they participated in a bonding ritual of s’mores and a meaningful discussion. This was a great follow up to their hilariously goofy performance of Moana in the camp wise talent show.
N3 got together after our village pool party to eat a special treat. They enjoyed creating their own chipwiches. Our cabin has really enjoyed getting to know and learn from their Israeli campers and it is already clear that they are becoming one of the closest cabins in Camp.
N4 had a very busy week starting off with jet skiing and tubing down at the lake and ending up at cedar point. After making it back to camp they took on the lily pads and finished off with a deep cabin talk.
This week N5 soared to new heights, literally, at cedar point and the high ropes course. They learned about the Goldstein family through writing their family tree. They will be happy to discover that staff, as a surprise, will be doing an ultimate teva quiz and bonfire with banana boats planned.
The mighty cabin of N6 let loose and danced the night away after a night spent by the campfire while eating banana boats and talking about what it means to be a 9th grade Noar girl.
N7 became whole this week when their last camper arrived at camp. The girls rocked the talent show with their amazing ukulele and singing performance. They look forward to planning a campfire for the entire village to enjoy.
N8 had a smashing time making their own chipwiches during their cabin bonding activity. They let out their creativity during tie dye and got sporty at their overnight at Kent state.
What a week it has been for Solel! We finally got to go on our first trip, which brought us out to Cincinnati and Kentucky! On our trip we spent the first day eating lots of funnel cakes and going on extreme roller coasters. Our next activity took us to Kentucky action park, where we played mini golf, jumped on a mega trampoline, and went alpine sliding. Our day ended with an incredible tour of Mammoth cave, which was AWESOME! Lastly, we headed to Hocking Hills to finish off our trip with some nice canoeing on a river! We had so much fun and are so happy to be back at the home of happiness now. Can’t wait to see what our next trip has in store for us!