Our very concept of human nature, what we believe human beings are even capable of is affected by our economic system. If we create a structure that promotes cooperation over competition our very concept of human nature changes.
-Excerpt from Elements of Kvutsa
When you spend a day at Mosh, you realize that this isn’t your ordinary summer camp. There is no canteen for buying snacks. There are communal toiletries lining the shelves of the sherutim (bathrooms). Care packages full of candy are enjoyed equally among everyone.
Our system of sharing, Kupa, appears in many concrete ways throughout camp, and in even more abstract ways. Kupa holds everyone to standards of communal living that define our actions and relationships on a daily basis. Whether it be sharing candy, toiletries, or money, Kupa demands a high level of trust and respect from everyone involved.
At the start of the session, we had a peulah (educational activity) where we introduced the idea of Kupa and asked chanichim (campers) to discuss the merits and shortcomings of this system of sharing. The chanichim discussed many ways Kupa can show itself at camp, and ultimately decided to have a system of Kupa this session.
One of the most beloved uses for our Kupa each summer is the Kupa trip. The Kupa trip is paid for by a communal pool of money (part of camp tuition) that all the chanichim benefit from. In the past, we’ve gone to baseball games and waterparks, but this summer we decided to bring the fun to us! Check out the Kupa Carnival!
Everyone at the carnival was either smiling or munching on cotton candy, popcorn, and snow cones. Some were even overheard saying it was the best day of their lives! All shichvot (age groups), including tzevet and madatz (staff and junior counselors), enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon together!