Kupa Carnival

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! 

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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!

 

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Tiyul – Camping Trip

Yesterday, we set out for an adventure.

We donned long pants and closed toed shoes. We filled our water bottles. We carried trail mix in our backpacks and headed to the woods.

Our one-night tiyul (trip, in our case camping trip) began with a hike deep into the woods surrounding Mosh. Mosh is lucky to own 267 acres of undeveloped woods. In past summers we have gone to outside camp sites for tiyul, but this summer we decided to explore and appreciate our own land.

After a hike across sprawling forest, past our beautiful agam (lake), and over trickling streams, chanichim (campers) arrived at the camp site. Everyone teamed up with their shichva (age-group) to pitch their ohelim (tents). Assembling ohelim is always a bit of a puzzle, but chanichim worked together to figure it out.

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Next we had lunch and a bit of free time before splitting of into different activities. Chanichim chose between swimming in the river, going on a nature walk, playing card games, or tackling Mosh’s ropes course.

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All this activity worked up an appetite, but guess who’s cooking dinner tonight? Chanichim did all the chopping, kneading, and preparation for a delicious outdoor feast. We ate homemade pita, a colorful salad, baked potatoes with eggs cooked inside, watermelon, and corn. Food tastes even better when you make it yourself!

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We finished the night with a medurah (bonfire) and lots of s’mores. Chanichim performed goofy, scary, and musical acts as s’mores were passed around. Today tiyul continues with a hike, some nature art, and another outdoor lunch before packing up and heading back to the cozy comfort of Mosh.

As always, check out Habonim Dror Camp Moshava on facebook for more photos of tiyul and camp happenings!

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Special Day – Techno Edition

Understanding meaning making: Children are involved in a process of making meaning of their selves, their surroundings, their community, and their world. Educators have the power to shape the narrative within which this meaning making takes place.

- On Educating Children, Janusz Korczak

Everyday at Mosh is special, but yesterday was a little bit extra! Yesterday was Yom Meyuhad (Special Day), which is a day of unique programming centered around a specific theme or educational goal. This summer’s focus was social media and technology. We explored and questioned the role of technology in today’s society through creative activities and discussion.

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The day started out with a round of social media themed stations. Chanichim acted out favorite YouTube videos, drew cool Instagrams, and played Twitter tag. #WhatCouldBeMoreFun?

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As the afternoon progressed, we began thinking more critically about these social media forums. Why do we use social media? How does social media shape our generation? Are these technologies equally accessible to everyone?

Chanichim split up based on their own interests into groups to discuss some of these questions. Here are excerpts from a chug (interest group) focused on technology and the generation gap.

Generation Gap (written by Deborah Secular)                                                                           Goals

  1. Think about how technology creates generation gaps
  2. Think about the ways adults talk about these generation gaps and whether we as youth accept the roles they put us in
  3. Think about the accessibility of technology for our generation, and what inequalities might mean in a future/present in which technological skills are expected of our generation
  4. Think about the ways technology companies stand to gain from changing generations of potential customers’ behavior

Step in step back                                                                                                                           (step forward if you agree with the statement, stay in place if you disagree)

  1. I sometimes feel that I am better able to use technology than my parents
  2. I sometimes feel that my parents expect me to be able to use technology better than they can
  3. I sometimes feel that my teachers expect me to be able to use technology better than I can
  4. I usually expect that my peers are as comfortable as I am using technology
  5. I think knowing how to use new technologies will be important for me in the future
  6. I feel I am part of a different generation than people born back when MySpace was popular
  7. I feel like technology is one of the defining things about my generation
  8. I feel like technology is one the uniting things about my generation
  9. I feel like technology is one of the dividing things about my generation

Read NYT article: “The Children of Cyberspace: Old Fogies by Their 20s” (read article here)

  1.  In what ways are our generation’s technological advances different or same to past ones?
  2. How would the article be different if it was written from a youth perspective? How does his perspective shape how he talks about youth?
  3. What does the author assume about our generation’s access to technology? Are his assumptions accurate?
  4. Why does the author think corporations will be happy with younger generations’ lack of attention to their own privacy? What motives do technology companies have to change consumers’ behavior, and how does this contribute to the creation of generation gaps?

 After thought provoking discussion, we headed to dinner and finally to a messibah (party) where we celebrated the close of a fun and educational day. Here are some fun photos from the “Instagram” photobooth station.

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A Restful Shabbat

Hello again after a restful Shabbat!

Friday and Saturday at Mosh are very different from the rest of the week. The seder yom (schedule) and spirit of Shabbat create a change of pace and mindset. Shabbat becomes a time for relaxation, rejewvenation, and reflection.

Ask your chanichim (campers) how Shabbat at Mosh feels different from Shabbat at home. What is special about the way we observe Shabbat at Mosh?

Friday starts out as usual with avodah (work) to prepare for a restful Saturday, but quickly winds down throughout the afternoon. Friday afternoons are a time to shower, dress in special clothes, and tidy tzrifim and ohelim (cabins and tents) in hopes of winning the cleaning competition.

Kabalat Shabbat (welcoming Shabbat) begins as we all gather around the toran (flagpole) to wish each other “Shabbat Shalom” and sing Hatikvah. We then wind along the Kicar (the path) singing.

Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow,

Dont walk behind me, I may not lead,

Just walk besides me and be my friend, and together we will walk in peace again.

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We wrap in spiral along the grass, then sit and listen to stories and reflections about the week. Chanichim and Rosh Machaneh (head of camp, Dekel Merin) share their thoughts.

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The night’s festivities proceeded with a delicious dinner, Shabbat shira (singing), and rikkud (israeli dancing). Friday is a fun night for us all as chanichim learn and enjoy the traditions.

Saturdays feel equally reflective and relaxing. Today, I want to highlight one aspect of Saturdays in particular – Asepha Klalit (general meeting).

If we do not think about how we want the world to look, others will do it for us. If we do not take active steps to shape the world in the way we believe is right, someone else will do it instead. As a group we have the power to create a different reality, with different behavioral norms. Our power as human beings stems from our ability to think, to plan, and to decide how we want to be as human beings and how we want our society to look. (Excerpt from, “A Vacuum Does Not Exist”)

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Asepha Klalit is an opportunity for everyone, young or old, to voice their opinion about things happening at camp. Everyone circles around a chair and either walks, crawls, or dances to the center to make a comment. Rules: first person to tap the chairs gets to speak, NO RUNNING!, and be respectful and constructive.

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When you make it to the chair, all of machaneh listens to what you have to say. People will mention repairs that need to happen, food requests (strawberry jelly, please!), and general thoughts about machaneh ruach (camp spirit) and activities.

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Chugim (Special Interest Group)


“A living culture embraces the whole of life. Whatever man creates for the sake of life is ·culture; the tilling of the soil, the building of homes, of all kinds of buildings, the paving of roads, and so on. Each piece of work, each deed, each act is an element of culture.” – A.D. Gordon

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Some of Chug Slam Dunk the Funk

Much of our afternoon at Machaneh Moshava is comprised of activities and fun. We do Chavayot (Experiences) which alternate between activities such as canoeing, tubing, arts and crafts and games/sports like gaga, soccer and basketball. This is a time of the day when the chanichim (campers) get to run around and have fun in their kvutsa (age group). Then we come to many people’s favorite part of the day, chugim! 

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Chug Reading!

Chugim are special interest groups. There are always a wide variety of chugim to try out. This session we have a chug that is making a documentary about mosh, one that plays basketball, one that reads and builds kites, one that does mental challenges and puzzles, and many more. The chanichim get to decide which one they wanted to be in and they will continue to be in it for the rest of the session. 

Our afternoons at Mosh are filled with active fun! They help create the culture here at Mosh that encourages chanichim to develop new skills and passions! 

Chug Improv Comedy

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Avoda

When your kids return home, you may notice some changes. Some will beg to clean toilets. Others will instinctually jump to wash dishes after dinner. You might even find them smiling as they take out the trash.

At Mosh we start every day by doing avoda (work) to keep camp clean and functional. Because Mosh is based upon the structure and ideals of the kibbutz movement, we believe that every chanich(a), madatz, and tzevet member should contribute what they can to machaneh (camp). Everyone does a portion of the labor that is necessary for Mosh to stay clean and beautiful. Rather than hiring outside help, we take pride in putting in our own hard work and sweat.

After hikansut boker (morning gathering) and aruhat boker (breakfast), everyone splits into anafim (work groups). Chanichim can choose their summer-long anaf (work group) from many options, based on their interests and strengths.

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The artistically inclined can paint murals and kishutim for shabbat (decorations for shabbat) in anaf tziur.
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And now for an all time favorite! ANAF SABABA (sababa = awesome)! In anaf sababa, chanichim keep the bathrooms clean… and have the occasional water fight.

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Our gan (garden) and pinat chai (animal life) are two of the many things that make Mosh unique. We grow vegetables and herbs in our gan and care for goats and chickens in the pinat chai. Chanichim weed, water, and harvest plants as well as feed and collect eggs from our animals. Dobby and Winky, the goats, are tons of fun to pet and play with!
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Anaf medurah is the perfect spot for chanichim who enjoy being in nature and the woods. This anaf chops firewood and sets up our weekly medurah (bonfire). Everyone in anaf medurah must wear closed toed shoes and carry water bottles.
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Anaf MLC/Sif takes responsibility for cleaning our indoor pavillion and our library. Both of these spaces need to be sweeped and organized on a daily basis!

For those interested in the culinary arts, anaf veggie cutting is the place to be! Chanichim help the mitbach (kitchen) by slicing, dicing, and peeling vegetables for lunch and dinner.

Last, but not least, is anaf aruhat boker. These folks set up breakfast, get to eat first, and help serve and clean up. This anaf involves lots of sweeping, dishwashing, and table wiping.
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Avoda allows everyone to take ownership over machaneh (camp). Young or old, each of the chanichim feel a sense of accomplishment and pride over their work. By the end of the summer, everyone can smile and point out the mural they painted, toilet they cleaned, or tomato plant they nurtured. Mosh belongs to all of us.

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Second Session Begins!

WELCOME TO SECOND SESSION 2014!!!

Second session kicked off yesterday, July 22nd, as a bus-load of new and returning chanichim (campers) drove up Mosh road. Madatz (junior counselors) greeted the bus with silly costumes and tons of ruach (spirit). DSC_0425 DSC_0442

Chanichim stepped off the buses with huge smiles and went straight to the MLC (our big indoor pavilion) to meet tzevet (staff) and split into their shikvot (age-groups).

DSC_0460 DSC_0445 There is always lots of singing and cheering at Mosh, so of course, it is tradition to start off the session by teaching a cheer. This one is a favorite:

(To the tune of Queen’s “We Will Rock You”)

ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR!

We’re Moshava, mighty Moshava,

All we have is ruach (spirit) and chevra (friendship),

Smiles on our face, big disgrace,

Dragging our feet all over the place!

Singing,

We are, we are, MOSHAVA FOURTEEN, MOSHAVA FOURTEEN

We are, we are, MOSHAVA FOURTEEN, MOSHAVA FOURTEEN

(Repeat forever)

Check out our facebook account to see a video of all our ruach!
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Next, chanichim split up with their madrichim (counselors) to unpack in their ohelim and tzrifim (tents and cabins). Chanichim were excited to choose beds, settle into their spaces, and get to know everyone. Many were thrilled to see old friends from past summers and everyone was eager to see new faces. DSC_0500 DSC_0501 DSC_0505 DSC_0514

The rest of the day went smoothly. After a delicious mac and cheese lunch, chanichim rotated between tours of machaneh, health checks, swim tests, and other orientation stations. Returning chanichim took pride in showing off machaneh to new chanichim!

Soon enough it was time for silly skits! Chanichim watched madrichim present options for anafim (work groups) and chugim (interest groups) and got to place their activity choices. More on this to come!

We ended our day with Meet the Madrichim, a tochnit erev (evening activity) that happens every summer at Mosh! Chanichim must perform goofy challenges in order to learn fun facts about tzevet.

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