The Summer of Revolution!

During this past week, two tradtional camp activities occurred. Bocoup and Revolution! Bocoup is when the Borgrim kick out both the Tzevet (staff) and the Madatz (CITs) for six hours. The Bocoup theme this session was Atlantis. The campers started at the beach playing in the sand, swimming, collecting seashells, etc. Suddenly, the town they were in went underwater! The campers ended up in Atlantis! They met the Queen, who started out kind. She then became cruel, refusing to let the campers leave. Bocoup ended with the campers fighting the Queen of Atlantis to escape and celebrating their victory with a huge pool party! To tell us more about what Revolution is and what happened this session, I pass the blog over to my fellow Tzevet member, Yael.

This past Wednesday was Revolution! Revo is a time when the Madatz (CITs) take over camp and run their own activities for 24 hours. It is an empowering exercise in accountability, responsibility and creativity.

This session the Revo theme was Road Trip. Chanichim (campers) followed a family through their family vacation. They started off by packing everything they needed. Playing games like “Find Grandpa’s Dentures” they made preparing for a road trip seem fun! Once they were on the road they made sure to stop at all the monuments and landmarks. There were Round Robin stations based on Mt. Rushmore, Disney World, and New Orleans. At the Mt. Rushmore station chanichim did contour drawings of their faces and then carved a new Mt. Rushmore out of cardboard boxes using those drawings.

Lunch at a roadside pit stop consisted of a burrito bar (Chipotle) and cinnamon buns (Cinnabun) they continued on to a machaneh-made water park that included a slip and slide, soap hockey, and time in the pool. As they were leaving the waterpark the GPS broke! They had to get all of the chanichim’s help in figuring out the right directions. They spent some time in Middletown where they did activities such as creating a Kazoo Parade.

Right before dinner they made it to their final destination: LA! Once there they had a swanky dinner and enjoyed an exciting party before the madrichim (counselors) came back.

All in all it was a very successful day, the chanichim (campers) had a great time!

GEE: Gender Empowerment Evening

The other night, the chanichim participated in a special evening called GEE (Gender Empowerment Evening). The night started with a family style picnic on the softball field where they started talking about what gender is, what sexuality is, etc. After dinner, the chanichim were divided intro groups and participated in a round robin. In the sound robin; they explored what consent was, the importance of pronouns, gender stereotypes relating to movement, and other topics. Afterwards, the groups discussed each station. What was the station demonstrating? How did it make you feel? Are these issues prevalent at camp, what about at home? Afterwards, the youngest kids, the Tzimukim, went to bed. There other kids then went to a variety of chugim about gender in the media, LGBTQ rights, social expectations placed on gender, and other topics.

Tikkum Olam: Changing the world, One Summer at a Time

Once again, Camp Mosh found itself going off to Tikkum Olam. This session, we divided the chanichim by shichvah and sent them off to do a variety of service projects.

The younger chanichim, the Tzimukim and younger Chalutzim, and their Madataz went to Civics Works Real Food Farm in Baltimore. There, the chanichim helped pull weeds, place mulch, and discuss the issues with food availability in urban areas.

While the Tzimukim and half the Chalutzim were helping the farm; the older Chalutzim and Bonim, along with their Madatz, went to Art is Heart also in Baltimore. Art is Heart aims to embrace the lives of those in need through art, so the chanichim joined others in painting morals. Afterwards, they had a peula about the power of art and how it has been used to aid in social change.

The Bogrim, the remaining Madatz, and the specialist went to the Lillan Jones Recreation Center located in Baltimore to help with the summer day camp. While there, the chanichim played a variety of games with the children there. Some ran games of basketball, soccer, frisbee, etc. Others ran more relaxing activities like art, trigger games, etc. The chanichim and Tzevet them joined the campers from the recreation  center for lunch. Finally, the Bogrim and Madatz had a peula about the events that took place in Baltimore last spring, what’s is currently being done today to counter the issues involved, and how they can connect with those trying to make a change.

The Week in Review

Hey everyone, sorry for the delay. There’s just been so much going on this week and not enough time during the day. Here are just some of the activities the chanichim participated in this week.

Thursday night was a special evening. It was pish night, which is where the chanichim eat a cookout style dinner then do an activity just with their shichvah (age group). This past pish night, the Kizarim (Mini-Mosh campers) and Tzimukim (Amelim & Chortim) celebrated Anya’s bat mitzvah. They got dress up in crazy costumes, had a dance party, and went swimming.

Also this week, we welcomed in the first Shabbat of the session. everyone got the chance to clean their tzrif/ohel (cabin/tent) and get an extra shower in before Kabbalat Shabbat. Kabbalat Shabbat is the ritual we do to welcome in shabbat Friday night before dinner. It includes a story from the Rosh (head of camp) as well as poems read out by chanichim (campers). After dinner on Friday night, we put on an oneg (variety show). This week the oneg was the done the Madatz and Tzevet. We conclude Friday night with rikud (Israeli dancing) on the basketball court.

Saturday, the chanichim had a more relaxing day, participating in special chugim only run on Shabbat. The chanichim also participated in a new structure called Shabbat Carnival, which is a series of bonding activities like poem reading, painting, sports, etc. We conclude Shabbat with Havdallah: a service done at dusk as the stars begin to come out and a medurah: a campfire where chanichim get to perform skits and other acts for their peers.

Again, apologies for the delay. I’ll make sure to post more regularly in the coming weeks. If you want to see more of the activities the chanichim did, please check out the Habonim Dror Camp Moshava Facebook page!

Welcome to Second Session 2015!

Finally, the waiting is over. Second Session is here! The buses rode down Mosh Road as the Madatz (CITs) greeted the chanichim (campers).

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Everyone made their way to the MLC (pavilion) to say hello to old friends.

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Then, the chanichim were given time to unpack. In addtion, the Tzevet (staff) gave the chanichim a tour of the beautiful Camp Moshava

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Revolution

Monday night, Mosh had one of the most anticipated events of the session- Revolution! This is a time where the madatz (counselors in training) kick out the madrichim (counselors) for 24 hours and plan an entire day’s worth of activities themselves. Besides being a kef (fun) day for all of the chanichim (campers), Revolution teaches the madatz leadership skills and allows them to understand all of the logistics that go into running camp for a day. It is an empowering experience for the madatz, and for the chanchim (campers), as the youth get take over camp and run things for themselves for a day!

This is many of the camper’s favorite days of the session! Here is the story of this session’s revolution, as told by Guest Reporter Naomi Ravick:

Hi! My name is Naomi Ravick and I’m in madatz this summer. Starting Monday night, the chanichim (campers) participated in a fun-filled 24 hours with their madatz. This Revolution’s theme was Dreams vs. Nightmares! Our revo kicked off with a slumber party and s’mores cake before bed. The chanichim woke up to a candy covered machaneh (camp) and a dream filled round robin. Some of the stations included a pool obstacle course, a birthday party, and more!

DSC_0439 DSC_0516After lunch, we had a tug of war competition between dream characters and nightmare characters. Unfortunately, the nightmare characters won! We then had a “scary” round robin with the nightmare characters. Some of the stations included making ooblek and making fun nightmare decorations.

After the round robin, chanichim participated in chugim (special interest groups) where they got to choose which activities they wanted to go to. They could choose between options like a blind taste test, painting their own nightmare, and listening to scary stories.

DSC_0663 DSC_0666Once the chugim ended, we had a delicious pasta bar dinner. After dinner, the dream characters and the nightmare characters had an epic battle, and the dream characters won! The chanichim then cleaned themselves up and had a mesibah (party) to celebrate their victory. The madrichim (counselors) returned, and the chanichim were sent to bed for some dreams of their own.

Kupa Carnival

At Mosh, we have a system of sharing called Kupa. Kupa appears in concrete ways around camp, like how we share food, toiletries, and money. It also shows itself in more abstract ways– Kupa fosters a community where everyone cares about each other and treats each other equally.

One of the ways we use Kupa throughout the summer is the Kupa Trip. A portion of each camper’s tuition is put in a communal fund of money that pays for a fun activity for all of machaneh (camp) to do together. This year, we had a Kupa Carnival at camp! Chanichim (campers) got to hang out on the softball field and enjoy moon bounces, cotton candy, snow cones, face paint, slip and slides, and more. Check out some pictures from this fun afternoon!

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