For the first time since 1970, the Maccabia Games were held yesterday at Machaneh Galil in Pennsylvania. Right after the tiyul trip, Mosh headed in several buses to Galil. Galil is also part of the Habonim Dror youth movement. There are seven Habonim Dror camps in North America, in Michigan, Canada, California, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Maccabia is a day full of sports and meeting new people.
Maccabia used to be extremely competitive, where Galil and Mosh would train for the beginning of the summer and then meet up at one camp to compete in sports. There were several teams of different colors and Mosh and Galil were put together in teams. This year’s Maccabia was much more fun and competition was not a main priority. In Habonim Dror competition is not stressed.
A torch was lit and a song was taught to announce the beginning of the Maccabia games.
Here is the song, it is sung to the tune of “Wavin’ Flag” by K’naan.
Mosh and Galil, we come together
We become stronger
At the Maccabia games, Maccabia games,
Maccabia games, Ohhh.
We’ll play some games, out in the sun,
When it is done, we’re both number one!
There were several sports and activities at Galil. There was football, soccer, water activities, swimming, basketball, ultimate Frisbee and other games. The machanot also spent time with their shikvah, so Amelim from Mosh and Galil got to know each other, and all the other shikvot as well.
View more photos of Maccabia 2011 here.