Revolution Paranoia

Revolution happens every session. It's a day when the Madatz are in charge for a day and a night. Photo by Marlena Chertock.

The Madatz (counselors in training) have riled the kids up in the chadar (dining hall) and now everyone is clapping on tables and chairs, shouting, screaming at the top of their lungs, “Revolution paranoia!” (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap), ad infinitum. Kids love the unknown aura of revolution, when it will happen, what the theme will be and just when it will be called.

Revolution is a big leadership role for the Madatz. It’s a day when they kick the madrichim out and are in charge of kids for a while. Kids and Madatz throw water balloons, run after madrichim and do other maneuvers to shoo the madrichim out.

Depending on the theme, the activities, skits, food and costumes vary. Some past Revolution themes have been Human Body, Wild West, Sugar Cereal Land, Donkey Kong, Arabia, Fantasyland and Wily Wonka. Usually there is one speaker or main character who speaks to the kids, tells them what’s going on, sets up scenes and journeys and excites everyone.

There are also a few other days during the summer where other shikvot take control for a few hours. The Bogrim have Bozmon for first session, three hours, and Bocoup for second session, six to eight hours.

Different songs are learned for Revolution, some for the specific theme to sing to madrichim when they return. Here is a popular one:

Revolt, revolt, we are revolting yes we are

As you can plainly see, can plainly see.

Our hands, our hair, our face, our feet are filled with dirt and grease and grime,

To wash our hair and hands and feet we never take the time.

Our noses run and are not caught, our ears are filled with wax.

The chanichim work hard all day while madrichim relax.

Revolt, revolt …

Continue on and on and on and on and on …

The idea behind revolution is youth empowerment. It’s a way to show that Madatz, young adults, can lead a group of kids, can create a day of structured and fun activities and can be in charge. It’s a way to show kids that they can come together, rally around a cause and overthrow power. The day is permeated with the feeling of accomplishment, excitement and fun.

P.S. REVOLUTION IS TONIGHT! REVOLUTION PARANOIA!

Madatz teach a Revo song that the machaneh sings when the madrichim return. Photo by Hannah Chertock.

Update: The theme of revolution was Back to the Future. View more photos of revolution here. All photos taken by Hannah Chertock.

–Marlena Chertock

4 thoughts on “Revolution Paranoia

  1. i always mumbled most of this, but i think you left some stuff out:

    Revolt, revolt, we are revolting yes we are
    As you can plainly see, can plainly see.
    Our hands, our hair, our face, our feet are filled with dirt and grease and grime,
    To wash our hair and hands and feet we never take the time.
    Our noses run and are not caught, our ears are filled with wax.
    the chanichim work hard all day while madrichim relax.

    1. in the third line it’s just grease and grime
      i think the line with our nose’s running away is completely wrong

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