For one day every summer, all of the chanichim (campers) are imereed in Israeli culture, history and experience. The madrichim (counselors) and madatz (CIT) made Israel come alive with fun and educational activities.
Today the kids awoke at the kibbutz Degania in 1909 with much work to be done in order to make it into a great kibbutz. After a round robin of draining swamps, cutting vegetables, and tasting some shoko b’sakit (chocolate milk), the kids were split into different kvutsot on the kibbutz for something resembling a color war.
After a great lunch consisted of hummus, tahini and falaffel to put into their pita. the chanichim had achieved the status of a real kvutsa. The kids attended a carnival style activity after lunch where they could go swimming, make art, play an Israeli paddle game, or watch the Israeli version of Sessame Street.
In the late afternoon, campers were immersed in the more educational side of the day with peulot (activites) and chugim (interest groups) that dicussed families in kibbutzim, the privatization of kibbutzim, and urban kibbutzim among other topics.
We wrapped up with a graduation for each tzrif and ohel (cabin and tent) on becoming a part of the kibbutz after a long hard day of work. A dance messiba (party) ensued with stations ready for photo ops dressed as chalutzim, a chill corner and a spot to get evening snack.