Kupa is in the House!

Today at Mosh we learned about one of the core values that underlies many of our camp structures: kupa (sharing)!

We began our day with avodah, a time when we share the labor of keeping machaneh (camp) functional and beautiful. We do this in anafim (work groups) ranging from gardening to mural painting. Below is a member of Anaf MOOP, which stands for Matter Out Of Place and involves gathering trash and other misplaced items around camp. Avodah is a great way for us to enact the value of kupa by taking collective responsibility over Mosh!

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Later, we continued to learn about kupa through discussions in pish (activities by age group). We talked about what kupa means and shared examples of kupa at Mosh, including candy, toiletries, and fun trips. Each shichva (age group) chose two chanichimot (campers) to serve as kupa representatives. Kupa reps’ responsibilities include collecting lists of needed items, handing out treats, and setting up a party on Final Mesiba, the last night of the session.

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In the afternoon, we had a very important asepha (meeting) to make decisions about kupa at Mosh this session. Everyone was divided into caucuses to allow for small group discussions and voting. After each caucus had chosen a silly name, we talked about the pros and cons of having kupa at machaneh (camp). Every caucus shared a bit about what they had discussed with all of the other caucuses, and one caucus even made up a song about kupa!

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Then we took a vote on whether or not we would have kupa at Mosh this session. There was a very clear winning outcome: Yes, we want to have kupa! After coming to this conclusion, we discussed various options of kupa systems. A few examples of these different systems are Machaneh, in which all kupa must be shared with the entire camp, Trickle Up, in which all kupa starts at the Amelimot (the youngest age group) and works its way up as each shichva (age group) takes what it wants, and Dome, in which all kupa is put towards building a giant weatherproof dome over Mosh.

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Following small and large group conversations about these options, we voted on which kupa system to use this session. The winner was Machaneh with option of Shichva with option of Tzrif v’Ohel, which allows chanichimot (campers) to share kupa with all of camp, or just the people in their shichva (age group), or just those in their tzrif (cabin) or ohel (tent). The kupa asepha was a lot of fun, and we’re excited to have a kupa system that was chosen collectively and embodies our values.

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Tonight we will have a fun tochnit erev (evening activity), continuing to embody the value of kupa by sharing wonderful experiences and memories!

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