Camp AnnouncementsSeptember 9, 2013
That’s right, our annual BBQ is coming up this Sunday! All campers and families are welcome to join us at Earl Bales park at 4pm. See the friends and madrichim you’ve been missing ever since camp ended! Lost-and-found will also be displayed for picking up, and you can get information about the ken events for this year.
Please bring $5 for food and drink.
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August 14, 2013
Shalom parents of machaneh Gesher. By now you will have hugged and kissed your children, emptied their duffel bags, and realized what they left behind. It might be a sweatshirt, perhaps a left running shoe, but for sure they’ve left behind a piece of their heart in their summer home. The last week of camp was jam packed with exciting things to make the campers’ last week memorable. They were awoken in the middle of night between Thursday and Friday to have a Beatles themed enjoyment night where they danced to Beatles music in the sports field and adventured through the forest to identify John Lennon’s killer. For their last Shabbat at camp, tzevet Mitbach (kitchen staff) prepared a mouth watering Thanksgiving style turkey dinner. On Shabbat we had a lovely musicale and a beautiful final havdallah on the beach as the moon sunk behind the lake. We capped off our final Shabbat with some Myers ghost stories. Sunday was Yom Ha’apallah, where the children spent the day pretending to be immigrating to Israel, pre World War II. For our last evening program of the summer we had a spectacular Airbands, where the children prepared dance/lipsync routines and performed in front of the entire camp. We capped off our summer with a spooky Myers themed banquet. Well Gesher parents, it was truly a treat to write about your children for the past eight weeks and I’m really sad to see them go. This is Matthew signing off.
The past few days have been a busy time for the Ofarim kvutzah. On Saturday, they stayed up way past their bedtimes to watch Monster’s University, which they enjoyed with their kupa candy. The next day they were right back into action and experienced the first Yom Ha’apallah. Throughout the day the Ofarim received multiple showers, due to being drenched, as they visited and participated in the activities set up all over camp. On Monday, the Ofarim started off their day by taking a trip up to the medura (fire) pit where they constructed mini fires to roast marshmallows over. After making and eating copious amounts of smores with the trippers, they jumped into the lake for their schiya peula (swim activity). By the time ofarim had finished bouncing around on the trampoline, flying down the slide and playing in the sand, it was already lunch time! They ran to the chadar (dining hall) and participated in barrel nation day by eating slice after slice of pizza. At dinner, the Ofarim joined the candidates of Barrel Nation’s election for a lovely meal of wings and fries. Dinner was followed by the tochnit erev (night activity) known as “Airbands,” where many Ofarim participated. Since then they have been packing and cleaning for banquet.
These last few days have been a lot of fun for the Sayarim. Their final Shabbat was a lovely time for all of them to enjoy each other’s company. For specialties, they got to go tubing with our ski specialists, Robyn and Sparky. Josh and Talia, our arts and crafts specialists ran a phenomenal final arts and crafts peulah for them which was followed by swimming in the lake. The Solelim also spent a night watching friends as a kvutzah (group). Although very few Solelim participated in Airbands they all thoroughly enjoyed watching the performances.
The Solelim have had a great last week of camp. They finished the summer witha beautiful last Shabbat where we discussed all the good times of the summer and how sad they were to leave. On Saturday they heard a classic camp tail in preparation for the upcoming banquet. Sunday was Yom Ha’apallah, where the entire camp learned about pre-state Zionist immigration. On the final day of camp the Solelim spent the day getting ready for the exciting but scary Myers themed banquet. They left camp with tears in their eyes, saying bye to camp for another year.
The Chotrim ended their summer with a bang! This week included Yom Ha’apalah, a full day of linear, narrative activities about Zionist history. Later in the week they had a special fire-building activity just for them, and made smores over their own fire. The summer came to a close with two big activities: Airbands, where campers and staff alike choreograph fun and challenging dance routines and lip-sync along to pop songs, and Banquet, the last dinner of camp that we enliven with elaborate decorations and a theme. Unlike most kvutzot, the Chotrim did an Airband performance as a collective- everyone was invited and included to dance to Blurred Lines. Banquet, this time themed after the camp ghost story, gave a spooky, shocking ending to a wonderful summer, and an opportunity for everyone to get dressed up in their fanciest clothes. A successful wrap-up for a successful summer!
Now that our final week of Kayitz (Summer) 2013 concludes, the Bonim have proved themselves that they are ready to become the next leaders of Camp Gesher. Our last Bunk Night consisted of hanging out on Ski Rock together, while grilling food, playing guitar and sharing wonderful stories as the sun beautifully set. They also participated in Yom Israel (Israel Day), where they were active in the sun and learning about the second aliyah (move to Israel). It is sad to say good bye to the Bonim, but at the same time excited to see their return as Bogrim, and leaders of our home away from home.
The last week of camp has been one of mixed emotions for the Bogrim. As their last days as chanichim come to a close they are extremely sad to be leaving machaneh and the friends that they have made over their years coming to camp. While they are leaving Gesher for two years, they are all looking forward to next summer to join their national kvutzah in Israel on MBI. They all enjoyed their last Shabbat as chanichim where they spent the day practicing very hard for the final oneg of the summer- an honor reserved for the Bogrim each year. Monday night was Airbands, a dance and lipsync performance in front of the whole camp, so they spent the day rehearsing for their airband that they did as a kvutzah. The girls performed ‘It’s Raining Men’- culminating in the boys swinging down from the rafters to join the dance! To end off their summer, they spent Tuesday night at the scarily-themed Banquet and are sad to say their goodbyes and head on to the bus.
The final week has been jam packed with last minute fun and surprises. On Saturday, the Madatz had the opportunity to talk to various counsellors about their post high school decisions. That night they canoed to an island on Lake Pringle and heard the infamous Myers story. The next day the Madatz played a crucial role in running Yom Ha’apallah-a day educating the chanichim about historical movements to Israel. On Monday they had a day of closing activities: first they had some time with their chanichim followed by a Peulah about a new Rabin Exhibit the camp recently acquired. For one big final treat, they got to leave camp for a surprise visit to Cloyne for ice cream. The day was concluded with a dance party in one of the cabins, a bunch of games in the Madatz mo and finally some late night swimming and paddle boating.Leave a comment
August 9, 2013
Shalom parents of Machaneh Gesher! It’s been a jam packed week so far, with even more excitement to come! We kicked off the special programming last week with our first Special Day of the session, where the kids investigated “Where in Time is Carmen San Diego?” They had an awesome day cheering for their teams, traveling through time and playing fun camp wide games. They dined in San Francisco, Ancient Greece, and Paris in the 1920s! What I wouldn’t give for a meal in Paris in the 1920s…
The Chotrim performed a hilarious Oneg on Friday Night. They imagined what Gesher would be like if everything was opposite! It was a lovely way to usher in a very busy weekend – Ofarim parents’ day was on Sunday, and the Bonim and Bogrim had their exciting trip to our sister camp, Galil, in Pennsylvania!
The special programming continued this week with the highly anticipated Madatz Rev Day – they kicked all of the Madrichim out of camp to welcome the chanichim to Habonim Dror High School! They had “classes” in the morning, and had extra-curricular activities in the afternoon. They skipped school for part of the day to go to the beach, had an apache race, went to Prom for dinner, and capped off the day with a drive in movie.
We’re looking forward to our final week of Machaneh – we’ve still got Enjoyment Night, the Bogrim Oneg, Israel Day and Banquet yet to come!
How empty the cabins feel with so many of our friends gone home! The last week has been super fun. We made pita pizzas on ski rock with the trippers, Jake and Ela, and had a fun afternoon canoeing around- some lucky voyagers even went to Blueberry Island! We all came together to celebrate Madison’s birthday with cake and balloons. After enjoying one last Shabbat as a complete kvutzah, we had a really fun Ofarim banquet – SpongeBob Squarepants! The Madrichim (counsellors) made pizza and brownies, and we hit a SpongeBob piñata and went a little bit candy crazy! We were all sad to see our friends leave on visitors’ day and are adjusting to our new kvutzah size. The hot chocolate is still there, but it doesn’t taste as sweet…
It has been a very busy week for the Sayarim. First there was a themed day based on Where In Time is Carmen San Diego, a fun and educational computer game from the 1990’s. All the campers got very excited and it was a fun ruach (spirit) filled day. Additionally the Madatz (counsellors in training) planned and ran a high school themed special day. Then as a kvutzah (age group) we went on two trips. First was a trip to the sand dunes where we enjoyed a pizza lunch, swam, and ran down the sandy hills. The second trip was the camping trip. We went on a very fun overnight canoe trip where we cooked our food over a fire and slept in tents. It was a great experience that truly connected all of us to nature. Finally back in camp, all the Sayarim were paired up with a member of the oldest kvutzah, the Bogrim. They spent an evening eating dinner and getting to know each other and all seemed to really hit it off. It was a busy and tiring week but a lot of fun.
The Solelim have been engaging in many exciting activities this week. This session’s special day kept them busy as they participated in adventurous games based on the 1990’s computer game Where In Time is Carmen San Diego. They showed their ability to be leaders for younger chanichim (campers) and had fun in doing so. Their tiyul (camping trip) also took place this week and was an overnight canoe trip. Their bond as a kvutzah (group) grew overnight and they were all thrilled to have and cook their own 5 rotisserie chickens for dinner, along with tons of other delicious food. Later, for their kupa trip, they went to Quincy Mall in Belleville to shop… well, splurge, on candy and fun stuff. They hung out with their friends in their kvutzah (group) and in Chotrim, the group one year older. The trip came to an end as the madrichim (counsellors) bought and served them ice cream before they got on the bus back to camp. Overall, the Solelim have had a fun packed week and have been showing camp just how great they can be.
The Chotrim have had a satisfying week- sandwiched between the hard work of their Oneg, a Friday night play, and the reward of their Kupah Trip out of camp, they’ve earned their down time. Their Oneg was themed around the heads of camp, sixty years in the future, reminiscing about camp- but when they use a time machine and go back, everything is the opposite of how they remember it. The play was a hilarious parody of notable characters and traditions around camp. Their Kupah Trip was to Belleville’s Quincy Mall, where they got a chance to restock on candy at Bulk Barn (as if they didn’t have enough!) and we served them ice cream outside the bus. Now that we’ve returned to our regular schedule, we’re still having loads of fun- the weather is warm and the mosquitoes have finally mostly died off, so outdoor playtime is more common than ever- if there’s an hour where I walk past the swing sets and don’t see the Chotrim sitting on them with their friends, it’s a shock. Today the Chotrim went water skiing with our two ski specialists, Robin and Jeremy, and are gearing up as I type for hot dogs and a movie-viewing Bunk Night with the Solelim.
The Bonim had a truly phenomenal week. They went on a weekend long adventure across the border to our sister camp, Galil in Pennsylvania where they made a lot of new friends and exchanged camp traditions. For specialties the Bonim played kickball with our sports specialist, Zach, and had a creative drawing period with our omanut (arts and crafts) specialists, Josh and Talia. For their kupa trip the Bonim pooled their resources with the Solelim and Chotrim to travel to Quincy Mall in Belleville. An afternoon of shopping around the mall was concluded with a barbeque at Clay Beach. Unfortunately rain cut the trip short and the Bonim weren’t able to finish their barbeque until their final bunk night of the summer.
The Bogrim have had a lot of fun this week. They spent the weekend at our sister camp, Galil in Pennsylvania. A twelve hour ride their and back can really damper a trip but the kids all had a fantastic time. Meeting their kvutzah (age group) from another Habonim Dror camp was a really exciting experience. Throughout the weekend traditions were exchanged and many friends were made. After their trip the Bogrim had to help the Madatz run Rev Day. They helped out as team leaders, dining hall setup, even preparing meals. On top of helping the Madatz run their day, the Bogrim planned and ran a successful tochnit erev (night activity) for the entire camp. Now the Bogrim are working hard preparing for their oneg (play) for this upcoming Shabbat. It’s the final one of the summer and we’re all really excited to see what they’ve been working on.
The Madatz have been up to a lot this past week. Throughout the Where is Carmon San Diego Special day, the Madatz played a vital role in helping out as team leaders, station leaders, and decorating the Chadar (dining hall). They also ran their final Rev Day of the summer, themed after High School. All their planning and preparing paid off as the day went off as planned. There were “classes” in the morning, a beach party and extracurricular activities in the afternoon and a drive in movie as the night activity. After their successful Rev Day the Madatz spent the next day relaxing and watching movies. They went to Tweed for their kupa trip and had an entertaining photo scavenger hunt throughout the town. Bunk night was a memorable game of soap hockey followed by a lovely family dinner for the Madatz and their Yoetz (mentors). With most of their work behind them for the summer the Madatz have begun meeting and planning events for the Toronto and Ottawa Ken for the upcoming year which they are eagerly excited to run.Leave a comment