In keeping with the spirit of Israel day, everyone arrived in camp in blue and white. Each bunk made a collage poster of photos of the city in Israel that their group is named after, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Modi’in, Haifa, Be’er Sheva, Lod, Eilat and Golan. They also colored in flags of Israel and made Stars of David with popsicle sticks. The campers experienced Israeli dance, Israeli aerobics, and even played a special Israeli freeze dance!
In addition, the campers went through “boot camp” with our very own Roi, a former Commander from the IDF (Israel Defense Force). They learned how to march and crawl low to the ground, trudged through a challenging obstacle course and did jumping jacks and push-ups. Roi used some Hebrew words of encouragement with them, too!
In cooking, each group made delicious date drop cookies made with dates from Israel. In music, they sang Israeli songs. Happy Israel Day!
Today on the blog we wanted to highlight some of our oldest campers, The Eilat Elephants! The Elephants are our seven-year-old and our second oldest group on camp. They have a great group with one camper even coming all the way from China. There’s a mix of old and new campers in the group, helping us to learn more about one another and grow our bond as a community each day.
The Elephants’ counselors are Nir, Nora, and Monica. Nir came all the way from Israel to be with us this summer. Nora teaches our nature program during the mornings and recently helped us release our first butterflies! Monica lives and goes to school in Virginia but could not be more excited to be at Camp Pinebrook this summer!
The Elephants are one of our most outgoing groups, singing the loudest at Boker Tov and always willing to step up as leaders with younger campers. They’ve even put on a few skits for the entire camp! We couldn’t imagine camp without the Elephants and just couldn’t wait to show them off.