On October 14th, when schools closed and the leaves were beginning to fall, Camp Pinebrook opened its door for the first of our Holiday Camps. We welcomed some familiar faces andsome new ones for a day of fun in the fall – and what a day it was!
Campers started the day with nature walks where we learned about the world that we live in from the wonderful Rabbi Ilyse Glickman, and collected things we found for a creature themed collage in art! After art we took the campers outside for some pillow polo and gaga rotations to take advantage of the beautiful weather. It may not have been summer but the sun was shining in full force!
We were lucky enough this year to have Columbus Day fall during Sukkot, so rather than eating in the lunch room campers enjoyed pizza in the Sukkah with Rabbi Jesse. After lunch campers made edible Sukkahs as a desert and finished up the day with some dance, science, and soccer!
Don’t worry if you missed out on the fun this time, Camp Pinebrook is hosting another Holiday Camp on Veterans’ Day (Monday, November 11th). Register now at bit.ly/pinebrookregister or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!
A few weeks ago one of our incredible lifeguards left us for two weeks to compete in the U19 Women’s World Lacrosse Championships in Peterborough, Ontario. Ryan represented Team Israel in the competition, but it was what her and her teammates did off the field that truly stood out.
After playing Team Kenya in the torrential rain and winning 13-4, some members of team Israel noticed that Team Kenya were slipping and falling because they didn’t have cleats, and felt they had to do something. “We felt as if these girls deserved the same opportunities as we did both on and off the field, and decided to take action.”
The team all pitched in to get the girls from Kenya brand new cleats from a local sports shop. The difference it made was noticeable immediately, when Team Israel played Team Kenya in a rematch and won by just one goal. Both teams came together afterward to celebrate, as Ryan put it “it was just really heartwarming to make a difference in these girls lives, put a smile on their face, and make lasting friendships that span over continents – we still whatsapp!”
In the mornings at Camp Pinebrook we have a very special tradition that we do every day called Boker Tov! At Boker Tov we all gather as a camp to kick off the day with some of our fun camp songs! Every day, campers are lead in “Am I Awake” and “The Shema” by our amazing song leader Roi! They also sing our ‘Boker Tov’ song, wishing everyone a good morning in Hebrew and welcoming them to camp. Being from Israel, Roi also takes this time to teach all of camp one word of Hebrew each day. Today’s word was ‘kef’ which means fun!
Boker Tov is one of the few times during the day that we get to gather as an entire camp. It’s a great bonding experience for the campers and reinforces one of our core values, community. It’s a chance for campers to spend time with their friends from other bunks and show off their Camp Pinebrook spirit!