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!
Today was Wacky Wednesday at Camp Pinebrook and the theme of the week was music! Campers and staff came to camp wearing their favorite band stickers ranging from Kiss to One Direction!
On Wacky Wednesday we all show our camp spirit by dressing up to that weeks theme. The campers also sit with whoever they want at lunch, eating with friends from other groups, siblings, and different counselors.
Wacky Wednesday is something the campers look forward to every week, and it really bring the camp together as a community. Most Wednesdays, we’re also joined by Cantor Schloss for a song session after lunch.
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!