Our last full week at Camp has been quite exciting! It began with our regularly scheduled activities, with a little bit of practice for the Rikudiah and a picture scavenger hunt for peulat erev. On Monday night we ate a camp-wide dinner and began the fast of Tisha B’Av together, reading Aicha as a machane on the stadium courts. It was quite a powerful and meaningful evening, each tzrif sitting in a circle surrounding a yortzeit candle as we listened to the chanting of the beautiful megillah. The next day we learned about sinat chinam, discussed different tzedakah organizations, wrote messages to put in the Kotel and discussed the significance of knocking down a tower of cups (symbolizing the Beit Hamikdash). We also had very special davening, watched Remember the Titans and a beautiful closing Tekes.
On Wednesday we went on an incredible tiyul, first going to Castle Fun Center, where every chanich and chanicha played minigolf, went on go-carts and played at their arcade. The chanichim had a blast! We then went to Thomas Bull Memorial Park, where we had a picnic, played sports and had fun at the playground. At the end of the day we came back to Camp for the delicious bishul and rocked out at Tzeirim’s play, School of Rock.
Thursday night was the Rikudiah (dance festival), during which our edah had much ruach and a great time, dancing to a song called Mishpacha – quite fitting for our Shorashim family. Friday was Boker Tzrif, a day for our chanichim to bond and have fun as a tzrif, with themes ranging from Boker Mission Statement, Boker Boy Bands, and Boker Celebrity, to Boker Flower Power, Boker Mishpacha and Boker Yom Hofesh (day off). The chanichim had an amazing fun-filled day before beginning a relaxing Shabbat. During the last Shabbat of Camp, we will reflect on the summer and think about how we can bring the amazing experiences of Ramah home with us.
It has been a pleasure working with Shorashim this summer, and I can’t wait to see everyone B’kayitz 2012!