Machon 2012 started with a bang once our chanichimarrived on Tuesday. Our tzevet worked all of shavua hachana(staff week) preparing for the arrival of all 81 Machon chanichim– one of the biggest Machon Edot in a long time! After a long day of unpacking, ice- breakers, and a scrumptuous grilled cheese lunch, we initiated all of theMachon chanichim into the edah. Each tzrif (bunk) went on a trust walk from the new Gym to the Stadium Courts where we taught them a Machon chant and welcomed them into what will be an incredible kayitz. On Wednesday we started an exciting new Machon peulah called “Machon Madregot” (steps). This program gives thechanichim an inside look at how Ramah runs. For our first activity we discussed the camp budget and the chanichim guessed and discussed the funds allocation.
Machon is looking forward to our first Shabbat together. The theme of the day will be “Shabbat B’tzelem Elokim” (Shabbat in God’s Image). We will discuss how we can be our best selves and be there for others as well. The tzevet is looking forward to these interesting and engaging discussions.