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Shabbat Shalom from Maple Lake

Dear Camp George Families,

Greetings from a soggy Maple Lake! With the exception of today, this week has been beautiful with warm weather and sunny skies, but we’ve made sure to always remember hats, water bottles and sunscreen! Our first week of camp has been amazing – filled with lots of ruach, cabin bonding, and some special programming.

Yesterday we celebrated Yom Yisrael programmed by our Israeli Mishlachat (delegation). We danced and made sandcastles on the shores of Tel Aviv, we celebrated Israel’s birthday by making chocolate balls, a treat liked by many Israeli kids, and we came together for a giant party complete with facepainting, Hebrew henna, photo booth, a shalosh maklot (3 sticks) competition, more dancing, and everyone enjoyed a delicious Israeli style lunch.

Here’s a look at what our units got up to this week:

Nitzotzot: Each of our Nitzotzot cabins had an awesome time at their point adventures! Their cabins had tons of fun during bunk night, and it was so cool to see all the “air bands” come together for a concert they will never forget.

Lehavot: Everyone had a great time camping out on their island adventures. Campers were super excited for their first Lehavot Choice and a lot of fun was had by all during the Master Chef evening program.

Kochavim: Campers had a fun time representing their cabins in a unit-wide Dodge Ball competition, they all were played great detectives during a murder mystery evening program, and got to know a little more about each other during Family Feud.

 

Barak: Campers returned from an amazing canoe trip, everyone had a great time at Barak Initiation, and had lots of fun at their “Spelling Party.”

 

C.I.T.’s: Our counselors in training did a bit of traveling this week going to a Pow wow on the Wausauksing First Nation, as well as intercamp at New Moon. They also had a visit from JACS.

Today, we are thrilled to welcome over 40 campers (completed grades 1-3) for our Mini Mensch program. They will be with us through to Monday and we can’t wait to show them a taste of life on Maple Lake. Today was also an important day for our Barak campers because they participated in Barak Gives Back, a day in which our oldest campers take part in service projects in the greater Parry Sound community. In addition to providing the campers with the opportunity to participate in tikkun olam (repairing the world,) Barak Gives Back also teaches our campers the importance of community and specifically, the importance of giving back to our local summer community. We are so proud of our Barak campers and their enthusiasm in helping to support our local community. Kol Havakod!

 

This morning we raised the Pride flag, and tonight we are looking forward to beginning the celebrations for Camp George’s very first Pride Shabbat. Shabbat services tonight and tomorrow will include readings and reflections on unity, acceptance, and community, written by campers and staff. Shabbat dinner will feature colourful tablecloths and rainbow challah and tomorrow, campers will be taking part in a Pride parade and carnival. Look forward to seeing photos and videos in a blog post in the coming days.

 

Looking ahead to this week, the Magen Boys dance, Maccabiah (shh it’s a secret!) and more! Please click here to see This Week at George.

Wishing you a wonderful Shabbat,

Jeff Rose
Director