Eye of the Tiger

  • Shabbat Shalom,

    There’s a saying that the days are long and the years are short. At camp, this couldn’t be more true. Each day at camp feels like a week outside of camp, yet somehow the summer seems to fly by in the blink of an eye. Despite how fast camp goes, somehow every camper and staff member are able to achieve so much, and this summer was no exception.

    Whether it was being in the camp play, running two laps around camp without stopping, making a new friend or learning to make your bed, there is seemingly no end to the goals reached at camp this year. Many of our campers and staff will celebrate receiving their 5 year mug, and some will even receive their 10 year mug. But, very few reach the milestone of celebrating a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at camp, marked by spending thirteen summers at Tevya. Last Saturday, at a special Shabbat service, we honored five of our staff members who have been committed to the Tevya community for thirteen years. Amy Blotner, Adam Goffstein, Ben Portnoy, Elisa Reeves and Peri Shapiro have called Tevya home for thirteen summers. This amazing honor comes with the understanding that continuity helps make Tevya a better place for all. This is commitment. This is family. Mazel Tov to our B’nai Mitzvah.

    On Sunday, the energy in the air was palpable as we awaited the arrival of Camp Pembroke, Camp Tel Noar, Camp Young Judea, Camp Yavneh, and Camp Bauercrest for our 45th annual Tennis Invitationals. We witnessed some amazing matches between these young players! Ultimately, Camp Tevya proved victorious, which was met by claps and cheers from all of camp.

    “1, 2, 3, 4, we want Color War. 5, 6, 7, 8, run to the beach!” This was what campers heard Monday Night as Color War broke. Over three hundred campers and staff ran down to the beach to see jet skis and boats driving around and flying the color war flags. The Color War theme song, “Eye of the Tiger,” streamers and balloons added to the scene, as everyone was screaming with excitement. In the first part of the competition, team captains dug for the heart. It was amazing to see the whole camp rally behind the captains as they furiously dug to discover their team’s color.

    Despite the rain on Tuesday, campers cheered for their Bog, Tsof, and Ole captains to find the Key to the competition. A variety of clues were read as teams sprinted furiously around camp to discover the key, which was cleverly hidden under one of our golf carts. The discovery of the key was captured with our gopro for all to enjoy on our Facebook page. Other classic Color War activities included the Maccabia games, culture bowl, Gordon games, aquatics day, tug of war, beat the clock, and all camp relay. Last night, Negev, Galil, Yarden and Sharon (plus the CITs and Acaba—our staff) sang their hearts out at songfest. They shared their team cheer, fight song, alma mater, and Hebrew song and raised their banner for all to see. The creativity and spirit in the room was truly amazing. The Apache relay marks the end to color war, as each team member plays a part in running around camp, completing various tasks until they reach the finish line. Each team’s fire erupted until they burned their ropes. Congratulations to all teams and to Yarden for coming in first place in competition 2015. We may have been four separate teams through most of the week, yet we all showed good sportsmanship, teamwork and spirit, qualities that Tevya holds dear.

    As soon as Color War ends, the four teams come back together as one camp and prepares for our Final Shabbat of the season. I can’t believe it is finally here. Next week at this time everyone will be home, counting the days until summer 2016. 318 more days – but who is counting.

    With Tevya Spirit,



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