Friendships, Activities, and Tevya Spirit

  • Dear Tevya Families,

    As I sit here under a beautiful blue sky, it is so hard to believe that it was just 2 days ago that I stood in this very spot in the pouring rain greeting you and your children on the first day of camp. Not only is the weather different today, but the feel of camp is also different. Today, camp is filled with the energy and spirit of our campers as we prepare for our first Shabbat as a community.

    So much has happened in the past few days. Friendships have formed, activities have begun and Tevya spirit is at an all-time high. We have an exceptional staff who could not wait for your children to arrive, and who have already used tools that they learned during orientation week to introduce activities and to build cohesive bunk communities.

    On the first night of camp, we hosted our annual department skits. These skits are a great way for our campers to meet our staff and hear about the different activities that they will participate in at Tevya. Thursday we enjoyed our first day of activities. Across camp, our kids took part in swimming, LIDS, archery, boot camp, rocketry and so much more. Walking around camp, I couldn’t help but smile as kids cheered, staff engaged campers, and everyone walked arm and arm with old and new friends. It was only the first day of camp, but everyone said it felt like we never left.

    Thursday night our oldest campers, the Bogrim and Bogrot basked in the light of their first bonfire of the season. The smell of s’mores, the sight of the fire, and the sounds of songs and stories confirmed that summer had indeed started. The Tsofim and Tsofot, our middle age group, enjoyed an enthusiastic game of Coke and Pepsi and swung their partners at a square dance. The Olim and Olot loved running around camp taking silly pictures as part of a photo scavenger hunt. It really was a fabulous night.

    Like every Friday morning, this morning we woke up to a surprise from TNPC (Thursday Night Prank Club), which decorated the flagpole area with furniture from my porch. This Tevya tradition makes everyone smile with their creative surprises. It was another great day of activities as campers enjoyed all of our traditional camp favorites. In addition, athletic classes enjoyed our new basketball hoops and the waterfront was made even more energized by our new water trampoline.

    Over the past few days our Birya campers (girls entering 10th grade) gave secret presents and notes to their little sisters in Dalia (girls entering 3rd and 4th grade). Their secret “bigs” were announced right before Shabbat. Yavneh(boys entering 3rd and 4th grade) will soon learn who their Tel Chai (boys entering 10th grade) Big Brothers will be.

    It is now time to get ready for Shabbat, and I welcome the opportunity to relax and reflect on the week that passed. The upcoming seven days promise to be filled with the creation of more camp memories, and I can’t wait to tell you about them in my next newsletter.

    Shabbat Shalom,

    Mindee

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