Shalom Ramah families!
It seems like just yesterday that we were gathering for the first time during shavua hachanah [staff week] with our tzevet [staff] and speaking about how we are forming the basis of our Kehillah Kedosha [holy community]. In a few hours, we will gather as a Kehillah Kedosha for the final time of the season with our second session chalutzim [campers]. This summer has truly flown by!
The week started off with Yom Sport, our traditional color war competition. It was a rather wet, rainy, and thunderous Yom Sport, and as such many of the typical activities were altered for the day; after a morning of sports, the afternoon turned into a two hour sing down, dance party and other random indoor games. The rain broke just in time to complete the last four stations of the Apachy Relay, including an epic rope burn!
One of my favorite aspects of Yom Sport is the JOLI (Jewish Outdoor Leadership Institute – 11th and 12th Graders) participation as captains and judges. It was inspiring to see the camp unite around the JOLI captains as they engaged in the final challenge: the rope burn. During this competition, the JOLI captains must put their outdoor skills to use and build a fire high enough to burn a rope strung between two chairs, and they must do it all before the other teams can. Yom Sport is always an exciting time at camp, and the day is charged with this ruach [spirit] and energy that is unparalleled.
Currently, our chalutzim are getting ready for Shabbat after an amazing, chaotic, energetic, and fun day of returning from their masa’ot [excursions]. Upon their return, they spend a few hours in de-issue, a process of unpacking, cleaning, and returning all gear checked out for their masa’ot. Aside from the unpacking and cleaning process, they trade tales among friends and bunkmates of their experiences roughing it. Returning from masa is always a frenzied experience here, but it’s an incredible one to both be a part of and observe.
Ilanot, the 3rd and 4th grade edah [division], rode the horses to the Susan B. Anthony campsite, a rarely used campsite on our property. They had a fun night of camping under the stars. Last night, the Ilanot chalutzim made forts and slept in our dining hall, and today spent spent the day at the Woodland Park farmers market.
Metaylim, the 5th and 6th grade edah, went on a three-day backpacking trip at two of the eastern gateways of the Lost Creek Wilderness. They also had a horse masa option. Continuing last session’s success, we mixed the bunks and genders on their masa. Metaylim also traveled to the local YMCA camp on high ropes elements on Monday where they played team building games on the course.
Sollelim, the 7th and 8th grade edah, chose between climbing, backpacking, rafting-biking, and service/trail crew options. This year we have added new masa options for Sollelim, like an archery masa and an omanut masa [art-themed excursion].– Read more about those here.
Bogrim, our 9th and 10th grade edah, returned to Sangre De Christo Wilderness, south of Colorado Springs. The climbing masa went to Eleven Mile Canyon, and another group went on a horsepacking masa, crossing through the Holy Cross Wilderness. After a very wet IIA masa, this week each Bogrim group were able to complete their routes, and only had a few rain showers throughout the week.
JOLI went on an adventure challenge masa, biking Segment 2 of the Colorado Trail, bushwhacking through an area near the Lost Creek Wilderness.They hiked, climbed, and biked all around the Lost Creek Wilderness area. Last night the JOLI group left their camp site at 8:00pm and hiked by moonlite into the camp, arriving close to 1:00am where they then slept on the migrash. The JOLeaders who did not go on masa with JOLI were CIT’s with Ilanot, Metaylim and Sollelimmasa’ot, learning the ropes of being staff and leaders for camp.
This week also marks the inaugural season of our adult camp. Former staff members Elissa Brown and Sarah Shulman returned to be the madrichot for our adults. These adults have been biking, horseback riding and rock climbing. This morning, they awoke at 6:15am and walked up Givat Ilanot for an interactive Teffilah scavenger hunt. On Sunday, they leave for a three-day backpacking trip.
Now that our chalutzim are all back, we are excited to spend Shabbat and this next week at camp together. We look forward to our famous Shabbat Challah, tilapia fish tacos, and a reuniting final Shabbat of the summer.
As a reminder, we post pictures and updates on Facebook most days that chalutzim are at the chava [ranch]. If you are not a fan of our Facebook page, please become one. Here is the link to our online photos that we update every two or three days.
As always please be in touch with any questions or comments. You can always email me or our yoatzim [camper care team] at email@example.com. Don’t forget that registration for next summer is already open! Be sure to register the for Super Early Bird here.
Rabbi Eliav Bock, Director
Ramah Outdoor Adventure
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