Of all the teams the counselors definitely had the hardest job after being constantly with the kids. We thought the Israelis had energy to spare but these kids obviously had apple juice or something before coming. Luckily for the counselors the schedule for oncoming days has been revised in order to give them more breaks. The enrichment team really found it meaningful to spend quality teams in more personal groups. The camp seems to be off to a good energetic start. Currently there is a "teen zula" going on for the kids. "Teen zula" is pretty much a tent where kids can dance. The thing I found interesting was that they're having a headset party. The basic premise of a headset party is a DJ transmits music to a heap of wireless headsets and the kids dance and hang out with them on. From our point of view not only is it hilarious to watch kids just randomly dancing but they're all quiet!! We still have our night circles and sleepy time left on the schedule.
Overall today had a huge learning curve for me. The main things I learned were how to deal with energetic kids who don't speak the same language as me, how to set up a tent, and how really as a teacher you can learn from your students in ways in which you'd least expect. Most important of what I learned from the kids specifically today is the little things really affect a bigger group. I saw one of our Dillers pick up a piece of trash and a few campers follow. Hopefully tomorrow I will learn even more from this experience. Laila tov, to my mom and family I love you and hope you have a good night.-Nick Sarano