CLTC 5, day 9
Posted on 07/13/2016 @ 09:30 PM
Good evening from CLTC 5! Today, teens were given the chance to hash out the details of their chapter program during planning time in their Leadership Labs. With the help of their advisor, each chapter is responsible for creating, and then later leading a one hour program for their peers. Each chapter will focus on a different topic- Globalization, Stand Up, Speak Up, or Voice Your Vote. Here is what the teens had to say about the planning process:
"Actually learning how to plan a good program has been a great experience. It has made me feel more comfortable as a leader." -Ben Moss, Michigan Region.
"The process of creating a chapter program and being able to compromise with so many other people has been enlightening. I'm so proud of what we have been able to do." -Lily Kollin, Michigan Region.
"Planning a program together has made my chapter closer. I'm happy that I get to be a part of it." -Adam Gordon, Michigan Region.
Day 2 of CLTC 6!
Posted on 07/13/2016 @ 09:00 PM
Hello its Margaux and Amanda from Chapter 1 BBG, the first chapter to take on the challenge of chapter of the day at CLTC 6. As chapter of the day we have many responsibilities, beginning with setting the tone of the day by picking a value to incorporate throughout the day. Ours was “Chaverot”, which is translated as “friendship”. We chose this value because one of the most important take-aways from CLTC is the friendships you make. In order to secure its passage through the day, we passed out pieces of string at flag raising this morning. There were 3 different colors of sting- green, yellow, and white. Each color had a corresponding question as a conversation starter. The goal of this activity was to make new friends by going up to someone with a different color string, having a conversation, and then trading with the other person. It was a great introductory activity, but friendships have also formed in various other ways.
You could describe our morning as “Easy, Breezy, and Beautiful”, because those were the names of our three rotation groups. In these rotation groups we learned a variety of things including leadership skills with Ellen, differences in personalities with Jonah, and broke out our singing pipes in song sessions with Brian and Julia. Being placed in these groups allowed us to branch out and meet people we may not have met before. For example, in song session my (Amanda) group was a little awkward at first but once two girls got up and started dancing the whole group slowly followed, Alephs and BBGs alike. After our rotations and lunch, the fun continued!
As chapter of the day we are also responsible for teaching the group the Hebrew word of the day. Today’s word was “Machaneh”, or “camp” in English. We didn’t want to be boring and simply explain the meaning, so we wrote a song. With the help of our song leaders we changed the lyrics to “Lean on Me” and performed it at flag lowering. Here is our song!
“(verse) Sometimes in our lives we go to camp in West Virginia Then this guy named Guy showed us this word Its camp in Hebrew. (chorus) Machaneh at CLTC, at Bethany it’s fun for you and me Machaneh, the word of the day and there will be more But we want to hear you say (repeat chorus)”
To end this blog post we would like to acknowledge a special member of our CLTC 6 family….BETHANY THE GOLDFISH! Bethany is our camp goldfish and as chapter of the day it’s our job to babysit him. A common phrase heard in our chapter room is “Watch out, there’s a fish there” because he doesn’t make a lot of noise, seeing as he’s a fish. Well, that’s all for us! Signing off until next time this is Margaux G and Amanda M reminding you that “Fish are friends, not food! CHOMP”
Day 1 of CLTC 6!
Posted on 07/12/2016 @ 09:00 PM
Hello from CLTC 6! We are so excited that everyone is here and our session has officially begun! Today we welcomed 69 new brothers and sisters to Bethany College, where we will soon begin the journey of a lifetime. Once everyone arrived we had a great chapter reveal where the participants found out what their mock chapter would be, who was in it, and who their advisor for the session is! We did this through a fun paper plate activity. We also introduced our CLTC Goldfish named Bethany and took a tour of the campus so that the participants could familiarize themselves with the spaces we will be using. After dinner, the participants went back to their mock chapters to get to know each other a little and get a glimpse of what the mock chapter experience will be like.
The spirit here is so incredible and we can already tell that this group of future Jewish leaders is a special one. We can't wait for the next 12 unforgettable days!
Maddie Fleischmann and Harris Block BBG and AZA Coordinators of CLTC 6, 2016
CLTC 5, day 7
Posted on 07/11/2016 @ 08:40 PM
Welcome to day seven at CLTC 5! During their Skill Session rotations, teens were able to focus on Jewish Leadership, knowing your audience, and program planning. During their free time, (Chofesh), the chapters competed in an exciting "Jello Jousting" tournament. In a series of rounds, two chapters faced off against one another at a time. One member was chosen to represent their chapter in every round. In order to play, each participant must balance Jello on the end of a long spoon, with their other hand held behind their back. Once the round begins, you must try to knock the Jello off of your opponent's spoon without dropping your own. The event was both exciting and entertaining for everyone.
With over half of CLTC behind us, many of the participants are starting to shape their experiences into skills that they can bring home with them:
"Today, I had the chance to lead our morning Shacharit (services) for the first time, with some of my friends. We chose to dive deeper into the Amidah, which was a wonderful and meaningful experience for me." -Hannah Dow, North Texas Oklahoma Region.
"I'm happy that I got to participate in the Maccabia games at CLTC. Even though I've experienced them before, this time the bonding and team building was stronger then ever." -Jake Wolfson, Cotton States Region.
"CLTC has had such a positive impact on me. I can tell that my leadership skills have improved, and I have created such a strong bond with the people here." -Joey Reed, Pacific Western Region.
CLTC 6 2016 Blog Updates Are Coming Soon!
Posted on 07/11/2016 @ 04:00 PM
We’re pumped for CLTC 6 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!
CLTC 5, day 6
Posted on 07/10/2016 @ 08:15 PM
Good evening from CLTC 5! Today, everyone was in for a huge surprise when the Maccabia games was announced! Teens were split into four teams: green (Ireland), red (Bulgaria), blue (Argentina), and yellow (Belgium). Each country that was represented is partnered with BBYO on an international level. Through a series of competitions including trivia, Israeli cooking, silent lunch "Shoe Golf", and an Amazing Race, teams competed for points. However, winning the challenges isn't the only way to earn points for your team- team spirit also counts! Later this evening, teams will be competing in a lip sync battle. Take a look at what teens have to say about Maccabia thus far:
"The amount of teamwork that I saw today was inspiring. It was really an unforgettable experience." -Lily Kollin, Michigan Region.
"Maccabia created the opportunity for us to have fun, and bond with our friends in a different way!" -Madeline Quinn, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region.
"Today I learned the value of teamwork and team spirit! I had so much fun cheering and putting everything I had into the competitions." -Olivia Nave, Michigan Region.
"I'm so happy that I had the chance to be one of the Green Team captains! Even though we were competing against each other, we also cheered the other teams on and showed great teamwork." -Sydney Kleinerman, Wisconsin Region.
CLTC 5, day four
Posted on 07/08/2016 @ 04:00 PM
This morning at CLTC 5, each chapter held their own elections. Going through the entire election process was a huge teachable moment for many of the participants- learning how to correctly execute all the different procedures can be complicated!. In the afternoon, the teens began to focus on Shabbat programming. There is a lot to prepare for, including services, Shabbat programs and Havdallah. Everyone is looking forward their first Shabbat at CLTC:
"I'm so excited to help lead my chapter's Shabbat program, because it will help people connect with their own Jewish identity." -Lauren Cohen, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region.
"I'm really excited for Shabbat because it will help me to become closer to my brother Alephs on a more meaningful level." -Jordan Robinson, Michigan Region.
"I'm so excited for our first Shabbat together as a CLTC 5 family!" -Ariel Hodge, Gold Coast Region.
"It's cool how Shabbat can unify people from all around the country together as one." -Sam Ray, North Texas Oklahoma Region.
"I am really looking forward to sharing this Shabbat experience with my new friends, and being able to lead our own unique service tomorrow morning." -Lily Kollin, Michigan Region.
Rope Burn - Maccabiah
Posted on 07/08/2016 @ 03:39 PM
On the Fourth of July we had Maccabiah. All the teams had two people participating in rope burn. All the pairs went into the woods by the amphitheater to collect wood for our fires. We climbed down into a hole and grabbed dry dead branches and carried them to our stacks. Each team had gigantic stacks of wood. People were collecting small kindling sticks, scavenging for sticks and we even tugged some of the dead trees for our piles. After more than two hours the wood collecting time was over. The pairs then all went down to the lake to get ready for the challenge. The staff carted all the wood over to the lake and each team was partnered with another team for the rope burn, we combined our wood together in three piles and were preparing for the event. The safety staff debriefed us on everything we needed to know and hung the damp ropes at six and a half feet. The newly created groups of four discussed our plans and began our 30 minute pre-lighting building time. My team made a small log cabin and put some twigs and leaves in the middle, we build a teepee around it, followed by another log cabin and teepee. Everyone started to enter the amphitheatre and our madrichim got the water buckets ready. When it was time to begin each group was given three matches, my team got our fire lit with the first match, the other teams had more of a struggle and needed to wait a minute for each additional match after they used their first three. Our fire was growing quickly and started to char the rope. We kept feeding the fire but the wind was so strong so our fire while it was high was too far in front of the ropes. The other teams then began to grow their fires as well and it became a closer race. We were all trying to move our fires back so it would burn the rope, we build the fire back and used a big log to push the fire toward the back of the fire pit. As my team kept adding sticks the fire was growing, we accidentally put a stick that was a little too big on our teepee. Our fire collapsed because of this and we started to build our fire as a mound now. The fire still kept growing but the wind was so strong so the fire was still in front of our rope. The fire was getting really hot we kept hydrating and staff kept sponging us down to keep us cool. The other teams kept growing their fires and all the fires were big. After about 30 minutes the first group caught their rope on fire and it burned through soon after. We were pushing to grow our fire that was starting to get smaller. We took everything we had left and put it in the fire. A few minutes later the second team also burned their rope. We were still trying to get the rope to burn. Throughout the whole event everyone was cheering for all three teams. We were trying to get the rope to burn and we were so close. The other teams were trying to burn their second rope. Then everyone started running out of wood and the fires were starting to get too wide and everyone was so hot. The challenge was over a few minutes after. We still didn’t burn our rope, but we had a great time. Afterwards all three teams ran into the lake to cool off. It felt so good. Everyone had a great time and it was by far my favorite part of the day.
What Chris Wilson Taught Me
Posted on 07/08/2016 @ 03:35 PM
About two weeks ago, me and 50 other Jewish teens were taken from the peace and serenity of Perlman camp into a bleak world of gunshots and fear. We cringed, cried, and clapped along to Chris Wilson’s story of poverty to prosperity. Convicted of murder when he was only a teenager, Chris was sentenced to life in prison. Inspired by a mentor, he got his high school and college degrees, studying every day. After 16 years, he was given a second chance, and went on to own two successful businesses. As enchanted as I was with the story, a cynical question still lingered in my mind-Is suffering the only path to success?
Psychologically, this proposition makes sense. Having been fed, clothed, entertained, and accepted my whole life, I have a difficult time rationalizing the fact that the world isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. I know about all of the suffering, the starvation and terror attacks and refugee crises, but I just can’t live these issues. As a result, I don’t have any consequences to motivate me. People like Chris Wilson and Derreck Kayongo, on the other hand, had to work to stay alive. Because of this work ethic, they turned their lives around.
All of these ideas tie into what I believe is the key to success: pure, concentrated effort. It is the same with BBYO. How do you get more members? Work. How do you plan better events? Work. How do you have a successful term? Work. We try to convince ourselves that there are convenient shortcuts to success, but there just aren’t. So no, one doesn’t have to experience extreme hardship to fight their way to prosperity. As diverse as successful people are, they all take the same path: the path of effort.
First Evening Carnival
Posted on 07/08/2016 @ 03:28 PM
Written and Edited by Zachary Sachs and ILTC Creative Writing and Blogging. All photos displayed in this post were taken by Blake Ruskin.
Today’s the day. The day that many of the 200 teens have been counting down to for up to a year. It’s the day which starts the beginning of 19 days of fun, learning, spirit, brotherhood, sisterhood, and countless amounts of experiences that will be remembered for a lifetime. This, of course, is the day in which everyone arrives for ILTC. From the time everyone arrived at the airport, the vibe of excitement and optimism filled the room. It started with the three hour bus ride to camp, which believe it or not, was not half bad. This provided both an opportunity to catch up with friends from around the world once again but also to meet many new smiling faces. By the time we arrived at camp and passed the B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp sign, the bus was immediately filled with cheering and joyful smiles. Upon arrival we unloaded everything from the bus, picked up our name tags, found our rooms, and eventually went to dinner. The camp was presented with Fajitas for dinner that night and they were as tasty as could be. The staff introduced themselves, gave a basic rundown of what to expect at camp over the next few days, and introduced a small rundown of rules in the camp. What happened next was something that none of the teens expected or could have even guessed. Ian Kandel, the Director of AZA/BBG and the teen movement, announced that there was a special treat for everyone. This treat was definitely one to remember. He said there was a carnival following the dinner and there were many different things to do. One thing he did also mention and also made this unique is that by participating in different activities you will receive raffle tickets. The raffle tickets will be used to enter into a drawing to win scholarships for BBYO’s International Convention in Dallas, TX. This got everyone excited and at the same time motivated to try as many games and activities as possible so they can collect as many raffle tickets as possible. Immediately following dinner, the entire ILTC got up and walked with enthusiasm to the soccer field. When we finally got to the soccer field, it was a tad overwhelming. This overwhelmingness was certainly a good thing and no where near anything bad. At first sight there were so many stations to go to. The first thing that caught many people's’ eyes were the animals. There were goats, rabbits, and ducks. It seemed everyone stopped by this area first, however it was not the highlight of the entire event. There were numerous other games and activities such as apple bobbing, human foosball, strength challenge, and a large scale game of pool to name a few. After a few hours went by it was finally time for the carnival to come to an end. Everyone had a great time and so many people earned so many raffle tickets while having fun and attending many activities. Later that night, the drawing for the International Convention scholarships went on.
Day in the Life of a Bear
Posted on 07/08/2016 @ 03:23 PM
I wake up and rise from my cave seeing the sun rise over the horizon of the clear Perlman sky. I stretch by furry bear arms and get ready for my day of terror. I trudge out of the forest onto the soccer field, over the bridge and onto the basketball court. As I approach the court I see teens playing early morning basketball before breakfast. One of them left this little box with an bitten apple on the back, I pick it up and chomp down on it until it becomes mush. I keep walking and see a grown of kids walking, then they do this stupid thing where they scream with their high little voices and but there hands in the air. Then all of Perlman finally wakes up and I walk behind the dining hall to eat the scraps of whatever Chef Jeff made that day. As the teens leave the dining halls I grabbed this one kid and took a hunk out of his leg, the blood rushed down my throat and satisfied my hunger. The kid stumbled along to Katz for blueprint framing. After Ian talks for so long, I get bored again and decide to find another camper to snack on, I take the next victim and eat him whole. As he went down into my stomach his name tag came back up. I realize that if I leave the name tag on the ground staff will come after me with those darts that I can’t remember what they do right now. I take the name tag and put it on the Perlman tree. As I reach my paw for the top branch I get a claw stuck on the lights wrapped around it. I struggle to get free and rip all the lights off the tree. Since the teens are still in blueprint, I decide to take the lights and wrap them around the staff lounge, while I’m doing that I see the food they have and run in to take a bite. I see a bag of chips and devour them. I come out and finally everyone is out again, they are eating a snack in the small quad. They are all enjoying their apples for snack which makes my very hungry. Now since I have already eaten two teens I’m in the mood for more food so I eat the Perlman tree since it’s a little healthier than human meat. Everyone leaves again and I continue to walk around camp. I go to the basketball court and want to shoot some hoops. I reach my paw for the ball but my claws pierce through the orange rubber and the remains of the ball soar through the air and lands right in front of Dorm 7. Finally it is time for lunch, I stumble to the dining hall and eat all the food scraps. After running around camp and eating all morning go back down the road, past the basketball court, over the bridge, onto the soccer field and into the wood to my cave to go to sleep until I have a brand new day at Perlman.
Humans of Perlman
Posted on 07/08/2016 @ 03:01 PM
Humans of Perlman is a blog featuring portraits and interviews of ILTC 2016 participants collected at B'nai B'rith Perlman Camp. Interviews completed by Ilana Hamer and Samantha Zuckerberg.
CLTC 5, day three
Posted on 07/07/2016 @ 09:25 PM
Good evening from CLTC 5! In the second full day of the session, teens had the opportunity to rotate between three different activities. They all had the chance to participate in programs about chapter identity, and decision making. Teens were also able to gain new perspective on Jewish music in a song session led by our song leader, Josh. Many of the teens had very positive experiences in each program:
"Today I did an activity where we discussed what a healthy chapter looks, sounds and feels like. I can't wait to bring this knowledge back to my chapter at home." -Lily Peters, Southern Region: Atlanta Council.
"The song session was super fun, and one of my favorite things we've done so far! My group started dancing to one of the songs, which helped us to bond as a group." -Emma Harkavy, Cotton Sates Region.
"Today, my favorite program was the one where we used real world examples to understand how Jewish values play a role in our every day decisions." -Arielle Noam, Rocky Mountain Region.
"Today, I learned a lot about the qualities of a healthy relationship in a chapter. It really opened my eyes on how to lead successfully." -Celia Shapiro, Northern Region East: DC Council.
"I had so much fun learning about Jewish music with Josh this morning! I never realized how much fun it could be." -Carly Wohlberg, Southern Region: Atlanta Council.
9th Day of CLTC 4!
Posted on 07/06/2016 @ 09:00 PM
This morning we began our day with flag raising at 7:55! Agadi AZA presented our action of the day which was themed as "Derech Eretz", or, "good behavior". Each participant was given a yellow wristband for the day to have as a reminder to always be on their best behavior. After flag raising we ate in the dining hall and had breakfast burritos for breakfast. It was probably one of our best meals so far! After that, everyone moved into the Art Gallery for Shacharit services. The theme was musical theater and all of the CLTC community was singing and dancing to some of their favorite musical hits. Following Shacharit, we were split by chapters into shira and a leadership lesson about Jethro respectively. Shira was a lot of fun where we learned some new songs, and we also sang some old ones that we love.
Our next activity was to move into the Science Lecture Hall and watch the film "The Tribes", followed by a discussion. We learned all about our brothers and sisters as we physically stood up when we identified with something as specific as being a writer, baker, only child, etc.
We also had a great lunch meal today. We had chicken nuggets and waffle fries! To make it even better, we had the options of barbecue sauce and honey mustard to dip our chicken nuggets in. It was delicious! After lunch we went right back to work and headed to chapter planning time, where we all worked on our programs that will either be showcased tonight or tomorrow. I can't wait to see what all of the chapters have spent so much time planning! It's going to be a great night tonight and day tomorrow.
With 4 days remaining, all of us here at Bethany are cherishing every moment we have together. The first 8 days went by so fast and we all hope that the rest of it doesn't go as fast. We all love it here and we don't ever want CLTC to end.
CLTC 5, day 2
Posted on 07/06/2016 @ 08:30 PM
Welcome to CLTC 5! With the start of a summer program comes fun, excitement, and plenty of new faces. Teens arrived to camp yesterday evening in time for dinner, an exciting nighttime scavenger hunt, and an opportunity to meet the other participants in their rooms and mock-chapters. Everyone is feeling good about the twelve day adventure we have just begun! Take a look at what some of the participants had to say about their first night:
"I'm excited to make new friends! This is such a unique experience that I know will teach me so much!" -Alexa Brown, Eastern Region.
"I'm excited to gain a new perspective on BBYO, and to get new ideas on how to improve my chapter." -Jordan Robinson, Michigan Region.
"I'm so happy that I put myself out there on the first night. I've met so many people that I'm sure I'll become great friends with!" -Lauren Mendelsohn, North Florida Region.
"It's only the first night, and I'm already so excited. I'm really looking forward to getting to know everyone, and to learning about all the things that CLTC has to offer." -Spencer Hendlin, Ohio Northern Region.
CLTC 5 is o ff to a good start!
Top 10 Shoes Worn at Perlman
Posted on 07/05/2016 @ 03:41 PM
At Perlman, participants wear a wide variety of shoes ranging from hiking sandals to fashionable sneakers.
7. Flip Flops
3. Gym Shoes
Top 10 Items to Buy at Shuk
Posted on 07/05/2016 @ 03:29 PM
Sunday through Friday, participants have the opportunity to spend money from their beloved Shuk cards to buy some delicious snacks. Here are the top ten items ordered!
10. Cosmic Brownies
5. Flavor Ice
4. Veggie Straws
3. Easy Mac
1. Zebra Cakes
CLTC 4(th) of July!
Posted on 07/04/2016 @ 09:00 PM
Today Lekavot BBG was chapter of the day. We were fortunate enough to be able to lead the session on the Fourth of July, which gave us many opportunities to show our spirit and our excitement to everyone at Bethany. We started off the day by getting decked out in red, white, and blue and decorating the gazebo for flag raising! We sang the national anthem and talked about our words of the day, freedom and unity, and what they mean to us and for our country.
Our action of the day was to post on your snapchat story "CLTC 4(th) of July!" To show everyone how much fun we're having with each other.The programs that the staff lead today were also incredibly meaningful.
Although not relating to the Fourth of July, we talked tonight about the Holocaust and the March of the Living journey that is available through BBYO. Everyone got to hear from their brother Alephs and sister BBGs about what this program meant to them, and it was incredibly special.
In the past week, everyone has learned so much about themselves as people and as Jewish leaders and I know that we are all so excited for the remaining days to see what else we can experience. -Lauren Seltzer
Shabbat Shalom from CLTC 4 Part 2!
Posted on 07/01/2016 @ 06:00 PM
My name is Annie Hirsch and I'm from KMR. Today my mock chapter, Ledaber BBG #1873 is in charge of creating the Shabbat atmosphere as well as our chapter of the day activities. Since today is Canada day, our decorating committee got to do a global theme. We wanted to show in our decorations and Shabbat activities at dinner that BBYO promotes globalization and even though members are from countries all over the world, we stand together as One World.
We made flags for America and Israel to show our connection and Canada to celebrate their Independence Day. On each table, people will be able to write where their ancestors were from and put it in a paper bag. Each table at the end of dinner will have a discussion about what they put in the bag. Everyone will not only learn about their differences but also their similarities. That's what globalization and our One World is: everyone accepting each other's differences and celebrating their similarities.
Everyone at CLTC is Jewish and we come together because of our heritage, but we also need to learn to come together through our differences. My mock chapter wanted to spread this message on this Shabbat so that everyone at CLTC could join together in unity. I'm so excited for my first summer program Shabbat and I'm really happy that I helped to create the atmosphere and set the theme. CLTC is such a great experience and I highly recommend you go next summer if you can!
Respectfully submitted with undying love for my heart and home, Chana Leah BBG #2526, Keystone Mountain Region #33, my Ledaber girls, Bethany banana bread, suite 122, CLTC 4 2016, and the best 12 days of my life, I remain Annie Isabel Hirsch A very proud B'nai B'rith Girl
Shabbat Shalom from CLTC 4!
Posted on 07/01/2016 @ 06:00 PM
Today at CLTC we started by raising the American flag and the Canadian flag. The reason for raising the Canadian flag was that today is Canada Day! We played Canada's nation anthem, O Canada, as we said some fun facts about Canada. The chapter of the day today was my chapter, Ledaber BBG #1873. After flag raising we had breakfast and then went straight to Chapter Elections. After we elected our board, 5 of us passed a motion to change our mascot from Blossom the Pink PowerPuff Girl to the Purple Care Bear, Harmony Bear. We decided to make this motion because we believed that Harmony represents us better than Blossom does. My chapter is named Ledaber because it is the Hebrew word for "to speak". We chose this name because we like to talk a lot and words have a lot of meaning. Our day mostly consisted of getting ready for Shabbat tonight, which we are very excited for!
With Undying Love, I remain, Sydney White