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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.

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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. 

Noam Benavi

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Meredith Galanti: Beyond the expected leadership opportunities and lessons that I wouldn’t have learned otherwise, as well as the incredible friends I’ve met along the way, I think that one of the biggest things BBYO has given me is a sort of preparedness for college and beyond. Socially, academically, and extracurricularly, I feel like my goals and standards for myself are a lot higher and I know how I want to go about achieving them.

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Matt Rabinowitz: I love Shabbat elective afternoons. I got the opportunity to sit and get bonding time with a lot of the teens that I don’t talk to as much during the week, and make connections that last a lifetime.

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Aaron Abeid: [Describe ILTC in 10 Words] One of the most amazing experiences of my lifetime.

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Ariella Garber and Rebecca Michel: We both got to the airport really early so I just sat down in a group of people and she was next to me and we started talking and then we sat together on the bus on the way here and we’ve been friends ever since.

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Matt Jankowitz: A big lesson I learned here at ILTC here is the importance of going out of your comfort zone. Coming into the program, I was really reserved and was nervous to branch out to new people, but after participating more and getting more involved, I think I’ve been really able to grow as a leader and a person. This is a mindset that I want to take back home and bring it to my region.

Today in Perlman fashion

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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.

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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.

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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.

10. Vans

9. Tevas

8. Slides

7. Flip Flops

6. Rainboots

5.Converse

4. Sperrys

3. Gym Shoes

2. Birkenstocks

1.Chacos

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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

9. Coffee

8. Candy

7. Popcorn

6. Chips

5. Flavor Ice

4. Veggie Straws

3. Easy Mac

2. Popcorn

1. Zebra Cakes

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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

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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

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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

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CLTC 3, day 11

Posted on 07/01/2016 @ 03:30 PM

Shabbat Shalom! Today at CLTC three, teens are preparing for Shabbat. Between services, Havdallah, and Shabbat programming, each chapter is busy planning something exciting. As teens enter their second and final Shabbat at Beber camp, they share all of the exciting new skills that they have developed:

"It's crazy to think about how short our time at CLTC is! With all of the new stuff I have learned, it seems like we've been here for a month!" -William Kronfeld, Pacific Western Region.

"Throughout CLTC, I have learned so much about myself. The different rotations and leadership sessions have given me so many ideas about how to make my chapter at home better." -Zoe Mervis, Kentucky Indiana Ohio Region.

"At CLTC, we have learned to be critical thinkers and strong leaders. I would definitely recommend this experience to everyone because it is such a well rounded program." -Rhett Fruitman, Rocky Mountain Region.

"CLTC has been a fantastic experience that has allowed me to grow and prosper as a leader". Eli Minksy, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

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Day 3 of CLTC 4!

Posted on 06/30/2016 @ 09:00 PM

On our third day of CLTC 4, we began our day with an inspiring flag raising to honor those who perished in the tragedy in Istanbul, Turkey on Monday. We continued this theme of honoring lives and inter-faith relations in Shacharit services were Ira’s beautiful words brought the major issues in our society to the forefront of our minds. Afterwards, we began our daily rotations which included Jewish Leadership, Chapter Wellness, and MRIHA. After lunch, we all got together in our mock chapters and voted on our chapter identities.

Everyone is having an amazing time here at CLTC. This is what some teens have to say about their experience so far:

“I already feel so close to so many other people that I have met. I am so thankful for this experience.” Ava Schumacher Kentucky Indiana Ohio Region

“I have met so many people from CRW all the way to NRE and everywhere in between and have already acquired new skills and ideas to bring back to my chapter at home.” Sarah Edelson Liberty Region

“This has been the best two days of my life and it’s amazing.” Jacob Roth Lone Star Region

We can’t wait for the upcoming days!

Shani Katz, Connecticut Valley Region

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CLTC 3, day 10

Posted on 06/30/2016 @ 08:45 PM

Good evening from CLTC 3! Today, teens in chapters Muar BBG and Exodus AZA were finally able to run the programs that they have been working so hard to plan over the course of the past week. All of the skills that they have been developing at CLTC really shined through, as both programs were fun and exciting for everyone. Over the course of the day, teens have become more excited for their evening separates program, to be run by the coordinators. During this program, participants will get the chance to bond and get officially inducted into the international order of the B'nai Brith Girls Aleph Zadik Aleph. Take a look at what some of the participants had to say about their day:

"Today, I had a lot of fun helping to write my chapter song. I can't wait to sing it at CLTC presents on Saturday," -Gavin Gold, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

"Today, I learned so much about programming in BBYO. I got the chance to lead the Speak UP! program that I helped plan. CLTC has been a blast so far, and I'm so happy that I've met so many new people. I know I will stay friend with them, and I'm sad it;s almost over." -Jaxson King, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

"Today I got to participate in two amazing programs that other members got to plan. It is awesome to see what we can accomplish at CLTC. I can't believe that we're going home so soon!" -Dylan Bishop, Lonestar Region.

"So far, CLTC has been a place where I have met tons of new people from across the United States. I'm so happy that I got the chance to meet so many great friends." -Emily Warshowsky, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

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Day 2 of CLTC 4!

Posted on 06/29/2016 @ 09:00 PM

Today was our first full day at CLTC, as well as our first time being chapter of the day, which meant that we had added responsibilities like cleaning and flag-raising. We experienced our first Shacharit after breakfast, as well.

We were all split into 3 groups for rounds of programs: Snap, Crackle & Pop, and rotated through 3 activities. The first was "Jewish Leadership", in which we identified our personality types and through them, our strengths and flaws. The second program was "Why Are You Here", in which we shared our goals and fears and discussed God through text. In the third, "Behavior Matters", we talked about being a Dugmah Ishit (personal example) and what it meant to us in different contexts.

After lunch we had sessions with our chapters where we discussed leadership, how to present yourself, and we learned some guidelines on being a good and productive board member. We bonded with our fellow chapter members & were able to step out of our comfort zones.

Ori Tsameret, Evergreen Region

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CLTC 3, day 9

Posted on 06/29/2016 @ 08:45 PM

Today at CLTC three, two of the four chapters had the opportunity to run the program that they have been working on throughout the session. One of the girl chapters Yallah BBG, ran a successful Globalization program that taught participants about Jewish people across the world, specifically in countries where BBYO is present. Boys chapter Yizkor AZA lead their Stand UP! program, which taught everyone about the different disabilities that you might encounter in your peers, and how to include them. As CLTC 3 enters its final few days, the teens have started to reflect on everything that they have learned:

"Thinking of leaving so soon is devastating. The incredible friendships I have developed with the teens and the staff will be impossible to leave." -Lauren Mitchell, Northern Region East: DC Council.

"We only have four more days left at CLTC, and I can't even begin to imagine leaving. I have met amazing people who I connect with, because we have the same passion for being leaders and BBYO!" -Autumn Stelzer, Wisconsin Region.

"Today, my chapter finalized our program, which we have worked so hard on. Our program is a Stand UP! program, and I'm really excited to show everyone what we have learned." -Adam Sadoff, Wisconsin Region.

"CLTC has been like nothing else I have experienced before. I wish that time could stop so I could stay longer!" -Tali Gorodetsky, Mid America Region.

"The programs that we participated in this morning were very meaningful. It helped to develop my leadership skills because all leaders need to understand themselves, and the programs made us think about that." -Sam Essenfeld, Connecticut Valley Region.

Tomorrow, we look forward to seeing chapters Muar BBG and Exodus AZA lead their programs!

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First Day of CLTC 4!

Posted on 06/28/2016 @ 09:00 PM

As the first of our twelve days at CLTC 4 2016 comes to a close, it has become apparent that the remainder of the session has been set up for success! The teens arrived this afternoon, beaming ear to ear from the moment they got off the bus and the smiles have only continued to grow as we move through our busy schedule.

From there, we were able to watch CLTC 4 blossom into a newfound community that were truly excited to be together. Most people would think that, naturally, it may be hard to transition with a session of 106 participants. However, this hasn’t been the case here at Bethany—in fact it’s the opposite. Our participants have already cultivated lasting connections with each other that will only grow stronger throughout the session.

Today’s focus was primarily on orienting the teens into our daily routine and traditions, in addition to introductions to each other, the staff, and Bethany College. We also showcased our theme of session 4, “better than ever,” to emphasize the significance of beginning CLTC with a focus on self that, by the end of the session, progresses into a focus on the community.

With new friendships and fresh opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills, we are eager to see where these newfound relationships and curricula will take our teens as they strive to satisfy their endeavors not only for the extent of CLTC 4, but beyond the classroom as they return to their chapters and regions throughout the Movement. Great things are in store!

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CLTC 3, day 7

Posted on 06/27/2016 @ 08:45 PM

Welcome to day seven at CLTC 3! Over the course of the day, teens had the opportunity to participate in some new and exciting activities. Skill sessions focusing on Jewish Identity, knowing your audience, and program planning were all open for teens to attend. 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:

"CLTC has been amazing! I've met so many new people that I'll be friends with for a long time. I've been able to connect with so many different BBYO members, and learn about different chapters across the United States." -Jaxson King, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

"Mt favorite part so far has been getting to know everyone here. Everyone is so nice and friendly, and I love all of the friends I have made." -Sydni Rotenberg, Michigan Region.

"CLTC is so much fun! It's awesome to learn so much about BBYO, and I am able to make friends across the country at the same time." -Eli Melnick, North Florida Region.

"My favorite part of CLTC so far has been Maccabia, because I learned how a program can be competitive while still being fun." -Sadie Wolf, Evergreen Region.

"My favorite part of CLTC so far has been meeting all these new people from across the nation, and getting to know them. I like finding out how BBYO differs where they are from in comparison to my home region." -Adam Sadoff, Wisconsin Region.

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CLTC 3, day 6

Posted on 06/26/2016 @ 09:30 PM

Good evening from CLTC 3! Over the past couple days, teens had some time to relax over Shabbat. Some of the highlights include Shabbat services and Havdallah, which the teens had the opportunity to lead. Today everyone was very excited to participate in the Maccabia games, which is similar to a camp "color war". The entire day had a Harry Potter theme. Teens were split into four "houses": green (Slytherin), yellow (Hufflepuff), blue (Ravenclaw), and red (Gryffindor). Through a series of competitions including Harry Potter trivia, a Quidditch match, 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 so far:

"Maccabia unified me with people who I never thought I would get close to. I'm so happy that I got the chance to bond with new people." -Liam McLean, Wisconsin Region.

"Even though the green team didn't win all of the challenges, I loved everything we did today! I got super into Quidditch, which helped me get closer to my team." -Rachel Schlesinger, Lonestar Region.

"Maccabia has been so much fun! I liked how there are different types of activities, because that means that everyone will be able to do well in something." -Matthew Gottfried, North Florida Region.

"Today was a perfect day to form new friendships, and become closer with others. It was so much fun!!" -Nikki Fagin, Mid America Region.

"Maccabia was really fun. It doesn't matter if we win or not because it was a great way to meet new people." -Zach Schneiderman, Southern Region: Atlanta Council.

"Maccabia has been great! I've gotten to know so many awesome people!" -Alyssa Cohen, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

"Today was by far my favorite! The activities were amazing. I'm so happy that the theme was Harry Potter! Go Hufflepuff!!" -Alitzah Gelman, Cotton States Region.

Teens will find out who wins later tonight- it should make for an exciting evening!

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