Rachel Ackermans Reflection
Posted on 06/20/2013 @ 11:30 PM
After finishing day one of CLTC and practically reaching the halfway point of day two I can honestly say this experience is un-like any other! The instant bonds that were made, are truly incredible! After Shira (our nightly song session) I knew I had found my home. Singing with my fellow Alephs, and BBGs was amazing! The feeling of love, and true acceptance swarmed the room. It was natural, and easy. It truly felt like nothing I had ever felt before.
All of us had no idea what would happen when we walked off the bus, and entered Bethany College. We were all nervous, apprehensive, and some even fearful. But somehow we all mustered up the courage to say hi, to meet new people, and create incredible friendships. Just sitting here alone blogging I was approached by three of my fellow BBG sisters in hopes to make sure I wasn’t spending all of Chofesh (free time) alone, or asked if I wanted any help with what I wanted to say.
In these last two days I have met the most supportive, and inspiring group of Alephs and BBGs. Kids who come from all walks of life, countries, and experiences. We have bonded together to create CLTC 2; an array of individuality, acceptance, and fun! I can’t wait to see what these next 10 days has in store for all of us!
Submitted with undying love and dedication to:
SJR, Tovah, my big, all of dorm 2, and of course the experience of a lifetime CLTC 2!
I remain Rachel Lauren Ackerman! Damn proud BBG, and CLTC 2 blogger!
CLTC 2-Milo's Reflection
Posted on 06/20/2013 @ 11:00 PM
Coming to CLTC, I was sitting on the airplane contemplating my current state of being. I was sitting in a total state of peace when I realized, I am on my way to what some call the "best 12 days of my life". As I stepped off the plane I had no clue what to expect. I was greeted by four of the friendliest advisors I have ever met. As more people arrived, I made instant friends. It is the second day, and I already feel like I've known these friends all my life.
Fraternally Submitted With Undying Love For,
Evergreen Region, CLTC 2, Achim AZA #2582, and the best 12 days of my life.
I remain Aleph,
Shalom from the Coordinators!
Posted on 06/19/2013 @ 06:00 PM
As of now, CLTC is in full swing, and we are proud to report that (almost) all the participants have arrived, and we are keeping them happily busy. Yesterday was hectic. Everyone started arriving at the airport early in the morning, but due to a crazy combination of inclement weather, mechanical problems, missing pilots, and the TSA, we were taking vans to the airport as late as 11 pm!
A few highlights from yesterday were an awesome song session with our song leader Mikey Pauker, a cool activity with Borromean rings (look it up, they’re really cool), and a great friendship circle before letting an exhausted group of kids go to bed. Our personal favorite part of the day was watching everyone volunteer to carry each others bags up the stairs. Today the participants planned an activity where throughout the day they give new friends colorful little slips of construction paper to put inside their nametags, creating a “rainbow of friendship.”
In the next couple of days, your teens will be electing their mock chapter boards, performing team-building exercises to further bond them as a group, and will continue to break the ice with other participants from all over the united states. Phones aren’t allowed during the day, but if you want to contact someone here, give them a call after 11 ET or send some old fashioned snail mail!
We are both incredibly excited to be here! The participants have already started to wow us with their genuine kindness and eagerness to make new friends and learn valuable lessons.
We can’t wait for the next 11 days.
Emily Gorby and Gavri Schreiber.
CLTC 2 2013 is Almost Here!
Posted on 06/11/2013 @ 05:00 PM
CLTC 2 2013 is almost here! Make sure to check back here for blog updates and below for pictures!
Here's to an epic #BBYOSummer2013