ILTC in Review
Posted on 07/14/2013 @ 09:00 AM
Matthew Leightman and Bruce Margoshes here.
It's been a crazy 18 days here at Camp Perlman. For many, it seemed as if ILTC was a continuation of CLTC last summer, but for others this was the first summer experience with BBYO.
Teens came from all over the United States and even Canada and Bulgaria. Despite the diversity of the attendees, everyone managed to bond into one cohesive unit. The days have been packed with time for learning in blueprints as well as time for enrichment and fun.
Every night after dinner there was some form of evening program such as a speaker, a hypnotist, or a program planned by either a committee of teens or the madrichim.
Matt: My personal favorite program was the first program planned by the madrichim. On the fourth day of ILTC, I was instructed to wear something to the evening program that I didn't mind never wearing again, with no further instruction.
A few hours later, 110 Alephs (male teens) sat in a room listening to an introduction about the Arab-Israeli 6 Day War. We found out that we would be recreating the war via a paint-war version of capture the flag. We were divided into two sides of the main field and pandemonium ensued.
We ran, we cheered, we shouted, and we flung paint at each other like the freedom of our country depended on it! I won't forget that program for a very long time. It was truly my highlight of ILTC.
Bruce: My favorite of ILTC was snack every night. When I got snack after the evening program, I would reflect on the day's events and be thankful for each day here at ILTC.
We hoped you enjoyed reading our work and the work of the rest of the Media Team.
That's it for ILTC 2013 - till next time!
Review of The Color War
Posted on 07/13/2013 @ 09:30 PM
Max Byer here.
One of my favorite memories from ILTC 2013 was our epic Color War, and so as ILTC wraps up, I'd like to post a review of it here.
When thinking of celebrating the 4th of July, one often envisions being decked out in red, white, and blue, eating apple pie, and watching fireworks as they color the sky. Well, here at Perlman, America's Independence Day is celebrated with something else - Color War!
In the beginning of the evening program on July 3rd, ILTC participants gathered around the large tree anchored in the middle of the "Large Quad"; however, soon after, the lights that illuminate the tree turned off!
Within minutes, participants dashed away to find which team they were placed on: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, or purple - each representing an Israeli youth group district. Color War began and the competitiveness to win, and thus returning the light to the tree, began. After the allotted time to change, the first event kicked off.
The teams zigged and zagged through camp in order to find leadership staff and madrichim, who hid throughout the area.
The purple ended up winning that challenge, finishing the day in the lead. The competition continued at the break of dawn the following morning, with sweat and grass stains replacing pool water and apple pie. Competitions spanned basketball, frisbee, handball, gaga, capture the flag and swimming races. Even when players weren't competing on the field or in the pool, points were always available for gain.
Each meal throughout the day got progressively more difficult through losing utensils at breakfast, being required to stay quiet during lunch, and staying tied at the wrist to another person during dinner. The competition ended with the teams presenting their respective banners, cheers, and songs.
All in all, a great time was had by all, and it was a memorable 4th of July for all at Perlman!
Now that our final Sabbath is wrapping up, I can't help but be nostalgic about all the fun we had at Color Wars and the rest of ILTC.
Fraternally submitted with undying love for Dorm 9 and all of ILTC 2013,
I remain Aleph Max Byer.
Posted on 07/09/2013 @ 07:20 PM
One of the committees that some of the teens are involved in during ILTC works on building support for the ISF - International Service Fund.
The International Service Fund affords Jewish teens from around the world the opportunity to have meaningful Jewish experiences like the ones offered by BBYO.
This committee put together a program expanding the participants' knowledge base about the foreign countries where BBYO exists, and the problems faced by Jews in those countries.
Additionally, the committee created a video promoting the ISF, and their goal of raising $5,000 for the ISF this week.
Donations can be made at tinyurl.com/bbyounited.
Second Shabbat Review
Posted on 07/08/2013 @ 11:00 PM
Matthew Leightman and Bruce Margoshes here again.
One of the most meaningful experiences at ILTC is Shabbat. On Friday night the community decides as a group to "unplug" so we can celebrate the Sabbath together as a whole.
The Shabbat Committee (a group of teens at camp) creates an atmosphere for the rest of the camp to enjoy. From there, the camp joins together for Friday night services, then a Shabbat dinner.
On Friday night the teens were instructed to create a mock family for the Shabbat meal. It was a meaningful experience, as many of us bonded with new friends.
That's all for the Shabbat review, look forward to the next installment of "A Week in Review" coming soon!
Color Wars and Shabbat
Posted on 07/07/2013 @ 09:00 AM
This past Wednesday our teens were pleasantly surprised to find out that ILTC was holding its annual Maccabiah (Color War)! We previously told the teens that we will not be holding the famed MAccabiah this year, so when the news came out, they were ecstatic!
Teens were split into 6 teams: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple.
The 6 teams were assigned home bases, and immediately got to work coming up with spirited cheers and strategy. The first competition was a scavenger hunt for the camp staff - purple got off to an early lead.
Thursday morning, everyone assembled bright and early and the sports competitions began. Vicious matches of handball, basketball, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, and gaga ball were all played out with the competition proving to be even tighter than expected.
In the afternoon, the Maccabiah changed gears as various competitions were held in the camp pool, followed by an entertaining rope-burning match (the teams had to build fires large enough to burn through 3 layers of rope).
As the night approached, the competition morphed once again as the teams competed in capture the flag. After a break for a 4th of July barbeque and a dazzling display of fireworks above the camp lake, the teams capped off the Maccabiah by showing off their creative posters and songs.
The purple team proved triumphant, but all teams had a strong showing, with effort to be proud of.
Friday after the Maccabiah, camp went back to a normal schedule before bringing in the Sabbath. The Sabbath served as a wonderful day of rest and reflection. We had services, a wide variety of "Shabbat Electives", and plenty of chofesh (free time).
Week 1 in Review
Posted on 07/05/2013 @ 07:00 AM
Matthew Leightman and Bruce Margoshes here!
The first week of ILTC has come to a close. To most people here, time has flown by.
"It feels like just yesterday that I woke up knowing that today was the beginning of ILTC," said Matthew Leightman, 17, from Lonestar Region.
The teens at Camp Perlman have been enjoying a host of activities that they elected as well as classroom time titled blueprints, taught by highly-esteemed BBYO directors and advisors from across the nation.
Kevin Falik, director of Cotton States region, says he enjoys teaching his respective blueprint because he wants to help pass down his knowledge of BBYO and train the future leaders.
Bruce Margoshes, 16, Rocky Mountain Region, says, "Blueprint studies have changed my outlook on leadership and BBYO as a whole."
Gabe Baskin and Noah Adelstein, both 15 from Rocky Mountain Region make friends by playing basketball everyday. On the second night of ILTC, the teens celebrated their first of three Shabbats.
Josie Roth, from Gold Coast Region, said that she enjoys taking pictures and going to services with her friends. Every few nights, the Madrichim (room advisors) hold dorm bonding nights to allow kids to get closer to their roommates.
Ben Shulman, 16, Eastern Region - North Carolina Council, says that he loves his dorm and all the fun he has with the people in it.
The first week is over, but there is plenty of time still left. Stay tuned for next week's edition of ILTC 2013: A Week in Review.
Mesmerized at ILTC
Posted on 07/03/2013 @ 08:00 PM
My name is Max Byer and I hail from Northern Region East: DC Council #54, and I couldn't be having a better time here at ILTC so far!
Most nights, we participate in an evening program which ranges from speakers, to initiative-based programs, or even entertainers.
On Monday, July 1st, ILTCers welcomed Ronnie Baras, a professional hypnotizer, to Perlman. Once he had participants get up on stage, the performance began; with most of the audience feeling a sense of doubt and hesitation and expecting a gimmick or simple mind-trick, expectations were low. However, within minutes the room was filled with "oohs" and "aahs".
After beginning with a demonstration of his suave skill, Mr. Baras started to show why he is annually considered one of the highlights of ILTC.
One show-stopping moment occurred when he got people to act as if they were their peers or celebrities. The most memorable one was when he got Nick Phillips (from London, England) to believe he was current hip-hop star Macklemore. Then, Philips with the help of "backup dancers", proceeded to perform a rousing rendition of the hit single, "Can't Hold Us".
The show's "big finish" was when Mr. Baras got those on stage to believe that their own peers in the audience were celebrities. For instance, Emily Epstein (Eastern Region, Virginia Council) thought one of the audience members was Jennifer Anniston, and Jake Nitzkin (Michigan Region) dashed into the audience so that he could "meet" Lebron James.
As an audience member, I can definitely say there wasn't a single person in the audience who wasn't laughing hysterically or eager waiting to know what would happen next. I cannot think of a better way to have spent my night.
Fraternally submitted with undying love for ILTC 2013, Dorm 9, The Grand Order of the Aleph Zadik Aleph, Northern Region East: DC Council #54, and my heart and home, Thomas Lantos AZA #2539, I remain,
Aleph Max Byer
Proud ILTC 2013 Participant and Blogger
ILTC Day 4 - Sabbath and First "Normal" Day
Posted on 07/01/2013 @ 07:00 AM
We have officially completed our first Sabbath and regularly scheduled weekday of ILTC!
The Sabbath was very relaxing as the teens participated in services, then chose from a variety of Shabbat activities, and enjoyed ample chofesh (free time) on our day of rest. Activities ranged from in-depth learnings about Judaism to meditation and hiking.
Sunday was a great success as well. The teens got to experience what a normal day at camp will be like, which includes:
- Limmud - Teaching (Israel related)
- Skills Workshop - A workshop aimed at improving skills pertaining to BBYO and life
- Chug - An elective ranging from Israeli dancing to video-making
- Planning Committee - A committee that plans activities for participants
The teens finished their day off in separates (when the boys and girls each have their own program. The girls explored what value their valued most and the boys re-enacted the founding of Israel with a paint war.
More updates will be posted soon. In the meantime, please go to: https://www.facebook.com/BBYOInsider/photos_albums
and click on the album "ILTC 2013". New photos are already there and more will be posted daily.
ILTC Day 2 - Bringing in the Sabbath
Posted on 06/28/2013 @ 09:30 PM
The first full day of ILTC 2013 is almost over, and so far it has been a great success! The teens spent the earlier portion of the day being introduced to camp activities and choosing electives, and the second portion of the day bringing in the Sabbath.
After an early morning Shacharit (prayer), the teenagers ate some breakfast, and dived right into camp activites. In one series of rotations, the teens chose between a variety of activities such as "chugim" (elective courses covering topics like media and a capella), "limmudim" (lessons dealing with topcis like Israel and Judaism), and leadership committees (for fields like video making and program creating).
During the next group of rotations, the teens got to let out their energy. Their stops included "rikkud" (dancing), "shira" (singing), a program with our teen coordinators, and an Israel program led by our specialist who flew in all the way from Israel to staff ILTC.
After some "chofesh" (free time), the teens participated in Shabbat Shira (singing and services for the Sabbath). Later tonight they will enjoy a bonding program, before receiving some snacks and going to bed.
We will not be posting blogs, nor pictures during Shabbat, but we will be updating you again via this blog on Saturday night. Additionally, there are already pictures posted on Facebook, and more will be added every day of camp except Saturdays. To access the pictures on Facebook, go to: https://www.facebook.com/BBYOInsider/photos_albums
and click on "ILTC 2013".
Our Madricha Nitzan
Posted on 06/27/2013 @ 05:00 PM
Mica Laber here.
As a BBYO community, we are so lucky to have international people in our presence to learn from. One of our madrichot, Nitzan, hails from Israel and is staying in the awesome dorm 5. All of the BBGs and Alephs love having her around- she makes funny jokes and has the most beautiful singing voice.
She represents Maccabi Tzair, our Israel partner organization. Nitzan has been with them for a long time and has been telling us about the similarities and differences between them and BBYO.
Along with her amazing rikkudim (Israeli Dance) instructing skills, she was an instructor in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) on how to operate tanks. Her name tag lanyard is covered in cool pins that represent her years in the IDF and Maccabi Tzair. We don't mean to offend any of the other madrichot, but Nitzan is definitely one of our favorites. We love being around her as she makes us laugh and has so many insightful and interesting things to tell us about her life in Israel and the IDF.
Everyone at Perlman is treasuring every last minute we have with her here!
Excited for ILTC!
Posted on 06/26/2013 @ 10:00 PM
ILTC Starts tomorrow and we cannot wait for the teens to arrive!
Be sure to keep checking in for more updates as the camp gets going.
ILTC 2013 is Almost Here!
Posted on 06/20/2013 @ 05:00 PM
ILTC 2013 is almost here! Make sure to check back here for blog updates and below for pictures!
Here's to an epic #BBYOSummer2013