BBYO Summer Blog
Chapter Leadership Training Conference (CLTC) 3 2010
Where BBYO’s leadership training begins.
Welcome to the CLTC 3 2010 Blog!
We’re so excited to be able to share all of the wonderful news, tidbits and fun that go on here every summer with even more people. Check back frequently to see the most recent updates!
Update from CLTC!
Posted on 07/07/2010 @ 11:45 AM
This week has been full of excitement, as everyone has been working on their creations: chapter tee shirts and songs - to be presented Saturday night at CLTC Presents.
The teens have really honed their organizational skills, planned unique and informative programs and had great fun in the process. The teens created programs coverering the following:
(1) sharing stories of discrimination, followed by burning cards with discriminatory words on them.
(2) an informative, interactive human board game on Jewish communities around the world.
(3) community service work around camp, clearing away branches and weeds to create a beautification project that will result in a new campfire area.
(4) and a journey through time, beginning with the 1930's of Eastern Europe and settlement in America.
On Monday night, staff introduced a powerful and emotional program on the Holocaust, focusing on BBYO's March of the Living educational mission to Poland and Israel, which is held every spring. It was a solemn evening, but, a meaningful one. We were all visibly moved. Many of the teens were inspired to participate on a future trip.
Last evening, we welcomed a past international AZA president - Brian Sureck - who served his term in the early 1980's. The teens asked him a lot of great questions and he truly inspired them to work hard to reach their goals.
Tomorrow night, special ceremonies will induct the teens into the AZA and BBG international order, a ritual connecting them with the thousands of teens who have attended CLTC over the past 30 years. The emphasis on brotherhood and sisterhood will be a wonderful expression of how much the friendships have progressed here.
I'll be in touch in a couple of days with airport departure procedures. Take care.
First Shabbat at CLTC 3
Posted on 07/02/2010 @ 08:52 AM
Through chapter elections held yesterday at CLTC 3, the teens prepared by composing a candidate platform and writing a speech, as well as learning election and voting procedures. The elections are not really about the end result, but, more about the process. We also stress that leadership is not about a title, but, more about the decisions they make, how they treat one another - basically, how they live their lives. There is so much to do here that involves everyone, not just those elected to chapter board. It's all about teamwork.
Last night, the teens participated in an exciting program that focused on how they can use their talents and leadership skills to make a difference in the world. They learned about the Stand Up! Campaign, BBYO’s local service and advocacy effort, and immediately started talking about how they could initiate leadership projects around service, philanthropy and advocacy. Last year, as part of Stand Up!, BBYO teens volunteered over 80,000 hours and raised over $120,000 for over 120 organizations!
An example of one young person who has made a big difference: Jackie Rotman, who attended a Panim el Panim program at age 14, was inspired to found Everybody Dance Now! In the five years since, her program has grown to serve hundreds of students weekly and was featured on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew this spring.
To give you a taste of the program they experienced, we would like to share with you a video that introduces the Stand Up! campaign below.
What do you think of the video? We want to hear your thoughts!
Tonight begins our first Shabbat together and our four chapters are preparing various aspects of observance - creating a Shabbat atmosphere, planning innovative or themed services and presenting meaningful programs in the spirit of Shabbat. I look forward to sharing all of this with you when Shabbat is over.
CLTC 3 Teens Arrive Safely
Posted on 06/30/2010 @ 03:52 PM
The teens have arrived safely to camp!!!!!!!!!!
Over the course of the next twelve days, the teens will learn skills to help them become more responsible leaders; they will plan and implement new and unique programs; and create meaningful Shabbat experiences. Additionally, they will be attending sessions on Jewish Experience, Shira (singing) and Rikudim (Israeli Dancing.) They will also benefit from Problem Solving sessions and How To Workshops.
An important aspect of leadership training is character development and the CLTC curriculum will include the "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens," based on the acclaimed book written by Sean Covey. Our goal is to help the teens to formulate good work habits, to teach them how to work with their peers in a positive environment and to help them recognize their strengths, build on their potential and to set standards for themselves now and in their future years as adults.
As you can see, we have a full schedule for the next twelve days and I can't wait to share all of our experiences with you. Please check your e-mails and http://bbyo.smugmug.com for my updates and pictures.
That's it for now! I'll be in touch.
Sherrie Stalarow CLTC 1, 3, 5, 7 Director
Get Ready for CLTC 3!
Posted on 06/23/2010 @ 11:47 AM
CLTC 3 is around the corner! This blog kicks off June 29th from Beber Camp in Mukwonago, WI.
Who's already packed? Make sure you don't forget any of these items:
Clothing to last two weeks: for warm and cold weather (layering is best), jeans, sweats, tennis shoes, swimwear, sleepwear, t-shirts, shorts, socks, underwear, nicer clothes for Shabbat, raingear, tallis optional, flashlight, and kippah.
Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and soap tray, shampoo, deodorant, razors, Kleenex, eye care products, bug repellent, water bottle with name clearly printed
Linens in Wisconsin/North Carolina: bath-size towels, washcloths. Bring EITHER linens or a sleeping bag and pillow! If you bring sheets to AHA, the mattresses are single extra long.
And don't forget, LABEL EVERYTHING! Who's excited for CLTC 3? What are you most looking forward to?