CLTC 2 First Full Day
Posted on 06/19/2014 @ 11:40 AM
My name is Daniella Rabin and I am a member of Shoshana BBG #1613 in the Keystone Mountain Region of Pittsburgh, PA. I had no idea what to expect coming in to CLTC. All of my sister BBG’s in my home region had told me I absolutely have to do it so I thought, why not give it a try? I have nothing to lose. I am so thankful they told me to come because this has been the most amazing experience. I have made such amazing bonds, learned so much, and had an extremely fun time so far. I have already learned from the mock chapters, and the interactive programing relating to our heritage, beliefs, and jewish values. I definitely cannot forget about the countless amount of ice breakers guaranteeing I know every single thing about every individual here now. Earlier today in my mock chapter meeting, all of the girls had commented on how close, comfortable, confident, and happy we all feel around each other in only the 30 hours we have been here. One of my favorite things we have done so far was an all day activity where self confidence boosting and complimentary notes were passed through the individuals of our CLTC, really making everyone feel good and more comfortable here. I am looking forward to everything coming up especially elections and more programing. I also look forward to becoming closer with my sister BBG’s and Alephs to create memories I will most definitely never forget. I absolutely love it here and am taking in and cherishing every moment CLTC 2 2014 has to offer!
Sunny Day at CLTC 1
Posted on 06/18/2014 @ 12:30 PM
Once again, a day with expected rain transformed into a sunny and hot one. After breakfast, Becka Handler, advisor, led a calming Yoga Shacharit which taught not only new physical positions but also a new interpretation of the prayers. Additionally, the teens had the opportunity to attend various communications skill builders before heading to lunch. Yet the hard work of some of the chapters was finally paid off after lunch when three chapter planned sessions were done. Emily Nomberg was a standout superstar in her chapter’s community service program where the teens wrote letters to cancer patients, both child and adult, and cancer survivors. It appeared as if the entire body got behind this cause and wrote letters with passion. Nechishot BBG executed their program about the effects of alcohol flawlessly, and their dedicated research and hard work paid off with a very well received message. Nativ BBG did a wonderful program about globalization, which is BBYO’s expansion around the world. During chofesh, frisbees flew once again, and the teens coordinated a “T-shirt Trading Area” where everyone could come and exchange BBYO attire. Taking advantage of free time and taking responsibility, Ryan Yablonsky voluntarily used his free time to work on chapter work. The theme of the night was Israeli learning. First, we made up a mock Knesset where multiple parties were assigned and asked to vote on a bill. But the hook was thay the parties had to form coalitions with other parties in order to pass or reject the bills. Jiji Plotka and Gal Crouvi really took charge of their groups in the program, where they explored both her Jewish and Israeli identity. Next, everyone headed to the gym to engage in Israeli culture, which included Israeli street art, beach games, food, bead making, bargaining in the shuk, etc. Sam Hirsburg proved his ability to dominate Israeli children’s games as he clearly dominated the game of Shalosh Makot which requires jumping over three sticks that are spanned over a long distance. The night ended with a long-lined game on limbo. Later that afternoon, mock chapters met to plan programs that will soon be presented to the entire CLTC body. After dinner, a "launch party" built excitement for International Convention 2015, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia this upcoming February. A night centered around International Convention exposed teens to this incredible opportunity that will allow them to continue other international BBYO experiences after CLTC. In the spirit of Atlanta, teens enjoyed coke and peach ice cream floats. Participants also jammed out on the dance floor and went on hay rides around camp. The entire night was high energy and exciting, and we hope to reunite CLTC 1 2014 at International Convention later this year.
CLTC 2 Day One Is Done!
Posted on 06/18/2014 @ 12:30 AM
The participants have arrived and we have just finished our first day of programming! Teens started arriving around noon and the conversations were filled with excitement immediately. We are so excited to see all of the friendships that have already been made and that we are well on our way to becoming a strong CLTC community. After a long day of travel, teens got to know their surroundings by unpacking and taking a tour of the campus! They also got two opportunities to meet with their chapters which included picking chapter names, numbers, and mascots. In CLTC chapters, the teens plan programs, delve into leadership lessons, and get a hands on opportunity to handle real-life chapter scenarios. After dinner, CLTC was officially opened up and the teens got to know each other more by participating in fun ice breakers. At the end of the night, our CLTC community came together to reflect on our first day and to sing a song with the help of our talented song leader, Stephen Brickman, before heading off to bed. We are so excited for all of the great days to come and all the lessons and tools our teens will take home to their chapters to build our movement! Stay tuned for more updates and pictures throughout the session! Pictures can be found here on the blog and at www.facebook.com/BBYOInsider.
Your coordinators, Amanda and Jacob
Week One Done
Posted on 06/17/2014 @ 12:30 PM
The morning began with a session about decision making in each mock chapter. Participants then had the opportunity to attend various skill building sessions. While some teens immersed themselves into the Israeli culture through Israeli dance, others engaged in a question and answer session with staff about BBYO. Another skill builder discussed the significance of LGBT inclusion within BBYO and challenged participants to end discrimination. "This session opened my eyes to the importance of being an ally. It's not just about support,but it's about being active and taking action," explains Hailey Safra of Gold Coast Region. "BBYO is such an amazing organization, and no one should miss out on that because of who they are." Teens were also offered a session on how to start their own chapters. "I learned the tools needed to be successful in spreading BBYO in my region," says Dalia Dichter of Pacific Western Region. Later that afternoon, mock chapters met to plan programs that will soon be presented to the entire CLTC body. After dinner, a "launch party" built excitement for International Convention 2015, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia this upcoming February. A night centered around International Convention exposed teens to this incredible opportunity that will allow them to continue other international BBYO experiences after CLTC. In the spirit of Atlanta, teens enjoyed coke and peach ice cream floats. Participants also jammed out on the dance floor and went on hay rides around camp. The entire night was high energy and exciting, and we hope to reunite CLTC 1 2014 at International Convention later this year.
CLTC 1 Continues
Posted on 06/16/2014 @ 12:30 PM
After a relaxing Shabbat, everyone came out today energized and ready to get stuff done. The morning began with a beautiful meditation Shacharit led by Jill, our Judaic Educator. Those teens who decided to attend were able to immerse themselves in a calming, smooth-breathing, and spiritual experience that explored our breath and the Shema. Next, the teens had the opportunity to go to sessions that discussed the responsibilities of the positions on the BBYO board. Different leadership staff, madrichim, and coordinators led the education program for each position, using their own BBYO experience as a way to provide advice and guidance. The very tasty pizza became popular instantly as the teens went through tray after tray of it. After indulging themselves in this delicacy, the chapters spent quality time discussing their plans for their fundraisers and how to incorporate multiple themes and missions into one program, such as education, Judaism, etc. What was expected to be a day with stormy rain turned into a beautiful and sunny one, where teens threw frisbees in the field, laid out on the grass, and played basketball. After dinner, all the participants discussed the impact on stereotypes, labeling, and preconceived notions about other individuals. Along the same theme, a short film titled “The Tribe,” which showed how the Jewish people are interpreted by society and by themselves, led us into multiple conversations about our own Judaism. Finally, we concluded the night with songs led by Josh and Shelby, as well as volunteers talking about their day.
Shabbat Shalom From CLTC
Posted on 06/15/2014 @ 12:30 PM
The Shabbat experience at Camp Beber is a special one. Regardless of their customs at home, participants have the ability to relax with each other and celebrate the culmination of a great week. "This has been one of the best Shabbats I have ever experienced with BBYO." Rose Levine of Cotton States Region explains. "The people are incredible." Shabbat began with a Friday night service led by Shemesh BBG. The girls taught us about the significance of moments, and welcomed Shabbat as a community ."I loved Shabbat services at CLTC. Even though I have only known these group of people for a short time, it feels like I have known them for a life time." Jordan Wecksler of Atlanta Council shares. On Saturday, everyone was excited about the late wake up. Morning services were led by the members of Achim AZA, themed around the power of those who change the world. "My favorite part of this weekend was leading the service with my chapter," Nathan Gendler of Mid America Region: Omaha Council shares. After lunch, CLTC 1 had a shoe golf tournament, in which players kicked one shoe off in attempt to reach the target, followed by pool time. Later that evening, participants explored how to stand up for each other by ending name calling, and then engaged in a discussion about what Israel means to them. "This Shabbat program enabled me to have a new appreciation for Israel." Sam Canales of Cotton States Region says. Additionally, song session added much to the Shabbat experience. Everyone loved dancing and singing together. To close off the night, the Havdallah service welcomed a new week here at camp. CLTC 1 is excited to share our last week together, learning and growing as a community strengthened by our Shabbat experiences.
First Full Day at CLTC 1
Posted on 06/12/2014 @ 12:30 AM
The first full day at Camp Beber flew by. After an exciting night unpacking and bonding with roommates, the morning crept up on everyone. The day began with CLTC 1's first communal shacharit, or morning prayer. Participants were introduced to the prayer experience. Then, chapters met to discuss board positions and election procedures. It was fun for each mock chapter to start brainstorming chapter names. Each of CLTC 1's rotation groups explored three different programs. In public speaking, Jordyn Matez from Gold Coast Region presented her speech on why Peter Pan was her favorite movie, while Robin Du from Cotton States Region explained the best vacation he had been on. In the Jewish leadership program, CLTC 1 participants were encouraged to think out of their comfort zones and identified which Jewish leaders matched their personalities. Moreover, the "Why are you here?" discussion session set the tone of CLTC and provided participants with everything they need to know about the following days. Grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch was a hit. After the meal, everyone enjoyed free time with new friends, playing basketball, talking in dorms, eating snacks, and jamming to song sessions. After dinner, each mock chapter strengthened their ability to work as a team through a skill building activity involving a maze. The night closed with boys and girls splitting up to learn about the BBG and AZA history and principles. Everyone is excited for another day at CLTC 1 tomorrow!
Posted on 06/11/2014 @ 12:45 AM
Day 1. The legendary airport pickup began at the early hour of 9 AM and lasted all the way until 5 PM. With lots of coffee, Quiznos, and the other various eating selections, the teens began their bonding adventure waiting as each teen rolled into the Milwaukee airport. Some people walked to sign in with a bright and jolly face, some came looking tired from a lack of sleep, and some arrived with their bags dragging on the ground behind them. Nonetheless, the pile of luggage slowly rose as the amount of friendships grew within the tiny quarters of the airport. After all the teens arrived, the anticipated moment began - our drive to Camp Beber. After the buses pulled in onto the gravel road and all the teens witnessed the campus for the first time, everyone walked into the gym for the beginning of the journey and got to meet the leadership staff. Hungry from a long day at the airport, nobody had any problem indulging themselves with delicious ziti and garlic bread. Following their first CLTC birkat ha'mazon, the teens had the chance to take a tour of their home for the next 12 days. The days to come will include spending quality time learning in their chapters with which they had the opportunity to meet after dinner. Along with some incredible and motivating words from Sherrie Stalarow, many icebreaker games led to fun interaction and a great conclusion to the night. Moreover, with the name games well underway, our CLTC community is growing one day at a time. Tune in tomorrow...
CLTC 3 2014 coming soon!
Posted on 05/07/2014 @ 05:14 PM
CLTC 3 is coming soon! Make sure to check back here for blog updates and below for pictures!
Here's to an epic #BBYOSummer2014
CLTC 4 2015 coming soon!
Posted on 05/07/2014 @ 05:00 PM
CLTC 4 is coming soon! Make sure to check back here for blog updates and below for pictures!
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CLTC 2 2014 coming soon!
Posted on 05/06/2014 @ 05:00 PM
CLTC 2 is coming soon! Make sure to check back here for blog updates and below for pictures!
Here's to an epic #BBYOSummer2014
CLTC 1 2014 coming soon!
Posted on 05/05/2014 @ 05:00 PM
CLTC 1 2014 is coming soon! Make sure to check back here for blog updates and below for pictures!
Here's to an epic #BBYOSummer2014