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.