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CLTC 8 2016

CLTC 8, day 11

Posted on 08/12/2016 @ 03:15 PM

Shabbat Shalom from CLTC 8! Today, teens are preparing for Shabbat. Between services, Havdallah, and Shabbat programming, each chapter is busy planning something special. As teens get everything ready for their final Shabbat at Beber camp, you can feel the excitement running through them:

"I am having such a great time, and I am beyond excited for our second Shabbat! I really love my BBYO family!" Emily Cohen, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region.

"The amazing thing about CLTC is that it truly brings out the best in everyone." -Hannah Sohn, Great Midwest Region.

"I love Shabbat at CLTC because it is so meaningful, and I love spending time with my brothers and sisters." -Skylar Selkin, Eastern Region.

"Shabbat at CLTC is so special. Coming together as a community is amazing, and spending Shabbat with all my new friends is incredible. I wouldn't want to spend it any other way!." -Simone Steinberg, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region.

We are looking forward to bringing in a new and meaningful Shabbat!


CLTC 8, day 10

Posted on 08/11/2016 @ 09:00 PM

Good evening from CLTC 8! Today, teens had the chance to reflect on the different skills that they have been developing over their time here. In a discussion within their chapter, they were pushed to think about what kind of "Game Changer" they strive to be once everyone returns home. Everybody can 'change the game' in some way- the first step is motivation and a little positive thinking! After their discussion within their chapters, teens wrote letters to their future selves, which will be mailed to them in six months times. With any luck, everyone will be well on their way to reaching their goals when they receive them!

"Today we learned how to stay humble and persevere." -Mya Zabari, Miami Region.

"Today's chapter program really helped us bond as a chapter and further our program planning skills." -Jacob Chimerine, Nassau Suffolk Region.

"At CLTC, I have made friends that will last a lifetime, and I will never forget this special journey." -Briana Schwam, Eastern Region.

"It was so great to find out that everyone liked my chapter's program about being positive. Our chapter's hard work definitely paid off." -Jacob Baumstein, Eastern Region.

"CLTC has honestly been amazing. The friends I am making are great, and the opportunities that I'm given to be a leader here are priceless." -Simone Steinberg, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region.


CLTC 8, day 9

Posted on 08/10/2016 @ 08:45 PM

Good evening from CLTC 8! Over the course of the day, three out of the five chapters were able to lead the program that they have been working on together. It was great to see all of the hard work that went into planning process turn into successful programs! Many of the skills that teens have been developing over the past nine days were put into practice. All three of the programs received positive feedback from the participants, and the teens who planned them:

"Being at CLTC has been so much fun, but also challenging. Planning a program with everyone in my chapter has been eye opening because I am able to combine my skills with other people's skills and create something wonderful." -Brynn Backer, Eastern Region.

"My chapter worked together really well to plan our program. Everyone was very open minded, and the program came together really quickly. Planning this program has raised the level of trust in our chapter." -Tyler Bardfeld, Liberty Region.

"The program my chapter is planning is innovating, motivating and interactive. I am so happy to have been a part of this planning process." -Danielle Orgad, Big Apple Region.

We're really looking forward to the final two chapter programs tomorrow!


CLTC 8, day 8

Posted on 08/09/2016 @ 08:30 PM

Good evening from CLTC 8! Today, teens spent time as a chapter in their classrooms, in order to continue planning their chapter programs. With the help of their advisor, each chapter is responsible for creating, and then later leading a one hour program for their peers. Many of them are excited to put the skills they have learned to the test:

"I honestly feel like being at CLTC has improved my leadership skills so much." -Jackson Norber, North Florida Region.

"Today, I helped my chapter plan a cool song that we will sing in front of everyone. I'm so excited to see how it turns out!" -Jonah Dross, Northern Region East: DC Council.

"CLTC 8. New friends, mock chapters, good times. Never want to leave." Haiku by: -Elizabeth Goldblatt, Great Midwest Region.


CLTC 8, day 6

Posted on 08/07/2016 @ 08:15 PM

Good evening from CLTC 8! Today, teens were happy to hear that the Maccabia games are back for session 8! Teens were split into four teams: green (Ireland), red (Bulgaria), blue (Argentina), and white (France). Each country that was represented is partnered with BBYO on an international level. Teams were able to compete in many top tier events including trivia, Israeli cooking, silent lunch "Shoe Golf", and an Amazing Race. However, winning the challenges isn't the only way to earn points for your team- team spirit also counts! Later this evening, teams will be competing in a lip sync battle. Having our Maccabia day competition take place during the 2016 Olympic Games helped create a spirited and exciting atmosphere. Take a look at what teens have to say about Maccabia thus far:

"Maccabia has been a great bonding experience with new people who I haven't talked to yet. It also improved bonds with friends I've already made. -Jacob Chimerine, Nassau-Suffolk Region.

"Maccabia rocks! I'm so happy I got to participate, our team is really close!" -Taylor Lansey, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region.

"So far, Maccabia has been amazing. I got to lead a team, and being put in a leadership position helped me learn so much. It's great to be competitive on different teams, but coming together at the end of the day was great!" -Simone Steinberg, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region.

We're excited for the day to continue!


CLTC 8, day 3

Posted on 08/04/2016 @ 08:45 PM

Good evening from CLTC 8! Now that the teens have had the chance to settle in, they are able to focus on all of the fantastic activities and skill sessions that are being offered. Today, participants rotated between three different sessions. They all had the chance to participate in programs that focused on chapter identity and decision making. Teens were also able to gain new perspective on Jewish music in a song session led by our song leaders, Brian and Julia. Many of the teens had very positive experiences in each program:

"I really liked the song session because I felt like I could let loose and dance." -Dylan Selkin, Eastern Region.

"I loved being able to learn about other chapters across the order. Learning about different problems and successful chapters gave me good ideas to bring home." -Lior Rafalovitz, Great Midwest Region.

"During our rotations today, I was able to bond with my fellow Alephs and BBG's. We've already started learning so much." -Alison Purcell, Lonestar Region.

"Today we talked about our chapters at home, and how we could improve them. It was very interesting and helpful, and I can't wait to bring these idea's to my chapter." -Julie Cooper, Northern Region East: DC Council.


CLTC 8, day 2

Posted on 08/03/2016 @ 08:30 PM

Welcome to CLTC 8! With the start of a summer program comes fun, excitement, and plenty of new faces. Teens arrived to camp yesterday evening in time for dinner, an exciting nighttime song session, and an opportunity to meet the other participants in their rooms and mock-chapters. Everyone is feeling good about the twelve day adventure we have just begun! Take a look at what some of the participants had to say about their first full day:

"I'm looking forward to reaching new goals together, with my new brothers and sisters." -Taylor Lansey, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region.

"I'm excited to take advantage of all the opportunities that CLTC has to offer. I'm sure the best part will be creating lasting friends and memories." -Ethan Millstone, Northern Region East: DC Council.

"So far, CLTC has been full of surprises. I can't wait to make great new friends, and learn how to be a successful leader." -Emma Herman, Northern Region East: DC Council.

"I can't believe that I have already started bonding with the other Alephs. Meeting Jewish teens from outside my region has been great." -Sam Bloom, Evergreen Region.

"My bond with BBYO has already grown stronger. I'm excited to get to know all of my new sisters and brothers here." -Emily Doctor, Lonestar Region.


CLTC 8 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 04/20/2016 @ 05:00 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 8 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!


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