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CLTC 3, day 7

Posted on 06/27/2016 @ 08:45 PM

Welcome to day seven at CLTC 3! Over the course of the day, teens had the opportunity to participate in some new and exciting activities. Skill sessions focusing on Jewish Identity, knowing your audience, and program planning were all open for teens to attend. During their free time, (Chofesh), the chapters competed in an exciting "Jello Jousting" tournament. In a series of rounds, two chapters faced off against one another at a time. One member was chosen to represent their chapter in every round. In order to play, each participant must balance Jello on the end of a long spoon, with their other hand held behind their back. Once the round begins, you must try to knock the Jello off of your opponent's spoon without dropping your own. The event was both exciting and entertaining for everyone.

With over half of CLTC behind us, many of the participants are starting to shape their experiences into skills that they can bring home with them:

"CLTC has been amazing! I've met so many new people that I'll be friends with for a long time. I've been able to connect with so many different BBYO members, and learn about different chapters across the United States." -Jaxson King, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

"Mt favorite part so far has been getting to know everyone here. Everyone is so nice and friendly, and I love all of the friends I have made." -Sydni Rotenberg, Michigan Region.

"CLTC is so much fun! It's awesome to learn so much about BBYO, and I am able to make friends across the country at the same time." -Eli Melnick, North Florida Region.

"My favorite part of CLTC so far has been Maccabia, because I learned how a program can be competitive while still being fun." -Sadie Wolf, Evergreen Region.

"My favorite part of CLTC so far has been meeting all these new people from across the nation, and getting to know them. I like finding out how BBYO differs where they are from in comparison to my home region." -Adam Sadoff, Wisconsin Region.

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CLTC 3, day 6

Posted on 06/26/2016 @ 09:30 PM

Good evening from CLTC 3! Over the past couple days, teens had some time to relax over Shabbat. Some of the highlights include Shabbat services and Havdallah, which the teens had the opportunity to lead. Today everyone was very excited to participate in the Maccabia games, which is similar to a camp "color war". The entire day had a Harry Potter theme. Teens were split into four "houses": green (Slytherin), yellow (Hufflepuff), blue (Ravenclaw), and red (Gryffindor). Through a series of competitions including Harry Potter trivia, a Quidditch match, silent lunch, shoe-golf, and an Amazing Race, teams competed for points. 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. Take a look at what teens have to say about Maccabia so far:

"Maccabia unified me with people who I never thought I would get close to. I'm so happy that I got the chance to bond with new people." -Liam McLean, Wisconsin Region.

"Even though the green team didn't win all of the challenges, I loved everything we did today! I got super into Quidditch, which helped me get closer to my team." -Rachel Schlesinger, Lonestar Region.

"Maccabia has been so much fun! I liked how there are different types of activities, because that means that everyone will be able to do well in something." -Matthew Gottfried, North Florida Region.

"Today was a perfect day to form new friendships, and become closer with others. It was so much fun!!" -Nikki Fagin, Mid America Region.

"Maccabia was really fun. It doesn't matter if we win or not because it was a great way to meet new people." -Zach Schneiderman, Southern Region: Atlanta Council.

"Maccabia has been great! I've gotten to know so many awesome people!" -Alyssa Cohen, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

"Today was by far my favorite! The activities were amazing. I'm so happy that the theme was Harry Potter! Go Hufflepuff!!" -Alitzah Gelman, Cotton States Region.

Teens will find out who wins later tonight- it should make for an exciting evening!

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CLTC 3, day three

Posted on 06/23/2016 @ 08:45 PM

At CLTC, we are fortunate enough to have a very talented and enthusiastic song leader, Josh Cohen. He is a former BBYO member, and uses music to guide teens during services, programs and song sessions. During today's programming at CLTC 3, teens were able to gain new perspective on Jewish music. Many of the participants were very enthusiastic throughout the song session, making it a positive experience:

"The song session was my favorite part of the day. Josh Cohen was able to make people break out of their comfort zones and become friends." -Anna Wernick, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

"The song session helped me get closer to the Jewish prayers we were learning in a relatable way." -Tali Gorodetsky, Mid America Region: Saint-Louis Council.

"I really enjoyed learning new songs from Josh during song session today. I think that the songs make us grow closer together to create a stronger bond." -Ally Hochhauser, Nassau-Suffolk Region.

"Singing with people really allows a strong bond to be formed. I couldn't be more grateful for all of these bonding opportunities, and for the friends that I'm making." -Rachel Silverman, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region.

We look forward to all of the exciting experiences to come!

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Welcome to CLTC 3!

Posted on 06/22/2016 @ 03:30 PM

Welcome to CLTC 3 at Beber Camp! We are so excited to start off a new and exciting session, with so many new faces. Teens arrived to camp yesterday in time for dinner, an exciting evening activity, 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 night:

"CLTC is going to be so much fun! I can't wait to learn new leadership skills, and it's only the second day!" -Alyssa Cohen, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

"I'm excited to meet new people, develop new leadership skills, and grow as an Aleph." -Eli Melnick, North Florida Region

"I'm excited to be at CLTC because I want to learn how to make a lasting impact in my chapter and my region. I also want to make long lasting friendships." -Ally Hochhauser, Nassau-Suffolk Region.

"So far, my CLTC experience has reminded me of a certain FUN song: 'F is for friends who do stuff together, U is for you and me! N is for anywhere and anytime at all, right here at CLTC!' It's because I know I'm going to have so much fun while I'm here." -Jacob Hackney, Cotton States Region.

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CLTC 1 day 11

Posted on 06/17/2016 @ 02:50 PM

Shabbat Shalom! Today at CLTC 1, teens are preparing for Shabbat. Between services, Havdallah, and Shabbat programming, each chapter is busy planning something exciting! As CLTC 1 enters its final Shabbat, teens shared how excited they are to have a fun time with their friends:

"I'm excited for Shabbat. I love spending this relaxing time with my new best friends and celebrating together". -Marissa Aaronson. North Florida Region.

"After this morning's session about Shabbat values, the CLTC community is even more excited to relax tomorrow on Shabbat. Whether that be with swimming or playing sports, Shabbat will be a fun and special day". -Ethan Golde, Mid America Region.

"Shabbat is the highlight of my week here at CLTC because it brings a very relaxing and close-knit environment. Everyone feels connected and close together." -Leslie Rodriguez, Cold Coast Region.

"I had so much fun leading services at Shabbat. I can't wait to see what services are like this time!" -Emily Theall, Gold Coast Region.

The positive atmosphere that Shabbat creates at CLTC will give everyone the opportunity to bond in the last few days of the session.

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CLTC 1, Day 10

Posted on 06/16/2016 @ 08:30 PM

Hello from CLTC 1! Yesterday and today, teens were finally able to run the programs that they have been working so hard to plan over the course of the past week. All of the skills that they have been developing at CLTC really shined through, as all six programs were fun and exciting for everyone. After the programs were done, teens started preparing for CLTC Presents, which is our end-of-session talent show. It looks like there will be a large variety of acts, including singing, dancing, instruments and even rapping! Not everyone has to perform, as it will be just as enjoyable to watch your friends present their acts. Here's what some of the participants had to say while they were rehearsing:

"I am excited to have fun with a group of my friends before we part our separate ways on Sunday! We are all ecstatic to perform, because our act will be hilarious!" -Ami Lieberman, Great Midwest Region.

"I'm definitely going to perform during CLTC Presents. I love getting the chance to show my talent to the world, especially when I'm friends with the entire audience!" -Jake Gaby, Mid America Region: St-Louis Council.

"I am going to sing 'Mother, I'm here' with guitar accompaniment. I can't wait to see how the performance goes." -Ethan Davis, Kentucky-Indiana-Ohio Region.

"I'm going to sing 'Sunday Morning' by Maroon 5 with the Ukulele. I can't wait until I get to perform." -Rachel Edelstein, Miami Region.

"I plan to incorporate all of the valuable leadership lessons I have learned at CLTC into my leadership style. Learning to be a leader is why I chose to perform during CLTC Presents." -Joshua Weisskopf, Great Midwest Region.

Session 1's CLTC Presents is shaping up to be a great show!

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CLTC 1, Day 8

Posted on 06/14/2016 @ 08:15 PM

Good evening from CLTC 1! Today, everyone was in for a huge surprise when the Maccabia games was announced! Teens were split into four teams: green (Ireland), white (France), blue (Argentina), and red (France). This session's theme is Globalization, which means that we were able to learn about BBYO around the world throughout the day. Through a series of competitions including trivia, a plank walk, silent lunch "Ultimate Soap" (a slippery twist on Ultimate Frisbee) and an Amazing Race, teams competed for points. 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. Take a look at what teens have to say about Maccabia thus far:

"Experiencing Maccabia is amazing. It has definitely been a highlight of CLTC and my BBYO experience. I competed on team Argentina, and I know we had the most spirit! It has been so much fun, I can't wait to find out who wins". -Max Kohll, Mid America Region.

"Maccabia has been a really fun event for me. I have never experienced anything like it in my Region, and I don't go to camp during the summer. Our whole team came together to form a community, which was really great". -Tess Herzog, Cotton States Region.

"Maccabia has been a lot of fun! My team worked really well together, which is why we were able to do so well. Go Argentina!" -Samantha Rhodes, Central Region West.

"So far, Maccabia has been incredible! I'm so happy we got to do it- I can't believe it was kept a secret this whole time. Team Bulgaria is the best!" -Tamar Blue, Kentuky Indiana Ohio Region

The winning team will be announced later this evening, at the end of our International Convention kickoff party.

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CLTC 1, Day 7

Posted on 06/13/2016 @ 11:45 AM

Good morning from CLTC 1!

Today, teens can look forward to a full day of fun and learning. The day's programs include a Jewish Song session taught by our song leader, learning about Israel and Shavuot with our Shlicha from Israel, and an Ask for Help activity with the chapter advisors. Teens will learn about effective communication in the afternoon.

Last night's cookout dinner was a nice change of setting. The smell of the barbecue and the open, outdoor eating space created a very happy and enjoyable atmosphere. Take a look at what the teens had to say about it:

"CLTC for me has been a great experience so far. I've already made some great new friends who live all over the country. It is so much fun!" -Avery Klatsky, North Texas Oklahoma Region

"My CLTC experience has been amazing. I have made many new friends and new connections here". -Lucy Reish, Southern Region

"So far CLTC has been amazing! I have met so many friends and have already created so many memories that I will cherish forever. I have learned so many valuable leadership skills that I can use outside and inside of BBYO". -Andrea Hengber, Gold Coast Region.

"I have learned a ton about how to be an intelligent, strong, and capable leader. I have also enjoyed hanging out with new friends, growing as an Aleph and as a person". -Josh Feldman, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

We are looking forward to the exciting day to come!

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CLTC 1, Day 6

Posted on 06/12/2016 @ 08:30 PM

Over the course of the day, teens at CLTC 1 had the opportunity to participate in several new and exciting activities. They had the option to attend two programs that focused on the aspects of inclusion within their community, The chapters also competed in an exciting "Jello Jousting" tournament during their free time (Chofesh). In a series of rounds, two chapters faced off against one another at a time. One member was chosen to represent their chapter in every round. In order to play, each participant must balance Jello on the end of a long spoon, with their other hand held behind their back. Once the round begins, you must try to knock the Jello off of your opponent's spoon without dropping your own. It was very action-packed and entertaining activity for everyone! With half of CLTC already behind us, many of the teens feel as though they are beginning to understand why this experience is so special:

"I may not be related to my CLTC family by blood, but I can proudly say that the other participants of CLTC 1 is my second family! Even though only six days have passed, I know I have met my life-long best friends here. I can't wait for six more days with these amazing people!" -Lilly Sitver, Cotton States Region "It's been really cool learning how to plan successful programs, and very rewarding when you actually plan something that goes well. My chapter planned a Havdallah service for last night, and it was really cool to do that because others really enjoyed it. -Sophie Levy, Eastern Region. "It's only day six and I already feel like I've made great friends and have become a better leader!" -Roy Einhorn, North Texas Oklahoma Region. "CLTC has helped me learn to become a leader for my chapter. Only halfway through, I already feel prepared to lead my home chapter to success." -Brett Lewis, Cotton States Region.

After a successful first half of the session, we look forward to an even better six days to come!

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CLTC 1 Song Sessions

Posted on 06/09/2016 @ 09:00 PM

At CLTC, we are fortunate enough to have a very talented and enthusiastic song leader, Josh Cohen. He is a former BBYO member, and uses music to guide teens during services, programs and song sessions. During CLTC 1's first song session, all of the teens were able to come together and bond through Jewish music. The upbeat, positive experience was exhilarating for many participants:

"The best part of the song session was hanging out with all my new friends, and standing as a community while singing together." -Ashlee Kuper, Central Region West "The song session was meaningful to me because I got to be with my friends, doing something we all enjoy." -Lucy Reish, Southern Region "I loved spending time singing great songs with my brother Alephs and sister BBG's." -Avery Klatsky, North Texas Oklahoma Region "My favorite part of the song session was Josh's attitude, because his excitement really showed through, which pumped up the whole room. This is what makes us happy to be at CLTC." -Leeya Alperin, Cotton States Region.

The most meaningful part of the session for song leader Josh was "being able to bring my BBYO experience full circle. These are the same songs that I learned during my time in BBYO, and it's so special to see the teens bond over the same songs that I loved."

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Successful first day at CLTC 1!

Posted on 06/08/2016 @ 12:15 AM

Today, we had a very successful first day at CLTC 1! After a day of travel, teens arrived at Beber Camp with plenty of time to experience a tour of the camp, their first meal, a quick session in their chapters, as well as an icebreaker and friendship circle. Members were asked what they were most excited to learn over the next twelve days at CLTC. Here is what a few of them had to say:

"I want to be able to lead programs and hold a leadership position without questioning myself!" -Karli Silver, Eastern Region

"To become a better leader and make my chapter the best it could be." -Andrea Hengber, Gold Coast Region

"I want to make Jewish friends from across the USA. I hope I learn to be a better, more open leader." -Miriam Berkson, Great Midwest Region

"I'm excited to gain lifelong friends, learn leadership skills, and learn how to strengthen GMR" -Sammi Schnuer, Great Midwest Region

"To learn more to bring back to my chapter and region. To grow as a person and leader, and to make friends across the international order." -Jessica Cantor, Rocky Mountain Region

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CLTC 3 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 04/20/2016 @ 05:14 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 3 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 5 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 04/20/2016 @ 05:14 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 5 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 7 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 04/20/2016 @ 05:14 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 7 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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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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Making a Change in the World

Posted on 07/09/2015 @ 01:38 AM

Our second day here at CLTC 5 was an incredibly busy one. The teens had leadership sessions in their chapter, rotation on how we celebrate Shabbat, learned about public speaking and explored what unique traits they each bring to the communities that they are a part of. These are some of the questions that the teens though today:

What does it mean to be a leader? What qualities of a leader to you embody?

In their leadership sessions with their mock chapters (they chose names, numbers, colors, and mascots for these today!) they explored the components of what it means to be a good leader. By building their ideal leader, the teens were able to put words to the qualities that make them stand out. Additionally, all members of the CLTC community sat in a session facilitated by our wonderful Assistant Site Director, Rachel Heilbronner, about the importance of each and every member in a group.

What do you stand up for? What do you stand up against?

This evening, Alexis Prager, BBG Coordinator, and Alex Merritt, AZA Coordinator, led a program introducing Stand Up, BBYO’s grassroots initiative that mobilizes teens to take part in service, advocacy and philanthropy for causes that they believe in. Each teen got to take either a red or green paper plate and write something that they stand up against (red plates) or stand up for (green plates). The teens went around in a circle and shared their causes – it was an incredibly powerful moment for our community. After the program, the teens went back to their chapters and had a conversation about shared values, while choosing a Stand Up cause for their mock chapters.

Between high-energy song sessions, snack breaks, tacos for dinner, and beautiful weather, CLTC 5 is off to an amazing start.

We can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds!

"It inspired me to be more active in my community and stand up for what I believe in and help others do the same." -Lexi Atler, Michigan Region

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CLTC 5 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/26/2015 @ 05:14 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 5 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 8 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/11/2015 @ 05:00 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 8 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 7 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/09/2015 @ 05:14 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 7 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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