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Chapter Leadership Training Conference (CLTC) Blog – Beber Camp

More Words From Our Teens

Posted on 08/14/2014 @ 04:00 PM

"CLTC is a place to gain real leadership skills while making amazing friends. BBYO friends are unlike any other." -Ilyssa Brunhild

"From five days in, I already knew that I've made friendships that will last a lifetime." -Evan Rosen

"CLTC 8 has been an incredible experience. I wasn't always sure that I wanted to go on a BBYO summer experience, but I'm confident and glad that I made the right choice. I really look forward to applying the skills that I've learned here to help my chapter." -Zach Roston


Words From Our Teens

Posted on 08/12/2014 @ 11:44 AM

"I have been in BBYO for two and a half years and I have learned more in six days than I have in almost three years. The leadership sessions have given me a different perspective on BBYO and Judaism. I can't wait to take me new skills home!" -Zoe Shir

"We've learned lessons we can bring back to our chapters and made friendships and memories we will cherish forever." -Emily Frantz and Julia Hockman

"Everything at CLTC is amazing, but my favorite part has to be chapter meetings! Decharim is so close and I love getting to work with BBGs from all over the world." -Meredith Mackey

"I am not even half way done with CLTC and already it has changed me for the better. Before going to CLTC people would say that CLTC was the best 12 days of their life. I thought they were lying, but now I know that they were telling the truth." -Joe Erani


CLTC 8 Continues Strong

Posted on 08/11/2014 @ 11:44 AM

At CLTC, I feel like I can be myself with people I have only met a few short days ago. Even as I walked into the airport, I could immediately tell that these are people I want to be friends with for the rest of my life. BBYO is the connection between all of us, but, the relationships that are made go much further than that, beyond what we ever expected it to be. Here, being surrounded by teens around me that are like me, but, even more different, I have found myself. By sharing my stories and advice and recieving others, I have learned who I want to be and what kind of leader I plan to become. CLTC has really mapped out how to be a leader, also through our teachings of the 7 Habits to a Highly Effective Teens. We have set new traditions and explored what BBYO has to offer. It is amazing to think that this group of 70 leaders are making BBYO history by being the attendees of the first CLTC 8 session ever. So thank you BBYO, for making an impact on us and we’re glad we can do the same for you :) These lessons that we've learned have shaped our lives, just in 12 short days. "Up top!" Maddie Oliff, GMR Juli Bernstein, NRE-DC


CLTC 8 Has Begun

Posted on 08/07/2014 @ 05:00 PM

CLTC 8 is off to a running start! Yesterday, myself and Kate Reinertson, the CLTC 8 BBG Coordinator, eagerly went to the airport to welcome all 69 participants, as they arrived at the Milwaukee General Mitchell airport, sporadically throughout the day. The participants congregated in a common room where initial bonds between them were formed. After 8 hours worth of arrivals, the teens boarded the buses en route to CLTC! We started the 12 day journey last night with an orientation and an icebreaker activity, and today the participants got into the regular CLTC routine of mock chapters, by participating in different program rotations and learning about the idea of being proactive, the first “Habit of Highly Effective Teens”. We are so excited for the remainder of the program and to continue forming and strengthening the special community that is CLTC 8!


Greetings from CLTC 8

Posted on 08/07/2014 @ 05:00 PM

Greetings from CLTC 8! As our second full day comes to a close, we have been constantly impressed by the passion of the participants. The teens have displayed a tremendous amount of knowledge and love for BBYO as well as a great deal of intelligence and responsibility throughout the learning they have done so far since they have arrived here at Beber. We have just finished elections and we are so confident in the abilities of all of the board members. We can’t wait to see what they will offer to their chapters for the remainder of CLTC 8. Shabbat Shalom! Rose Albert and Stuart Nulman Leadership Staff


BBYOs Jewish Community

Posted on 08/01/2014 @ 12:01 AM

To be honest, before coming to CLTC I thought BBYO was just about meeting new people and having fun. After being here (especially at Sherrie's program) my whole view was changed. I wasn't going to raise my children Jewish, and not I am. I realize that we are the future, and our pride and beliefs are so incredibly important. BBYO is about being Jewish and all the amazingness that comes with it is just a bonus. I am so grateful. -Letty Rae Leach, Southern Region, Atlanta


Week One at CLTC 7

Posted on 07/29/2014 @ 04:51 PM

"CLTC has changed my life, even while learning new leadership skills and exploring my inner Jewish self, I've been able to make so many new friends that I know I'll be able to keep in touch with for many years to come"-Sasha Kipnis, CRW

"I've learned more in four days than I have all year in Bbyo, specifically how meetings work and its really cool." -Carmela, Southern Region, Atlanta

"Its only been a couple days but i already know that i made friends at cltc that will be my friends all throughout bbyo and beyond." -Abby Southern Region, Atlanta

"Cltc has provided me with leadership experience that I know will help me with my chapter at home and in my region" -Lacey, Michigan

"Cltc has led me to feel comfortable in my own skin while having fun around teens my age who have as much passion for the organization as I do." -Letty, Southern Region, Atlanta


More CLTC Experiences

Posted on 07/29/2014 @ 09:29 AM

CLTC is an experience of a lifetime. It's such a unique program filled with leadership sessions and bonding time. I instantly connected with all the people here which really shows what BBYO does for teens across the globe. I already know that the friends I make here are everlasting. This past Shabbat I reflected on what BBYO has done for me. I noticed that it has allowed me to participate and take part in something new. That continues even more at CLTC. I have learned so much in just a few days. Everything that the amazing staff has taught will improve me as an aleph and my chapter back home. Fraternally submitted with undying love for CLTC7, North Texas-Oklahoma #74, Chai V'kayam AZA #890, everlasting friends, and my heart and home Rubin Kaplan AZA #841. I remain Aleph Gabriel Herman Friedstadt


Sunday Funday

Posted on 07/27/2014 @ 08:29 PM

As much as I would love to not be cliché, my past few days here at CLTC Seven have been some of the best few days of my life! Now, when you ask someone who has experienced CLTC for a run down on what it is, they will not tell you about schedules, programs, or even the wonderful services; and although all of these things are extremely important, people will most likely talk about the friends and what they have learned. However, to me this isn’t even CLTC. Honestly, it is truly hard for me to define CLTC, considering I am trying to define who I am and what my mark will be here. But in coming to this realization, I realized I am not alone. There is a quote by Kellie Elmore that states, “sometimes the only way to ever find yourself is to get completely lost.” This perfectly describes CLTC to me. Everyone here is still defining themselves and whether they do it in the end or not, the only way they can even try, is to get completely lost - lost in their friends, ideas, lost in the laughter and fun, and lost in the sisterhood and brotherhood that this organization gives us. Respectfully submitted with undying love for CLTC 7, the international order, and my heart and home, Star of David BBG of the Ohio Northern Region #23. I remain Sophie Ruttenberg.


Shabbat Shalom from CLTC 7

Posted on 07/27/2014 @ 12:24 PM

Together as a community, we created a shabbat for the memory book at CLTC. We moved into a beautiful and fun service led by a BBG chapter followed by a personal reflection where everyone was able to reflect on their time so far at CLTC as well as how they feel individually as a whole. After much needed rest on Saturday morning, we started a wonderful Saturday afternoon. A great part about Shabbat at CLTC is that it truly is a break from the week; there is time to just relax. We were able to take a dip in a nearby pool, followed by some fun competition in AZAA and BBGG. After an extended chofesh, we carried on with dinner, followed by Hannah (BBG coordinator) and I teaching the cheers that have been taught for decades before us. This shabbat was one to remember, and everyone had a great time.

Fraternally submitted with an undying love with, Athens of the South AZA #258, Cotton States Region #72, CLTC 7 2015, The Grand Order of the Aleph Zadik Aleph and the 7 Cardinal Principles upon which it stands I will forever remain Aleph Samuel Albert Perlen


Words from the 90th Grand Aleph Godol

Posted on 07/25/2014 @ 11:13 AM

CLTC has been a leadership experience for everyone at Beber including the staff, Hannah, and I. Every chapter has elected their board, and they will gain experience to take home to their own real chapters. The connections made between all Alephs and BBGs here has been incredible to watch, and I can tell they will continue when everyone gets home. All Alephs held a parliamentary procedure program where they learned about how to go through proper procedure. We did this by going through a mock motion and acting as if it was real. The BBGs had a very similar program where they learned about how to lead a meeting as well as how to go through a motion. As we move into a meaningful first shabbat here at CLTC, everyone in this community is stronger than we were before, and we plan to make this a meaningful and memorable shabbat.

Fraternally submitted with an undying love for, Athens of the South AZA #258, Cotton States Region #72, CLTC 7 2014, The Grand Order of the Aleph Zadik Aleph and the 7 Cardinal Principles upon which it stands, I will forever remain Aleph Samuel Albert Perlen


Quotes From The Teens

Posted on 07/25/2014 @ 11:13 AM

"CLTC is incredible. I am meeting so many new people and learning valuable life skills." - Coby Simler, CRW

"CLTC has been amazing. I've learned so much in just 3 days." -Gabe F. NTO

"CLTC has been an amazing experience so far. I have gotten to meet many great jews from across the country." -Ben Akers

"I have accomplished the art of making new friends; friends that will last a lifetime." -Gavin Shrell, NTO

"It's (CLTC) such a great experience! I've met so many new people, and I encourage everyone to sign up for CLTC." -Jamie Weiss, NTO

"The StandUp program was very interesting in the sense that in this large group of people, there were many commonalities in each other's StandUp causes." -Adam Kagel, CRW

"I loved seeing how passionate the girls were about what they wanted to do with their time at CLTC." -Brianah Caplan, Mountain.


First Full Day at CLTC 7

Posted on 07/25/2014 @ 11:06 AM

CLTC 7 has been a blast so far. The teens are learning leadership skills that they never knew they had. The first step to leadership was learning to be proactive; taking the initiative without being asked. The next leadership lesson was 'beginning with the end in mind'. In the chapters, the teens have developed chapter names and numbers, and are currently working on their speeches to run for a board position. We wish all of the candidates luck and cannot wait to see them become great leaders.


Sign up for International Convention

Posted on 07/15/2014 @ 11:00 AM

I can't believe we have already been at CLTC for a week! It has truly flown by, but has been one of the best weeks of my life. I am getting really excited to see all of the chapter's ideas come to life as their fundraisers and programs begin. I can't wait for the rest of CLTC and for the participants to see what is in store. -Sari Misek (coordinator)

The first week of CLTCinco has been great experience for me. I have met some great people that I will be friends with for a long time. I hope that I will see all my friends in my hometown for International Convention. I love our coordinators because they really hard to make our experiences here great and try hard to make great programs. My friends in my chapter Red Aurbach AzA #414 are my closest friends here. -Josh Noormid Southern Region-Atlanta Council


Shabbat Fun at CLTC

Posted on 07/11/2014 @ 11:00 AM

We are finally into the swing of things at CLTC. Our first shabbat together consisted of a variety of different programs and services. One chapter led a meditation program to demonstrate alternate ways to rest on shabbat. Havdallah was beautifully done culminating from a skit into a song session. After havdallah, the coordinators led cheer sessions which were filled with so much positive energy. After being here for only 5 days, it is spectacular to see so many people breaking out of their shells. The community here is strongly connected. - Written by Jake Nessel, Michigan "I look forward to learning more about the Godol position so I can bring ideas back home." -Matt Linder gjhrr "I look forward to learning how to be a strong board member here." -Evan Altman NFR


Week One and Done

Posted on 07/11/2014 @ 11:00 AM

It is the 7th day at CLTC 5 and our community has only grown closer. Each day we finish the night with a friendship circle. Singing "I won't give up" with 70 other international teens is the highlight of my day. I have made the closest friends hanging out in enos during chofesh. Just chilling out in the grass has brought us all so close. CLTC has already opened my eyes to see how vast and amazing this organization really is. I can't wait for the remaining 6 days. - Megan danz


10 Things at CLTC

Posted on 07/11/2014 @ 11:00 AM

Top 10 Things We've Been Doing at CLTC (so far): 1. Chapter meetings- every day we meet with our mock chapters to learn about leadership and programming. The kids in our chapters already feel like our brothers and sisters. 2. Learning the Birkat Hamazon 3. Attending really cool rotation programs with our groups. Our program teams are named after the Jonas Brothers. 4. Going to fun shacharit services in the morning and learning what all the prayers really mean. 5. Eating really good lasagna for dinner last night. 6. Planning a fundraiser, Shabbat service, and CLTC programs with our mock chapters. 7. Being the chapters of the day- we get to raise the flag and choose a theme for the day. Our theme was shalom beit (peace in the home), and we asked people to give compliments that weren't based on appearance. 8. Becoming best friends with our roommates. 9. Hanging out at chofesh (break time) with everyone at CLTC (sometimes in hammocks). 10. Friendship circle every night- everyone comes together as a group and sings. Our official CLTC song is, "I Won't Give Up," by Jason Mraz. The phrase, "CLTC is the best 12 days of your life," has only proved to be true so far. We can't wait to keep having fun for the next 9 days! By Emily Simens (NSR sababa BBG #2512) and Sammy Ginsberg (RMR N'Shama BBG #165)



Posted on 07/09/2014 @ 02:15 PM

CLTC 5 is off to a fantastic start so far! Yesterday, over 70 teens arrived at Beber after a long, exhausting day at the airport to begin the CLTC experience. A delicious chicken nugget dinner kicked off what was a fantastic first night including initial chapter meetings, ice breakers led by both Hunter and I, a motivational pep talk from Marty Shankle, and a high energy jam session led by our song leader Josh Cohen. Hunter and I want to make friendship circle a really meaningful experience for the participants throughout the session and our first one did just that. All the participants were very exhausted after traveling for a majority of the day, so after a good nights sleep, Day 2 has officially begun along with the regular CLTC routine. Dani's chapter did a great job leading flag raising and meal prayers during breakfast, while Jessie and Josh led an INCREDIBLE first morning minyan! Now, the chapters have returned to mock chapters to begin their leadership training! The chapters are still working on creating their own identities including their name, mascot, colors, and number. I am so excited to see what they choose to represent their groups! All of the participants at CLTC 5 are so awesome and thrilled to be here which makes me even more excited than I already am to lead an INCREDIBLE session! Beber is such a unique place that contributes immensely to the CLTC experience and I couldn't be any happier than to spend the next 12 days at this beautiful place. I can't wait to update you later on in the session about what is going on at #CLTCinco! -Sari Cltc is awesome. I love my roomates and all the people are so nice. I am excited for all of the upcoming programs. -Matt Linder, GJHRR Ive met a lot of people so far. Im so excited to get to know everyone here. -Reanna Edlin Southern Region-Atlanta Council Cltc is really great. I really like my friends so far and the people Ive met in the few hours ive been here. Im excited to pray and hang out with the guys today. -Ross Falkenstein, Southern Region-Atlanta Council


First Full Day of CLTC5

Posted on 07/09/2014 @ 02:15 PM

Yesterday was the first full day at CLTC and we are off to an amazing start. All 5 chapters are beginning to develop their own identity and lifelong friendships are sparking up left and right. The day included a beautiful Shacharit service, leadership sessions in the chapters, and three rotations focusing on Jewish leaders, public speaking, and why everyone is here. The day ended with a unique AZA/BBG education program. In the education programs, the Alephs added a new cardinal principle and the BBGs added a new menorah pledge. The chapters will be electing their boards today and it is amazing to see how passionate people are about their new chapters that they have only been a part of for two days. All of this high energy is eye opening to me because it only makes me want to go back into 8th grade and start my BBYO experience again. It is crazy to think that a 12 day program can be life changing. -Hunter King, Liberty Region, Aleph Coordinator "Cltc is awesome. I love my roomates and all the people are so nice. I am excited for all of the upcoming programs." -Matt Linder, GJHRR "I've met a lot of people so far. Im so excited to get to know everyone here." -Reanna Edlin Southern Region-Atlanta Council "Cltc is really great. I really like my friends so far and the people Ive met in the few hours ive been here. Im excited to pray and hang out with the guys today." -Ross Falkenstein, Southern Region-Atlanta Council


Israeli Exploration

Posted on 07/01/2014 @ 02:15 PM

On Monday, the teens at CLTC learned skills on decision making in their classrooms while figuring how to turn all situations into a win-win scenario. They then continued to prepare for the programs that all mock chapters will be running and leading over the next two days. The participants got to choose different skills that they wanted to learn in different rotations such as Israeli dancing, video editing, platform making, and speech writing and giving. Loving her experience in the Rikkudim rotation, Sam Sinder of Kentucky Indiana Ohio says, "I learned a lot about Israeli dancing and I can't wait to take it back to my chapter." The CLTC community later gathered to have a ceremony and reflection on our three lost Israeli boys. "It was really special how we came together as a community to honor the three boys and it made us closer," Madeleine Bendalin of Rocky Mountain Region shares. To finish off the night, a Knesset program was run to educate everyone on Isareli's government and politics and an Israeli fair was held to introduce different parts of Israeli culture to the teens. "It was really interesting to learn about the political parties and their relations," Joel Zishuk of North Florida Region states while learning about the workings of the Israeli parliament.


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