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ILTC in Review

Posted on 07/14/2013 @ 09:00 AM

Tags: iltc

Matthew Leightman and Bruce Margoshes here.

It's been a crazy 18 days here at Camp Perlman. For many, it seemed as if ILTC was a continuation of CLTC last summer, but for others this was the first summer experience with BBYO.

Teens came from all over the United States and even Canada and Bulgaria. Despite the diversity of the attendees, everyone managed to bond into one cohesive unit. The days have been packed with time for learning in blueprints as well as time for enrichment and fun.

Every night after dinner there was some form of evening program such as a speaker, a hypnotist, or a program planned by either a committee of teens or the madrichim.

Matt: My personal favorite program was the first program planned by the madrichim. On the fourth day of ILTC, I was instructed to wear something to the evening program that I didn't mind never wearing again, with no further instruction.

A few hours later, 110 Alephs (male teens) sat in a room listening to an introduction about the Arab-Israeli 6 Day War. We found out that we would be recreating the war via a paint-war version of capture the flag. We were divided into two sides of the main field and pandemonium ensued.

We ran, we cheered, we shouted, and we flung paint at each other like the freedom of our country depended on it! I won't forget that program for a very long time. It was truly my highlight of ILTC.

Bruce: My favorite of ILTC was snack every night. When I got snack after the evening program, I would reflect on the day's events and be thankful for each day here at ILTC.

We hoped you enjoyed reading our work and the work of the rest of the Media Team.

That's it for ILTC 2013 - till next time!


Review of The Color War

Posted on 07/13/2013 @ 09:30 PM

Tags: iltc

Max Byer here.

One of my favorite memories from ILTC 2013 was our epic Color War, and so as ILTC wraps up, I'd like to post a review of it here.

When thinking of celebrating the 4th of July, one often envisions being decked out in red, white, and blue, eating apple pie, and watching fireworks as they color the sky. Well, here at Perlman, America's Independence Day is celebrated with something else - Color War!

In the beginning of the evening program on July 3rd, ILTC participants gathered around the large tree anchored in the middle of the "Large Quad"; however, soon after, the lights that illuminate the tree turned off!

Within minutes, participants dashed away to find which team they were placed on: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, or purple - each representing an Israeli youth group district. Color War began and the competitiveness to win, and thus returning the light to the tree, began. After the allotted time to change, the first event kicked off.

The teams zigged and zagged through camp in order to find leadership staff and madrichim, who hid throughout the area.

The purple ended up winning that challenge, finishing the day in the lead. The competition continued at the break of dawn the following morning, with sweat and grass stains replacing pool water and apple pie. Competitions spanned basketball, frisbee, handball, gaga, capture the flag and swimming races. Even when players weren't competing on the field or in the pool, points were always available for gain.

Each meal throughout the day got progressively more difficult through losing utensils at breakfast, being required to stay quiet during lunch, and staying tied at the wrist to another person during dinner. The competition ended with the teams presenting their respective banners, cheers, and songs.

All in all, a great time was had by all, and it was a memorable 4th of July for all at Perlman!

Now that our final Sabbath is wrapping up, I can't help but be nostalgic about all the fun we had at Color Wars and the rest of ILTC.

Fraternally submitted with undying love for Dorm 9 and all of ILTC 2013,

I remain Aleph Max Byer.


ISF Video

Posted on 07/09/2013 @ 07:20 PM

Tags: iltc

One of the committees that some of the teens are involved in during ILTC works on building support for the ISF - International Service Fund.

The International Service Fund affords Jewish teens from around the world the opportunity to have meaningful Jewish experiences like the ones offered by BBYO.

This committee put together a program expanding the participants' knowledge base about the foreign countries where BBYO exists, and the problems faced by Jews in those countries.

Additionally, the committee created a video promoting the ISF, and their goal of raising $5,000 for the ISF this week.

Donations can be made at


Second Shabbat Review

Posted on 07/08/2013 @ 11:00 PM

Tags: iltc

Matthew Leightman and Bruce Margoshes here again.

One of the most meaningful experiences at ILTC is Shabbat. On Friday night the community decides as a group to "unplug" so we can celebrate the Sabbath together as a whole.

The Shabbat Committee (a group of teens at camp) creates an atmosphere for the rest of the camp to enjoy. From there, the camp joins together for Friday night services, then a Shabbat dinner.

On Friday night the teens were instructed to create a mock family for the Shabbat meal. It was a meaningful experience, as many of us bonded with new friends.

That's all for the Shabbat review, look forward to the next installment of "A Week in Review" coming soon!


Color Wars and Shabbat

Posted on 07/07/2013 @ 09:00 AM

Tags: iltc

This past Wednesday our teens were pleasantly surprised to find out that ILTC was holding its annual Maccabiah (Color War)! We previously told the teens that we will not be holding the famed MAccabiah this year, so when the news came out, they were ecstatic!

Teens were split into 6 teams: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple.

The 6 teams were assigned home bases, and immediately got to work coming up with spirited cheers and strategy. The first competition was a scavenger hunt for the camp staff - purple got off to an early lead.

Thursday morning, everyone assembled bright and early and the sports competitions began. Vicious matches of handball, basketball, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, and gaga ball were all played out with the competition proving to be even tighter than expected.

In the afternoon, the Maccabiah changed gears as various competitions were held in the camp pool, followed by an entertaining rope-burning match (the teams had to build fires large enough to burn through 3 layers of rope).

As the night approached, the competition morphed once again as the teams competed in capture the flag. After a break for a 4th of July barbeque and a dazzling display of fireworks above the camp lake, the teams capped off the Maccabiah by showing off their creative posters and songs.

The purple team proved triumphant, but all teams had a strong showing, with effort to be proud of.

Friday after the Maccabiah, camp went back to a normal schedule before bringing in the Sabbath. The Sabbath served as a wonderful day of rest and reflection. We had services, a wide variety of "Shabbat Electives", and plenty of chofesh (free time).


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