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Review of The Color War

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

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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.

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