BBYO Summer Blog
Settling In at Impact: Southwest
Posted on 07/21/2010 @ 10:52 AM
Our first day volunteering on the reservation has been good. Our group cleaned out the area where the Kachina dancers will be performing and resting on Saturday. We pulled weeds, cleaned up trash, shoveled dirt, and set up benches for the dancers. Feeling accomplished and sweaty, the group now knows how rewarding this experience will be and how much further we have to go. - Hannah Yacknin-Dawson
The participants are doing great! They set up camp and have cooked their own meals with ease. The group is becoming more comfortable with each other and with the outdoor nature of the program. We have met and had meaningful discussion with our host Kenny and some of his family members. It has been neat to discover the similarities between Judaism and the Hopi. Each day we will have a lesson built around this idea. Last night at circle, we discussed our own Jewish identities and what it means to each of us to be Jews. We shared stories about the times we felt most connect to Judaism and the moments when we were most proud to be Jewish. Needless to say, the exchange of ideas and experiences has really helped to bring the group together.
Over the next few days we will be visiting the springs, and the Hopi cultural museum. As well, we will continue to help the Hopi prepare for the Homedance. Each day will bring a different service project as the cultural exchange continues.
Students Arrive at Impact: Southwest
Posted on 07/19/2010 @ 12:37 PM
Dear Impact Parents,
We are happy to tell you that all participants have arrived safely. We have an incredible bunch from what we can tell so far. Teens from up and down both coasts, the Midwest and Canada, make up our group.
After arrival at the Deer Hill Basecamp, we got to know each other a little better over dinner. The group then prepared and packed for our time on Hopi and in the Mountains. Attached is a pic of our group trying out their new headlamps and flashlights. To close the night we had our first "circle" around the campfire. Circle is how we will end each day while on our journey. It is a safe space to share and discuss feelings and topics relevant to our experience. It was impressive to hear that so many of the participants are stepping out of their comfort zones and trying new things. The potential for personal growth is great.
In the morning after breakfast we will depart for Hopi. It will take between 4 to 5 hours of driving through scenic country to get there. After we arrive we will meet our hosts, set up camp and prepare for the days to come. Performing service, interacting and exchanging with the Hopi, and the chance to help prepare and attend the Homedance is exciting. We are all eager to get started. This is going to be memorable.
Keep an eye out for future updates on our blog and for more pictures on SmugMug.