A TYPICAL GILBOA DAY
Camp Gilboa's daily schedule is packed with fun programs, yummy meals, education, sports and community activities and believe it or not, there's still enough free time during the day for rest and relaxation. Check out our special Shabbat activities to make the day stand out from the rest of the week.
Wake-Up (kima): Expect some creative surprises as the youth leadership wakes up campers each morning! Wake up with cookies, wake up to a song, wake up to another language... Counselors living in their cabins assist campers in getting ready to greet a new day.
Morning Flag-Raising (hitkansut boker): Campers (chanichim) gather at the flagpole for this first all-camp event of the day. We raise the Habonim flag, sing songs and cheers (that campers write themselves) and listen to the day's announcements.
Breakfast (aruchat boker)
Work (avodah): At Gilboa, we encourage communal responsibility and model some of our day on kibbutz life in Israel. Avodah is an integral part of that experience. Campers choose a work project at the beginning of each session of camp such as painting and building projects, planting in our vegetable garden, clearing hiking trails, cleaning and reorganizing the Arts & Crafts center, or everyone's favorite... cleaning the bathrooms! There are so many options to choose from!!
Age Group Activity (peulat shichva/PISH): Every day, within each age group, counselors either run a fun educational activity connected with our summer curriculum or use games and activities to promote teamwork and community.
Sports (zman sport): Campers choose their sport on a weekly basis. We offer a variety of rotating options including archery, kayaking, soccer, ultimate frisbee, basketball, swimming, volleyball, zumba, yoga and of course gaga!
Lunch (aruchat tzohorayim)
Rest Time (chofesh): Campers can relax in their cabins and take time to read and write letters. Other typical activities include practicing musical instruments, playing cards or just sitting on the cabin's porch and talking with friends. There are always lots of kids in the Arts & Crafts center (meleched yad) during rest time.
Pool Time (zman brecha): A very popular part of hot summer days! Camp-wide time to swim, hang out with friends by the pool, write letters home, read, and play games.
Washing (rachatzah): Time set aside for campers showering after swimming.
Hebrew (ivrit): Word of the Day (Ha'milah shel hayom) and Ivrit shimushit (skits to learn Hebrew). Say it, sing it, whisper and shout it! Whoever uses the "word of the day" most (in context of course) wins a T-shirt emblazoned with that day's hebrew word. Fun activities like these make Hebrew a living language, woven into skits, jokes and games.
Workshops (sadnaot): This is an opportunity for our campers to spend significant time concentrating on a specific topic. Workshops offered include nature, drama, kayaking, arts and crafts, and Israeli dancing, among others.
Elective Activities (chugim): At the start of each session campers choose their daily chug. Chugim vary each year based on counselors' expertise. Past examples have included "Dirty Fun," ultimate frisbee, arts and crafts, music appreciation, and yoga.
Evening Flag Lowering (hitkansut erev): Each evening campers gather around the flagpole to lower our flag. During shira we teach and sing camp songs in Hebrew and English. Campers who already know the songs help to teach and new campers quickly get accustomed to our musical culture.
Dinner (aruchat erev)
Free time (chofesh)
Evening Activity (tochnit erev): Usually a camp-wide activity related to the summer's theme. From the most active adventure to the calmest movie night, campers of all ages participate, learn and get to know each other in the mixed-age groups discussions.
Shabbat at Gilboa
Welcoming the Sabbath (kabbalat Shabbat): Shabbat is a camp-wide experience that everyone shares in preparing. Campers set the tables, decorate the dining hall and write their own blessings to accompany traditional ones. Everyone walks hand-in-hand to Bluff Lake to welcome Shabbat, listen to a story and sing Hebrew melodies as the sun sets. Shabbat dinner is followed by spirited Israeli dancing. Our counselors guide campers in an experience of Shabbat that is profound and intentional, meant to make it their own.
Camper-Run Skit (oneg Shabbat): Each week another shichva (age group) has the chance to write, direct, star in and create the costumes for a skit for the camp. It's a wonderful opportunity for our campers' creative skills to shine!
Israeli Dancing (rikud): Everyone loves dancing late into the evening in our big dining hall (chadar ochel). We learn traditional circle dances and modern line dances - there's something for everyone!
Interest groups (chugim): Our Shabbat schedule (seder yom) is much more relaxed than the average day. There are multiple opportunities for campers to choose special Shabbat chugim that are usually more reflective and relaxed.
Musicale: A fantastic opportunity for campers to share their musical and poetic abilities in a supportive environment. Campers usually play their instruments, sing, or read poems during this time.
Havdalah: The entire camp comes together to sing the prayers and listen to relaxing music under the stars.
Bonfire (medurah): Another wonderful chance for campers to showcase their talents, but these performances are geared toward comedy, skits and dancing. Run by our oldest campers, everyone has the opportunity to sign up and be a part of the experience. We also sing camp songs and enjoy the campfire.