Dear Tevya families,
Our campers learn many life-lessons at Tevya. Throughout Color War, our campers have the opportunity to practice both being resilient and what it means to be a true friend during healthy competition. For our oldest campers, Birya and Tel Chai, Color War can be extra stressful. It is hard to hear the names of your friends get called to be Captains of their teams, only to realize that your name isn’t getting called. For those chosen as Captains, it is hard to balance feeling proud of yourself with feeling badly you were chosen over your friends. No matter which side you’re on, how you respond to this situation is what truly matters. For those not named Captains, being able to celebrate the successes of your friends while also acknowledging and working through your own disappointment in order to help lead your team is an incredibly hard, yet valuable, moment of growth. For the Captains, being proud of your accomplishments while staying humble, kind, and empowering your teammates around you is also a very valuable life-lesson. No matter what, as soon as the last rope is burned and Color War ends, we all go back to being one camp, and BTC goes back to being one BTC. Color War is one moment of a Tevya journey, while the friendships they’ve made at camp are everlasting. We are SO proud of our BTC campers for leading the rest of camp with maturity, empathy, and confidence during Color War.
Value of the Week / Midat Hashavuah
The value of this past week, which was introduced last Shabbat, was Integrity. Campers and counselors were asked to keep their eyes open throughout the week and nominate people around camp who were demonstrating the value of Integrity. Counselors read the nomination sheets aloud with their bunks during Shabbat Prep and rewarded individuals or groups with a bracelet that states the week’s value in English and Hebrew. There are many opportunities to show integrity around camp-doing the right thing when no one is looking, or stepping in to help without expecting anything in return. Some examples of integrity around camp include campers picking up trash and throwing it away instead of walking right by it, staying after an evening activity to make sure that Elbess gets cleaned, counselors volunteering to lifeguard extra shifts, and raking the beach at the end of the day. We are fortunate to be able to highlight many examples of our campers and staff acting with integrity on a daily basis.
Today, our International Staff are hosting an International Afternoon where they are sharing activities and traditions from their home countries with all of camp. Kadima CITs are then planning a Kadima Casino Night for an All Camp Evening Activity.
On Sunday, we will be hosting the Tevya Invies, our annual singles tennis tournament. We are excited to welcome many camps to Tevya and to watch some great matches. We are also thrilled to welcome our Dor L’Dor campers back to their summer home in 03033 on Sunday afternoon. After 4.5 weeks in Israel, they landed safely back in Boston on Thursday. After a few days of rest and relaxation, they’ll be joining us at camp for the rest of the summer to complete our summer 2023 family. We’re so excited to see them and hear all about their experience in Israel!
On Monday, our Bog Jewish Arts Festival (JAF) performers will head to Pembroke along with participants from Camp Tel Noar, YJ, Yavneh, Avoda and Bauercrest to name a few. JAF is an annual event that showcases singing and dancing to Jewish songs based on a central theme. Tevya will have a chance to see our Bog’s special performance at Night of Tevya Arts which will happen at the end of the session. We are so proud of all of our participants and know that they will bring the Tevya Spirit with them to Pembroke.
We cannot believe how quickly the Second Session is going! We still have so many fun activities left before the end of the summer, including trips and memorable camp milestones and events.
Ben + Lauren
Try Camp for a Day!
Come enjoy a day of fun for your prospective Pembroke camper, a tour for you, and Kosher lunch as our guests.
Please RSVP to learn s'more about attending this once-a-summer event!