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W-I-N-N-E-R-S!

Posted by on July 14, 2017

Even though the day started out a bit damp and dreary, we still managed to have a great time. After breakfast, 10 excited campers set out for Portland, Maine and the 13th Annual Maine Summer Camps Spelling Bee. Our 15U and 12U teams, along with their coaches, practiced their skills for the hour long drive. They had their game faces on as they entered the arena. After some spelling warm up exercises, they were mentally limber and ready to tackle any word thrown their way. The preparation proved effective for our 12U team, who came away with the first place title and a trophy to add to our overflowing mantle over the Dining Hall fireplace. The 15U team, sadly, did not make the finals but cheered on our brilliant younger spellers.

After dinner, the entire camp made their way down to Uncle Milt’s Performing Arts Center to watch the first session Talent Show. Choreographed dances, rubix cube solving, and musical performances entertained the masses. The night ended with a Summit & CIT band that played some rock and roll…Mark is checking with their agent to see if they are available for Saturday morning’s weekly jazz brunch.

 

Ninjas, Trip Day, and Mark’s Birthday!

Posted by on July 13, 2017

Yesterday, we welcomed three celebrity guests to Micah! American Ninja Warriors Jon “the Giant” Alexis, Jr., Jesse “Flex” Labrek, and Chris DiGangi were at Micah for the day. They spent time working with campers at our own Ninja Warrior course, as well as our Ropes Course. We all stayed in the Dining Hall a little longer than usual after lunch to watch some clips of the previous night’s episode of American Ninja Warrior, where all three of our guests were competing for a chance to qualify for the next round. The Dining Hall erupted in cheers as each of them were seen on the big screen. They took some time to answer questions from campers and staff, sign autographs, and pose for pictures. We’re always so grateful when our Ninja friends come by to visit and to inspire our campers with their strength and determination. We’ll be following their progress throughout this season of the show!

Today marked our first official trip day of the season.  After our annual Dunkin Donut breakfast in honor of Mark’s birthday, campers slathered on sunscreen, filled up their water bottles, and piled onto buses to enjoy some fun outside of camp. Summits headed to Portland for some local sightseeing and shopping followed by bowling. Timbers enjoyed some fun in the sun at Scarborough Beach while our Prowlers channeled their inner daredevil and experienced hill tubing and mini golf at Seacoast Adventure.  Critters had loads of “fun” at Funtown where they enjoyed rides, games, and some yummy treats!  Everyone had a blast and came back recharged and ready to celebrate our favorite director, Mark Lipof’s, birthday.

For tonight’s special birthday entertainment, campers enjoyed the talents of Ronny Romm, a seasoned hypnotist, following our black and white hypnotic theme dinner. Staff and campers’ bellies were aching from all the laughter as they watched counselors, CITs, and Summits entranced by Ronny. It was certainly a night we won’t forget!

Goodnight Bridgton and Sebago!

 

Micah In Israel: Headed to the Negev!

Posted by on July 12, 2017

7/12

 

We are headed to the Negev for 3 days! Here’s a short poem to summarize the week:

 

We started the day by meeting with soldiers

Went on a beautiful hike, surrounded by boulders

As we walked through a winding river

The water was chilly, it made us shiver!

Through the mountains was a scenic bike ride

Wearing the Save a Child’s Heart logo with pride

The next day was an early rise

But the views on the cliff hike were such a prize

Next we swam in the sea of Galilee

Followed by a visit to a local chocolate factory

The Golan Heights had beautiful landscapes

We stomped with our feet on many grapes

We made juice, and pita too

Then had a nighttime boat ride, on water so blue

We visited two borders and planted a tree

The Negev is coming.. So much to see!!

 

Love,

 

Sarah and Mike

Peace, Love, and Micah

Posted by on July 12, 2017

There has been SO much going on around camp for the past few days! Bear with us as we recap some of the excitement…

It was a little quieter around camp at the end of last week because we had a few different trips out. Our 12U boys went to Kamp Kohut to play baseball and our 16U boys went to Indian Acres to play in their annual soccer tournament. We also sent some of our most enthusiastic hikers into the woods for an overnight hiking and camping adventure with our stellar hiking staff.

The overnight hiking trip is something campers look forward to every summer. Campers enjoyed scenic views as they climbed Tumbledown Mountain in New Hampshire and then enjoyed a delicious lasagna dinner. After spending a cozy night sleeping in a cabin, they shared a delicious pancake breakfast and then continued on their journey for a refreshing swim. The hikers came back to camp just in time for dinner with exciting tales to share with their bunkmates about their recent adventures.

Also this week, campers had the opportunity to meet with Rabbi Lipof in her cabin during Rest Hour. During this much needed down time, campers can sign up to visit the Rabbi with their bunks. Rabbi Lipof provides enriching conversation and, of course, yummy homemade treats.

Friday night, we were able to enjoy a beautiful Shabbat service sitting on our new chapel benches under the setting sun.  Rabbi Lipof told a captivating story about how problematic gossiping can be and related it to when a single frog croaking in a pond can sound like a hundred frogs.  Of course, campers left the service with a fun frog memento to serve as a reminder that: “one ribbit, two ribbits, three ribbits, four…..gossip is RIBBIT so ribbit no more!”

On Sunday after lunch, campers retreated back to their cabins for a little rest and relaxation with their bunks.  About 40 minutes into Rest Hour, campers were incredibly surprised to hear the blaring sound of 60’s music coming through their bunk speakers.  This was quickly followed by a booming voice asking all campers to meet on the baseball field for Micahstock 2017.  As campers ran from their bunks, fully decked in gold and blue, towards the baseball field, they were met by friendly protesters (our CITs) holding signs and chanting, “Make Color, Not War!”  The CITs pulled off an epic Color War break inspired by Woodstock.  After quickly voting for team captains, blue and gold teams competed in an intense battle of tug o’ war.  Team chants and cheers echoed through camp as our first session color war had officially commenced!

After a day and a half of heated competition (including the annual swim/track meets, scavenger hunt, and a new game called The Vinyl Countdown), it was announced that the BLUE team has the lead by the narrowest margin in Micah history. When second session Color War breaks, it’s anyone’s game!

 

 

Micah In Israel: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Tzfat!

Posted by on July 8, 2017

7/8/17

Our first full week in Israel was packed with emotion, education, and fun. On Sunday we explored the old city of David and walked through water tunnels used thousands of years ago to secure water for the city of Jerusalem. After a long, hot day, we visited the Kotel for the second time. This visit, the group got a chance to write notes and spend more time at the wall. It was a very moving experience for some, while everyone enjoyed the experience of being so close to Jewish history. After a wonderful stay in Jerusalem, we departed for Tel Aviv.

The week was filled with great local food at “shuk’s”, also known as local markets and chances to walk around for shopping. One of the most memorable experiences thus far was our trip to Dialogue in the Dark. This is an activity that takes place in complete darkness, lead by a vision impaired guide. It sends a powerful message about difficulties of living with disabilities. Continuing our exposure to difficult circumstances, we had two volunteering opportunities the next day.

First, we visited Save a Child’s Heart, where the group got a chance to play with young children suffering from heart problems. These children came to Israel to receive life saving surgery and are very far away from home. Getting a chance to visited for the sole purpose of playing and having fun is an important experience for them. In between our volunteering experiences we took a trip to the beach of the  Mediterranean Sea. After some fun in the sun, we headed to a kindergarten for children of refugees. Much like the children earlier in the day, these kids don’t get a lot of play time, so the visit with our kids brightened their day.

On Thursday night we traveled back to Jerusalem for the opening ceremonies of the Maccabiah games. It was a special evening for Jewish people everywhere, celebrating the 20th games. The group mentioned how special it was to be surrounded by thousands of people from 80 different countries, all a part of the Jewish community. We were entertained by fireworks and singing, and were even surprised by a spontaneous proposal and wedding ceremony on stage.

The next morning we headed to Tzfat for Shabbat. The group experienced a very different Shabbat then what they’d ever seen  before. There was a lot to reflect on. We’re excited for Havdallah tonight, and heading north tomorrow!

 

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any hotter

We got to explore tunnels, filled with water

We were excited to arrive in Tel Aviv

We had many experiences that we didn’t want to leave

Then the kids had quite a shock!

A visit from their former counselor, his name is Barak

Volunteering with kids made for a very fun day

Puzzles to playgrounds, we all got to play

We swam at the beach, and even saw a wedding

The Jews will win the Maccabiah games? That’s what we’re betting

We’ve begun our trip to the north and it’s all fine

Even in Israel, the sun and kids shine

 

Love,

Sarah and Mike