Motzei Shabbos: As all Campers headed up towards the hill before lights
out, they saw an extremely terrifying scene. Behind the baseball field,
on the other side of the fence, AGM Meir Lax and GM Mendy Traxler were
cutting down a tree together. Suddenly a scream pierced the air as Mendy
slipped and the tree fell onto his foot. Meir quickly called into his
radio for immediate help, as the campers scampered into their bunks. EMT
Mendy Litzman quickly arrived on the scene with his sirens blaring, as
he immediately rescued Mendy from the tree and drove off with him. The
campers went to sleep, scared of the wors but hoping for the best.
Sunday: Camp was much honored to host a large group from Toronto. This
group of mekuravim from Toronto, accompanied by their Shliach Rabbi
Gansburg, had the privilege to visit the Rebbes camp, on their way to
the Ohel. They were greeted with a smashing “Haveinu Shalom Aleichem”
They were most impressed by the Campers and their devoted staff,
especially the Chasidishe atmosphere in which the camp is being run.
After Shachris the campers all recited tehillim together, in connection
with the incident that occurred the night before. The day continued as
planned. Towards the late afternoon a slight drizzle started, and as
thunderstorms were expected, all campers gathered into the shul for a
general learning class. Rabbi Baras started relating a very interesting
story, the Campers listened on, interested. In middle Rabbi Futerfas
walked in and whispered some words to Rabbi Baras. The Campers looked up
as HCYG took over. HCYG told the Campers about the
serious situation in which one of the Staff members were in and explained that he is undergoing surgery at this time. Siddurim
were handed out and everyone began reciting Tehillim. HCSM made a heartful plea for silence, on behalf of his friend
Mendy, who he himself hired. HCSM choked in tears as he wondered aloud
how he would face Mendy again. Suddenly the curtains opened and Mendy
Traxler himself stood in the center, holding a chainsaw, screaming:
The Campers let out a great sigh of relief as the Staff rushed to the
center of the Shul and started dancing. Mendy Traxler was lifted up, as
all the Campers looked on in excitement. The campers than stayed in the
Shul as the teams were split up.
Hey, I knew it the whole time!…….
The Camp was divided into two teams, the team of Shliach and the team of
Chossid, The name of the war is Hiskashrus War.
Leading the team of Shliach is HC Simi Morgenstern as
General, Zalmy Greenberg as Lieutenant General and Isser New and Shmuly
Blesofsky as Captains. General Simi made his grand appearance dressed in
army fatigues, as the team of Shliach cheered in approval.
Leading the team of Chossid is LD Yehudah Stern as General,
Levi Gansurg as Lieutenant General and Levi Lipskar and Mendy Schapiro as
Captains. With professional Baseball commentary playing in the background,
General Yehudah, dressed in a complete Baseball uniform, dived onto the
stage scoring a home-run for his team.
Following the split-up, the first ever Mincha of the 5763 Hiskashrus war
took place. Both teams outdid themselves with lots of Chayus and fervor. Both teams were than dismissed by their Generals to the dining
room. After Benching the Campers headed towards the Shul to watch the
Team Shliach were first with their Scavengers. They put on a very
amusing Scavenger about Hatzoloh. A second Scavenger followed depicting
a bus ride. After the first round of Scavengers everyone davened the
fist Maariv of the 5763 Hiskashrus War, and as by Mincha, both teams
davened beautifully. Following Maariv and a short video of the Rebbe,
team Chosid presented their Scavengers, including a very comical one
portraying a very important Jewish ritual. The Campers afterwards
recited Krias Shema and than headed towards their bunks.