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Monthly Archives: ‍‍ תמוז / מנחם אב תשעד - July 2014

The Sofer comes to Camp!

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Talented presenter and Sofer (and CGI NY alumni) Rabbi Yosef Serebryanski, bedazzled the campers as they witnessed an informative presentation on the process of Tefilin making and writing, to help visualize what they’re learning in learning classes.

Unique to the presentations was the small intimate setting and a chance to practice their safrus skills with real feather, ink, and parchment to write their name on and keep as a memento.

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Topsy Turvey, Sushi & Seforim and Amazing Athleticism

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Today saw a fun Topsy Turvy day, with Campers acting in the roles of the various staff members. Learning teachers had a blast  with a delicous sushi lunch in appreciation of their spectacular dedication. Finally no day in CGI is ‘complete’ without some great sport pictures.

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Talent Night in Camp!

Talent Night

Tuesday night saw various campers presenting their talents in front of the whole camp. The presentations included singing, acrobatics, a choir, speaking skills, rubic cube races, fire juggling amongst others, a great time was had by all 🙂

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Carnival day in CGI

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Campers of CGI expressed their creativity today in creating, manning and enjoying booths for the Carnival Day in CGI.

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Camp BBQ

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CGI enjoyed a delicous BBQ in the Parksville ‘square’ on Thursday.

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Staff Sub-Sandwich Spectacular

Staff Appreciation

The staff of CGI were treated to a special sub sandwich spectacular on Thursday night,  with the menu featuring an array of cold cuts, dressings and condiments combined into a fresh baked bun. The more formal part of the evening included some speeches by some the head staff, followed by a fun, light hearted game.

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Camp plays life-size monopoly!

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On Tuesday camp had a special activity, with much effort and creativity our dedicated Activity Co-originator put together a real life-size Monopoly model. Campers had a blast, with each taking their turn and making their way around the Camp themed playing board.

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BMD & Waiters go ‘Paintballing’

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In a Parksville first, BMD together with the waiters recently went Paintball shooting. A fun time was had by all as they navigated the different playing fields and game types.

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Gan Yisroel Elite Caps (2nd Trip)

hatsAs The Camp founded by the Rebbe, we constantly strive to reach our maximum potential, to truly affect the way the ‘camp experience’ affects the campers’ lives. Imagine a camp where every single camper works on being a chossid; every single day of the summer is a complete and meaningful one; every camper has a goal and mission; every camper leaves a better Chossid – a better Yid. We envision a camp where each camper is a proud Chossid, striving to be connected to the Rebbe, to be the best he can possibly be. A proud member of the Rebbe’s army.

Based on the huge success of the Gan Yisroel Elite program that debuted in 5773 we are proud to announce the launch of Gan Yisroel Elite 5774. Gan Yisroel Elite is a unique program which has been designed to enhance the camper’s appreciation towards Yiddishkeit and Chassidishkeit, teaching them what it means to be a Chossid and a camper in The Rebbe’s camp.

• Each week we will focus on 1 Mission/Theme (8 themes throughout the summer)

• Each week campers will participate in a special Farbrengen, connecting with Mashpiim and Shluchim around the Globe.

• Every day after Maariv campers will fill out a Daily Check-list (דו”ח) of their accomplishments (which will be sent to the Rebbe).

• When a camper completes his weekly mission he will receive a beautiful medal corresponding to that week’s theme at a weekly ceremony.The weekly themes that have been set in place, allow staff to stress the importance of the themes as each week progresses. Counselors tell stories; learning teachers give classes, head counselors farbreng on shabbos, each one giving over the message of the weekly theme of camp.

To enhance the ‘Gan Yisroel Elite’ program, we would like each camper to proudly display their mission medals. Special caps have been ordered for this program. Each division of camp will have its own distinct cap color. We are offering this at below cost price for only $5.50. To order please lease select your son’s division and enter his name below.

Please Note: This offer is only for campers who are registered in camp’s regular division (BMD is not included in this program). Additionally the cap will not be shipped. It will be given to your son in Camp (limit one per camper).


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Fun Learning like never before!

Learning Progam

With Hashem’s help we have completed the first month of a very successful learning program here at Gan Yisroel Parksville. Featuring a multi-faceted learning program geared to campers of all ages and learning levels, B”H the results have been fantastic. Here is a short recap of some of the highlights that have happened so far.

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Mini Banquet, End of 1st Trip

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Sunday night marked the end of the first trip of Gan Yisroel 5774. Tearful goodbyes were said to all the first month camper’s at a beautiful Farewell Banquet. Songs were sung and heartfelt words were shared by the counselors and Head Staff. Special awards were given for performance in various aspect of Camp; this included the Head Counselors awarding the Best Camper in each bunk, as well as the winners of bunk competition. The Learning Directors also awarded the best camper in each learning class as well as the winners of the Klooger Championship. Finally the Sports Directors also distributed awards for the MVP of each team, as well as the champions of each division. A very special part of the evening was a raffle amongst the best Daveners in Camp, the winner of which received a plaque with a dollar from the Rebbe. We will miss all of the Campers who left us for the second trip, and we are sure that we will see them all of you next year, here in Gan Yisroel.

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BMD Bonfire & BBQ

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BMD recently enjoyed a delicious BBQ and bonfire in the ‘New Grounds’.

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Ohel Shmuel Dedication Ceremony

Two beautiful wooden gazebos were recently donated by Hershey Chitrik together with his mother Slava to Gan Yisroel Parksville. The gazebos were donated in loving memory of Shmuel ben R’ Aaron Chitrik. Shmuel Chitrik’s Yaretzeit was Friday Chof Tammuz.

On Friday campers assembled in front of the larger of the two for a special dedication ceremony. Learning Director Ariel Stern, began the proceedings with some opening remarks, this was followed by the recitation of the twelve Torah Pesukim. The program culminated with some words delivered by Rabbi A Shemtov and the official ribbon cutting which was done together with Camp Director Rabbi Y Futerfas.

Gan Yisroel together with the Chitrik family looks forward to Gazebos primarily being used for learning classes amongst other activities, in keeping with the Rebbe’s statement that Gan Yisroel is a Yeshivah within and a camp from the outside.

Parents will be able to see the new gazebos this coming visiting day, SUNDAY JULY 27. 12 – 7pm.

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Grand Trip Lake Compounce

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CGI had a time on the great grand trip to Lake Compounce, the oldest, continuously-operating amusement park in North America, having its genesis more than 165 years ago in 1846! Amongst other fun rides and attractions, Campers also had blast on the ride at Boulder Dash, which was voted the world’s #1 wooden roller coaster.

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