At camp, we use Hebrew words to reference almost everything. We have even modified the language to accommodate for all genders! You can read more about it here. Here is a glossary of commonly used words to help you better understand what happens at Mosh:

Basic Vocabulary:

Machaneh - camp, e.g. machaneh Moshava means camp Moshava
Chanichimot (singular - chanichol/chanicha/chanich) - campers
Kvutsa - the people in a shichva
Shichva - age group, e.g. Bonimot, Chotrimot, etc.

Nitzanim - (literally, buds) - going into 3rd grade
Amelimot - (literally, workers) - going into 4th and 5th grades
Chotrimot - (literally, rowers) - going into 6th and 7th grades
Solelimot - (literally, pavers) - going into 8th grade
Bonimot - (literally, builders) - going into 8th and 9th grades
Bogrimot - (literally, graduates) - going into 10th grade
Madatz - counselors in training - going into 11th grade

Tzevet - staff
Tzevet Mitbach - kitchen staff
Madrichimot (singular - madrichol/madricha/madrich) - counselors
Mazkirut - head staff
Kupa - literally means cash box, but we use this as a catch-all for things we share


Avodah - work
Anafim (singular - anaf) - work groups that meet every morning

MLC/Sif - sweeping/mopping the MLC (pavilion) and sifria (library)
Veggie cutting - cutting vegetables for meals
Medurah - chopping firewood
Ashpah - collecting and taking out the trash
Aruchat Boker - (literally, breakfast) breakfast cleanup
Sababa - (literally, awesome, cool) cleaning the sherutim (bathrooms)
Gan - (literally, garden) - working in the garden and taking care of animals

Chugim (singular - chug) - special interest groups that meet daily
Sadnaot - camp activities, e.g. canoeing, teva (nature walks), rikkud (Israeli dancing), etc.
Toranut - dish duty - kids from each shichva are picked every day to set up for lunch and dinner as well as do the dishes.

Places Around Mosh:

Lower Shetach - where the younger kids live
tzrifim (singular - tzrif) - cabin [Note: tzrifim are named after kibbutzim in Israel, e.g. Dafna, Grofit, Gezer, etc. Cabins are separated by age group.]

Upper Shetach - where the older kids live
ohelim (singular - ohel) — tent [Note: like tzrifim, the ohelim are named after kibbutzim in Israel, e.g. Lotan, Tel Yosef, Yotvata, etc. Tents are separated by age group.]

Sifria - library
Mirpa’ah (Marp for short) - nurse’s office
MLC (Moadon L’Chaver) - literally, clubhouse of friendship - big red pavillion
Chadar ochel - dining hall
Mitbach - kitchen
Shtifa - where dishes are washed and dried
Melechet Yad (M-Yad for short) - arts and crafts building
Brecha - pool
Sherutim - bathroom
Gan - garden
Agam - lake
Toren - flagpole, where we gather after breakfast and before dinner
Chaniah - parking lot
Kikar - road

Other places around machaneh we refer to in English, like the basketball court, softball field, gazebo, activities field, candy cane gazebo, etc.