Preparing For Camp
Camp Mosh’s daily seder-yom (schedule) is packed with fun programs, yummy meals, education, sports and community activities and believe it or not, there's still enough free time during the day for rest and relaxation. Check out our special Shabbat activities to make the day stand out from the rest of the week.
Wake-Up (kima): Expect some creative surprises as the youth leadership wakes up campers each morning! Wake up to a song, wake up to another language... Counselors living in their cabins assist campers in getting ready to greet a new day.
Breakfast (aruchat boker): Campers (chanichimot) enjoy a breakfast buffet filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, yogurt, cottage cheese, cereal, eggs and a warm item such as fresh baked blueberry muffins, oatmeal or vegetarian sausage patties.
Morning Flag-Raising (hitkansut boker): Campers (chanichimot) gather at the flagpole for this first all-camp event of the day. We raise the Habonim flag, sing songs and cheers (that campers write themselves) and listen to the day's announcements (made in Hebrew!).
Work (avodah): At Mosh, we encourage communal responsibility and model some of our day on kibbutz life in Israel. Avodah is an integral part of that experience. Campers choose a work project at the beginning of each session of camp such as painting murals, planting in our vegetable garden and feeding our goats and chickens, collecting wood for the camp’s weekly bonfire, cleaning and organizing the library and pavilion, collecting trash and recycling from around camp, cutting vegetables for our daily salad bar, or everyone's favorite... cleaning the bathrooms! There is something for everyone to do!
Age Group Activity (peulat shichva/PISH): Every day, within each age group, counselors either run a fun educational activity connected with our summer curriculum or use games and activities to promote teamwork and community.
Song Session (Shira): One of the ways we show our ruach (spirit) and build community at Mosh is through singing and chanting. From singing around the flagpole in the morning and evening, cheering after meals, our special Shabbat song session to our weekly kumzitz (Yiddish for ‘come sit’ and used to mean ‘sing-a-long around the campfire’), campers learn a wide variety of Hebrew songs, camp cheers and Folk Music.
Lunch (aruchat tzohorayim) – Served family style around the table, some lunchtime favorites include Mac N’Cheese, Burrito Bar, Pizza Bagels and Grilled Cheese. Each main dish is served with a vegetable side and campers and staff enjoy our fresh salad bar. Special meals are prepared for campers with specific dietary restrictions.
Rest Time (chofesh): Campers can relax in their cabins and take time to read and write letters. Other typical activities include playing basketball, playing cards or board games or just talking with friends. There are always lots of kids in the Arts & Crafts center (meleched yad) during rest time.
Pool and Sports Time (Breirot): A very popular part of hot summer days! Camp-wide time to swim, play gaga or another sport, hang out with friends by the pool, write letters home, read, and play games. We offer a variety of rotating options including soccer, ultimate frisbee, basketball, volleyball, softball and of course gaga!
After breirot we have time set aside for campers to shower and clean up before dinner. We call this time rachatzah.
Workshops (sadnaot): This is an opportunity for our campers to spend significant time concentrating on a specific topic. Workshops offered include nature, drama, canoeing, tubing, arts and crafts, low ropes course, nature walks/hikes and Israeli dancing, among others. Snack (kibud): Campers enjoy a healthy and tasty snack such as nut-free trail mix, fresh fruit, hummus and carrot sticks and yogurt popsicles.
Z’man Metsuyan (Israel and Hebrew education): Through creative skits, word of the day activities and a special theme song, campers are introduced to new Hebrew words each day. Through creative informal education activities, campers engage in Jewish history as well as the culture activities and social issues of modern Israeli society.
Elective Activities (chugim): At the start of each session campers choose their daily chug. Chugim vary each year based on counselors' expertise. Past examples have included “Everything Water”, ultimate frisbee, softball, Mosh on Broadway, arts and crafts, comedy improv, Rainbow Unicorn (LGBTQ and Allies club), Mosh band and Moshington Post.
Evening Flag Lowering (hitkansut erev): Each evening campers gather around the flagpole to lower our flag and hear announcements (in Hebrew) about the rest of the day.
Dinner (aruchat erev) is served family style and includes such favorites as Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Shepherd’s Pie, cookout night with hot dogs or hamburgers, baked chicken on Shabbat and chicken nuggets. Delicious and filling vegan and vegetarian options are available at every meat meal. A fresh salad bar is also available at dinner.
Free time (chofesh) – Campers have some time to change into closed toed shoes (a requirement for foot safety at night) and then spend time with friends before the evening activity begins.
Evening Activity (tochnit erev): Usually a camp-wide activity related to the summer's theme. From the most active adventure to the calmest movie night, campers of all ages participate, learn and get to know each other in the mixed-age groups discussions.
Evening Snack (Kibud): Milk and cookies and then off to bed after a busy day!