Our brave champions were last spotted on Wednesday night sleeping after an evening at UNH’s luxury pool. Well, they continued to sleep, parents. And while they slept they did something radical: they dreamed. They dreamed of far away lands and new homes, of dangerous adventures and flying, and that weird dream where maybe you’re at the circus but its also a soccer field and for some reason your third grade teacher is performing was likely dreamed. This dream sparked a revelation: the chanichim (campers) were having a dream within a dream, for camp itself was a dream of the most fantastic proportions. Of course we know that the waking world is itself a dream with no phenomenological superiority to the “dream-state” (see further “A Dream Interpreted Within A Dream: Oneiropoiesis and the Prism of Imagination,” Wolfson 2011, also “Inception”), though we can table that for a moment. They awoke Thursday morning to a new dream with new fantastic adventures. Similar to a bard of yore who was rejected by the crown because he just wasn’t that good at describing things poetically, I will attempt to recount these shared dreams below even though I’m just not that good at describing things poetically.
After Thursday’s usual morning suspects of mifkad (camp-wide flag-raising, Hebrew world learning and morning prayer-starting), tefillah (prayer), aruchat boker (breakfast) and nikayon (bunk cleaning), we went to our morning peulot (activities) Recently the chanichim (campers) have had extra chazarah (practice) for the machazeh (play, this year Damn Yankees) because it is being performed tomorrow! We spent the afternoon running lines and getting some extra free time to unwind. We have also been practicing quite frantically for Zimriyah (Yavneh’s singing competition where every aydah [age group] performs three songs coming up this Thursday) as it is coming up this Thursday! This year Kerem (our aydah, the CITs, your spawn) is running all of their song choosing, creating and teaching so get excited to see your progeny’s amazing performances! The machazeh and Zimriyah will both be live streamed so make sure to check-check it out. Our play practice ran into Thursday night, interrupted only by zman miklachot (shower time) and an amazing aruchat erev of Sloppy, Sloppy Joes. Sloppy, Sloppy Joe is also my old high school nickname. Upon the ending of our play practice we had an exciting prospect: a dodgeball tournament! As the tzevet (staff) was also having their dodgeball tournament that night, the winners of our dodgeball tournament competed against the tzevet in the tournament. They actually won like four games and smoked last year’s tzevet winners in like five minutes. It was hilarious and the crowd went wild. Although our chanichim were eliminated after four rounds (it was double elimination), it was awesome.