A typical day at camp
Wake UP (Kima): Every morning counselors play music over the loudspeaker to wake up and get everyone ready for the day. Because counselors live in the cabins and tents with their campers, they help get the new day started, and are there to assist in any way needed.
Morning Flag-Raising (Hitkansut Boker): Each morning, you’ll gather at the flagpole for this first camp-wide event of the day. You’ll raise the Habonim Dror flag, listen to the day’s announcements, sing original cheers, and play camp-wide games!
Breakfast (Aruchat Boker): Oatmeal, waffles, yogurt, fruit, cereal, bagels, wahoo!
Work (Avodah): At Tavor, we encourage communal responsibility. In our effort to express our value of socialism through shared labor, you’ll participate in avodah (work). You’ll choose a work elective at the beginning of each session. Some of these options include painting and building projects, planting and caretaking in our garden and caring for our animals, clearing hiking trails, cleaning and reorganizing the Arts & Crafts center, or everyone's favorite -- cleaning the bathrooms!
Age Group Activity (Peulat Shichva/PISH): During PISH, you’ll participate in an activity that your counselors will plan just for your age group. Pish provides a more intimate space for learning and discussion. But this isn’t like your average day at school -- Tavor’s youth leadership prides itself on informal and experiential learning, bringing in the spirit of summer camp through fun, immersive activities.
New Activity Time (Zman Chadash): During Zman Chadash, you’ll choose a new activity to partake in every day. This can be a time to learn a new skill like collaging, play a new game or even teach a new skill with the help of a counselor!
Lunch (Aruchat Tzohorayim): Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup, Lasagna, Mac and Cheese, and more!
Rest Time (Menucha): During menucha, you’ll have time to relax in your cabins, to read or write letters home. Some campers practice their musical instruments, play cards, or just sit outside and talk with friends.
Swimming Time (Schiya): Each day you will switch off between going to the pool or lake with your age group. It is a great way to cool down on a hot summer day! Schiyah is camp-wide; many campers choose to swim.
Snack (Kibud): Apples, Pretzels, Pudding, Ants on a Log, and many more!
Elective Activities (Chugim): At the start of each session, you’ll choose your daily chug (elective). Chugim vary each year based on our counselors' expertise. Past examples have included “Game Show Network”, Musical Appreciation, Tavor Times Newspaper, mindfulness, and many more.
Sports (Zman Sport): During Zman Sport, you’ll choose a sport to participate in on a daily basis. We offer a variety of rotating options including kayaking, soccer, ultimate frisbee, basketball, swimming, volleyball, yoga, and of course, gaga!
Singing (Shira): During shira, you’ll learn camp songs in Hebrew and English. Campers who already know the songs help to teach, and new campers quickly get accustomed to our musical culture.
Evening Flag Lowering (Hitkansut Erev): Each evening, you’ll gather around the flagpole with your kvutzah (age group), sing really loud, and participate in our usual shenanigans.
Dinner (Aruchat Erev): Chili, Curry, Pizza, Enchiladas, and more!
Evening Activity (Tochnit Erev): Tavor’s evening activities are usually camp-wide, and related to the summer's theme. Campers of all ages participate, learn, and get to know each other in mixed-age groups.