Exploring Leadership and Creativity at the Camp Carnival

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By Terra Zicklin, Communications and Development Associate

This morning our All Camp Program was a carnival that campers were in charge of. Each cabin was assigned to a booth that they ran, such as cookie decorating, DIY trail mix, ring toss, lollipop grab, and a spin wheel. At the booth, the cabin helped explain the game or task and hand out the prizes and tickets.

During the first two hours of the morning, the campers were given their booth game that they had to prepare by cutting, decorating, sewing, and taping materials together to make their booth a reality. Each cabin took the task they were given and completely made it their own. For the lollipop grab, cabin Arava was given directions to make a stand where participants can pull lollipops out, and if the bottom of the lollipop was marked, they could keep it as a prize. The stand that they decided to make was a three foot tall cardboard robot that all the kids loved. For the ring toss, cabin Oren had instructions to build a board and the rings for this game. They came together to create a narwhal themed booth. They made “Narwhal Horns” out of aluminum and pipe cleaners that would be the target for the rings.

Cabin Zayit stuffed and sewed the bean bags for the corn hole, while cabin Erez decorated bowls with the theme of Mitzvah for their ball toss. Cabin Arbel made fun post cards with sayings and pictures that campers were able to write on and give to friends, and cabin Gilboa helped with a treasure hunt! They made pieces of different colors to hide in a sand box. Each color represented a different amount of tickets, and they even hid leaves that were to throw the hunters off track. Cabin Hadar built and decorated a spin wheel with prizes. They had to cut and decorate the cardboard and make sure the spinner worked well to win prizes.

At the canival, the campers showed off their leadership skills, and their creativity! We had the youngest unit- cabin Brosh and Alon, leading cookie decorating and DIY trail mix. They were directing others how to make their own bags of trail mix- down to how many scoops of each ingredient was necessary to make the perfect bag. At the photobooth, cabin Tamar helped with face painting, handed out the signs and photo props they made, and was in charge of taking the pictures. They even created a background that said “Welcome Home” and a beautiful balloon arch to frame each photo!

The creativity, leadership, and energy of each cabin has blown me away. We gave the campers vague instructions and a couple of supplies and they created magic that everyone was able to enjoy.