Buses were coming and going all day yesterday. Following lunch, sections A, B and B+ ran to their bunks to pack up for their first overnight of the summer. Under a clear sky, in nice warm temperature, the campers set up their sleeping bags to enjoy an amazing overnight under the stars. After a delicious barbecue dinner, they sat around singing, listening to stories and lots of “farbrenging”.

Early this morning, following an outdoor breakfast and davening, they headed to the buses to enjoy an amazing water park. Campers had an incredible time, on the slides, pools and lots of waves. They will be heading back to camp for showers and some well-deserved rest.

In the meantime, section C were out on their trip, once again alternating between rope course and paint ball shooting, giving each camper the opportunity to experience both. After a great barbecue dinner, they headed back to camp to enjoy a good swim in our beautiful indoor pool!

While all this is happening, the Masmidim got to enjoy the grounds to themselves. They enjoyed some great water activities on our magnificent lake, and had a lavish outdoor barbecue. It was an awesome  day for all bh!   

Mazel Tov to Moshe Butman celebrating his bar mitzvah in camp today, surrounded by his family and friends. Mazel tov to the entire family!

Following a great Shabbos campers eagerly awaited the announcement with the winners of Shabbos Competition. One bunk in each division is chosen as the winner for their behavior over Shabbos, including, davening, benching, Chayos and general cooperation throughout Shabbos.  The winners are rewarded with a trip. This week’s Shabbos competition winners were bunks Hey, Yud and Tes Vov!

Campers were very excited to enjoy a day in camp with lots of sports, lake and pool activities.

Last night, after night activity, bunk Ches was treated to a late night with the special privilege of enjoying the very popular game room. Bunk Yud had a late night with a game of “Bubble Soccer”. Rabbi Ezagui’s learning class enjoyed playing in the computer room as their special late night.

Another beautiful Shabbos here in CGI! The Shabbos Seudahs were transformed into “Chassidishe Farbrengens” as the head -ounselors inspired us all with brief stories and insights followed by lively songs and niggunim. Rabbi B. Mockin lead his traditional nigunim and was then joined by all! Mishnayis bal peh was quite busy all afternoon, and campers were seen enjoying their sweet rewards!  This was followed by seder nigunim, mincha and shalahs seudos – highlighted by our all famous “Shmaryunki”.

Last night, there was a special pizza Melava Malka for all “fasters”, in preparation for the long fast today! May it be an easy fast and the last of its kind!

For all concerned, yes we are also experiencing a heat wave here in La Minerve. Of course, being up north, and near the water, it is a lot milder. Please remember, all our bunks and main shuls, dining rooms etc. are well air conditioned Bh.  We look forward to using our lake as much as possible, and of course drinking a lot of water!  

This morning, bright and early bunk yud gimmel was boated across the lake for an amazing runaway, including davening, breakfast and tubing.

57 Bochurim from section C are heading out this morning for a go-karting trip followed by a special picnic breakfast! The trip is a reward for their hard work last Shabbos.  All these bochurim learnt over 16 lines of Tanya bal Peh! Lots of Chassidishe nachas!

Last night after a great day of sports and water activities, all departments of camp filed into the shul filling up every corner of every bleacher to enjoy our second in-house-E of the summer. James the Magician came all the way from Toronto to entertain us all – leaving campers wondering “how did he do that?”

After lights out, when all was still, our hardworking staff were treated to another amazing staffe’ salad night, professionally prepared by our head staff! They were treated to a special presentation by “James” including some hysterical pick pocketing act. ! Staff ended the day rejuvenated and ready to continue with their shlichus in camp!

Section B+ were out all day for their amazing grade trip! They enjoyed bowling followed by iSaute Trampoline Park.  They returned last evening full of smiles after an amazing outing bh!

Even our masmidim had their turn to get out and enjoy some go-karting!  

Here in camp the lake front and all the sports playing fields were buzzing with nonstop activity. Leagues took off to a great start and campers are really giving it their best!

Grade trips continued with grade 5- section B. They enjoyed a very full day out of camp which included bowling followed by “Darkzone Laval”-  Laser tag!

Section C alternate between Rope-course, and Paintball-shooting trips to accommodate the size of the program. Half went to rope course yesterday, and the other half went paintball shooting. IYH next week, they will each have a chance to go on the trip they missed this week. Following the trips all the bochurim were treated to an amazing barbecue prepared by their staff!

Grade 6 had a special evening event with a lakeside barbecue just for them!  


Yesterday, bunks “vov” and “yud beis” were treated to a runaway on the other side of the lake. The runaway includes an exciting tube ride with our speed boat! Bunk “Yud” had a special late night last night with a great game of our “bubble soccer”.  

Grade trips have begun. Section A was off to a great trip of “Rock Climbing” At Horizon in Montreal. Campers had a great time, climbing and jumping in the beautiful indoor adventure park.

They returned in time to join the rest of camp for a delicious shnitzel dinner. In a dining room full of white shirts, Yud Beis Tammuz was felt, with a fargrengen of niggunim and exceptional talk by Rabbi Wagner.

After an incredible Shabbos, the race for Shabbos competition was fierce. Our winners were bunks Beis, Tes, and Yud Zayin. All three winning bunks were rewarded with banana boating, out on our magnificent lake!

In honor of Yud Beis Tammuz, the staff farbrengened with Rabbi B. Mockin.

Our new water park has proven to be a tremendous hit here in camp!  Check out the pictures illustrating some tough fun for all ages!   

Our first Shabbos in camp was quite special! The farbrengens enjoyed at the Seudahs were lively, uplifting! Follow the Friday night Seudah campers voluntarily joined a chassidishe frabrengen lead by learning-director Mendel Gurary.

Throughout the day on Shabbos, there were several farbrenges and lots of a mishnayos bal peh going on.  Rabbi Wagner’s farbrengen with the staff continued till the end of Shabbos. Section C were divided into clubs; where each were enjoyed the different activity prepared for them.

Motze shabbos, section C had their official sports drafts preparing them for some very serious sport leagues starting today iyh!

We are excited to welcome our newly expanded inflatable water park to our lake front! The excitement is felt by staff and campers of all ages, as each one is awaiting his turn to have his first jump at it! Our new park shares our lakefront with the amazing selection of boats; hosting a nice amount of campers at a time.

Under sunny skies, there was nonstop action. All sections have had their intense sports drafts, and campers were given their color coded caps to represent their CGI leagues. Sport leagues took off with some great plays throughout the afternoon.  

Last night, after lights out, our staff were visited by Rabbi Ringo from Montreal. In an open and comfortable conversation, Rabbi Ringo trained and briefed our staff with safety prevention ideas, to help provide our campers with the most amazing season. Thank you Rabbi Ringo for taking the long drive up and for sharing your experience and expertise! Following the training, the staff were treated to a special erev-shabbos-chulent-kugel-event. A great time was had by all with a feeling of tremendous achdus.

Looking forward to our first amazing Shabbos here in The Rebbe’s Camp iyh!

Good Shabbos.