Shabbos tisha bav was a special Shabbos here in camp. The dining room farbrengens were warm and inspiring as the head counselors shared pertinent stories and Divrei Torah followed by lively and meaningful songs. Every bunk was involved throughout Shabbos. During Shalosh Seudos, the staff burst into the dining room in dance, following their Farbrengen. The entire camp joined as they danced to the niggun Hakofas. May this be our last Tisha B’av ever!

During the day of Tisha b’av a grand camper/counselor game of baseball took place! Always a highlight! We were thrilled to break our fast on the delicious supper of; pea soup, pizza, salad, corn on the cob, cake and melon. A loud cheer was heard when laundry was announced. Following Marriv campers were excited to run to their bunks for the special “treat” of  sorting their laundry.

Under a sunny sky we are enjoying a great day of sports, water activities and swimming. Looking forward to our special in house E tonight after our first “fleishig” dinner!

It was a day of anticipation as campers anxiously waited for the grand staff outdoor play. They watched with excitement as buildings were put up, and props and backdrops were painted. Following a day of sports and activities, all sections and divisions of camp, gathered around the kick ball field, which was transformed into an old city in Spain. Campers were treated to bagged popcorn and drinks, as they were taken back in time, to a time – that living openly as a Jew was not easily accepted. They laughed, they cheered, and they enjoyed; watching their staff and head staff unfold an intense storyline. The achdus of all departments working together was remarkable.

This morning everyone is treated to a later revile, preparing us for another amazing Shabbos here in CGI. Good Shabbos.

The excitement in camp has been nonstop. Starting yesterday and continuing into today, campers are experiencing the three activities that have been set up in camp. Between the Archery, Lazer tag and Bazooka it has been nonstop fun! Teams were divided by classes this time, (verses bunks,) and supervised by the learning teachers. All three activities were thoroughly enjoyed by campers of all ages!

Last night many campers enjoyed special “events” which were creatively prepared for them by their staff. Section B+ made their own pizza, which was then enjoyed with fries and drinks. Section C made their pizza from scratch – including the dough, and had amazing results. A great time was enjoyed by all.

Early this morning, the bunks that were treated to a runaway were bunks Tes (across the lake) and bunks Yud ches and Yud Tes (in La Minerve). They returned to camp – ready to join the rest of camp for cleanup and learning classes.

The staff play fever is in the air! Campers can feel the excitement as the staff are hard at work, building props, preparing costumes and practicing acts! The kickball field is being transformed into a multi- stage-arena. Looking forward to our annual staff play later tonight iy”h.

Following a day of intense sports, our campers were treated to a special presentation. Campers of all sections filled the shul to watch the grand Masmidim play. Congratulations to our Masmidim on a job well done! Campers returned to their bunks, enthused by the lessons learned from watching the Masmidim in action.

Section B (grade 5) campers were surprised with a special “pizza event” last night. They were shocked to see the decorated room, with tons of food, set up just for them. A great time was enjoyed by all! l

When all was still, and campers were fast asleep, our hardworking staff were once again treated to an evening of appreciation. The head staff prepared a lavish pizza-pasta-soup buffet, which was enjoyed late into the night. Staff had an amazing time together, as they were appreciated for their hard work.

Today, the bunks that were chosen for runaways across the lake, were bunks ches and yud beis. Bunks Chof Beis and Yud Zayin were treated to a getaway to La Minerve with breakfast and sports.

Early this morning, a truck carrying special equipment drove down the hill. Our in-house special activities are being set out around camp. Campers are excited to join the fun, as each camper will have the opportunity to enjoy “laser tag”, “archery” and “Bazooka”, on our very own grounds!

Mazel tov to Yisroel Andrusier from Cooper City Florida, upon his bar mitzvah; and to Shmulie Winner from Tucson Arizona, upon his Hanochas Tefillin. Both Simchas were celebrated here in camp with family and friends. Wishing lots of Nachas to both families.

 

CGI joined the rest of the world in celebrating the Siyum H’Rambam here in camp. The Masmidim outdid themselves with the great out door set up, including huge posters, torches, and a Beis Hamikdash replica. Rabbi Wagner made the actual Siyum, Niggunim were sung, Pesukim recited, and “accapella” staff choir was enjoyed, and Rabbi Avtzon shared his greetings with the campers and did the Hascholas H’ Rambam. The event ended with fire balloons being let out into the sky, corresponding to the Seforim of the Rambam.

Early this morning, bunks were treated to runaways out of camp. Bunk Hey went across the lake for a special picnic breakfast; and bunks Vov and Zayin went to the little village of  La Minerve for breakfast, sports and shopping.

Mazel Tov to Mendy Slavin from Montreal upon his Hanochas Tefillin celebrated here in camp with his family and friends. Wishing lots of nachas to the entire family!

Following a really lively Shabbos we are happy to share the winners of this week’s Shabbos competition. The bunks that davened, sang, learned really well and cooperated throughout Shabbos, are bunks alef and yud daled! Congratulations to our winners!

Campers enjoyed a great day of sports leagues and learning classes yesterday, followed by a special night activity.

Early this morning, bunk beis was treated to a special “runaway” on the island across the lake, with a special cook-out breakfast, following by the water park! They returned to camp in time for cleanup and learning classes after a great time away.

In the meantime, bunks Yud and Yud Alef had a runaway to our neighboring town of La Minerve, where they enjoyed a picnic breakfast and sports.

Bunks Tes Vov and Tes Zayin are off for a lunch getaway at the island across the lake.

Large banners can be seen hanging across the kickball field as we prepare for a grand outdoor siyum Harambam later today iyh.

Mazel Tov To Yossi Piekarski From Bogota, upon his Hanochas Tefilin celebrated today in camp, with his family and friends.

Grade 6 campers had an awesome trip all day yesterday. Following the white water rafting, they were treated to a pizza dinner in the Cavendish mall food court. They returned to camp and headed straight to sleep after mariv.

In the meantime sections A and B had special excursions here in camp. Section A enjoyed special activities including our very own in-house- bubble-soccer, a grand Ga-Ga Game, and a special ice cream bar. Section B had a late day excursion, with the entire section heading to the baseball field area. Following Mincha, they enjoyed an extra sport, swimming and a barbecue. They returned to join the rest for mariv and lights out.

Mazel Tov to Alter Diament of Montreal upon his Bar Mitzvah, celebrated here in camp with his family and friends. Lots of Nachas to the entire family.

Grade 4 campers had an amazing trip, starting off with a pizza lunch in the Cavendish mall food court, followed by jet boating in the Lachine rapids in Montreal. Grade 5 spent a long day in Ottawa with several stops along the way including, the Parliament, The Mint, Trampoline Park and a night light show. Following a picnic dinner they headed back to camp, after an incredible action packed day! Section C enjoyed a newly discovered “white water rafting” location. The rapids were fast moving and the campers had a ball!

In the meantime grade 6 enjoyed the camp grounds to themselves with special actives just for them, including extra sports! Last night, they were treated to a special Ice-cream-bar-event, set up and displayed beautifully for them by their hard work staff.

This morning grade 6 is heading out on their very special grade trip.

Have a great day!

First day of the session turned out really great bh! Once buses from NY, Montreal and the airport arrived, campers were given their bunks and enjoyed a delicious grill cheese lunch! No time was wasted once the campers settled into their new bunks, and the lake front was bustling with activity!

Last night, lights out was on time for all sections, giving our new campers a chance to catch up on the missed night’s sleep from their long “red eye” trip up here.

This morning – after Davening and breakfast, our campers are getting ready for their grade trips. Grade 5 is off to a full day trip to Ottawa. Section A, grade 4 is going jet boating, and Section C are off to some great white water rafting. We will report on their amazing day once they return iyh.

Now that the bunk and class lists have been sent by email, feel free to email your son through our site, using his bunk number and section. Our bunks are divided into sections. The sections are: Section A-grade 4, Section B- Grade 5, Section B+-grade 6, and Section C-Grade 7.   Thanks for limiting your emails to four emails a week.

It was hard to say good bye to our departing campers! Buses to the airport left bright and early yesterday morning, while Montreal and NY buses left in the evening.

This morning, we are excited to welcome our new campers coming from all over! The session begins at 11 am iyh as campers will go straight to the shul for the division of bunks followed by lunch and activities!

Tomorrow morning, the bunks and class lists will be sent to all parents by email iyh. Please hold out on sending emails to your son, or ordering birthday cakes etc. till you have your son’s bunk number. Once you receive that information, feel free to email your son through our site up to four times a week.

Looking forward to another amazing session with our campers and staff iyh!