Shavua Tov! Our Middah last week was Bina or “understanding.” I was able to spend some time with Ha’atid and Noar during Z’man Kodesh (Holy Time) as they grappled with Bina.
I loved this activity that they did which helped them to really process what it means to offer each other understanding Each camper created an “identity collage.” Using a large sheet of paper with a human shape on it to represent themselves, they filled the inside and outside of the body with drawings and magazine cuttings of things and words that made up their identity – both the outside part that everyone sees and the inside part that only they know.
As they worked they talked about how they wanted to be known and identified. As they discussed, they came to agree that they wanted to make friends based on what’s on the inside and to be known by others for what’s on their insides. They talked about how no one really knows what’s inside someone else so it’s really important to listen, ask questions, and give people the benefit of the doubt.
I was kvelling over the thoughtful planning that their staff put into this activity and how effectively they helped their campers to truly grapple with “understanding.”
This is camp at its best – we create a platform and campers lead themselves to personal growth – and these are the stories that I love to share with you. I want you to know that great things are happening here in Webster every day! Kol hakavod to our campers and staff!!