Nivonim: Etgar Day 2

We began Day 2 of our Etgar trip this morning. After a nice tefilla/prayer service that focused on nature, we continued to hike along the Appalachian Trail. Our morning hike was a very intense climb up to the top of Bear Mountain. It was quite challenging but the hanichim/camers managed to pass time by singing songs for seuda shlishit/third meal on Shabbat. Some songs included “Aheinu Kol Beit Yisrael/Brothers all of Israel” and “Ve’Haer Eineinu/And Illuminate our Eyes”. Of course they ended with Shir Ramah/The Ramah Song. It was a beautiful moment to be a part of, and I realized that you can take the kids out of Ramah, but you cannot take Ramah out of the kids!

We finally made it to the top and had lunch at the summit of Bear Mountain, which is the highest point in the State of Connecticut. The view was gorgeous!

On the way down the mountain, we crossed into Massachusetts. We spent the rest of the afternoon hiking to our camp ground.

We set up camp and Noah, Aaron and Nathan had a contest to see who couuld make the best macaroni and cheese. Sarah, Shoshie, Tamar and Sarah were the judges. It was close, but in the end, Noah was victorious!

During dinner, we burst out again into Disney songs. This time, Tamar, Noah and I did a rendition of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, from the Lion King.

Right now the hanichim are cleaning up, but mostly they are just laughing and hanging out by the stream. They continue to do everything as a team. And as a Rosh, nothing could make me happier.

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