Entries by Habonim Dror ANZ

Reason 5: It’s MAMASH Important To Get Away

As the uni year wraps up and NCEA exams come to a close, it’s as good a time as any to reflect on how we’ve spent our last year. There’s no doubt that for the majority of us, a large part of our year – even each individual day – is spent digitally connected, be it in school, at work or at home. A large number of us also spend a huge amount of time in the city, and even if we don’t necessarily work or study in the City Central, the neighbourhoods and suburbs we live in can be as rushed and jammed as the cities themselves. Life in […]

Reason 6: What YOU love about camp!

The madrichim body’s reasons for why we can’t wait to get back to camp are endless. Some of the most pertinent reasons include: “Maximum energy via photosynthesis.” – Jarryd P “Building a canvas city. Also. Maximum chill times.” – Tomer S “Hey, when will we be able to see some sort of schedule for planning seminar?” – Adi RB “Wrong chat.” – Tomer S “Sorry team.” – Adi RB “But I’m most excited about frands and international [madrichim].” – Adi RB “Jandal tan.” – Daniel J All of these are great reasons to head to camp. It’s an awesome 22 degrees in Auckland right now, and if the whole Machane […]

Reason 7: The awesome peulot that you’ll talk about for years on end

With the effort that madrichim put into planning peulot, we hope that you’ll remember them and their messages for years to come. Sometimes there will be peulot that you remember because they didn’t end too well, (like that time a chanicha got knocked out (she’s so fine now)), or maybe you remember them because they worked far too well (that time the madrichim made the chanichim all accuse one another of stealing), and sometimes, you’ll remember them because it brought you closer to your fellow chanichim in ways that you never expected (did someone say something about drinking milk in exchange for chocolate? Sounds ok to me…) Literally any time […]

Reason 8: Camp is all about stretching the limits

This story is one for the history books. It was during a senior set up week, where ropes and tools abound, along with equal parts freedom and responsibility. Senior week is a time where there are no chanichim around to witness our mistakes; it’s a time where madrichim can work out all of our stupid before the chanichim arrive, and we must don our masks of maturity. Of all things that must be built during, the flag pole is of paramount importance. Without the planks holding the structure and the bungee cords to hoist the flag, we have no centre around which to scream our ruach every night. On this […]

Reason 9: You learn never to trust a Bonim Take-Over

Amidst the height of Avatar hype (the blue kind, not the element-bending kind), the bonim of this year decided to go all out. Blue body paint that could have covered an army was brought to camp hidden in bags, pockets and pillowcases, and none of the younger chanichim could see it coming. The day of Bonim Take-Over called for mass-preparation, as there is always a lot to do to make sure this is the best Bonim Take-Over EVER. The tsiud brushes were deployed, and every visible inch of every Bonim chanich/a was covered in royal, obnoxious, rich blue paint. No patch of skin was left is natural colour, and with […]