We held our breath as the Brady Bunch battled the Flintstones in a heated game of “Family Fued.” Of course, at CSS, we don’t really fight. Think of it more as a challenge of the minds in a game that was both amusing and entertaining.
This is Leah reporting to you from the scene where Camp Simcha has gathered for a “Family Reunion.”
Campus is swarming with Bubbes and Zaides, Aunts and Uncles, and of course, the family dog. Grandma’s friend Bubba SueSue (Pia L.) is in attendance. We are also getting reports of spottings of various members of the Addams Family. The Simcha family is large and that means that we’ve got some strange relatives too. A fair share of hippies, people sporting extremely large hair-dos and all manners of fantastic garb, are in from the Four Corners of The Earth.
Hi, everyone, this is guest blogger Chavie reporting to you from the most beautiful party yet: a double bat mitzvah for two of our special campers, Alexis and Kylie. The pair missed having a bat mitzvah at home, but they were thrilled to celebrate among their Simcha Special friends. As Kylie said in her inspiring speech,
“In Simcha Special, it doesn’t matter if you’re different on the outside or the inside. Everyone is accepted, everyone loves you, and everyone is special.”
Alexis said that she and Kylie felt fully prepared to take on adulthood, and she shared with us some of the good deeds that the girls have done already.
The party was magnificently arranged, with gold table linens and a mouth-watering birthday cake. Our favorite musician, Aviva, filled the room with her lively keyboarding as the girls and their counselors danced the night away. Then, the Van family singers entertained us, our head counselors Rivky and Zahava sang a moving song, and bunkmates read acrostic poems in tribute to the bat mitzvah girls.
It has been an evening full of friendship and happiness, dancing and music, and beautiful, beaming smiles all around.
Now you see it, now you don’t.
Smiles of amusement played on our faces as we watched Jeff Carson’s magic show. He performed magic tricks with ropes, bubbles, handkerchiefs, cubes, mirrors, hangers, and balls.
A piece of rope has two ends, no more, no less. How long is that piece of rope? Carson showed us that they were all the same length, but then one was short and one was long. We’re still scratching out heads on that one.
Wait a minute – this guy went to college and all he learned were a couple of magic tricks? Actually, he learned to juggle too.
We thought we had established that we had 10 dollar bills. But apparently, this number had an error of plus or minus five. The “Bob Little Eleven Dollar Trick” had us laughing and cheering for Peessy and Liat. Bracha D. played poker against the magician but he had too many tricks up his sleeve. Rina, assisted by Sara, won a half dollar after opening many purses and bozes.
In a related news story out of Simcha’s world-class bakery, campers participated in a cake decorating contest. Each two bunks decorated their own sheet cake. Among the winning designs were “I Love Camp Simcha Special,” “Tamiflu Treats,” “Fireworks” and “Checkerboard”
Of course, the best part was getting to eat them after.
Sara S. and Pia L. had this joint statement:
“We had a whipped cream fight that was a blast and had fun hosing off afterward.”
Good afternoon, I’m Leah and this is WCSS. I join you today from the dining room, where CSS is on a decorating streak. Campers are decorating and assembling jewelry boxes in which they will package handmade jewelry. These presents will be donated to the girls of OHEL and Friendship Circle. I am also participating in this activity. Though low-tech, it’s great fun. I’m enjoying designing the pattern on the box, coloring with the shiny markers on the glossy surface of the box and keeping company with campers Rochel Blimi, Gully and Malka S. at my table. It’s especially gratifying for campers to continue the chain of giving.
This is Leah from WCSS joining you from the baseball field where we are building helicopters and airplanes that actually fly. These small fliers are going to make a great addition to our collections at home.
Good morning, this is Leah reporting from Glen Spey, NY. I’m in for Nechama S. who was supposed to be the guest blogger for today. In a statement issued by Ms. S., she was apparently too busy with other camp matters. As she said:
“I need to go bond with friends.”
It’s blinking birthday pins for today’s party favor. Campers are amassing quite a collection of blinking objects. I imagine the whole Camp Simcha literally glowing in the dark. But then again, isn’t CSS a beacon for so many of us already?
We start off our birthday bash with party games namely pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, hot potato and pass-the-present. In our version of pass-the-present, each girl opened a layer of wrapping paper and received a small gift.
Happy Birthday Simcha Special and Mazal to all of the Bat Mitzvah girls!