Shabbat Shalom from Camp Kesher! At morning Mishkan, we honored the Sabbath with the familiar blessings recited every Saturday in our individual congregations. Even though the congregations represented might use slightly different melodies, the campers sang in unity. Throughout the week, the Mishkan speakers shared how we need to unashamedly own our faith, believe it, and not be afraid, that in Yeshua, we find rest, and to share it.
Following morning Mishkan was the Steeplechase race—think a huge relay throughout the campgrounds with different events. The Yellow team was the first to cross the finish line. They were overjoyed by their victory and showed good sportsmanship by cheering on their competitor (Purple team) to the finish line.
The afternoon activities started with the color teams collaborating on a chalk mural competition. It was so hard to judge, as both murals creatively displayed a collective expression of what it means to follow Yeshua. The judges convened and deliberated, determining the Purple team as the winner. Thunder started to roll in, but it did not derail the scheduled slip n slide and water balloons.
The final dinner was hands down the favorite meal of the week, along with the evening Mishkan. Each cabin wrote and performed a unique skit about how to share Yeshua. While sharing our faith is serious, the skits were quite humorous. Before the Color Wars winner was announced, the teams performed Camp Kesher song parodies as their final competition. Anticipation filled the air as David announced the Color Wars winner. Coming in three hundred points ahead, the winner was the Yellow team.
We ended the evening by saying farewell to the Sabbath with Havdalah, roasting marshmallows around the campfire, sharing stories from the week, and making plans for Camp Kesher 2023. Here’s to Next Year at Camp Kesher!