The youth started off the day with games that challenged them to see one another in a new light, as they grouped themselves in accordance to their likes and dislikes. They then played an epic battle of rock, paper, scissors.
The talent show brought to light some of our campers’ unique talents. We were in awe of the quality of the performances. From dance numbers, to instrumental pieces, to acapella and accompanied singing acts, these kids blew us out of the water. The audience cheered on each performer with supportive enthusiasm, often chanting his or her name to offer encouragement.
We finished the evening with a poolside barbeque. If you closed your eyes, you would hear laughter, song, and other sounds of pure joy. Almost everyone was in the pool. Even most of the staff made it in one way or another. “I wasn’t planning on going in the pool, but a camper decided otherwise,” recalled Talia, one of our 7th grade counselors.
We all said a teary goodbye to our small groups, sad to leave one another after connecting and bonding over the course of the week. These groups felt like a small family in which we were safe to share our secrets, hopes, and hardships. Many of the youths expressed gratitude for the new friends they have made.
Special thank you to USAID West Bank/Gaza for making it all possible!