Journal 11-The Ramah Retreat

Last week, we didn’t go to school Monday-Thursday. That’s because we were at Camp Ramah Darom! We went there to have fun and advance to become a community of kindness. We played, prayed, had fun and made friends. Here are some things that I really liked.

The first thing is what we did on Wednesday morning. Instead of praying, we divided into groups and did a spiritual activity. My group was with Dr. Mitzmacher. First, we lay down on the floor and breathed slowly in and out. Then, after breathing Dr.Mitzmacher gave us a vision to picture. Finally, we looked over the 19 blessings of the Adimah and chose one as our favorite. It was meaningful because it was a lot to think about, with G-d and our blessings to Him.

The next thing that I enjoyed was horseback riding and ziplining at Sunburst Stables. I liked both. For horseback riding I got a horse named Chevago who was good for beginners but slow. Ziplining was amazing. I didn’t hold on for any of them and went upside down for 1 1/2! It had to do with being a community of kindness because in horseback riding you had to make sure your horse diden’t attack the one’s in front of you. For ziplining you could go with somebody else on the last course so that was sort of teamwork.

Another thing that I liked was being able to know the other middle schoolers and staff. I imrproved friendships with 7th graders and made new ones with 8th graders. I also got to know Dr. Mitzmacher really well besides as the principal. He’s funny, kind, and will listen to you. It will help us advance because it will help us know our teachers other than homework givers and test graders.

Another thing that I enjoyed was a educational activity about “I” sentences. You see, the theme was a community of kindness, so for the educational activities we were learning about how to do that. I statements are where, for example, say that somebody took your laptop and used it without your permission. You would say, “I do not appreciate it when you use my laptop without permission.” It would be important for a community of kindness because it would stop conflicts starting from a silly thing.

I think the retreat was a fun, meaningful experience. It was fun, but we learned valuable ideas. It was awesome, and I think the goal of uniting the middle school was achieved.