"... and then they woke us up in the middle of the night to go into the woods and do ..."
How fun is that?!
You just don't do that with the same verve at home! Here's an example from the camper herself (in the process you'll learn a little bit of camp Hebrew, good luck!!):
"I'm so tired today, last night at 11:30 pm we had an ep-ep (a midnight activity with only our age group). We were told to put on long pants and hats, then we walked across the foggy field and into the woods, we were led to a wall that was literally a few boards (loft tall) nailed together with a platform on top. We were told that by using teamwork, we had to get the whole kvutzah (group) over the wall. We ended up sending three of the strongest people in the kvutzah to stand on top of the platform to drag the people up, and a bunch of people at the bottom to boost everyone up and to help spot. It was sooooo hard to get a few of the larger people up, but we were able to get them all (except for 1). The guys at the top, and the people boosting told me that I was the easiest person to get up, bu I was so scared that I was shaking!! Then at midnight everybody started shouting Happy Birthday to me, and it was very embarassing (in a good way). The whole activity was very kvutzah-building...then when we wre done getting everyone up and over the wall...we went to the Chadar Ochel (Dining Hall) where the Madrichim (Counslors) and other campers surprised me ... with cake and song! So, by the time we got back to the tsrif (bunk), it was 1 in the morning and today all of us are so sore and tired that we've complained all day!!"