Every year at GFC we have various staff from Israel and around the world. Two very special members of our Mishlachat (Israeli Delegation) are the Israeli scouts. The Israeli scouts on camp are in charge of all the campouts as well as the scouting activity which explores the nature and trails around camp. The scouts are part of a larger organization in Israel known as the Tzofim (Tzofim is Hebrew for Scouts) Unlike previous years, this year we have two female scouts instead of one guy and one girl.
Yuval is 17 years old from Ramat-Hasharon. She was in the scouts as a young child in 4th and 5th grade before moving away to Prague for four years. When she returned to Israel, she rejoined the scouts and became a counselor for fourth grade girls and this past year she was a counselor for seventh grade girls. She has two younger sisters who are also in the scouts with her. While she was in Prague, she was able to meet kids from all around the world because she attended an international school. She loves all things outdoors but is mostly into biking through the north part of Israel. Yuval looks forward to spending her summer at Greene and cannot wait to meet everyone!
Our other scout, Mor, is 22 years old and has a background that not only includes 8 years in the scouts but also 2 years with the Israeli Defense Force. During high school she spent all her free time in the scouts as a counselor and a unit leader; and in the IDF she was a commander in a program for non-Jewish soldiers and new immigrant soldiers to help familiarize them with Jewish history and customs. She took them on hikes throughout the country as well as led classes to help them learn. Between the high school and the army she took a year off to volunteer in an underprivileged area in Israel. She worked with nine other people to ensure that kids who could not go home after school had a safe place to go.
Both of these girls could not be more excited to come to Greene Family Camp and show Texas what being an Israeli scout is all about. Yuval and Mor will also join the Israel Scouts Caravan when they perform at GFC! These girls have a lot to offer GFC and it will be exciting to watch them work with the kids throughout the summer.