This Week's Thought From The Koby Mandell Foundation
- Sherri Mandell
Camp Koby in Action
Yechiam means my people live, and here on this kibbutz lives the incredible spirit of the bereaved children of Camp Koby.
Yesterday, Yael, the nature therapist, worked with 7 and 8 year old boys. After a series of fun activities where the boys made the sounds of animals, they created plays about animals. When asked them what they wanted to do next time. They answered "play with animals".
Today she had them fill a large bin with pond water, mud, twigs and greenery. Then they found tiny tadpoles in a small pond, and put them in their temporary home.
They called the bin "Camp Koby". The boys will take care of the tadpole camp until they go home and then return the tadpoles to their pond. Yael explains: "The tadpole camp is a way of creating a safe place for vulnerable creatures."
The junior high boys spent part of the morning throwing eggs from the second story of their dormitory building. First though they used pillows, balloons, towels, paper and even a rock to make contraptions to cushion the fall. When an egg survived, the boys cheered.
Creating a safe place for vulnerable creatures and building a structure to survive trauma intact: beautiful metaphors for the work of Camp Koby.