The Stuff I Learned at Camp
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June 30, 2009 8:28 pm at 8:28 pm #589968amesParticipant
Coool! Never knew that one!
I learnt how to roast marshmellow’s with a cig lighter.June 30, 2009 9:11 pm at 9:11 pm #879452anonymisssParticipant
heat up pizza with an iron
~a~June 30, 2009 9:14 pm at 9:14 pm #879453
don’t clog the 911 lines with phony calls. Next time, C”V, it can be you that really needs them and someone else that’s dialing 911 just to get a connection upstate
on a lighter note: camp (as a camper) taught me how to maximize my time.
Wakeup for shachris arrives- keep snoozing. Wakeup comes again- ignore. Wake up comes again- 3 minutes left to make it to shachris in time: go into emergency morning mode. Wash negel vasser, throw on cloths, socks & shoes, grab cup that holds: small water bottle, toothbrush, paste, lenses & solution (if applicable), and comb (if applicable). In between shachris and breakfast (as a camper you can’t go back to the bunkhouse) use all the stuff in your “morning” cup in the dining room bathroom. Straighten yourself out & come out like a new person. (Anyone spot that lunatic that walked into the bathroom 5 minutes ago?) In extreme emergencies, deodorant can be applied after breakfast
Staff is another story… that’s when I learned how to be inconspicuous at night and innocent during the day 😉June 30, 2009 9:14 pm at 9:14 pm #879454
the pizza thing i learned at the dorm, but we made soup, eggs… YUM!June 30, 2009 9:16 pm at 9:16 pm #879455
hang sneaker or shoe from your bed springs- hide cell phone inside sneaker/shoe (never fails- they’ll never check there)June 30, 2009 9:16 pm at 9:16 pm #879456
How to open a locked door with a hanger!
It took me until I was 17 (and in school) to learn how to do it with a credit cardJune 30, 2009 9:18 pm at 9:18 pm #879457
ames- great topic, brings back very good memoriesJune 30, 2009 9:19 pm at 9:19 pm #879458
ha areivim! Excellent advice there!June 30, 2009 9:20 pm at 9:20 pm #879459
heimish gemacht grill: charcoal with bedsprings on topJune 30, 2009 9:25 pm at 9:25 pm #879460
didn’t learn that trick yet… but maybe you’re offering courses? 😉
Camp… wow! I spent alooong time there! What did i learn from there?
Well firstly i would FOR SURE agree with areivimzehlazeh… Maybe not so drastic but i sure made it in just in the nick of time!
I gained an added ‘dimension’ to Shabbos. I can’t really explain it, but Shabbasim in camp were special.
The other thing i gained was alot of meaning to Tisha B’av. The camp i went to really made you feel as though you were in avelus… whether for the B”H or personalJune 30, 2009 9:25 pm at 9:25 pm #879461
camp made me an expert in stuffing my bed to look like I was in itJune 30, 2009 9:36 pm at 9:36 pm #879462bptParticipant
1)cans of soda will chill when placed in the toilet tank (or dragged from the canoe)
2) Open the can of beans BEFORE you place in the campfire
3) Lanyard can be used as a shoelace replacement (oh, the look I got from Mom when she saw me on visiting day
Courtesy of Mogen AV
(the list goes on, but I’ll leave some for the rest of the room. Its doubtful everything I did was original)June 30, 2009 9:41 pm at 9:41 pm #879463
I tried the back of the toilet trick with no successJune 30, 2009 9:43 pm at 9:43 pm #879464
take the board from under your mattress, place it between 2 beds (each end of board is a little under each mattress), place nosh/hot peppers/grilled stuff on board, sit on floor and… eat. Man made table- sorry, no chairs
place pants/skirt neatly between board and mattress. Sleep on it for a night or 2- voila- pressed pants/skirtJune 30, 2009 9:49 pm at 9:49 pm #879465
dorm/camp life: label each end of glasses or sunglasses (whichever is applicable) fleishig and milchig. Use each side as stirs for anything that needs mixing: coffee, ketchup & mayo etc.
I used to use teh ends of my galsses to clean my ears 😉June 30, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm #879466frum not crumParticipant
Black socks: they never get dirty. The longer you wear them the blacker they get.
Sometimes I thought I should change them but something keeps telling me not yet, not yet, not yet…June 30, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm #879467A600KiloBearParticipant
I learned how to smuggle in hacksaw blades to cut bars, as well as how to make pruno for Shabbos kiddush, in the camp I went to.
It was one of these state sponsored camps and actually I spent three years there…July 1, 2009 12:04 am at 12:04 am #879468bein_hasdorimParticipant
BP Totty: cans in toilet tank lol! you too!
YW Moderator-39: it works, only if the normal running water is cold,
although I put it in a plastic bag before submerging it.
I’m a clean freak that way.
How about shampoo on the door handle for guy who did wake up.
One time when there was no hot water erev Shabbos & it was (Mabbeling) pouring rain
so we showered outside in bathing suits (an all boys camp)
water was pretty warm & the water pressure was Gevaldig!
socks dirty but dont wanna make a wash?
just wear them in the pool for 5 min
(tell everybody you have blisters)
then dry them in bunk with a blowdryer.
This I actually learned in Israel.
Want to cook a hard boiled egg but no pot?
or dont wanna do dishes.
No problem! Use an empty pickle can.
Just fill with water & put on electric stove, wait & presto! Hard boiled eggs.
(in theory this can work for scrambled eggs too)
you just have to keep on stirring.July 1, 2009 12:22 am at 12:22 am #879469
I’ve learned many things in camp. ONe thing that i resent is having mealtimes that are so long. They tell everyone to stand up and make noise and chant. IT IS such A waste of TIME. And then when they take attendance and your not there they want to throw you out. IT IS CRAZY!!!July 1, 2009 12:33 am at 12:33 am #879470
A meal should not be more than 1/2 hour. And they shouldn’t tell a camp of 650 kids (which this year has 100 empty beds first half.) to get up and chant “Get on your feet and make some noise, we’re the … boysJuly 1, 2009 12:34 am at 12:34 am #879471YW Moderator-72Participant
when i last went to camp it was visiting day a few years ago. I learned that my daughter HATED camp.July 1, 2009 12:35 am at 12:35 am #879472
mod, did she go to a different camp the next year?July 1, 2009 12:41 am at 12:41 am #879473YW Moderator-72Participant
1 time camper and she scared off the rest of my kids from going…July 1, 2009 1:21 pm at 1:21 pm #879475SJSinNYCMember
I loved camp! I went to Sternberg and it was awesome!
I learnt how to hike in really unsafe areas…without getting caught 🙂
I learnt how to drive my councelor crazy by claiming that she hated me and giving examples and having her try to convince me that she didn’t hate me. It was too fun 🙂July 1, 2009 2:32 pm at 2:32 pm #879476bptParticipant
Mod 39 –
Maybe the water in your camp was not as cold. MA was in Livingson Manor (very cold!)
P.S. – At the risk of being nailed for hijacking a thread, I think this could be expanded to “things I learned how to when the 80% of your kitchen (and 100% of your wife) is in the mountains”.
Did you know you could bake hamburgers on a cookie sheet?
Did you know that carrots /poatatoes can be eaten without being peeled?
Did you know that NOTHING can open cans besides a can opener (not screwdivers, not pliers)
Ahh, summertime!July 1, 2009 2:39 pm at 2:39 pm #879477
I tried the toilet tank trick in the PoconosJuly 1, 2009 3:02 pm at 3:02 pm #879478Mayan_DvashParticipant
The one year I went to sleep away camp, I was the “Computers Counselor” For 3 hours a day I had to make sure the 286’s and 386’s were playing the games and reboot / reload when necessary. We had a decent sized dehumdifier to keep the room dry and cool. Instead of emptying the water collector, we would fill our super-soakers with it. It was much easier than trying to put a super-soaker water tank under the faucet of a tiny bathroom sink. I also learned that when you have an assistant you are his babysitter, especially when he’s related to head staff.
;July 1, 2009 4:56 pm at 4:56 pm #879479
Re: cooling stuff off in a toilet tank:
Most toilets that have tanks use a ballcock that is designed to allow a very small trickle of water to constantly go into the bowl to avoid having the water stagnate.
As long as the water is coming from a cool source (i.e. an underground well) this will keep the water in the tank somewhat cool, even if the toilet is not being flushed (and much cooler if it is flushed frequently).
I would never put food or drink into a toilet tank because:
1) If the top of the bowl is above the bottom of the tank, you can get water from the bowl going back into the tank (this setup is uncommon, except for fancy one-piece units).July 1, 2009 5:25 pm at 5:25 pm #879480
It works for cooling beer, which is all that matters. Re ICOT’s attempt to dissuade this practice, please note that the toilet is not being used for any other purpose, based on the rule “ma’alin bakodesh…”. If there are no other toilets to be used for mundane purposes, there’s always the grocery store or the neighbors. But soda???July 1, 2009 5:35 pm at 5:35 pm #879481feivelParticipant
“Most toilets that have tanks use a ballcock that is designed to allow a very small trickle of water to constantly go into the bowl to avoid having the water stagnate.”
water goes back into the bowl after a flush at the same time the tank is filling.
once the ballcock shuts off, both outflows are stopped completely, unless you have a malfunctioning toilet.
that is for the common ballcock setup. perhaps there are some models that allow a constant trickle continuously but i highly doubt it. that would generally be referred to as a “leak”. a setup like that, which ive never seen, would run counter to most local water conservation codes.July 1, 2009 5:48 pm at 5:48 pm #879482feivelParticipant
i hope we dont have a toilet controversy here in the coffee room.
if it looks like its turning into an overflow of controversy i would be willing to backup on my opinion.July 1, 2009 6:18 pm at 6:18 pm #879483oomisParticipant
EEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!! That is my one and only comment on the toilet stuff.July 1, 2009 8:26 pm at 8:26 pm #879486
Well, sometimes people would come around at night and try ‘painting’ the sleeping campers’ faces. I always made sure to have ‘ammunition’ next to my bed. Like toothpaste, hair spray… (I’d wake up from the noise usually)July 1, 2009 8:42 pm at 8:42 pm #879487
Btw, toothpaste (mint in particular) b-u-r-n-s when applied to the face.
We would also safety-pin roommates to their sheets while they slept. (This works very well cuz one person can work on the person at a time and it doesn’t make too much noise)July 1, 2009 9:28 pm at 9:28 pm #879488
In loo of looking up that factoid, I erroneously relied on what I was told many years ago.
Thank you for the correction.July 2, 2009 6:12 am at 6:12 am #879489
not sure what else i learnt from camp, but dorm life (yeshiva/ seminary)i sure did!July 2, 2009 2:20 pm at 2:20 pm #879490oomisParticipant
You are just a running font of information today, aren’t you, ICOT!!!!! 😉July 2, 2009 3:06 pm at 3:06 pm #879491
So ambush, share them with us!July 2, 2009 4:58 pm at 4:58 pm #879492
ICOT, I assure you I am no Brit. No milk in my tea, no crumpets, and certainly no warm beer. I’m not averse to hot toddies, providing that there is no water and no sugar added 🙂July 3, 2009 7:27 pm at 7:27 pm #879493
How about Thomas’s English Muffins?
(I like ’em, but unfortunately they’re cholov stam and therefore off-limits to a large number of posters)July 3, 2009 8:02 pm at 8:02 pm #879494anon for thisParticipant
ICOT, there are pareve english muffins on the market, at least on the east coast. I’ve only seen these sold as store brands, at Shoprite & local dollar stores, with a kof-k.July 3, 2009 8:48 pm at 8:48 pm #879495
anon for this-
I’ve had parave English muffins from (IIRC) Freihofer’s and others in the past.
While they are decent, nothing compares to a well-toasted Thomas’s with lots of melted butter and salt –or– grilled cheese.
I will substitute cholov Yisroel or parave if comparable, but in this case it’s not even close.July 5, 2009 8:25 pm at 8:25 pm #879496
I learnt in camp… How to make my bed, and sleep in such a position, that when I got up, with one quick swoooosh I was out of bed with my bed perfectly made! All in a span of three seconds!July 6, 2009 12:02 am at 12:02 am #879497YW Moderator-42Moderator
I learned that it is important to take a shower at least once a month – whether you need it or notJuly 6, 2009 1:07 pm at 1:07 pm #879499
Well, if you go swimming every single day, you DEFINITELY dont need a shower!July 7, 2009 7:21 pm at 7:21 pm #879500DeliberatelyEsotericMember
i learned that bears also like the filling of oreo cookies better than the cookie part 🙂July 8, 2009 8:04 pm at 8:04 pm #879501bein_hasdorimParticipant
you can toast bread & rolls with an iron.
(DO NOT USE STEAM!)
this is more a traveling tip, but when i travel on vac etc..
& no fridge in room, I pump up ac full blast & leave food next to
vent. It’s really common sense. 🙂
I also have a rotation where I ask front desk for soap n shampoo(at 4 star)
with cap & sunglasses, then w/o, then housekeeping.
Then I use them when I stay at cheaper hotel stays.
I’m in therapy for that!July 9, 2009 3:03 pm at 3:03 pm #879502
On the subject of irons, it is clear to me from their shape and operating temperature that they were originally designed to heat pizza. But then, men realized that they already had an invention that forces their wives to cook for them (called the oven), so there was no need for a second such invention. Therefore, they found an alternate use for the invention that would force their wives to do more laundry work, and marketed it so.July 27, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am #879504GoldieLoxxMember
i learned that noone really like color warJuly 28, 2009 4:33 am at 4:33 am #879505AshreinuParticipant
What I Learned In Camp:
The no-frills frum girls camp I went to, taught me so much about myself, other people and life, things I use till today.
The importance of self-esteem. Seeing the positive in others. Beleiving in G-d. Beleiving in yourself. Transcending materialism to see other people’s essence.
And daily life skills like:
How to build a fire.
Sleep in a tent in the woods.
Scare away bears or calmly walk away from a close encounter.
Bear proof your nosh so you dont find muddy paw prints leading to your stash…..
Go mudsliding after the rain.
Cut down trees and lash together a useable structure.
Learn to swim.
Blaze a trail. Use a compass.
Find my way in the forest. Build a shelter in the woods.
Sleep under the stars.
Hike up a cliff, through a river and scramble rocks.
Slither through a dark, cold, muddy cave and do 100 jumping jacks to prevent hypothermia.
Roast marshmallows in bed
Make fireworks with steel wool and lighter
Hide your beer
Light up deoderant, mousse and nail polish remover – put em all together and BAM!!! Just be careful not to singe your eyebrows and hairline or catch your hands on fire:)
oh, the nostalgia.
That was so cathartic.
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