Children on winter camp in Australia play a game about Israel with KKL-JNF's Educational Caravan.
(photo credit: YIGAL NISELL KKL-JNF)
While millions of Israelis fly abroad for their summer vacation, tens of thousands of children and teenagers in the Diaspora have fun connecting to Israel through KKL-JNF’s educational caravan. The caravan visited summer camps in the northern hemisphere and winter camps in the southern hemisphere, bringing far-away Israel close to campers’ hearts.
This past July was filled with visits by the blue and white KKL-JNF educational caravan to summer and winter camps for children and teenagers throughout the world. Dozens of campers in Jewish youth groups and youth movements throughout the United States and Australia, as well as other countries such as Italy and Georgia, had the opportunity to participate in fun educational activities imparted by KKL-JNF’s educational caravan. The activities emphasized KKL-JNF’s contribution to the community and the environment, and provided an introduction to the Land of Israel and the enormous amount of development that is taking place here thanks to KKL-JNF. Yigal Nisell, KKL-JNF’s educational emissary to Australia, said, “The educational caravan has already become an integral part of the landscape of the camps for young people.”
Australia: Two Days Away from Israel
Here in Israel, it is summer and really hot outside. But in Australia, which is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are the opposite of what they are in the northern hemisphere - meaning that the months of July and August are the middle of winter. In Australia, all the members of youth movements, from elementary school to high school age, attend a week-long camp twice a year: a summer camp in December-January and a winter camp in June-July.
Unlike summer camps in Israel, the children and teenagers in Australia enjoy comfortable surroundings where they can stay in winter and summer alike. They sleep in cabins that have showers and indoor toilets. The camps have dining rooms and types of activities that can be held inside or outside. Everything depends upon the weather, since winter in Australia can be terribly cold and wet.
The winter camps of youth movements carry out independent activities of their own. To these were added activities from KKL-JNF in the spirit of its values, such as settlement and knowledge of Israel’s geography, with a map of Israel and its inhabited areas, and a connection to the Declaration of Independence, the people, and the state. Most of the activities were created in Israel, while some were created in collaboration with KKL-JNF emissaries and youth movement counselors.