Shevet Paamon, a local chapter of the Israeli Scouts in America, recently sent 62 boys and girls from third to 12th grade to participate in their third annual Winter Camp.
The event took place at Camp Letts, a YMCA facility located in Annapolis, Md., where the group engaged in a wide range of activities that included celebrating Kabbalat Shabbat, sitting around bonfires, and lighting a fire sign.
They also mixed and mingled with fellow scouts from Shevet Gilad, the Washington D.C chapter, according to Neta Burshtein, an Israeli shlicha working for the Center for Israel and Overseas at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
The olympics-themed camp session included several team-building activities, she added.
"It was a very successful camp, you could feel the ruach everywhere," Burshtein said, using the Hebrew word for spirit. "It was a great experience for the kids, a great opportunity to develop skills like scouting and team work, qualities like independence, friendship and tolerance."