Sayarim means ‘scouts’ as historically, in this age group, skills necessary for the building of the state of Israel were taught. While the purpose of Sayarim has since changed, a great emphasis is still placed on Israeli education today! Similarly, a portion of Zamir has just returned from a once-in-a-lifetime Shorashim experience in Israel. Camp builds on this, as the theme is peace and resolution. We delve further into Israeli education with the accumulation of a beautiful Tekes (ceremony) dedicated to Israel and her idealized future.
Furthermore, Sayarim is a year where Channies start to engage with what Habonim is, what our history is, and what it means to take ownership and set the tone of this beautiful youth movement. With this comes more kef (fun) as Sayarim is on the cutting edge of Habo culture. The Sayarim Carnival is one of the highlights of Machaneh where Sayarim Channies and Maddies build and decorate food and activity stalls, a haunted forest, and more for this highly anticipated event on Machaneh.
As some of our most senior Channichim, Zamir will be treated with great respect and afforded more freedom! Sayarim has no bedtime, are given more space without being overseen by Madrichim, and are in charge of setting their own culture. This can be seen in their projects and Peulot as they take charge themselves. At no point on our Machaneh do we assign view points, outlooks, or defined tasks. Rather we encourage critical thought and independence. This is especially true for Sayarim as the lives of 16 year olds becomes more complex. This freedom can be expressed in the exclusive tried and tested Sayarim activities, the loud sea of yellow at Ruach (spirit) sessions, and this age group’s historical performance in our sports tournaments. Sayarim is the ‘goldilock’ age to be on Machaneh, with all the freedom Habonim Machaneh has to offer with very little responsibility paired with it. No one is as carefree as a Sayarim Channich on our Machaneh. Zamir can choose what aspects of Machaneh they want to truly invest in to create the amazing and freeing culture that exists in Sayarim.