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Amelimot Tiyul First Session 2018 

June 27-June 28 

# SAVE THE TREES


#SAVE THE FOREST
# WILD FIRES CAN BE GOOD
TABLE OF CONTENTS
P1…………………………………………….TOC

P2-5…………………………………………..LUZ

P6……………………………………………..SOME LOGISTICS

P7-10…………………………………………….Q and A with Fort Custer Natureee

P11…………………………………………...BINGO

P12-13……………………………………..Leave No Trace

P14……………………………………...Gamesss

Dear Madrichol!

The tiyul is one of the most significant tools we have as a youth movement. Through the tiyul we
create an educational space, where the capabilities and skills of the chanichimot are reflected
and magnified.
Tiyul reinforces the relationship of the chanichol with the nature, the earth, with their kvutza and
themselves, as they face challenges that only being in nature allows.

Guidelinesss
Remember - accidents don’t just happen, they are being caused.
● chanichimot should wear a hat and sunscreen and drink water even if the sun is blazing.
● Do not walk around barefoot, in the parking area or at any stage of the trip.
● We're going as a group, and don’t stray off the trails.
● There should be a madrichol at the lead and at the end of each kvutza.
● Encourage consolidation of the walking group
● General sanitation when preparing food or eating: strict hand washing before eating and
eating with clean dishes.
● Make sure we leave the places where we walked and slept clean.
● don’t harm wildlife, plants and the inanimate.
● Do not leave equipment lying around.
● Put away all food in vehicles before going to bed, to avoid run ins with unwanted visitors
(aka Racoons)  

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Campsite:​ Fort Custer State Recreation Arełl 
5163 Fort Custer Dr, Augusta, MI 49012
Phone​: ​(269) 731-4200

 
Matarot L’Chanichimot B’Tiyul:  Matarot L’Tzevet B’Tiyul: 
★    ★  
★   
★  

Tafkidim for all of tiyul: 


Meds PP _______  
Pack up med forms and med backpack the morning of tiyul. 
Administer medications and first aid during tiyul, plus any other instructions from 
Marp.  
Unpack the med forms and med backpack when you return. 
Mother Nature (weather PP) _______  

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Download the Weather Channel app onto your phone and fully charge the 
phone before leaving for tiyul. If your phone does not have good service in the 
area, share with a tzevet member who has the best service. 
Before tiyul, take a look at the forecast to make note of if there is a chance of rain 
or thunderstorms in order to logistically and emotionally prepare. Check in with 
Katrina to talk through potential rain strategies.  
On tiyul, check the radar function of the weather app before dinner and before 
going to bed. Communicate with your extra tzevet member 
(maz/melava/madatz) and they will get in touch with Amit if needed. 
  
A LOOSEY GOOSEY SCHEDULE, adjust as needed 
day before tiyul 
Menucha 
Packing toranimot (also hype up TIYUL!) _______ _______  
 
10:00ish TE ends, time to pack shtuff! 
Pack supplies from pole barn into Vehicle: _________ 
 
day 1 of tiyul 
8:00 Kima, bring stuff to Kikar 
8:30 Hikansut, bring your things down to the kikar 
8:50 Aruchat Boker  
Driver pack food into vehicle:​ ​_________  
Meds PP pick up med forms and med backpack:​ ​__________  
9:30 Amelimot vans leave! 
10:30 Amelimot dropped off at Fort Custer! Set up ohelim!  
11:00 Lunch setup PP ​ ​_______ 
11:30 LUNCHHHHHH  
12:00 Toranut: tzevet ​ _​ ______ chanichimot ​ ​_______ _______ ​ ​_______ _______ ​ _​ ______ 
Everyone else: menucha 
1:00 Lemida: Leave No Trace & Rain Safety _______ 
1:30 Prep for hike: pack daypacks, put on sunscreen, hiking shoes 
1:45 Leave for 4.5 mile hike, blue trail. Around Jackson Hole Lake and Whitford 
Lavender Lake  
Navigator: _______ 
Chinuch Madrichol: _______ 
 
4:00ish Return to campsite for chill time.  

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5:00 Build the fire together! Gathering firewood then coming together to learn how to 
set up the firewood and tend the flame. See tiyul resource for guidelines!  
PP _______ 
5:30 Begin aruchat erev prep; Lentils and pasta  
7:00 Aruchat Erev 
7:45 Toranut: tzevet ​ _​ ______ chanichimot ​ ​_______ _______ ​ ​_______ _______ ​ ​_______ 
Everyone else: menucha, prep for medura.  
Gathering acts and doing skits _______ _______ 
8:45 Medura!  
Fire PP _______  
S’mores PPs _______ _______ 
9:30 Laila tov! All of tzevet except the fire PPs sivuv and help chanichimot get to bed. 
 
day 2 of tiyul 
7:00 Kima _______ _______ 
7:30 Aruchat Boker prep with chanichimot  
PP________ _________  
8:00 Aruchat Boker 
8:30 Toranut: tzevet ​ ​_______ chanichimot ​ ​_______ _______ ​ _​ ______ _______ ​ ​_______ 
Everyone else: start packing up stuff 
 
9:00 Pack up all gear.  
Ohel PP from Wednesday facilitate _______ 
Put all stuff except what you’ll bring on the hike into the emergency vehicle. 
Divide up aruchat tzohorayim ingredients and tziud so that chanichimot each 
carry one part of the meal on the hike. 
10:00 Leave for 2.5 mile hike to canoeing, with Short hiking peula 
Navigator: _______ 
Social Madrichol (helping everyone feel included): _______ 
Peula PP:______ 
11:30 Arrive, Aruchat Tzorayim 
  Everyone clean up 
12:30 Get canoes from ‘Concessions’ at Eagle Lake PP______  
LG:_____  
Amelimot canoe around the island, get off and explore 
2:30 Dry off and head back to vehicles 
3:00 Leave!   
4:00 Get back to camppp get back to machaneh. Tiyul’s not over till all gear is 
reassembled, inventoried with Katrina, and put away. 

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GGC PP (unpacking non-food supplies and helping chanichimot with ohelim) 
______  
Unpack coolers and toranut pots and pans: ______  
Return med pack, medications and med forms  
 
4:30 Shower time 
Toranimot: _____ _______  
 
Lifeguarding​: rules while swimming 
- water observers create an invisible box that chanichimot can swim in 
- 2 madrichimot waste deep 
- 2 madrichimot ankle deep 
- If 1 LG: LG should stand on beach in the middle of the two lines of madrichim  
- If 2 LGs: 1 LG should stand on beach in between 2 water observers, and 1 
should stand in between 2 waste deep water observers  
- Go over rules with chanichimot before swimming 
- They need to stay in the invisible square 
- They need to listen to all LGs and water observers 
- All the same swimming rules from machaneh apply to swimming on Tiyul 
- The buddy board will not be a white board, but the same system still 
applies (buddies, buddy check, and leaving water with buddy) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LOGISTICS  
OHELIM  

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5 tents total = 4 person TZEVET SLEEPS WITH CHANICHIMOt 

3 female 

3 boys and male tzevet  

 
 
GGC [great gear check] 
What to check for……………  
​ heck each ohel for the following, and report any troubles that have arisen, or any seen 
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during the check. If ohelim are wet during GGC at campsite, they should be brought back to 
camp, and set up by the chanichimot in the mitriya when you get back from tiyul before 
beginning showertime.   
CHECK EACH OHEL AT THE END OF THE TIYULLL for the following:  
- stakes? (were there enough? Any difficulties with them?)  
- Visqueen (clear plastic under ohel, was it the right size? Any holes?)  
- Zippers of ohel?  
- Rainfly?  
- The Ohel itself   
Report back after tiyul during unpacking time with Katrina about each ohels state of 
being 
 
 
WHO:  
5 tzevet + Abby + Ali  
Drivers: Ali + Reuben  
1 spaceship + 1 15 seater (take 2 seats out each van)  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Fort Custer INFO
Source:

http://www.michigandnr.com/FTP/parks/Stewardship_Volunteers/FCRA%20EBT/Stewardship%20Pla
n%20-%20Lvl%203%20-%20Fort%20Custer%20-%20DRAFT.pdf

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TREES? ​Area contains a large landscape mosaic of oak barrens and


dry-mesic southern (oak-hickory) forest.

HOW BIG IS THIS PARK??? ​ 7,570-acres

HOW MANY SPECIAL SPECIES HERE?? ​ 15 state threatened or


special concern species live within Fort Custer Recreation Area, with
additional rarities known from the training center.

WHO CARES FOR THIS LAND???


The State Park Stewardship Program (SPSP) and Fort Custer State
Recreation Area

WHO FIRST SETTLED HERE????​ European-American settlement

WHAT DID THE LAND LOOK LIKE PRIOR TO THIS?? ​Michigan had over
700,000 acres of oak barrens, . Oak barrens were used by Native
Americans.

WHAT EXISTS IN THE OAK BARRENS??​ widely-spaced oak trees in a


matrix of grasses and wildflowers (a savanna) ranging from as open as a
prairie To a woodland with an open canopy.

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WHAT WERE OAK BARRENS USED FOR??​ In addition to extensive
grazing and farming, Fort Custer’s oak barrens were used for the military
for things including bombing and tank training that changed the vegetation
and land surface.

HOW MUCH OF THE OLD OAK BARRENS EXIST???


less than one percent BUT one of the best remaining examples still occurs
at Fort Custer

WHY HERE??
They are next to wetlands where they are protected from the more frequent
fires of the oak barrens and prairies.

HOW DO WE PROTECT THE NATURAL SPECIES???


Management activities will be conducted at Fort Custer under seven broad
conservation goals: restoration, monitoring, education, volunteer
stewardship, research and inventory, funding and cooperation, and land
acquisition.

WHY IS FORT CUSTER AN IMPORTANT ECOSYSTEM???


Rare landscape.

WHAT IS THE MICHIGAN STATE PARK STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM?


A program to preserve the natural ecosystems of Michigan, to preserve,
protect, and restore the natural and cultural resources present within
Michigan State Parks.

HOW DO YOU DRIVE HERE?/ WHAT IS THE ADDRESS?


Fort Custer State Recreation Area is located within Kalamazoo County,
T2S, R9W, portions of Sections 1-4, 9-11, and 16, and T1S, R9W, portions
of Sections 34-36. The headquarters is located at 5163 West Fort Custer
Drive, Augusta, Michigan 49012. The entrance to FCSRA is located
approximately 1⁄4 mile east of the village of Augusta. Traveling westbound
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on I-94, take exit 92, north 4 miles to M-96, then west 7 miles on M-96 to
the park entrance.

WHAT IS THE NATURAL LANDSCAPE OF FORT CUSTER TODAY???


Degraded patches of oak barrens and prairie openings, scattered
oak-hickory forests, and large blocks of non-native black locust stands.
This habitat supports populations of both prairie/grassland plants and
animals, as well as interior forest species.

WHAT IS THE PHONE NUMBER??


(517) 373-9900

WHAT ARE THE DOMINANT PLANT COMMUNITIES?


Black oak-white oak, and beech-sugar maple

WHY IS NATURAL LIFE DECLINING IN FORT CUSTER?


Natural wildfires

HOW IS THE LAND FORMED?


Melting Water flowing off of old glaciers

WHAT ARE HISTOSOLS?


Mucky wetland soils

WHAT ARE MOLLISOLS?


Prairie soils

WHAT BIRDS ARE IN THIS AREA?


greater prairie-chicken; upland sandpiper; bobolink; eastern meadowlark;
savanna, grasshopper, field, song, chipping, vesper, lark, and
Henslow’s sparrows; dickcissel; northern bobwhite; eastern bluebird;
eastern kingbird; indigo bunting; American goldfinch; red-headed

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woodpecker; golden-winged and yellow warblers; loggerhead shrike;
American kestrel; tree swallow; horned lark; and red-tailed hawk.

WHAT MAMMALS USED TO LIVE HERE BUT DON’T ANYMORE?


white-tailed deer, American bison, elk, eastern cottontail, woodchuck,
thirteen-lined ground squirrel, eastern mole, deer mouse, meadow vole,
prairie vole, meadow jumping mouse, red fox, and striped skunk.

WHAT MAINTAINED OAK BARRENS?


Frequent fires and droughty soil conditions were the primary factors
that historically maintained oak barrens. Without periodic fires or some
other type of brush management, many oak barrens in Michigan, including
many of those at Fort Custer, have turned into brush and oak forest.

floodplain forest in the farthest southern portions of Michigan is dominated


by sycamore (Platanus occidentalis), hackberry (Celtis occidentalis),
tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera), and

FIRE IS IMPORTANTTT

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Spotted: Walked Hear birdies SWAMP See a fish
A Fox Hole Whitford Lake

Grass Opening See a caterpillar See Prairie It rains Butterflies


from the forestttt grasses

See a frog; and Drankkk a See leaves Set up an ohel


ribbit whole water
bottleee
TIYUL
happens !!!

Make a new Make a yummy Pick a bouquet Go BYPL!


friend tiyul wrapppp of wildflowers [go Beyond
with silly foods and present it to Your Perceived
your Mashatzzz Limitations]

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The Leave No Trace Seven Principles
The Leave No Trace Seven Principles are the bedrock of the Leave No Trace program. They provide guidance to
enjoy our natural world in a sustainable way that avoids human-created impacts. The principles have been adapted
so they can be applied in your backyard or your backcountry.

Note: click any of the headers below for a much deeper explanation on each principle.

Plan Ahead and Prepare

● Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you'll visit.
● Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
● Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.
● Visit in small groups when possible. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups.
● Repackage food to minimize waste.
● Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

● Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
● Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.
● Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.
● In popular areas:
● Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
● Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.
● Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.
● In pristine areas:
● Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.
● Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.

Dispose of Waste Properly

● Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash,
leftover food and litter.
● Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and
trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
● Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.
● To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small
amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.

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Leave What You Find

● Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
● Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
● Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
● Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.

Minimize Campfire Impacts

● Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the environment. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a
candle lantern for light.
● Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.
● Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
● Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.

Respect Wildlife

● Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.


● Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them
to predators and other dangers.
● Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
● Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
● Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors

● Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.


● Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
● Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.
● Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.
● Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.

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Gamesss
Packman- ​Draw a packman on the garbage bag, and eat the garbage on the way.

Camera- ​Split the chanichimot to pairs. Every pair goes around, one with closed eyes and the
other chanichol leads them to all sorts of interesting places around, when the seeing chanichol
signals the other (tap on the shoulder for example) they open their eyes for up to 3 seconds and
closes them until the next time.
This is a good way to look at the surface from different angle. Of course, changing roles half
way through.

Jacob the bottle- ​Each chanichol writes a task on a note, folds it and put it into a small bottle
(you can also use a plastic bag). During the hike the chanichimot passes the bottle from one to
another, trying to be unnoticed. The aim of the game is that the bottle won’t end up in your bag
when the kvutza stops. When the kvutza stops, everyone checks where the bottle is. Who ever
has Jacob takes out a task from the it and does it.

The murderer on the road- ​Everyone in the kvutza gets a name of someone else from the
kvutza and a particular word. The objective is to remove a “kill” that person by making them say
the same word. If the person says the word you have on the note you tell them that they were
"murdered" and shows them their note. After getting “killed” the “dead” person gives the note
they received to the “murderer”, and they continue with the “killing spree”. At the end of the
runway looking into who has the most ballots and they are the winner.

The cucumber game- ​The chanichimot stand in a circle and pass a cucumber behind their
backs. One chanichol is standing in the middle and tries to find who holds the cucumber. The
chanichimot are passing the cucumber behind their backs and occasionally it without the
catcher sees them. If someone is being caught, they move to be the person in the middle. Can
play the same thing with a bottle of water that you need to drink from.

Leaves bingo- ​Create different bingo boards of the outlines of leaves that you might see on the
tiyul. The chanichimot need to collect the leaves that matches the bingo squares. First one to
have a bingo wins.

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