This week, Yeshiva of South Shore seventh and eighth graders were treated to an ODT workshop that focused on team-building skills. ODT is a set of activities, challenges, and games that develops group dynamics, group problem-solving, communication, connection, trust, and self-awareness. ODT was first created by the British Royal Navy to train troops fighting together to work as a team. It was then adopted and modified by the Israelis who named it ODT, and it is now used in the IDF.
The workshop was led by Meir Bisk, head counselor at Camp Ya’alozu, a wilderness survival camp. Meir challenged the students with games and activities where success can only be reached when the group works as a team. At the beginning, the groups struggled with their challenges as they had to acclimate themselves to rely on their teammates in order to achieve victory. As the students started working together, success became easier.
The students were appreciative of this unique opportunity. Jacob Dimick, an eighth-grader, commented, “I learned the importance of teamwork in everyday life.” Avi Barningham said, “Communication skills are vital to success in any field, and I’m happy to have learned them.”