Last year, I introduced the amazing inventors of Swish in this post. Zvi and Gali both continue to teach in Israel, and Gali Shimoni recently shared this fantastic story of their experience using Swish at a local summer camp!
I have a very good friend that every summer runs 2 camps for excellent students (each camp is for 7 days and 6 nights). One camp is for students who finished grade 7, and the other is for those who finished grade 8.
A couple of months ago he called me and said, “I want to use the game you and Zvi invented in my camps.” The interesting thing is that this friend had never played Swish.
He added, “every day I ask my students a daily riddle. The one who solves each riddle gets a prize. This year I want the prize to be Swish. I think about it as a test for your game – will students put the game away, or will they play it during their spare time?
So, my friend bought 6 games for each camp, and I gave him 2 more just for his counselors. In the beginning of camp, my friend called and said his counselors were addicted to the game! On the second day, my friend called and said I must quickly come to see what was happening in his camp. When I got there, I saw groups of students all over the place sitting and playing the game!
When I looked at the game of one of the groups, I immediately saw 3 cards that made a Swish. I told the student that I found a Swish, and they said I could show it to them. When I pointed at the 3 cards, the students told me that they were sorry, but they were looking just for Swishes made of 5 cards or more – as I mentioned, excellent students!
My friend summarized the experience: “Now I know that all what you said about the game you invented is true!”