Parsha post:Shemot

It’s important baby week!

Not only is it Christmas, which is celebrating the birth of Jesus, but the parsha this week is Shemot, which is all about the birth of Moses, another very important baby.

Shemot means names and is found in Exodus 1-6:1. It begins with the descendants of Jacob still living in Egypt.  They had greatly multiplied and the pharaoh (who did not know about Joseph) was afraid of the Israelites. He made them slaves and told the midwives to kill the newborn boys. The midwives feared God more than Pharaoh and did not follow his instructions.

A woman from the tribe of Levi had a boy and hid him until she couldn’t hide him anymore. She then trusted God and put him in a basket on the Nile River. The daughter of the pharaoh rescues the baby and names him Moses.

Moses grows up and runs away after he kills a man who was mistreating an Israelite. He runs to a place called Midian and gets married, has a couple of kids, and becomes a shepherd. While he is caring for his sheep, he sees something weird on a mountain. It’s a bush that’s on fire, but isn’t burning up. Weird.

Anyways, it turns out that it’s God speaking to Moses through the burning bush. God tells Moses that he wants to bring the Israelites out of Egypt and slavery. God even gives Moses signs to show the Israelites that Moses is the right person for the job. But Moses doesn’t think he is. Moses protests that he isn’t a good leader. He doesn’t talk very well and he stutters. He tells God to send someone else.

Then comes my favorite part of this parsha. God tells Moses to be quiet because God made him and knows exactly He’s doing. He makes it so people can speak, He makes it so people can see, He made Moses. So go. And Moses went, reluctantly, but he went.

This parsha reminds me that God doesn’t call the most qualified or most obvious. He calls the ones who he wants for the job. Even though Moses did not feel like the right person for the job, God chose him from birth to be the one.  God rescued him from death as a baby, put him in a place where he could grow up safely, and then led him to a place where he could have a fruitful adulthood with a family. God led him every step of the way.


GGG pics!

So, a little late getting these up, but here are some pics from GGG. 




GGG-or Gilgal Girls Get-together- is a sleepover for Camp Gilgal female campers, alumna, and staff. 

Here are some of the things we did:

dance party 4

We had a dance party

pizza 9

We made pizza. It was amazing.

scavenger hunt 41


Went on a scavenger hunt and found the most disgusting food.

scavenger hunt 36

Found our favorite scent at Bath and Bodyworks

scavenger hunt 29

And did our best superhero poses.



Yeah, it was awesome.

Check out the rest of the photos on our flickr account!



Time for more gazette!

Campfire by Mariya
I really like camp fire. During camp fire we worship God and learn lessons about Him. It’s great because while we sing, we show motions that go with the songs. Then we pray. My favorite camp fire song is “Baby Whale.” It’s fun to sing that song because there are a lot of motions to it. After the songs one of the staff share a devotion from the Bible with us. One of the camp fire talks was by Long Shanks. It was about the armor of God. Ephesians 6:11 says “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” I liked it because it helps me to know that God is protecting me and tells me how to stand strong in him.

How to Be
How To Be by Keane
“How To Be” is a very exciting activity. It teaches you how to be anything that you can imagine. We played games relating to being other things. We had a lot of fun pretending to be Bible Characters, mythical creatures, cartoon characters, etc. In the activity we played a lot of improv games.
One of these games was called “Party.” In this game the person who is “It” pretends to host a party and people begin to join their party acting out specific characters. The person hosting the party has to guess who their guests are or what they are trying to be. The party continues until the host is able to identify what their guests are doing and then those guests are counted as “out.” When we played I really enjoyed this game. In the first round Scooter was the party host and I was a bagworm. Other guests at the party were “Larry the Cucumber,” Little Red Riding Hood, Dora the Explorer, and many others. It was very exciting and I know I had a great time using my imagination and I think everyone else did too.

More Gazette!


Penina S.
Age: 10
Tribe of Asher

As I stare at the target and pull back the string, I can feel the powerful strength rise in my arms. I let go and I can feel the arrow slipping from my fingers. I can feel and hear the arrow hitting the target with a ping. Bull’s-eye!
Archery, yes! I love it! It is a great sport to learn and participate in. Archery is a great sport to learn because it helps with patience, self control, and safety. The way it helps with patience is because you have to wait a lot. Patience helps with self-control. You have to know what to do and when to do it, therefore you need self control. Archery helps with safety because you need to be safe with the equipment. Archery materials can be used against someone as a weapon, so you have to use them correctly or else it isn’t a good camp activity.
In archery, we get to play archer’s games. We also get to shoot on our own. In one of the games we play, we have to try to hit and pop the balloons taped to the targets. In the end, almost all of my arrows hit the target. So, that is part of the reason that I like archery so much, but I like seeing that I can get better with practice.

Chill Time

Colton Z.
Tribe: Benjamin
Chill Time

At certain times of the day we have chill time where we are allowed to chill or have time to do what we want. For me, personally, during this time I like to play sports like soccer or nukum. I love sports and being active, but this is also time to nap or just talk with friends. During chill time I’ve also played card games or just plain relaxed. Chill time is something a lot of people look forward to. Out of all the planned activities at camp this is the only time that is fully yours. Some kind who usually keep to themselves come out of their shells and show their real personality. Along with many other campers and counselors I really enjoy chill time. Chill time makes camp just that much better. I’ve been to every Winter Weekend since I was seven and this is my first year at summer camp. Winter Weekend was fun but not nearly as fun as this! I had such a great experience and having chill time here makes it better. I would love to come back here every year from now on and eventually become a camp counselor.