This is a Psychology Today article from a couple of years ago, but it is still relevant this year. Now is the time to start thinking and planning for summer camp and for talking to your Jewish friends about Camp Gilgal for this upcoming summer. Take a look!
I don’t know about all of the campers or the rest of the staff, but I had a GREAT time at WWW 2014! We studied Psalm 40 in our morning lessons and then our memory verse was Psalm 40:1-3. The Junior Campers looked at God rescuing people in the Bible during times of trouble and also looked at different ways that we can worship God from the Bible. The Teens also looked at Psalm 40– they talked about attributes of God and reasons that he is praiseworthy and the second day they shared times where they had struggled to see or feel God’s presence and shared what to do in the midst of trouble. The oldest teens spent time looking at the text “inductively” by observing things in the text, asking questions, and finding their own applications in King David’s words.
On Friday we had our opening ceremonies for the first Camp Gilgal Wonderful Winter Weekend 2014 Winter Olympic Games (the name is long, but that is what I(Sox) kept calling it!) Each team got to know their members and made country names and team flags. On Saturday we had our Olympic Games which I think proved to be a successful color war experience. We had fencing, jump roping, several kinds of dodgeball, and mascot making.
In the midst of these things we also gathered for tabernacle for an erev Shabbat (Friday evening), Shabbat (Saturday morning), and Havdalah (Saturday evening) services with some liturgy and a devotion. We learned the Kiddush blessings in Hebrew, ate meals together, watched a movie, had cabin clean up time, Tribe Time, and even some FOB (flat on bunk nap/quiet time). This was a great Wonderful Winter Weekend! Check out the Camp Gilgal East Facebook page for more stories, and maybe these initial details will give you some questions to ask your camper so you can hear even more about our time together!
If you haven’t added the Camp Gilgal East page on Flickr to see the photos, we still want to give you a few glimpses at all of the fun we had! Stories and a recap will come tomorrow!
There was a packing list in the registration packet, but we wanted to give it to you again. We can’t wait for WWW and are so excited about all of the recent snow! Please make sure to bring winter gear, especially a change of shoes. We will be playing outside!
Make sure to have:
*Gloves/mittens (preferably waterproof)
*Snow pants if you have them
*Snow boots/warm shoes that can get wet
*2-3 changes of clothes
*Toothbrush and toothpaste
*Other Toiletries as needed
Things to leave at home
*radios, cassette players, CD players/mp3 players/ipods*, etc.,
*portable video games, television sets
*knives, fireworks, matches/lighters,
*any unsuitable reading material.
We can’t wait! Let us know if there is anything that we forgot!