Gilgal Gazette Weekly Edition

The whole Gilgal Gazette (East, Midwest, and West) will be live online later this fall, but we’ll be sharing pieces from the Camp Gilgal East Gazette here each week. The Gilgal Gazette is a newspaper written by Camp Gilgal campers, for Camp Gilgal campers. We hope that you enjoy it!

Archery: A very fun yet challenging activity

Dinah G., Age 11, Tribe of Ephraim (Junior Camp)

Having control over the arrows can be very challenging, so many people lose arrows. Finding the arrows can be very hard, so we don’t always find them. Hitting the target can also take a lot of skill and aim. Nobody in my archery class actually hit a bullseye, but many people did get quite close to hitting the target. It was exciting and a great challenge.  Some of the bows were harder to use than others, so some of the campers were very picky when selecting their bows. There were times when people lost so many arrows that they had to use the bad arrows instead of the good arrows and they were harder to aim.

Archery was a fun experience for me and everyone else. I really liked it and hope to get better at it next year.

Screamo

Isaiah H., Age 13, Tribe of Simeon (Teen Camp)

For an all camp activity we play an amazing game called Screamo. Screamo is a game where you roll a dice and flip the tile of that specific number and once all of your tiles are flipped then you win. In this game you have to choose a partner. My partner was Elliot, also, he’s my fake twin brother. During the game me and Elliot were winning every game until… The twins (These twins are my counselor’s sisters). They were the first people we lost to. Me and Elliot were sad because we lost. While we were competing against them them everyone was yelling because the game is so so so so intense, sweat was dripping down our faces as we were flipping over the pieces and rolling the dice and then all of a sudden the twins yelled “SCREAMO!!!” Once they yelled that, me and Elliot were so upset but they didn’t see their other card and me and Elliot won and were so happy. We can’t wait to play this amazing game again next year.

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Gilgal Gazette Weekly Edition

The whole Gilgal Gazette (East, Midwest, and West) will be live online later this fall, but we’ll be sharing pieces from the Camp Gilgal East Gazette here each week. The Gilgal Gazette is a newspaper written by Camp Gilgal campers, for Camp Gilgal campers. We hope that you enjoy it!

Activities

Levi S., age 8, Tribe of Judah (Junior Camp)

At Camp Gilgal we have 4 activities every day. You get to pick 2 activities and then everyone has Hebrew and Craft. Activities are a lot of fun and you get to learn to work together. Soccer is my favorite activity. It is my favorite because I love to run and I’m really good at shooting goals. Soccer is my favorite sport at home too – last year my team won the championship!

I also really like Hebrew. This year is my first year and I learned the Aleph Bet. My Hebrew teacher Beardo taught us a song and it made it easy to remember. We also learned to introduce ourselves in Hebrew, the days of the week and our colors.

Craft is also awesome! Birkenstock teaches craft and she brought her baby, Buster. In craft we made a box with a metal lid and I will use it to hold my special favorite stuff at my house.

Activities are really fun and I can’t wait to see what activities are available next year.

White Water Rafting

Rebekah C., Age 14, Tribe of Judah (Teen Camp)

On the way to rafting I had a fun time on the bus with my friends. When we were rafting it was so exciting because it is fun and you get to see the beautiful scenery. We went into big waves and got splashed a lot. On the raft we had a contest of how many horseflies we could whack. We killed around 43 flies. Our guide was really funny and outgoing, we gave him the name ‘Viking’. The rafting felt more intense this year and exciting. We also went “surfing” – it’s when we all go at the front of the boat and glide on a wave. After rafting, we went back to the wild waters rafting area. Then we had a really great dinner there. They also had a shop with a lot of really neat souvenirs. We all had a really great time on our rafting trip, this was my second time and I love it! I can’t wait ‘till next year.

Introducing….The 2015 Camp Gilgal East Gilgal Gazette!

The whole Gilgal Gazette (East, Midwest, and West) will be live online later this fall, but we’ll be sharing pieces from the Camp Gilgal East Gazette here each week. The Gilgal Gazette is a newspaper written by Camp Gilgal campers, for Camp Gilgal campers. We hope that you enjoy it!

A Day in Camp Gilgal!

Netanya W., Age 11, Tribe of Ephraim (Junior Camp)

The first thing we do in Camp Gilgal when we wake up is get changed and go brush our teeth and then line up in our tribes and walk to breakfast and when we get there we eat! Their food is awesome! It’s so yummy! And after that we go to our cabin and clean up! And when we are done cleaning we go to Tabernacle and have worship, we sing! And then learn a Bible story lesson! After that we go to our 1st and 2nd activity then we line up for lunch and walk down to lunch and eat! Then we see our score for cabin clean up and that’s how we get points so we can go to the Big Party at the end of Camp! So then we go back to our cabin and do our 3rd and 4th activities then we go to dinner and eat! When we get back we either do a big camp activity which is really really fun! Or some other big surprise! I love Camp because every second we are doing something awesome and fun! And every second we are getting closer to God! It’s amazing and we are always excited for what happens next and there’s always surprises! That is our camp day! I hope you’ll come and check it out!

Zombie Survival

Keane R., Age 15, Tribe of Simeon (Teen camp)

This year at Camp Gilgal there was an activity known as “Zombie Survival.” I was the only camper to participate so this is some top-secret information. First we discussed what five things we would have in the case of the apocalypse. I said food, water, a pistol with a muffler, a machete, and shelter. Then we made an ideal, completely ridiculous, survival shelter. It was comprised of genetically engineered redwood trees – they would be extremely high, fireproof, very wide, and could bear fruit. Storage and normal civilization would be closest to the tops of the trees along with solar panels and a botanical garden because the tops of the trees would be flat. The houses would be sort of set up like Ewok houses with bridges connecting the tops and surrounding the trees like rings. The differences are the houses are inside the trees and are used for different things. Lastly, there is a lower floor with a huge drop ladder that is for the army to live in so they can shoot down zombies and invaders. This is what zombie survival was like. I love teen camp activities because they require creativity and imagination, I can’t wait for next year!