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!
AJ S., Age 9, Tribe of Benjamin (Junior Camp)
Basketball is an activity that we play at Camp and it is fun. I get to play with Scooter in our activity when we went to the basketball court. We played 3 on 3 and we had so much fun. Until it had to end. One day when I was waiting for basketball it was too hot to walk to the Basketball court so we played Nukem in the field instead. We played against the Rockwall group. I can’t wait to play basketball next year. Also Scooter encourages me to be a better basketball player and basketball makes me feel good.
Alyssa C., age 14, Tribe of Ephraim (Teen Camp)
Oh paintball… Where do I even begin? It was traumatizing. And awesome, but traumatizing. I am writing this right now, covered in welts and mosquito bites and frankly I can’t tell which are which.
This was my first paintball experience so I didn’t know what to expect, except that it was going to hurt. So, we get to the paintball place, which is located at the camp in the woods. We were split up into two teams. From this point on, it gets kinda surprising. We learned how to use the paintball gun, and put on our helmets. The two teams had to stand across from each other and shoot each other to get used to it. Everyone was shocked to be shooting their friend right across from them. The first time I got hit it felt like what I’d imagine a bullet is like. It was right on my thigh and I wanted to just crawl up in a ball and cry. It was surprising, but went away after a few seconds.
Well, after that happened, we played mini 6-minute games. I was about to give up but realized it really wasn’t that bad and fought through the pain. I was happy that I shot a few people but my aim was still pretty bad. After it was done we all talked about our experiences and then Elliot ate a paintball for a dollar (after making sure it was non-toxic). I’m not gonna talk about that, it was weird and kinda gross (obviously).
I realized that even though it was scary I’m glad I experienced it with all of my friends and that paintball isn’t just for some people. I would definitely do paintball again next year because turns out it was really fun and exciting. I encourage everyone to try paintball at least once in their life because it’s an awesome experience once you get going.