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!

Devotions in the tribe of Joseph

Hannah K., Age 12, Tribe of Joseph (Junior Camp)

Every night we come together as the tribe of Joseph to read about Joseph. Joseph had 10 older brothers. They did not like him because Joseph’s dad favored him. He even gave him a robe. His brothers didn’t like that so they sold him to Egyptians. The Lord gave him success wherever he went. He became the person in charge of Potiphar’s (Potiphar was a rich Egyptian) house. One day Potiphar’s wife was telling Joseph to do something bad but he did not listen to her because if he did he would not be obeying God. She lied to Potiphar and Joseph got in trouble but he did not do anything wrong! He went to jail, but even in jail God gave him success. He even interpreted 2 dreams! It’s really cool learning about how God worked through Joseph.

Games and Pool

Gita G., Age 14, Tribe of Ephraim (Teen Camp)

The first day I came we had the swimming test. Without hesitating I jumped in the water as soon as my tribe was called. We had to swim to one side on your stomach and back on your back. Then we had to float on our back for a minute. We then swam to the deep end and had to keep our head above water for a minute. It was really easy and fun. After everyone finished taking the test we got to jump in and swim around. The water was the perfect temperature. The pool is an awesome fun way to have fun.

The rest of the days I didn’t want to go swimming. I decided not to swim anymore during the week. I spent the day playing ping pong, card games, and air hockey. Those games were a lot of fun, even though I am terrible at them. Mau is a really fun card game but it makes no sense at all – we don’t talk about the rules!

The best part of all is that you can just sit and relax in the game. You can even memorize the week’s verse. Game room satisfies pretty much anyone. You could have a fun and relaxing time in the pool or a crazy time in the game room. Having down time at camp is a nice break. This is my first year at camp and I’m so glad I came!

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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!

Dear Camp Gilgal

Kaelee F., Age 13, Tribe of Judah (Junior Camp)

Dear Camp Gilgal,

Use this as a reminder to not go too fast on the merry-go-round! Let’s just say that one morning at spectacular Camp Gilgal, playground games were played. At the park, there’s a fun, spinny piece of equipment called the merry-go-round. In fact, Hiccup and Anonymous were using their strength to spin us ‘round and ‘round. The merry-go-round caused the gravity to become abnormal until I was at the edge trying not to slip off! The force, however, was too powerful so I had to jump off! The merry-go-round threw me to the ground, though. It was hilarious and funny so all of us, except for Anonymous, laughed!

-Camper Kaelee

Fort Building

Reva G., Age 14, Tribe of Judah (Teen Camp)

One of my favorite activities was fort building. We had to go in the cabins and get all the mattresses that weren’t being used. We had to carry all the mattresses to the tree knoll. Strings, Hiccup, Keane, Simona, and I had to find out how to keep the mattresses from falling, what we wanted in our fort, and how we wanted it to look. By using the mattresses, we formed a big rectangle. Inside it was a tanning area, a shade area, and a tunnel. We used 7 mattresses alone for the tunnel. After we finished making the fort, we talked about how cool it was. As a group we decided that the rules were no shoes and you had to go through the doorway. Everybody in the group worked as a team which was good because we got the job done. Out of the whole thing the hardest part was bringing the mattresses to the tree knoll and putting the mattresses away. Overall, we had a lot of fun because we got to work together and then relax together. This is my first year at Camp Gilgal. I didn’t expect activities like this, but I really liked it and I hope you can do it next year!

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!

Counselor Hunt

Ephraim L., Age 11, Tribe of Benjamin (Junior Camp)

Rules. The rules of Counselor Hunt are listed below:

  • You must be with a buddy at all times
  • You must stay on the trails
  • If you get lost stay where you are
  • You must find a way to move the counselors

What happened this year was that on the way to getting Beardo, Rachel got stung by a wasp twice then Daniel got stung too so I told the other girls to run but it was too late, the wasp got Sydney. So me and Ezra ran to campfire. Then we went in a different direction and tackled Pamplemousse (the T-Rex ) and held Horizon hostage. Even though people got a little hurt, it was really fun. It is my favorite game next to Mission Impossible and I can’t wait to play again next year!

Field Trip

Simona B., Age 13, Tribe of Judah (Teen Camp)

Every year at Teen Camp we go on a camping trip followed by white water rafting. After lunch, all of us 16 campers jumped in the car to make our journey to the campsite. After a very long hour and a half drive, we arrived at the site. While the staff cooked us dinner, the campers played nukem, swam, played on the playground and more. We had a very tasty dinner after activities followed by a campfire talk and s’mores. When we were all tired, we went in our tents and fell fast asleep. Early the next morning we were woken up for the main activity of the trip – white water rafting! We went over so many rapids but all managed to stay safe. The guides were so skilled and funny. After a long day in the sun and on the water we were served a yummy dinner. Then we went to the gift shop and people bought souvenirs. Sadly, it was time to go home. It was the best field trip ever, and it lasted two days! My personal favourite part was the fastest rapid. There was a huge rock that we went down and I almost fell out! Our guide told us exactly what to do so we were safe. The fast rapids were definitely the most fun. I’m looking forward to next year already!

Gilgal Girls Get-together Recap

Last weekend we hosted our annual Gilgal Girl’s Get-together in NYC. (We’d love to have something for the fellas, please leave suggestions below!) We gathered for shabbat dinner (make your own pizzas and fondue), a devotion, craft, brunch at Twister’s, and an outing to Brooklyn Bridge Park for the “please touch the art” exhibit. 18 of our Gilgals gathered and It. Was. Awesome.

It is always so great to be together and if these photos are any indication fun was had by all! We talked about the parsha (Chayei Sarah) and the importance of prayer–not just talking to God and asking him for stuff, but waiting on Him to respond.

We can’t wait for the next one and are so pumped for WWW (February 6-8, 2016).

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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!

Cats at Camp

Gavyn R., Age 12, Tribe of Benjamin (Junior Camp)

I like cats because they are cute and fun and sleep a lot. I have four cats at home. They sleep in my room with me. All are nice, and one is shy. Toru is my favorite cat at home. She is a kitten and extremely playful. The other cats are always tired.

Even at Camp, cats know I like them. On my way to Camp and the dining hall, two cats seem to follow me everywhere. One was striped and orange the other was grey and striped. They follow me till the hill starts up to Camp. When my mom picks me up they might jump in my car.

Archery

Naomi W., Age 13, Tribe of Judah (Teen Camp)

Archery is a fun activity you can do at Teen Camp. I like archery because I like to try to shoot the bullseye and just have fun and challenge myself. After you shoot all your arrows, you have to retrieve them and sometimes have to look in the woods to find them. Every year I get better because I get good tips from counselors and my friends. Sometimes we do a shooting challenge where either we see who shoots the most arrows on the target or who can shoot the most balloons. We have to make sure we don’t accidentally hurt each other with the arrows because they’re sharp and can cause injuries, but luckily we haven’t hurt anyone or shot anyone. Learning how to shoot a bow and arrow can be a little scary but it’s a great experience and you get more into it the more you shoot and get closer to the bullseye. It’s also a fun way to play with your friends and challenge each other. Teen camp is a lot of fun and you should come here too.

Get pumped for WWW!

We’ll have some pieces from the 2015 Gilgal Gazette later today, but for now we want to share some flashbacks to Wonderful Winter Weekend 2015 and invite you to start thinking about and getting psyched for Wonderful Winter Weekend 2016. Registration is open now at campgilgal.com! #registerearly #registeroften IMG_6447 IMG_6467 IMG_6555 IMG_6578 IMG_6602 IMG_6593