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!

Interviewing Hiccup

Olivia T., Age 8, Tribe of Naphtali (Junior Camp)

Hi my name is Olivia. This is my first time at East Coast summer camp. Last year I was at the Midwest summer camp. I loved Mad Science it was my favorite activity, because it was fun and there were experiments. Hiccup is a tribe leader for the boys, his tribe name is Judah and he is in charge of Mad Science and hiking. He’s silly so silly. I interviewed Hiccup because I like Mad Science and hiking. He likes some science, like physics and chemistry but hates biology. The Bible is his favorite book he tries to read it every day. His goal is about 3 chapters a day. His favorite colors are green, red, blue, and orange. He loves to eat mac and cheese (in a crockpot)!! He likes football books by Tim Green. He’s going to college in Florida and he’s going to live an hour away from Disney World!!! His favorite animal is a dog. I can’t wait to come back and to see Hiccup again! BYE! :)

Interview with the Health Director

Trent F., Age 14, Tribe of Simeon (Teen Camp)

Our health director Baby Carrots is a very passionate, outgoing person. Because she has been a believer since she was very young, she looked forward to being an ATL since she was a camper. When she had the opportunity to be an ‘ATL’ she jumped at it. Her valuable experience led her to be a tribe leader and then out of cabin staff. Now she serves as the health director. She told me she thinks God gave her the ability and passion to be in the medical field because it’s not for everyone. She currently is an EMT going to school to become a Physician’s Assistant as well as specializing in critical care. When she can use her medical skills in such a wonderful atmosphere she feels fulfilled. At night she helps me with my meds but she doesn’t rush me so she can sleep. She’s a patient person who plays a very important role in the Gilgal Staff.

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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!

Interview with Guacamole

Sofiya M., Age 8, Tribe of Naphtali (Junior Camp)

Guacamole was my ATL this year and my first year at summer camp. I wanted to interview Guacamole because she is really funny and she was pretty and nice and I want to tell you a lot about her. Her favorite color is pink. So is mine. Really it is. Her favorite pet is a guinea pig because she had one and they are cute and fluffy. Guac’s favorite number is 4 because it’s her soccer number. Her favorite verse is Hebrews 11:1 because it tells about faith and that’s her middle name. She said to pray for patience in school and stress in school. She likes to sleep because she’s tired sometimes. She accepted Jesus into her heart in her first time at Junior Camp. She loves Guacamole because she is guacamole herself and it’s tasty. Guacamole loves Camp because she gets to see Squid and she loves learning about the Bible. I loved camp and I can’t wait to come back next year. And I loved being in Guacamole’s cabin. The End.

An Interview with Google

Elliot A., Age 13, Tribe of Simeon (Teen Camp)

Google was born in Jacksonville, FL. He was a Tribe Leader for Junior & Teen Camp on the East Coast this year. He has been attending Camp Gilgal West Coast for many years but came to C.G. East this year because he attends college in Pennsylvania. His favorite bible verse changes quite often, but is currently either Isaiah 11:9 or Galatians 2:20. He has played many instruments, starting with the clarinet. He truly let Jesus into his life at Adventure Camp West in 2013. His overall favorite camp shirt is the one from 2010, and it’s my personal favorite as well. This is his first year as a counselor. His favorite color is the rainbow and his favorite tribe to be at camp is Simeon. He LOVES french toast at camp and his favorite all-camp activity is Mission Impossible. Google loves movies that make him cry. His favorite one is a romance called Listen to your Heart. If he had to tell someone a favorite joke on the spot it would be this: A man was praying to God. He asked God how long 1,000,000 years was to him. God replied, “A second.” He then asked how much a million dollars was to God to which He replied, “a penny.” The man then asked God if he could have a million dollars and God said, “Wait a second.” I have greatly enjoyed having Google as my tribe leader this year and hope that one day you can have him as yours too. I can’t wait until I can be staff! I hope you get to experience the fun with staff here at camp.

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!

Interview with Birkenstock

Halie F., Age 8, Tribe of Naphtali (Junior Camp)

My name is Halie my tribe name is Naphtali and I’ve been at camp for 2 years. Craft is really fun because you get to make these really cool boxes. My box has dogs on it and it has sparkles and inside of it when you open it you see my name and when you look at my ‘A’ you see a circle with a star on it. Birkenstock is the craft teacher. I really liked her because she’s always really nice to me. Birkenstock reads her Bible every week and she’s trying to read it more often. Her favorite color is Matisse blue, orange, and yellow. Her favorite style is stripes. Her favorite thing at Camp is the people, the horses and the craft of course! Her favorite word is ‘transformational’, her birthday is April 7th and Buster’s (her son) is August 17th. Her favorite food is a big fruit salad. She doesn’t do the same crafts every year she always changes things. She attends Dwell Church in NYC. Red Sox convinced her to come, but she also really likes the outdoors. I can’t wait to come back to Camp and see Birkenstock again.

Hiccup is a (paintball) Serial Killer

Asher W., Age 14, Tribe of Simeon (Teen Camp)

(The Italicized portion of this article is a dramatization of our day on the paint ball course and my time hanging out with Hiccup).

With his Go-Pro slapped to his chest, Hiccup crept behind yet another victim. He leveled his gun and glared through the sight. His tie-dye shirt flapping in the wind.

                “How long do we stay like this?” I asked.

                “’Till we created maximum awesomeness.”

Hiccup pulled the trigger and a stream of paintballs rocketed out of his gun. Paint exploded over our prey.“AAAAARRRGGG!” Elliot, now covered in a coat of neon yellow pigment, glared at us and marched out of the range.

                Gun fire jetted out of a bunker as Nature Valley yelled an agonizing war cry. Hiccup and I dove behind some plywood and returned fire. Nature Valley was proclaimed hit and she tromped out of the arena. Two down, two to go.

Hiccup is a hilarious, fairly obnoxious serial killer (but only in paintball). He was born in a town at the bottom of upstate NY, but currently lives in central Florida. He loves talking like a traumatized Indian at a Chinese restaurant or like Sara (S-A-R-A with no H ‘cause H’s are EWW!) from Jimmy Fallon. His favorite Bible story is when Jesus cast some demons into a herd of pigs. It shows that God works in weird and mysterious ways for his glory. His favorite memory verse is Romans 8:28 because it reminds me that no matter what happens God will work it out for good, even if we don’t see it.

Hiccup enjoys being crazy awkward and doing the crab dance. Hiccup is awesome, energetic, and optimistic. He gives us time to relax, have fun, an altogether have a great time. Hiccup is an amazing counselor and is one of my favorites.

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!

Horse Day

Ezra L., Age 8, Tribe of Judah (Junior Camp)

I was excited and also nervous that I was going to fall off of my horse. But I went on my horse and I didn’t fall off. I felt alive because I never went on a horse before. Also I felt scared and frightened in a good way! I went around 10 times in an oval ring. My horse was doing funny things with the horse in front of it. Also my horse’s name is called Fred. Also my horse’s color was dark brown. The only thing that I wish they taught us on the horses was how to run on the horses.

Interview with Anonymous

Eden A., Age 14, Tribe of Ephraim (Teen Camp

This year at teen camp my counselor Anonymous and I were selected to be put in the tribe of Ephraim along with a few other girls. I decided to interview her and discovered a few key facts you should know about her. First off, she is really into music and a way she expresses her love for God is through worship. She has a strong connection with God that seems to strengthen that seems to strengthen every year. Her favorite verse in the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11 which talks about God and the future he has planned ahead. At camp her favorite all camp activity is an outdoors game called gaga which involves a lot of screaming, running, and hitting people with rubber balls. Her favorite year as a camper was the Junior Camp year when she was ten. Her favorite sport outside of Camp is softball and her favorite sport to watch is football. I think she is definitely one of my favorite counselors and these are just a few facts about her. Anonymous is awesome and I hope you’ll get to know her too.

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!

F.O.B.

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

You may be asking yourself, “what is F.O.B.?” Well, it stands for a phrase Camp Gilgal uses which is Flat On Bunk. F.O.B. can last approximately an hour and puts the stop in nonstop. Campers and tribe leaders can feel fatigue and tired as the day goes on. Now, don’t get me wrong! Camp is super fun with the activities, but it’s healthy to take a small break.

“What can you do during Flat on Bunk?” You’re permitted to sleep, write letters, read appropriate reading material, etc. Depending on your tribe leaders, you may be allowed to even get out of bed if no one is sleeping. Then F.O.B. can turn into quiet time. However, most importantly, F.O.B. is SILENT. F.O.B. helps everyone and it is great!

Gita

Liora S., Age 15, Tribe of Ephraim (Teen Camp)

A loud thud echos through the cabin, windows rattling. A startled flock of birds takes flight, jabbering in surprise and fright. Upon first thought, it may seem that the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park have come to life and started roaming Camp Gilgal, but… The wooden door swings open and a girl steps out. Dark hair frames her face, cascading down to just below her shoulders. Her brown eyes sparkle mischievously. This is no dinosaur, this is Gita.

Known for her wonky and rather… unsavory food combinations, her loud and exciting presence, and energetic personality, Gita is one fine specimen of a first-year camper. Always jumping headfirst into awkward situations and de-awkwardizing them is her specialty. Gita fears no one. She is forever in sync with her identical twin Reva, they dually astonished, amazed, and excited the audience during talent night. Gita is up for anything, and once you get to know her she is a chatterbox that is always willing to discuss life with anyone and everyone.

Thundering down from her bunk every morning after spending the night watching her cabin-mates sleep, Gita greets everyone in the morning with a loud thump as she leaps from her bunk bed. Sharing a cabin with Gita is an ongoing endeavor that requires much patience and a sense of humor. Gita makes camp exciting, and is a rechargeable battery of wackiness and energy. Gita helps make camp fun. I’m glad she’s part of the Camp Gilgal Family.