WWW 2016!!!

WWW 2016 was amazing and Sox is already pumped for what summer 2016 is going to look like. February 5-7 we welcomed ten 1st time campers into the Camp Gilgal family and it was awesome to welcome so many new people. Wolf was back after a couple of years away and Rogue led us in worship. The weather was weird (warm and rainy before, snowy the morning of, warm on Sunday) but the time together was excellent. We had a wild west cowboy color war, learned some cowboy slang (make sure you use the Quincy and don’t air the paunch!) and played some drama games with Rogue. There are photos below, check them out and start thinking about joining us this summer! (Register early, register often)

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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!

Unfashionably Late in Fashion Disasta’ Night

Keren A., Age 9, Tribe of Naphtali (Junior Camp)

Camp Gilgal is really cool. It’s also very funny. One day, we were coming back from the pool, and we had a theme meal. The theme was fashion disasta’. Our tribe was getting ready and having fun, and finally, we were a disaster. I was wearing shorts on pants, so was Sophia. Halie had a tail! Olivia had mismatched clothes combo and so did the counselors. We were all wrapped in pink tape also. Guacamole was wearing a chicken hat and Sitruce was wearing a long black trench coat. Guac had to sing in front of everyone for a package that night! Then our cabin realized that everyone was missing! They had left without our entire tribe! We must have been too busy to hear the whistle blow and didn’t see everyone else line up. It was sort of embarrassing, but we were unfashionably late (perfect timing!) It was very funny when we walked in. Everyone was clapping for us. It was hilarious! I love theme meals!

Yumm! Food!

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

Yummy! The food at Camp Gilgal is always delicious and creative no matter the year or date. Many campers look forward to meals cooked by Chef Bill. Other summer camps have food that tastes downright ‘bleh.’ It’s also noted that other camps have meals that are worse than typical cafeteria food! Not Camp Gilgal, though! Hot food is served every day with a salad bar, which includes several toppings and dressings. There’s another option of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with fruit during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meals differ from sandwiches to tacos to chicken to waffles. My personal favorite is Chef’s mashed potatoes because they’re buttery and hand mashed.
Don’t forget dessert! At both lunch and dinner scrumptious treats are offered. This may include cookies, churros, brownies, popsicles, ice cream, etc. When you take a bite, you take a trip to a delicious dream. I hope that you’ll love the food at Camp Gilgal just as much as I do!

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!

Weather

Rachel H., Age 11, Tribe of Ephraim (Junior Camp)

Since Camp Gilgal is on a mountain, sometimes we have some strange weather. For the first night of Camp, the whole campsite was enveloped in a thick mist. Some people had to go down to the infirmary to get medications, and the mist was so thick that they had to be driven back in a Jews for Jesus van.

Camp Gilgal has some odd weather, but also some beautiful sights. There are lovely sunrises and sunsets, and rainbows so close that you can almost touch them. We once saw a rainbow from the Mishkan, and the colors were so vibrant that it was unlike any other rainbow I have ever seen.

Yes, the weather at Camp Gilgal can be storm-tossed, but you can also see some of God’s most wondrous creations from high up on the mountain top.

Worship: Sing to the Lord!

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

Each day all campers and staff who attend Camp Gilgal transport to the Mishkan for Tabernacle. This is the time when we gather to worship the Lord and listen to a message presented by RedSox. However, before the sermon begins, we all worship God through song. My favorite praise songs include Oceans, As the Mountains, and Prince of Peace. Even though I’ve messed up the lyrics in the past, I need to remember who I’m singing to. Should I be singing to the congregation? No. To the Lord? Yes. God doesn’t care how your voice sounds out loud. He cares about the voice inside your heart. That’s most important.

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!

The First 100

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

On my way to lunch at Junior Camp 2015 I was thinking about what we would do for cabin inspection. We have cabin inspection because we if we didn’t our cabins would look like we were swimming in clothes. After we finished lunch we waited In breathless anticipation as the cabin inspectors (Ruski and Scooter) walked to the front of the dining hall. They started with the boy’s tribe then the girls and finally us, the Tribe of Ephraim. They opened their mouths and the words we have been waiting for came out, “you did pretty well however there were NO INFRACTIONS!” and we all yelled and cheered and we had a great rest of the day. Last time we got an 85 but this time we got an 100 because we worked together and made sure everything was perfect. I can’t wait to earn another perfect score at Camp Gilgal.

Too Much Spinning on the Merry-Go-Round

Daniel C., Age 10, Tribe of Benjamin (Junior Camp)

Camp Gilgal ended field sports then RedSox said it’s tribe time and then me Gavyn, Ephraim, and AJ said let’s go to the playground. I picked the playground because of the merry-go-round and I like spinning like crazy and feeling gravity pull me. Then we went down to the playground and I went on the merry-go-round and then Pamplemousse spun me really hard. The tribe of Ephraim was there too and some of them came and went on the merry-go-round, but before that I went on the merry-go-round 10 times. Then the tribe of Ephraim hopped on and then Elie and her friend said to me, “your face is white but a little blue” and it was those colors because it was going so fast. That’s because Pamplemousse and Gavyn and Squid and more people were spinning me and Elie and her friend and when I got off the merry-go-round I kept almost throwing up and then I got in the cabin and I was perfectly fine. I love that feeling it is like a roller coaster and a great adventure.