More 2016 Gazette (Junior Judah)

Gilgal Gazette: Judah

Name: Ephraim L.

Age: 11

Tribe: Judah

Hebrew Quizzing

Hebrew quizzing is quizzing that’s also a game show. It is new to Camp Gilgal East but has been done before at mid-west camp. It is different from Hebrew because in Hebrew we learn more about the language and that helps for our Hebrew quizzing. It is a really fun thing to do. My favorite word is Mayim because the song is funny and comes with a dance. During Hebrew quizzing we have Hebrew questions. Every correct answer is worth 10 points so my team the Chicken Toots finished with a total of 350 points. We answered 26 questions right. On the first day the scores were really close. The Shark Molars had 20 points, the Hebrew Heroes had 30 points, and my team the Chicken Toots had a total of 40 points. The next day we had a Hebrew tournament with 5 categories- aleph bet, numbers, words, fill in the blank, and Pictionary. For calling the answers we used buzzers and a can with a stick. We were at a disadvantage because our buzzer was slower than everyone else so we got a drum. After that we caught up pretty fast. Then, at the end we had one last questions and it was worth 100 points. The last question was, you have to sing “am yisreal chaiso we barely made it with the drum, and sang the song to victory. We are going to get a prize but it is still a mystery.

Name: Isaac G.

Age: 10

Tribe: Judah

Camp Meals

I love the different types of meals we have at Camp Gilgal. On Friday morning we have, in my opinion, the best breakfast ever: Waffles! They are not just ordinary waffles, they are waffle sundaes! With the waffle sundaes we are able to put whipped cream, strawberries, chocolate shavings, and maple syrup. They were so good, I had two of them.  On the same day, for lunch, I had crispy chicken tenders with ketchup and BBQ sauce. For lunch and dinner, we get to have vegetables and if we eat them, we can have whatever delicious dessert chef has prepared for us. That day, we had broccoli which is my favorite vegetable. For Shabbat dinner, we had lasagna and rosemary bread. The vegetable was cooked asparagus. In the lasagna, there was different kinds of cheeses and sauce, but there was no meat, so our vegetarian friends were able to enjoy it too. For dessert we had delicious snickerdoodles that chef made for the whole camp. The meals on Friday made that day especially awesome. The food at Camp Gilgal is so tasty. I could die for their food and can’t wait to eat it again.

 

Name: Daniel C.

Age: 11

Tribe: Judah

Capture the Degel

Capture the Degel is a fun game we play at camp. I ran really fast past the other team a lot. When Ephraim and I were distracting the other team Isaac’s sister told Isaac where the flag was. He got the flag by distracting them. I think my team was the best because we had the fastest players and the best strategy. We would get half the other team in jail then charged and looked for the degel. Every year my team always wins. We never give up and risk it. Plus degal means flag in Hebrew. The main point of the game was to find the flags and take it to your side and you win. It’s more fun at Camp Gilgal because we have a good map and fun people. I like Capture the Degel because you use a lot of your energy and you have to use a lot of strategy. It was better this year because we got pennies and a good team. It was extra awesome when I dodged someone from another team by doing rolls. Capture the Degel is my favorite activity. I wish we could do it every day.

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More 2016 Gazette (Junior Zebulon)

Name: Meaghan S.

Age: 9

Tribe: Zebulon

My Fun at Camp: Hiking and Beyond

Hi! My name is Meaghan. I’m a new camper to camp. So far, it’s fun. My favorite activity is swimming because I really love doing tricks. For example, I’ll float on my back and on my stomach. I also like to do hand stands and spin underwater. There are important things to remember at camp. You have to drink lots of water because if you don’t you can get dehydrated and you won’t feel very good, the days are pretty hot and you need to keep drinking water because people need lots of water. Also if you get hurt at camp you have to leave activities early and then you miss the fun. I like hiking and exploring very much. One time, I got to go to a cool hangout place, and we called it “Kikiwaka.” I was rolling around a log and Ava was hitting trees with branches. People asked her, “What did the trees do to you?” Ava said, “The trees did nothing,” and it was really funny. Today I’m going to ride horses and swim, which I have liked since I was a baby. I like swimming because I like the feeling of cold water.  Everything at camp is awesome and I can’t wait to come back!

Name: Greenlee K.

Age: 10

Tribe: Zebulon

Interesting Interviews

Hi! My name is Greenlee and I am interviewing a counselor named Watson. She is the tribe leader of Zebulon, and her ATL is squid. Her favorite books of the Bible are Mark, Ruth, and Jonah. She liked the book of Ruth, because of Ruth’s good character.  She likes the book of Mark because of how it portrays Messiah. She likes the book of Jonah because of the story of God’s grace. The weirdest camp game that she has ever played was counselor hunt. It was weird because she played it as a camper but forgot about it, so when she was a counselor, it was surprising and strange. In school, Watson is studying Anthropology, the study of man, and linguistics, the study of structure if language. Watson thinks that being a counselor is more fun than being a camper because she knows what’s going on, and she gets to make camp exciting for new campers. She likes horseback riding and she once took lessons. Her favorite part about camp is that no one questions you if you’re Jewish and believe in Jesus. She has been a counselor for three summers and four winters. She wasn’t here last summer because she was on Massah. She liked the top bunk as a camper but now as a counselor she likes the bottom bunk better. She chose the name Watson because she likes the “Sherlock Holmes” novels and she liked the character Dr. John Watson especially. The novels are about a detective named Sherlock Holmes who studies behavior to solve mysteries and Watson helps him. The novels are enjoyable because they are interesting and many situations are unexpected, but when they are explained they make sense. I decided to ask Watson one crazy question, and Watson said she would rather wear mud on her bathing suit rather than candy on it. She chose mud because it was something she had already done it before in the Dead Sea! I hope you enjoyed my interview with Watson and I hope that you get to meet her.

Name: Halie Frazier

Age: 9

Tribe: Zebulon

All about Indy

I chose Indiana Jones to interview because he’s awesome and really funny. Indy chose his camp name because he likes archeology, which he is studying in college. Indi heard of camp through Halutzim. His favorite theme meal is ninja and pirates night where he was a ninja. Indy’s favorite thing to do at camp is to play basketball in the pool. His favorite food is pizza and his favorite color is red. He has three siblings and he is the oldest. His brother’s name is Alexie and he is nineteen. His sister’s names are Vika and Sveta and they are fifteen and eighteen. He has two dogs their names are Buzhensky and Vasile. Buzhensky is nine and Vasile is five. Indi’s favorite Bible verse is John 3:16 because it holds a special meaning for him when he chose to accept God. Indiana Jones often says the phrase, “Why you so dunkin?” When I asked him what it meant he said it’s a complement. I had a lot of fun interviewing Indiana Jones and I learned a lot about him. Before I didn’t know he had siblings and now I want to know when their birthdays are but that’s another question for another day.

Name: Michelle B.

Age: 10

Tribe: Zebulon

Rockin the Rockwall

Wazzup! I’m Michelle and I’m 10 years old. This is my first summer at Camp Gilgal East. For the first week of camp, for one of my activities, I did Rockwall (rock- climbing). On the first day I made it up both of the beginner and intermediate walls. However, I didn’t make it up the walls in as little time as I wanted. So I decided to set a goal. By the end of the week, I wanted to make it up the beginner wall in 1 minute or less and wanted to make it up the intermediate wall in 1 minute 30 seconds or less. Over the next few days when I would go up both walls for the 1st time that day I would get better and better. But the 2nd time I would go up the harder wall I would forget how I got up and would get stuck in the middle of the wall. Anonymous joked that it was like we had amnesia when we climbed the walls. And it was funny because we really would forget. Then came the last day of Rock-climbing. I was nervous… But I beat my high score and achieved my goals. I got up the beginner wall in 49 seconds and the Intermediate one in 50 seconds! It was amazing. So, the Rockwall is an AWESOME thing you should do if you come to camp. I was really proud of myself and felt amazing!

 

More 2016 Gazette (Junior Simeon)

Name: Ava G.

Age: 8

Tribe: Simeon

Hiking

Hiking is really fun because we play games and see wonderful views!! We also see really cool things like flowers, mountains and trees. It is very beautiful scenery. It is also fun because we’re together with our friends. One time, Sneezy and Sitruce took us around the boating pond on the other side of camp. We saw lots of flowers and we sang campfire songs along the way. After we finished the hike we sat in a circle and played the animal game and the vegetable game. The animal game is when you choose an animal and then an action to go with it. You call out to other animals using the action for their animal. The vegetable game is similar but you call out to other vegetables without showing your teeth! That was my favorite hike but we also did one when we went up to sunset where we have campfire. Hiking is always a great adventure and that’s why I love it!

Name: Vivian K.

Age: 8

Tribe: Simeon

Craft Fun

My name is Vivian. I like to do crafts and I am good at it. My favorite craft is mosaics. The colors that I used were blue, purple, green, yellow, orange, red and pink. The craft teacher is Jalapeño. My mosaic was a flower which I made very colorful. We used hammers to break the colorful tiles. It was my first time using a hammer! I love making mosaics, I think it is so cool. First, we draw a picture of what we want on our mosaics on a piece of paper. Next, we put down the broken tiles onto the board and glued them down. All the tiles must have some space in between them to make room for the grout later on. Once all the tiles are arranged, it is time for the grout! Grout is sandy and you mix it with water to make a paste. The staff do this for you. Then you spread it over your piece like peanut butter and wait for it to dry. Then, you wipe the grout off the tiles to reveal your artwork! After that we decorated the frame with wood burners and then we stain the frame. I had so much fun in craft and I’m going to give my mosaic to my mom and dad.

Name: Aylo L.

Age: 8

Tribe: Simeon

Speaking Hebrew

My name is Aylo and it is my first time at Camp Gilgal. For the past week I’ve learned SO much Hebrew! At camp our Hebrew teacher is Beardo. This year we learned the V’ahavta and the motions to it. We also learned the Alef-Bet, Hebrew numbers (1-10) and even number equations all in Hebrew! I think the most fun thing I learned in Hebrew was learning sentences. My favorite sentence that I learned is probably: Ani ohevet et devime. When the time came we held a Hebrew tournament! That’s when all the Hebrew classes compete against each other. In the beginning my team was losing. But in the middle we shot up and were in first place for a while. However, at the end we did happen to come in second place. Although we came in second place, Beardo said next week there will be another chance to come in first. I thought we would come in first because I knew Hebrew before camp. This is my favorite word in Hebrew: Sababa. That words means “awesome!” I think that Hebrew quizzing is more stressful than Hebrew class because in Hebrew class you are learning Hebrew for the quiz. In Hebrew quizzing people are testing you to see what you have learned!

Name: Ava G.

Age: 8

Tribe: Simeon

Fourth of July at Camp Gilgal

At Camp Gilgal we get to celebrate the fourth of July together. Fourth of July was on the first full day of camp this year. We had arrived the day before and took the swim test, unpacked, ate dinner, worked on tribe flags and had a campfire. My whole tribe got green bands for the swim test which means we can all swim in the deep end. When we woke up the next day it was the fourth of July and we were all really excited. Sadly, I missed a big party at home but I had so much fun at camp I didn’t even think about it! It was a great day with the full activities. All day we wore red, white and blue and we got points for doing this. At dinner we participated in a theme meal to show our American spirit. I wore a red tank top with white spots and blue jean shorts with the American flag on them. Also I really liked the cookies at lunch and dinner because they were red and blue with white sprinkles. At night we went to campfire to watch the sunset and see fireworks. Sunset is also the place where my tribe slept on our campout night. It was cool to see the fireworks on top of the mountain. 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays and it was fun to celebrate it at camp with my friends.

Name: Halye G.

Age: 8

Tribe: Simeon

Counselor Hunt

My name is Halye. This is my first time at Camp Gilgal and my favorite part of Camp Gilgal so far is counselor hunt. The rules are you have to wear sneakers because we will play in the woods. The counselors will give you a buddy. My buddy was a girl named Meaghan. The counselors pick an animal they want to be and they say what animal they are and how you get them back to the campfire. There were Rolly Pollies, Siamese cats, a black bear, an annoying leopard and even a dinosaur! The hardest animal to catch were the Siamese cats because they were very scared and sassy. Some hide in trees and some are very easy to find but hard to get back to the campfire. Some are annoying and some are dangerous. We played the game on the 4th of July. After we played we watched the fireworks. I loved the game. I think counselor hunt was the best game I have ever played in my life because it was so fun and different!

Name: Halye G.

Age: 8

Tribe: Simeon

Pool

Hi my name is Halye and my favorite part of the day is in the pool. Before you go in the pool you need a buddy. I am always buddies with my friends. The best part about the pool is playing basketball. I love basketball in the pool because I get to play with the counselor and we always do girls against boys. The girls always win, but one day I scored 5 balls! I was the only small kid there so I was really lucky. I played for so long that I was the second to last out of the pool! I love jumping in the pool because then I don’t have to walk in and get cold. Me and my friends jump in holding hands and we do more awesome stuff together too! If you don’t want to swim you can play games in the game room or hang out with your friends. There is a ping pong table, an air hockey table, card games and foosball in the game room. The Gilgal store is open at pool time. You can buy toys, shirts, candy, and anything you forgot at home! However, most people choose to swim during this time because it is fun and it is hot outside! I love pool time because you can never be bored!

Name: Halye G. and Aylo L.

Age: 8

Tribe: Simeon

M.I.

M.I stands for Mission Impossible! It is probably the most fun game I’ve ever played in my life! It started like this: we were doing devotions after campfire and getting ready for bed. All of a sudden, we heard spooky music outside the door. I thought it was a bad guy alert, but really it was the M.I. theme song! Before we left the cabins, we had to dress in all black clothes. I was so excited that I fell over! Luckily I was okay. We ran to the mishkan and I heard spooky music again. I was even more scared and excited now! RedSox and the staff said “welcome to mission impossible!” My friends and I were tired because we played at 9:00 pm, but when we were playing it felt like 12:00 am! The best part of M.I. was when my tribe won (not to remind you we are the youngest tribe in all of camp)! It is all of our campers first time at camp and we still won. Our mission was to find Taylor Swift. We had to find songs that Taylor Swift sang. The songs were clues to find her. For example, when the song on the clue was “Bad Blood” we had to go to the infirmary to pick up our next clue. But, it wasn’t as easy as that because we had to get to the clues without getting caught by the ATL’s and out of cabin staff who were the spotters. Spotters are people who hold flashlights and try to find you, and when they catch you your tribe has to run back to your cabin and start that clue again. My tribe only got spotted once. When we were at the campfire we saw Taylor Swift. This was our final destination before going back to the mishkan! She looked so funny, but we had a job we still needed to do. We needed to collect all of our clues and flip them around to make a sentence. We were missing a clue, but luckily we guessed the word! Taylor Swift (it was really Sitruce!) ran back with us and we finally found ourselves in the mishkan eating popsicles. We had saved Taylor Swift! It was awesome and we can’t wait to play again next year!

 

More 2016 Gazette! (Junior Camp Tribe of Asher)

Name: Matthew S.

Age: 10

Tribe: Asher

Archery in Camp

Hi my name is Matthew and in this article you will learn what you would learn in archery. Also you will learn the rules that you learn in archery. The correct position for shooting is when your feet are in baseball stance. Your left hand is holding the bow if you’re a righty (other way around if you’re a lefty). The colored feather facing the outside of the bow, and the bow string must be able to reach your jaw. When you fire after aiming. I want to tell you the rules so you can stay safe. The rules in archery are, don’t pick up your bow until the counselors tell you to. Do not get your arrows until everyone is done shooting, and don’t shoot until told to. I like archery because you get to shoot arrows, also you can keep doing it and keep getting better at it. I like shooting arrows because sometimes I hit the target and it feels awesome. This year I shot one bulls eye. I picked archery because I like to concentrate on things while having fun. Archery benefits hand eye coordination and I love that I get to do it at Camp Gilgal.

Name: Levi W.

Age: 9

Tribe: Asher

Tribe Flags

Hi, I’m Levi and I’m 9 years old and my favorite part of camp was making tribe flags. Our tribe name was Asher and our flag was awesome! One of the best parts of our flag was the cool tree. The other magnificent part was when we signed our names, Indiana Jones’ was the most amazing. The reason we make the flags is because every meal we line up with the flags. It helps the out of cabin staff & RedSox to know which tribe we are. We also bring our flag to the Mishkan where we pray and sing songs. If you steal another tribes flags, they have to do something silly to earn their flag back. One tribe made another tribe do the chicken dance. At first we wanted the blue colored flag so we fought for it, but we lost. But I am actually glad that we got the orange colored flag after all, so that was a good thing. Our flag had a tree in the middle and a sunrise behind the tree. Also, we all signed our names behind everything. The other cool part about Camp Gilgal is that the counselors get to help with making our own tribe flags. In conclusion making our tribe flag was awesome. It was a great start to an awesome first year at camp.

Name: Ezra L.

Age: 9

Tribe: Asher

Nukum and other games

Nukum is a game where there is a ball and a net and you throw the ball over the net. If the ball lands on the ground and you’re next to the ball you will be out. I love nukum because if you catch the ball with one hand and somebody is out you get that person back in. Once I caught the ball in the rain with one hand and I got a person back in. You should play nukum because it is fun and you can’t play nukum anywhere else. Another game I like is soccer. It is so fun too. Also I like to play capture the flag. I like to play capture the flag because you get to chase other opponents. I like soccer because I get to slide, , and catch the ball. Also you can use other balls in Nukum such as soccer balls, volleyballs, basketballs, kickball. Nukum is called that because you pretend to blow up the other players (at least that’s what I think). [Editor’s Note:It was actually named after a gym teacher at Sophie Newcomb College. ]

Name: Noah N

Age: 9

Tribe: Asher

I Love the Pool!

On Sunday we left home and it took two hours to get to Camp Gilgal. The first thing we did is have dinner. Later after dinner we took the swimming test. If you don’t know how to swim then you go to the shallow part of the pool. If you kinda know how to swim you go to the middle of the pool. If you know how to swim you go to the deep end of the pool. To make the pool safe the lifeguard sometimes says “buddy check” so you go to your buddy. Also there is a basketball hoop, sometimes they did boys vs. girls, and it was really really fun. My favorite thing to do in the pool is splash other people. Sometimes I swim away from getting splashed. The way I would make the pool better is by getting a diving board. Then we could jump really really high in the sky and then make a big splash that would be really awesome. The best day I had at the pool is the first day. It was so dramatic because I was so tired when I was treading water. That was my awesome and wonderful first day of camp. Another day at camp, still talking about the pool, was the second day of camp. We went swimming again and we did counselor vs. kids and that was my second day of camp. Basically, any day my favorite thing is being in the pool at camp!

Happy New Year!

Woah Camp Gilgal family…it’s 2017! Can you believe it? It is January 5th and New York City still hasn’t really seen snow yet this year. With Hanukkah overlapping both Christmas and New Year’s this year, I really feel like the end of the year swept me out in a little bit of a daze. Beardo and I celebrated 8 nights of Hanukkah in 4 different cities and despite getting a beautiful new menorah (thanks Mom!) we didn’t have the right sized candles and so used an old menorah with the multi-colored box with last year’s leftover browns the one night we were actually at our own house!

So…all that to say I’m hoping 2017 is more coordinated. Wonderful Winter Weekend 2017 is right around the corner (it is February 24-26 this year), but later in February this year to give us all a little more time to get ready. Right after WWW Anonymous will start her internship in New York and so you’ll be hearing more from her on the blog. We’re hoping that Jalapeno will keep sharing her awesome book recommendations courtesy of Gato and Spitzy-Pluto’s library and even some more installments from Sneezy and Sitruce.

But, we want to hear from you! What do you want to see on the Camp Blog in 2017? What kinds of things are you curious about? Do you have a suggestion of a location for a camp BBQ? Do you have an awesome adventure that Adventure Camp should check out?

Welcome to 2017, we can’t wait to live it with you!

~RedSox