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!

 

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