2016 Gazette Teen Installment 3

Name: Josiah O.

Age: 13

Tribe: Benjamin

Camp Out Night!

It was campout night. The entire camp was ready. All the campers split into two groups and got into separate vans and off we went. When we got to the camp out site everyone unpacked their gear and set up tents. Then it was dinner time! After saying the blessings we all dug in. I had three hamburgers, two hot dogs, and an ear of corn and a bag of chips. After dinner we had s’mores and a campfire. Then we all went to sleep in our tents. CAMP OUT NIGHT WAS AWESOME! My favorite part of campout night was the food and s’mores. This was also my first time sleeping in a tent. I cannot wait until next year of teen camp!

Name: Isaiah H.

Age: 14

Tribe: Issachar

Asher Interview

My friend Asher loves playing soccer and he is very chill. He says that his role model is Messi, he says he gives him inspiration and the motivation to keep trying hard in soccer. He especially likes to play soccer during the summer. At home he likes to enjoy a nice cold smoothie. Asher says that he is going to be someone that is very inspirational because he said that the people at camp are inspirational. Also, he feels like camp has brought him closer to God and stronger in faith. He recommends that people should go because it is a great opportunity to have your faith increase through love of God’s word. He hopes to come back next year for his last teen camp year which he is sad about. But he knows camp will leave a positive impact on his life. Asher says that one day he wants to be a counselor to make a positive impact on other people’s lives and spreading the word of God. He is going to miss all of the fun he has had at camp and all of the memories with his friends. Although he loves field trips and free time, he says camp is really all about his faith.

Name: Kaelee F.

Age: 14

Tribe: Simeon

White Water Rafting

Wow! Teen camp is all about the fun of white water rafting! What can be more enjoyable than eight hours on the water? Whether the river is tranquil and peaceful or thrilling with many speedy rapids, you guaranteed to have the time of your life on this special camp tribe. This rafting trip all began with a car ride to Wild Water Outdoor Center located in Warrensburg. There, we readied ourselves for our boating experience by changing into swimwear and borrowing a flotation device, helmet and paddle provided according to individual size. From the Wild Waters base, we took a forty minute bus ride to Adirondack where we divided ourselves into groups of seven or eight campers and staff. We started on our adventure in a blue raft as well as a certified guide to direct the journey.

At first, I was confused about how to paddle and respond to commands such as, “forward one,” “backward two,” and “all forward.” However, after a couple of minutes, we all rowed together in unison. I think we all learned about the intricacy of rafting from our interesting guides. We even stopped at a small beach off the water for lunch, consisting of sandwiches. I have to say the jostling white water rapids were my favorite aspect of the journey because I could feel the extremity of the currents. The last hour of rafting was calm and soothing, which kept us relaxed as we entered the bus to ride back to the base for dinner and gift shopping.

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2016 Gazette Teen Installment 2

Name: Elliot A

Age: 14

Tribe: Benjamin

The Epic Tales of Judah

Judah is a beast. Judah’s a gymnast and can do splits. During our decathlon, which is ten competitive challenges between two teams, we had to drink a box of flavored seltzers (which was disgusting) and make a tower out of the empty cans. Few people could finish even one, Judah chugged six, one after the other without changing his facial expression. He wrote our team anthem and ate several pieces of dry lasagna pasta. He also has a great sense of humor and puts up with my disease jokes. Judah’s the realest camper to ever camp. Judah’s from Syracuse and has been an amazing gymnast for 7 years. He’s a 13 year old but because of all the muscle stimulation of gymnastics he’s huge. Asher and I thought he was a counselor when we first saw him. While he is calm and quiet he does everything with joy and enthusiasm. Loves brownies and hates bullies. He’s smart and nice and he’s good at all sports and all in all I thoroughly enjoyed having in the tribe of Benjamin with me.

Name: Elie W

Age: 12ish

Tribe: Asher

Anonymous

First off, Anonymous is a human and female. She has longish brown hair and wears Converse that were once white. Her favorite movie genre is comedy and does not know her favorite movie. This is her fourth year as staff and eleventh year at camp. She loves napping and road trips as her hobbies that she enjoys. Anonymous is passionate about working with children and teenagers because she wants to let them know that God loves them and has a lot in store for them. Anonymous’s role model is C.S Lewis because of the way he wrote about Yeshua in such a real way. Her favorite sport is football and she loves the Carolina Panthers. Her favorite season is fall because she loves fall fashion and doesn’t sweat as much. Anonymous is an awesome counselor and is a great person.

 

Name: Rebekah C.

Age: 15

Tribe: Simeon

SCREAM-O

There are many fun games at camp. One of the fun games at camp was Scream-O. Scream-O is a game based off of luck with a partner and dice and little pieces of paper from numbers 2 to 12. Both partners have to roll all the possible numbers from 2 to 12 on their separate sets. The fun part of the game is how frantic it gets when playing with other teams while laughing and screaming. Everyone is always in a rush to beat the other team, therefore moving up closer to winning is the whole game. It can also be a great bonding game because you are working with your partner to complete a challenge. You also get to have a good laugh with your teammate and opponent. My partner and I could barely win a game as the rounds ran out. Then they called two more rounds and we were at the second place zone. The pressure started to rise and clumsiness came with it. We were at the first zone then heard Scream-O and we had won the game which was surprising after losing for a while. I will miss Scream-O as this is my last year of teen camp but I will also remember the fun I had and the friends I made.

2016 Gazette Teen Installment 1

Name: Judah W.

Age: 13

Tribe: Benjamin

Campfire

The campfire is a really cool and different part of camp. Most camps if they even include a campfire have campfire songs, s’mores, and stories. Not only does Camp Gilgal’s campfire include these things, but they include life lessons taken away from scripture. At the beginning of camp I was pretty shy to share my ideas during Bible discussion, but as I enjoyed camp throughout the week and my faith grew closer to Yeshua it became easier to speak, answer questions and be active in prayer. Not only did I change but I saw others transform through the power of Yeshua. Something about the word changes people’s personalities, and shows their true colors. For example when Alex, a camper, would raise his hand to answer a discussion question he sounded educated and like a true son of God who loved Yeshua; something I didn’t quite expect on first glance—it was great to hear from him and great to get to know him. All together the campfire was something to really look forward to at the end of the day. It’s something that is unique to Camp Gilgal and is a really great aspect of camp, a camper like me can’t get anywhere else.

 

Name: Asher W

Age: 14

Tribe: Benjamin

Indiana Jones & other true tales of Flexing, Grooviness, & a Russian

Indiana Jones who was born in Russia at a very early age, is a prime example of renaissance manhood. Daring, ripped, & Jewish. A lover of the Infamous “haunted” shower (only infamous due to its lack of light and occasional proverbial spider).

Indy has an incredible sense of humor and even tolerates Elliot’s contortionist jokes, with his shades dangling on his necklace. Indiana leads activities with imperial passion & joy. Even informal nightly flexing where pushups are attempted and muscle progress is analyzed in a nearby mirror, is met with partial exasperation. Indiana is often heard singing Russian love ballads or announcing in his deep voice, Russian to the core, that he ate too much breakfast and is just too full. Indy helps everyone, eats anything, & prays for everyone. His favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 1:5 which describes Gods adoption of believers into the heavenly family. Always happy and sanguine, Indiana a decidedly groovy Jew.

Name: David K

Age: 15

Tribe Issachar

The many hidden talents of Elliot

Life in camp always revolves around several things. One of the most important things is friendship. An example can be my amigo Elliot. He is a wisecracker kid that has many talents. The first talent he has is kvetching. For those who don’t understand what that means, it is actually Yiddish for complaining. This doesn’t mean that he dislikes camp but it is part of his joking personality. It was hysterical when his remarks got so out of hand that he actually had to have a limit for it. Another great example of his talents is singing and music taste. Whenever he and I got bored, we would start singing mostly five musical geniuses which were Frank Ocean, Drake. Outkast, and Kanye West. He insisted that Views by Drake and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West are more than albums but musical masterpieces. All in all Elliot’s a good kid. Sure, he might be a crazy guy but name one that is normal. I’m grateful to have a friend like that. We’ve been campers and friends for a long time and grown together a lot. I’m glad God brought us to camp.

2016 Gazette (Junior Benjamin)

Gilgal Gazette Benjamin

Name: Alana F.

Age: 12

Tribe: Benjamin

Go Sox! (RedSox that is)

RedSox is a very nice, kind, inspiring person at camp. I’ve known her for three years and she is one of the kindest people I have ever met. She is like my mom. When I am at camp- whenever I have trouble with something or I miss home I can always count on her to comfort me and support me. Redsox is the director of camp and she does it in a great way. That means she doesn’t need to yell at kids to get things done. She is the Bible teacher in tabernacle and makes things fun and upbeat as she helps us learn about God. Some people can make the Bible really boring, but she makes it really fun. In the morning, she greets us for line up at kikar (the line up spot) with “Boker Tov” and sometimes dental inspection. If you have a project you’re having trouble doing, Redsox will help you focus and get it done (like postcards, Gilgal Gazette, sending letters, learning verses- whatever)! She inspires me and a lot of other campers. If you’ve come to camp you already know she’s awesome, but if you haven’t I hope you come soon!

Name: Faith B

Age: 12

Tribe: Benjamin

Mochi

Mochi is an ATL at Camp Gilgal. Her camp name is Mochi because Mochi is a Japanese dessert that she loves the taste of. Mochi often likes to fangirl over K-pop (Korean pop music) with Sunshine who is another counselor at Camp Gilgal. Mochi loves South Korea because of its beauty and food. Mochi likes Psalm 106:3 because it serves as a reminder for her to live her life in a Godly manner. Mochi likes reading, she will read anything and everything. Mochi plays violin, viola, and clarinet. Mochi is a very funny counselor and she is very nice. Mochi provides for all your needs (including gummy bears). I picked Mochi for my article topic because she is an awesome ATL (Assistant Tribe Leader) to write about here at Camp Gilgal 2016. She is in my tribe of Benjamin.

Name: Netanya W

Age: 12

Tribe: Benjamin

Campfire

Almost every night we have campfire. I think campfire is a great way to end the day because at campfire we sing songs, look at the amazing view and talk about God. The first things we do at campfire is sing. There’s an amazing singing act first. There’s a different one almost every night. We sing fun songs with some dance moves. We sing about 3 to 5 songs. The last few are slower songs. The view is amazing. The sky is so pretty. It’s nice to see the pinkish orange sky and the beautiful sunset that God created. Every campfire we have a staff talk about God. We call it campfire talk. At the end of their campfire talk they give campers a choice if they would like to stay back and talk to them if they have any questions or if they would like to head back to their cabins. I love hearing the campfire talks because they help you get closer to God and understand a lot more about God. Also you get to hear how whatever they talked about helped them in their lives. Some of the camp fire talks we have done so far are about trusting God, staying with God through tough times, community, ministry, power of prayer, and my favorite campfire talk was about weakness. It was about how everyone has a weakness, and they may be embarrassed or ashamed of it and it may make them week but God’s power is much bigger and greater than that weakness. That you can walk with that weakness and you’ll be alright because God is with you. Jalapeno did an awesome job! I love campfire because you learn great things and campfire talks support you and help you. You can talk about almost everything because here at Camp Gilgal we’re a family. I’m so happy and thankful I’m in the Camp Gilgal family because camp is where I’m most happy and it’s my favorite place to be.

Name: Eliana W.

Age: 12

Tribe: Benjamin

Camp Names

During camp this year I was thinking about what makes Camp Gilgal so unique. One of my thoughts was the camp names. For example Anonymous, Squid, Twister, Mochi and other creative titles. The staff choose their own names. Some of the names are chosen because of nick names they like, or if they just like the sound of it. Camp names are special so we are not told the staff’s real names. At first when you think about not knowing your counselors name the idea is weird, but when you go to camp it’s perfectly normal. Personally I love having camp names. When I become a counselor my name will probably be Eragon. To me camp names are one of the most creative aspects of camp. One of the counselor’s is named Sneezy. She chose her name because she has allergies, causing her to sneeze many times consecutively. Mochi’s names was inspired by the Japanese dessert and she liked the sound of it.

Name: Rachel H

Age: 12

Tribe: Benjamin

Shabbat Shalom!

One of my favorite parts of Camp Gilgal is Shabbat. Seeing everyone gather together in unity and peace gives me an overwhelming sense of happiness. With everyone in their best clothes all singing to the Lord, it feels as if, just for a second I can see a glimpse of what heaven will be like. This year, since we were the oldest female tribe, the tribe of Benjamin got to lead the blessing over the candles. It was truly magical, with the gleam of the candles reflected on everyone’s faces. The blessings for Shabbat are some of the most beautiful I have ever heard and I love to sing them. After we lit the candles, juice boxes and a piece of challah bread were passed around. The oldest male tribe, the tribe of Judah, led the blessings over the juice and Challah. Shabbat is a special time for me, because it has such a sense of community surrounding it. You really do feel like everyone at Camp Gilgal is your family. I am grateful to God for giving us a day for rest, and at Camp Gilgal Shabbat isn’t celebrated like any other holiday. They put their own special twist on regular traditions, to help us understand them better and to let us have a great time doing them. For instance, what other camp has the oldest male and female tribes do the blessings? Camp Gilgal’s the only one I know of. Camp Gilgal is a special place, where friendship and unity endure, especially when it’s Shabbat. Shabbat Shalom!

Name: Eliana A.

Age: 12

Tribe: Benjamin

Spiritual Community

Just from one week here at camp, I feel so much closer to God. This camp encourages uniqueness and openness, which is something most people don’t get to experience. All of the staff are SUPER nice and they’re always ready to help; whether it’s a stuck zipper or a prayer request. Camp Gilgal has the perfect balance of fun and rules. At campfire, we get to go crazy with the songs, but then we all calm down for the great campfire talks from the staff. We’ve heard from them about ministering to others, trusting God (because he always has your best interest), finding good community, how to pray, and learning that you don’t have to feel alone because God is always with you. We’ve heard all of these, and camp isn’t even over yet. Each morning, the campers gather together in the Mishkan to worship and praise God. There we hear from Redsox about God and how He works in miraculous ways. We always sing the Shema, but on Shabbat we sing most of the traditional Messianic liturgy. I always knew what the liturgy was but I never thought of it as me talking to God, just using what someone already said. When Strings said that something clicked, and now every time I sing liturgy, I actually feel involved. Every night after campfire of whatever else, each tribe goes to their cabin and does devotions. My tribe has been studying Psalms. A particularly interesting one was Psalm 51. Our ATL asked us why that Psalm was written, and we read that it was written right after David sinned with Bathsheba. We came to the conclusion that this Psalm can be used for any sin, not just David’s. Camp has God’s presence in all activities, not just these three I mentioned. Talking and praying with the staff isn’t just an option, it’s encouraged and welcomed. Jews for Jesus is really for Jesus, and this camp is undeniable proof.