Dear First Time Camper,
Camp is less than two weeks away. Right now, you might be feeling anxious. Maybe you’re overwhelmed by how much you have to pack (check out my previous post called “What to Pack!”) or by meeting new people. Maybe you’re scared to be away from home. Or maybe you’re so excited that you can’t even handle waiting one more day! Wherever you’re at, I want you to know that I am praying for you. All the staff are praying for you. We are so excited to spend two weeks with you. We want to help you learn more about Jesus. We want you to make new friends. And through it all, we want you to have fun!
My first year of camp was almost ten years ago (wow!) and I have grown to love camp more and more each year. Your first year is a time to sit back and enjoy the ride and learn the ropes of Camp Gilgal. By your second year, you’ll be a pro!
A few things we always do at camp are a big craft project that you’ll get to take home, a memory verse, Tabernacle, a camp out, theme meals, campfires, talent night, and so much more. One of my favourite activities is counselor hunt. The counselors all pretend to be a certain animal and the campers have to go find them and bring them back to home base. It’s so much fun! Meals are a great time to bond with your tribe over delicious food. Events like this shape camp. The activities are so much fun and there are so many choices that you are sure to find something you enjoy. Some of the activities include field sports, artsy fun, karate and drama games. Trust me, there will never be a dull moment during camp!
The campers and staff will all greet you with open arms. We love you, and we want to show Jesus’ great love to you. Know that you are not alone. Every camper has been where you are right now. Your first year at camp is the most special and the most memorable.
Looking back to ten years ago, I was a shy camper. I live in Canada, so camp was a really far trip for me and I was super scared to be away from home. Even though I was timid and unsure, I still had the best time at camp. I made great friends, and the staff were incredibly kind and understanding. Returning to camp year after year is a benchmark in my year and is one of the best decisions I have ever made.
I promise, you are going to have a great time. Camp is a place where we build each other up in God. It is a place to be who we truly are. It is a place to worship our Creator. It is a place to learn. It is a place to have fun.
I am so excited to see you!!! I can’t wait to talk to you and hang out with you, and make memories with you.
With Love and In Y’shua,