I would like to introduce myself. I’m Jalapeno, the Craft Teacher, and your official Camp Gilgal East “Camp Ima”. Many of you might already know me from last year, but for those who don’t; Hello, thanks for entrusting us with your kids and joining the Camp Gilgal Family. You might be asking yourself, “Wait a minute, you call yourself the ‘Camp Ima’, what is a ‘Ima’ and how is that so?” Ima means “Mom” is Hebrew, and I earned the title of Camp Ima because I, like you, am a proud parent. Last year was my first year at camp, and I brought my two sons (Gato, 5 and Spitzy, 1) along to join me in the Gilgal experience. We all had a blast, which is why both Spitzy and I are back this year, teaching craft and spending time with your lovely kiddos.
As a fellow parent, I felt it would be nice to write to you throughout junior camp and provide you with a parental point of view of all the amazing activities and adventures at Camp Gilgal this year. I know it can be hard sending your precious babies away for 2 weeks without being able to have a quick check in visit or even a phone call. Actually, this year I too had to say goodbye to my oldest, Gato, as he is staying back home with his father and attending a local camp for kindergartners. But, just as I trust he will have fun without me, trust that your sons and daughters are having the time of their lives and are learning more and more about the Lord with every lesson, song, and friendship. In just the few days of camp, I have seen many of your youngsters show kindness to a new friend, learn a Hebrew word or two (or five!), and discover something new about their God.
It has been a pleasure to introduce myself to you, and I can’t wait to share more about camp as your own personal “Camp Ima”. And just in case you were wondering…. all your kids are safe and healthy, eating their vegetables, and brushing their teeth. ;)