Staff training starts in TWO days!

Hey Camp Gilgal!

So… RedSox and I leave for camp tomorrow and the rest of the staff come on Wednesday to begin staff training. The time has seriously flown by… it’s a little ridiculous how fast everything has happened! I can’t believe my time in New York City is coming to an end :(

We are busily preparing ourselves and getting ready to leave.. so today’s post won’t be a long one. I will have more to update you on once we arrive at camp, but for now I just wanted to check in and say that we are praying for you, we love you, and we are so excited to see you! Camp Gilgal 2018 is only going to happen once… and we are so excited that you’re going to be part of it!

See you soon!

With Love,

Sneezy

 

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Joshua 24

Camp Gilgal! In just two weeks, all of the staff will be at camp getting ready for the junior campers to come! That’s crazy! My time in New York City has flown by and I’ve absolutely loved being here and getting ready for camp. But, I’m very excited to see you all, we have some super fun things planned for this summer :)

This morning, Sox, Beardo and I finished reading through the book of Joshua (which we will be studying during Junior camp tabernacle). Joshua is a cool book, and especially in the last chapter, we get to see the Israelites being faithful to God.

In Joshua 24, Joshua’s time of leadership is coming to a close. He assembles all the people and walks them through a brief history of everything that has happened since the time of Abraham. Really what he’s doing is proving how faithful God has been to the people of Israel. All of their victories were only because of His provision and goodness. Joshua then invites the people to serve the Lord wholeheartedly. The people choose to follow the way of life — the way of the Lord: “We too will serve the Lord, because he is our God” (24:18). Of course, we know this doesn’t last for long because the book of Judges is a hot mess. But, God is continually faithful to His people and invites them to Himself. Here, they acknowledge God as their God, throw away the foreign gods, and choose to follow the way of life. It’s a pretty uplifting and remarkable way to end this book. Joshua is then buried and verse 31 says: “Israel served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had experienced everything the Lord had done for Israel.” The people choose to serve God and follow Him. They acknowledge Him as the provider of everything they have and the one who gains the victory over their enemies.

God is a good Father. He punishes the people for their sin, but is also for them and invites the people to Himself. Ultimately, He did this through Yeshua. When we mess up (and the Israelites messed up a TON), God still loves us and chooses us. How cool is that!

I’ll see you guys so soon! Praying for you!

Sneezy

 

Adventure Camp Scouting Trip!

Hey Camp Gilgal!

On Wednesday and Thursday last week, Sox, Sitruce and I went on the adventure camp scouting trip. Guys. This trip is bonkers. And by bonkers I mean ridiculously beautiful and crazy fun.

On Wednesday we checked out some different campsites to stay in. We found a really beautiful one with big sites for our tents and food, a pool, fields, some nice hikes, a lake, and a really quirky mini golf park. I think it’s gonna be a great home base after long, fun days.

This year, the focus of our trip is rock climbing, but we didn’t actually go to scout that out since we’ve done it in past years. Nonetheless, it will be awesome.

Okay, now onto my favourite part – the hikes! The hikes we scouted out are gorgeous, challenging (in a good way!) and so much fun. At certain points I was galloping through all of the nature because I was so joyful and having such a good time. Here is a picture of me passing out from the beauty (don’t worry I’m okay, it was all in good fun):

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This was our first hike, which was around a lake with some stellar views. At one point, I said “hey, what’s that noise?” and Sitruce said “… I think it’s just quiet.” It was so peaceful, and so great to escape the constant noise of the city for a little while.

Our second hike definitely took the cake. It was called the “Ice Caves”… dun dun dun. The name says it all, we got to hike through caves that were still icy from the winter! They probably won’t be icy once adventure camp rolls around, but the air inside the caves was so fresh and crisp. It was a crazy hike and definitely a good workout. The caves were just so cool I couldn’t believe it (if you can’t tell I’m a huge fan of trees and nature and this trip was just the best time ever). I also found an inukshuk on this hike which made my Canadian heart happy.

So there you go, a little taste of what’s to come this year at Adventure Camp. I don’t want to give you too many details and spoil the fun of the unknown ;)

I’m so stoked for Adventure Camp 2018 and I hope you are too!

Enjoy the rest of these photos & get pumped! If you want to see more photos, follow us on Instagram and/or Facebook.

 

Sneezy

Shabbat Shalom!

Hey Camp Gilgal family,

It’s June 1 as I write this… which means the staff arrive at camp THIS month and the campers arrive at camp in exactly ONE month! It’s crazy how fast the time has gone, but I’m so looking forward to seeing you all!

For the next month, I want to share parts of camp with you so that when you come, you are prepared and excited. One thing we do each week at camp from Friday night – Saturday night is celebrate Shabbat. You probably know what Shabbat is, and maybe you even celebrate it each week with your family at home. I think it’s pretty cool that it’s something we get to celebrate every single week.

At camp, we dress up nicely on Friday night for dinner and have a Shabbat service. Saturday is our rest/chill day (but we still have loads of fun, you’ll just have to wait and see what this fun consists of!) and then we finish Shabbat with Havdalah. Overall, Shabbat is a break from our normal daily camp routine.

While you can look forward to celebrating Shabbat at camp, I wanted to give you some ideas that you can do at home with your family in the meantime!

  1. Have a nice meal at home
  2. Have a movie night
  3. Read a good book
  4. Hang out with friends
  5. Take a break from social media
  6. Go on a nature walk/hike
  7. Bake or cook your favourite meal/dessert
  8. Work on a hobby
  9. Have a dance party
  10. Take a nap and snuggle under the covers (you can also make some blanket forts while you’re at it)
  11. Play outside
  12. Gardening
  13. Relax
  14. Write a letter or a story
  15. Go for a swim
  16. Play games (sports, board games… whatever floats your boat)

Rest is so important for us. God rested on the seventh day of creation. We are made in the image of our Creator, so we need rest too! It’s something that’s so easy to neglect, especially in our busy and non-stop lives. I’m glad that we take time to rest on Shabbat at camp. It reminds me that I can find peace and an ease from my regular routine. It’s also a time to reflect on the past week and draw close to God without distractions. Shabbat is something I want to make a conscious effort at getting better at… so I want you to join me! Try some of the things on the above list before you come to camp and then tell me all about it!

Shabbat Shalom Camp Gilgal,

Sneezy

PS: if there are other parts of camp you want to hear about, let me know!

A Day in the Life of a Camp Gilgal Intern

Hey Camp Gilgal,

Hope you guys are hanging in there… I know the last stretch of school feels eternal but you got this! Right after school is over camp happens so that’s something to look forward to! Make sure you #registerearly and #registeroften

I was thinking about what to write today, and I thought, hey, why not just tell you what I’ve been up to in preparing for camp! As a camper, I never realized how much work goes on behind the scenes of camp. I appreciate camp so much more now that I can see all the planning that happens months before camp even starts!

Sox and I start off our morning reading a chapter from the book of Joshua and praying. I’ve really liked reading Joshua, I think the last time I read it in full was when I was a junior camper (so like a long time ago I’m pretty ancient guys ;) ). Right now, we’re reading about Joshua and the Israelite army defeating lots of different kingdoms and taking over land. It’s cool stuff and I’m excited for all the junior campers to have the opportunity to read it in Tabernacle!

After our morning meeting, I work on whatever is on my to-do list. So, that may look like calling different bus companies (who just love putting me on hold forever) to see if they can take us to camp (and maybe even on a field trip…?! you’ll just have to see!). It may look like booking a campsite for our annual teen camp white water rafting trip, working on resources for the staff to have during camp, or even boring stuff like shipping tent poles to get fixed. I’ve been reading lots of materials to prepare for Bible teachings and discussion campfires. I’m also working on planning camp activity rotation as well as all camp activities (and maybe even a little game of MI…).

A LOT of planning goes in to camp and there are so many details to juggle, but at the end of the day it’s all about having fun, seeing old friends and connecting with new ones, and experiencing the love of our Messiah.

While the planning is fun, I’m excited to see everything I’m doing come to fruition… and I’m even more excited to see YOU! 37 more days!

Sneezy