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,


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


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