Why I Hate FOB!

From the vault, here’s some vintage Gazette! Here’s an article written circa 2006 by camp Bologna about why she hates FOB. I don’t think she hates FOB anymore?

Why I Hate FOB!

By 10-year-old-camper Bologna (aaaaaawwww) Judah

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Bologna, circa 2006, on crazy hair night

FOB is boring because you lay there for an hour. The counselors don’t even need it. I’ve seen them without it! But the worst thing about FOB is most of the counselors snore! It’s also annoying because the girls in Zebulun scream the whole time. I think that the ATL’s sleep while the tribe leaders stay with the kids, and then they switch.

Parsha: V’zot HaBracha

This week’s parsha is V’zot HaBracha or “And this is the blessing” and is found in Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12. And we did it! It’s the last parsha before we go all the way back to Genesis.

The last thing that Moses does before dies is bless all the tribes. He starts with a reminder that Israel was chosen and that the Lord is their king. Then, Moses blesses all the tribes, each tribe individually and with a different blessing. Now the order of the tribes being blessed is a little odd, but, if you (like Moses) were standing on Mt. Nebo and looking out across the Jordan from the South all the way up to the North, then it makes sense.

Moses starts with blessing the tribe of Reuben whose land will be right where Moses is standing at the moment, then the tribe of Judah all the way to the south, then Levi (who were everywhere), then Benjamin, then Joseph, then Zebulun, then Issachar, then Gad, then Dan in Bashan, then Naphtali, and then Asher who is all the way in the north against the Mediterranean Sea. Check out a map, it’s pretty cool.

Moses is looking out onto the Promised Land, after 40 long years of leading. He was 120 years old, but he was still strong and could still see very well. There has never been another prophet like Moses, who knew God face to face. God shows Moses all of the land, but He doesn’t let Moses enter. Why? Because Moses disobeyed God.

There are two things that struck me while reading this. One, Moses gave all the tribes a different blessing for different things. God gives everyone different gifts. Some people are good at listening, others at talking, some are good at serving and helping out, and others at solving problems. God did not make us all the same, and He doesn’t want us to be all the same. Find out the best way to use the blessings God has given you.

The other thing was that Moses worked so hard bringing the people out of Egypt and through the desert and then God says “You can’t come in.” It does not seem fair. But Moses disobeyed God (check out Numbers 20), and the consequences were that Moses could not lead Israel into the land. Paul says in Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Sin=death. Moses sinned=he had to die. Everyone sins=Everyone has to die?

Now you might think, “if Moses had to face the consequences, how do I even have a chance.” But we have something Moses didn’t have, we have Y’shua. He takes the consequences for us. Crazy, right? If you want to talk more about this, just comment on the blog and Sox, Twister, or Strings can talk to you.


An Interview With Shades

From the vault, here’s some vintage Gazette!  Here’s an interview with Shades his first year as an ATL by his camper, Josiah.

An Interview With Shades

By Josiah Parkas, 9, Dan Junior East (2003)

Luft, Shades, camper Madam, and Spike in 2003

Shades is my assistant tribe leader, and I thought I would ask him fun questions about camp. So first, I asked him what his favorite food. He thought for a minute and said, “pizza.” Then I said, “Fine, what is your favorite dessert?” He answered, “strawberry cheesecake.” “That’s disgusting,” I yelled. “But it’s my favorite,” Shades replied.

I then asked him what his favorite cereal was, and he said, “Honey Nut Cheerios.” Well, those are good – at least they are better than strawberry cheesecake!

I asked Shades what he liked to do and he said that he liked to hang out with his friends. His favorite sport is basketball, and his favorite board game is chess. Then I thought I would ask him something about the Bible. He was that his favorite book of the Bible is Revelations.

I liked having Shades as an assistant tribe leader – maybe I will have him next year

The Loch Ness Monster On the Bottom of Pinnacle Lake

From the vault, here’s some vintage Gazette!  Here’s an article written by camper Chickpea about an adventure she and Strings had while boating one day.

The Loch Ness Monster On the Bottom of Pinnacle Lake
By 11 year-old-camper Chickpea (aaaaaawwwww), Naphtali, Junior East

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Chickpea and Strings playing Captain, Sailor, Gunner before their great adventure. Circa 2003.

As Strings and I crossed Pinnacle Lake in a boat one Thursday afternoon, Strings saw a long neck pop out of the water and dive back in! We both tried to find the owner of the head, but had to come back to shore. We also were not able to locate the water toys that Twister threw into the water for us to find. I personally think that the Loch Ness Monster ate them…

We also saw two schools of fish swimming past us looking positively terrified. Someone fishing caught a terrified sun fish and kissed it! The sun fish was terrified and leaped back into the water! I am not sure if it was dying or hated being kissed or if he had seen the Loch Ness Monster.

For all of you campers next year, a word of caution: Beware – you may just spot the Loch Ness Monster!

Miss Liz

From the vault, here’s some vintage Gazette!  Here’s an interview with Twister back when she was still Miss Liz, way back in the Valley. This article is from the 1999 edition of the Gilgal Gazette.

Miss Liz
By Roseanna A., 11, East

Twister circa 99
Twister circa 99

Miss Liz was born in Manhattan, New York, in ????. She lives in Canada, comes to Camp Gilgal as a counselor.

Miss Liz is not too tall and has short, blonde hair, green eyes, and looks very friendly. And she is! She is also very nice. She doesn’t give you a hard time. If something is not perfect, she does not tell you it has to be perfect. If something is boring, she makes it fun. She’s not bossy at all. Everyone likes her. She’s also sharing and gives everyone chances. If you have Miss Liz, you’ll have a lot of fun.

Since Miss Liz is good in rock climbing and swimming, they are her favorite sports. In her spare time, she likes to go rock climbing or swimming and has a lot of fun. She always goes with her friends. Miss Liz’ favorite food is Chinese from a special restaurant in Manhattan. Since Miss Liz will be an adult soon, she says “I don’t want to be an adult. I want to be a kid forever.” She says this with a very sad voice with a sad, puppy face.

Miss Liz is Jewish but believes in Jesus. She started to do whatever her mom told her to do, such as going to church and believing in Jesus – at the age of four, but she didn’t take it seriously. When she was 13, Miss Liz rededicated her life to God and took it very seriously.

Parsha: Ha’zinu

Have you ever felt like you were at the end of your rope? Good. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, or at least, that’s the way God says it’s going to be.

This week’s parsha is Ha’azinu and it’s found in Deuteronomy, chapter 32. It’s also known as the Song of Moses. These words are the last set of instructions Moses gives to Israel before he blesses all the tribes.He tells Israel that they have been chosen from all the nations, that they were found in the desert and God cared for them. God has and will bless Israel and make them prosperous. But with this prosperity comes a warning.

Moses tells them that after a while they are going to become lazy because they are used to being blessed, and God will not want to deal with them anymore. Then, they will be sent disaster, disease, terror, and sword because of their forgetting all God has done for them.

Israel will be at the end of their rope, and then, Moses says something crazy is going to happen. God is going to rescue them. God will see that their strength is gone, and there is no one left, and He will take them and shelter them.

Paul talks about being at the end of his rope in 2 Corinthians 1. He says
“We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.” (2 Cor. 1:8-10)

Just because we are chosen by God does not mean that we won’t get to the end of our rope. And just because we’re at the end of our rope doesn’t mean God does not care. Rather, sometimes He wants us to get to the end of our rope so we can only rely on Him. God always loves us and rescues us.

So, if you’re getting to the end of your rope, and we all do, remember: everyone does, you’re not in this alone, God loves you and is your Rock and shelter.

Shabbat Shalom!