Adventure Camp Wrap Up

Hi everyone!

And just like that I’m in the last week of my internship :( This has been one of the most transformative, enriching summers of my life and I feel so incredibly lucky to have served in this way at camp. The Camp Gilgal family is truly remarkable, and I’m so grateful to God for providing me with this community. I’ll write another blog post soon (probably once I return home and have some time to reflect) all about my internship, but for now, let’s talk about adventure camp because it was an IN-TENTS week (good pun, eh?).

Here’s a brief wrap: On Sunday, after packing up our things, we drove to our campsite and got settled in. We ate RedSox’s famous annual first night of adventure camp chilli… which was delish as always. Monday was our first day of rock climbing which was  challenging but ridiculously fun. We even had the opportunity to rappel and do some more challenging climbs. Sadly our second day of rock climbing on Wednesday got rained out… but after drying off and buying fresh socks we spent the day playing games and chillin’. On Tuesday and Thursday we did some hiking and swimming at Minnewaska State Park. Sitruce, Pamplemousse and Hannah come to this park almost every summer so it was great to have people with us who knew the trails well. On Friday we headed back to the city, unpacked, took delightful (and much needed) showers, and proceeded to eat Dig Inn on the High Line. On our last day of camp (boooo) we slept in, had a homemade brunch feast, finished up our bible study in the book of Jonah, and watched Moana.

The food at adventure camp was incredible, and I’m personally convinced everything tastes better when you’re in the woods. From tomato soup, to Taco Tuesday, to Indian food, pasta and meatballs… plus delicious lunch bowls, energizing breakfasts, and plentiful snacks, we were certainly well fed. Shoutout to RedSox for being an amazing chef!

Adventure camp always reminds me how important it is to work as a team. Camping is a lot of work, but when we all contribute it makes life in the woods enjoyable and fun. The Camp Gilgal family becomes even stronger when we’re out in the wild ;) Adventure camp is an awesome distraction free week to be with one another and to spend time alone with the Lord reflecting on His word. It’s so refreshing to be removed from things like Instagram and Facebook and really focus in on community and deepening our relationships with God. It was a super restful week. We read the book of Jonah throughout the week and talked about God’s pursuit of Jonah, even though he was intentionally running away from God. The same kind of love God pursued Jonah with is the same kind of love he pursues each one of us with, which is pretty incredible if ya ask me!  Jonah is such an interesting book and God’s unrelenting character, mercy and love is made really clear through Jonah’s story. Although it was a damp week… Adventure Camp 2018, you treated us well. Now it’s time to wrap up my internship! I’ll write again soon!

In Him,

Sneezy

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Teen Camp Recap

Hello! It’s Sneezy (also now known as Snezzy – thanks junior campers) and we are back from teen camp! I can’t believe how fast teen camp went… the 8 days were  packed full of fun and adventure and time just whizzed by.

Our tabernacle lessons during teen camp were on belief & doubt from the book of Acts. We looked at the lives of the early believers and learned what it looks like to live a life of faith even when we have questions or doubts. Our memory verse was Hebrews 11:1-3,6 which perfectly reflected our theme. We had lots of bible topics during activity slots such as Gender in the Bible, Quiet Time and Prayer, God and Science, Sharing the Gospel with Friends, and more. The nightly discussion campfire theme was “Grace and ________.” We talked about Shame, Doubt and Anxiety and how the message of grace enables us to cope with these trials. I really loved the bible topics and the relevant and intriguing discussions we got to have.

The first field trip we went on was to the farm… also known as mensch day! Even though it was rainy, the opportunity to tangibly help Patroon Land Farms and the local community was amazing. Patroon Land Farms sends most of their produce to a local food bank, and they are also part of a CSA. We got to pick Swiss Chard, Garlic Scapes, we removed rocks from soil and put boxes together. Patroon Land has about 30 acres of land, and only 5 full time staff to maintain the land. They really appreciated our help and it was so nice to be a blessing to the community.

And our annual camping/white water rafting extravaganza was awesome! We were at a new campsite this year and it was beautiful (and so much less buggy!). There was a beautiful lake to swim in, tether ball, a beach volleyball net, basketball courts, tether ball, and a playground. And the facilities were top notch! We ate a delicious dinner made by Watson and RedSox, had some fun on the beach,  ate s’mores, had our campfire discussion, star gazed and then hit the hay. We woke up early to head to Wild Waters, and it was a beautiful day for rafting! The sun was shining but it was not too hot. Our guides were as great as ever and we went back to camp exhausted, full of yummy food, and happy.

Daily activities were a blast as well, we did things like running, karate, how to draw portraits, high tea, Yiddish proverbs, soccer and more. Teen camp 2018 was a blast, and it was so cool to watch God at work through the Bible teachings but also through the details of organizing, the weather, and our safety. Stay on the lookout for photos on Flickr. Now it’s time to get ready for adventure camp!!!

In Yeshua,

Sneezy

 

 

Further dispatches from week 2

Last night we played Mission Impossible!!! The tribe of Benjamin (younger boys) led valiantly by Verde triumphed in this game of sneaking, scavenger hunting, and clue solving. MI is an all around favorite and we’re gearing up to play Capture the Degel today.

In tabernacle we’ve been moving through Joshua and we’re looking at chapters 10 and 11 today.

Today is our last normal day in the schedule. Most of the kids have finished their drums-they look great and I do apologize for the racket that this particular craft brings!

This morning is gloriously cool and clear after some intermittent rain yesterday. We’re having a great session of Junior Camp and can’t believe it is almost time to return your campers to you!

Woah, and just like that we’re in week 2

The first week of camp flew by! The first few days were super hot, then the weather changed and right in a row we had field trip day (baseball game with fireworks), Shabbat, Yom Sussim (horse day/Israeli day), laundry day (super chill day with long stretches of swim time, FOB, tribe time, and all camp activities), and now we get new activities today!

As I sit in Tabernacle singing with the worship team, made up of campers and staff and reflect on the week we’ve been through it is amazing how much we’ve seen the campers grow and how much we’ve seen the tribes come together. Tonight is sleep out night and I can’t wait to see what week 2 has in store for us!

Favorites from week 1:

Breakfast:waffles with whipped cream, strawberries, and chocolate shavings

Lunch: tacos

Dinner: Pizza and wings; any of the cooked vegetables

Dessert: Shabbat brownie sundaes

Field Trip!!!

Tonight we left camp and had a field trip to a minor league baseball game with fireworks afterwards. The home team won, which I’m not sure we’ve ever seen before! It’s still warm, but the worst of the heat seems to be behind us and the campers are all doing well and being super responsible with keeping their water bottles refilled.

Tomorrow is the last day of first week activities-this week the campers have been in Hebrew, craft, hiking, field sports, mad science, basketball, and archery. The campers all finished lacing their leather drum crafts yesterday and practiced painting on paper today while we wait for their drums to finish drying.

Today in tabernacle we looked at Joshua 2 and the second set of spies being sent into the promised land assisted by Rahab and we talked about her faith.

The memory verse this year is Psalm 46 and the campers are all moving through it at a shocking pace. Tomorrow is Shabbat and I can’t believe we’re already to the weekend-after such a sweaty week laundry day is going to be a real gift!

Keep checking Facebook and Instagram for photo updates and we’ll try to get a longer update up over the weekend.

Thanks!

~RedSox

First 30 hours or so of camp

The first full day of camp is always eventful as campers and staff get to know one another and begin to settle in. This year was even more extreme because we’ve been in the middle of an obscene heat wave-97 degrees yesterday, and mid 90s with a breeze today! The campers have been diligently filling their water bottles and we’ve been pacing our time outdoors. This evening we played water games and as I type this…it’s raining! I’m so thankful for the cool breeze blowing through the cabins as the campers sleep and am looking forward to a slight chill in the morning air!

Last night the campers made tribe flags and we had our first campfire. Today the campers chose activities, started on their drum craft, and took their swim test. The Gilgal store is stocked with flashlights, stamps, water bottles, and extra toiletries and we had many campers avail themselves of the necessities tonight. Tomorrow is a pretty normal day in camp and we’ll end it with a campfire. The campers got their memory verses today (Psalm 46) and we invite you to be learning it with us-what a reminder that God is our refuge and strength!

Lilah Tov Camp Gilgal Family!

RedSox

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