Gilgal Gazette, Teen Camp 2018 Installment 1

Name: Judah W.

Age: 15

Tribe: Benjamin

New Ground/Worship Team

I love to sing. Through this love my relationship with G-d has really strengthened. Asher, Elliot, Y’didiah and I have always sang at camp. The past three years at teen camp have been filled with medleys of Disney songs and One Direction. It’s not necessarily my type of music, but it is a collection we all know. We would get so good at these songs we’d harmonize. But at this point in time I was still way too nervous to lead in worship.  

As I’ve been singing at camp endlessly throughout the past three years of teen camp, I’ve loosened up. I can sing anywhere with my tribe now, no matter who is watching/listening. Literally everybody in my tribe except one was on the worship team, and since this change in my confidence had occurred I was comfortable leading worship for the first time. I had a lot of fun and I sincerely loved praising G-d.  

Leading worship was the first step towards bettering my relationship with G-d. Bettering your relationship with G-d and not relying on our own strength to complete our greatest challenges was what the lessons at Tabernacle and Shabbat were all about. As my heart gave way with worship my ears opened and I took in the message that all the goodness within us isn’t ours but G-d’s and that we need G-d’s relationship like we need air.

This message was something that I needed to hear and will stick with me forever, because the challenges that I face are way too difficult to complete on my own, and G-d can be that support in my life as my relationship continues to shape itself and evolve.


Boaz B.




Soccer was fun, it was a Friday it was pretty hot and every 30 seconds Verde and Ruski told us to get water. Soccer was a little different because we only had seven players including Verde and Ruski. On my team was me, Judah and Verde, on the other was Ruski, Ephraim, Nathan and Daniel. The score ended up at 3-2 to us. Camp Gilgal has activities like soccer, basketball and white water rafting, and lots more. There are at least two activities a day.

If you are thinking of coming to Camp Gilgal or sending your kid, you have a good mindset, it’s a great place to find friends and connect with God and have a deeper connection with God even through the regular, daily activities.

Erik A.




The purpose and goal of Camp Gilgal is to get out of your busy and repetitive lives revolving around schedules especially as we are transforming teenagers. We come to camp happy, joyful, and sometimes confused, and even broken as life gets more complicated and eventful, especially in our day and age. However, in the midst of our questions and struggles personally or socially, there is a time to express it all with God first and then with Beardo. T.A.W.G stands for Time Alone With God, so every morning with no shame you express everything you want and need to our loving Father. Any question no matter how big or small, deep or shallow, will and can be answered. With the help of God and the use of Beardo’s knowledge, any confusion and question will be wiped away. It is the best time to just be one on one with God, as a child to a Father. Spiritual, mental, random, to specific questions can be asked, for there is no correct or wrong questions. No questions to ask? No problem. You can meditate on God’s words and learn so many things from laws, to our mission, to Jesus’ sacrifice and His love. With me specifically, I have questions about identity, our mission, how to serve God, how to read the Bible, and more.

As a Jew and a Christian, it is difficult to understand who I am and I was lost, however, because of God’s attention and care for us, God helped Beardo to help me understand who I really am. Thanks to the one and only opportunity to question and learn at teen camp, I have learned so much and grown. T.A.W.G was a very good opportunity to spend time with God, and learn where other places don’t have it. If you do go to teen camp, please take the chance to grow your faith and have questions. You will grow with God!

WWW 2019!

Hey Camp fam!

Wonderful Winter Weekend is less than a month away, and the team has kicked into full gear to get ready for the best weekend ever.

This year, the Winter Weekend team is made up of Beardo, Sneezy, Sitruce and Hiccup (with the help of Tech and Twister)! Get pumped guys — we are planning some super fun games, Bible lessons, and more! We’ll be in touch & give you more exciting details in the coming weeks.

But for now, register early and register often!

We hope to see you Feb 22-24 at WWW!

In Yeshua,


Recommended Resource Day: The Bible Project

Hi Camp Gilgal parents & campers!

Today I want to share a resource with you that can help you study and even teach the Bible. It’s a resource we use a ton at camp called the Bible Project:

This website is great because it allows you to study the Bible in a lot of different ways. You can go by theme, series, words, Old Testament and New Testament.

Campers: this website is very helpful for you! When you’re reading the Bible on your own and want some background information or help understanding complicated things, this website can help you out. The animated videos are fun and very informative.

Parents: this website is a great way to help you teach the Bible to your kids. The background information given for each of the books of the Bible is clear and concise. The website is also easy to navigate and the animated videos explain the Bible in a comprehensible way.

This is how I used this website as the intern this summer for our Tabernacle study in the book of Joshua:

  1. read scripture
  2. watch the informative illustrated video
  3. look at the section called “about Joshua” and the major milestones/highlights from the book
  4. if needed, look at the suggested readings or further resources

This is a great, clearly written resource. The animated videos are also a super helpful way to look at the projection of the stories. I loved using this resource to study the Bible this summer during my internship, and I use it in my own study too. Hope you enjoy it!


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,


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,




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.