Name: Judah W.
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.
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.
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!