Gilgal Gazette Weekly Edition

The whole Gilgal Gazette (East, Midwest, and West) will be live online later this fall, but we’ll be sharing pieces from the Camp Gilgal East Gazette here each week. The Gilgal Gazette is a newspaper written by Camp Gilgal campers, for Camp Gilgal campers. We hope that you enjoy it!

Unfashionably Late in Fashion Disasta’ Night

Keren A., Age 9, Tribe of Naphtali (Junior Camp)

Camp Gilgal is really cool. It’s also very funny. One day, we were coming back from the pool, and we had a theme meal. The theme was fashion disasta’. Our tribe was getting ready and having fun, and finally, we were a disaster. I was wearing shorts on pants, so was Sophia. Halie had a tail! Olivia had mismatched clothes combo and so did the counselors. We were all wrapped in pink tape also. Guacamole was wearing a chicken hat and Sitruce was wearing a long black trench coat. Guac had to sing in front of everyone for a package that night! Then our cabin realized that everyone was missing! They had left without our entire tribe! We must have been too busy to hear the whistle blow and didn’t see everyone else line up. It was sort of embarrassing, but we were unfashionably late (perfect timing!) It was very funny when we walked in. Everyone was clapping for us. It was hilarious! I love theme meals!

Yumm! Food!

Kaelee F., Age 13, Tribe of Joseph (Junior Camp)

Yummy! The food at Camp Gilgal is always delicious and creative no matter the year or date. Many campers look forward to meals cooked by Chef Bill. Other summer camps have food that tastes downright ‘bleh.’ It’s also noted that other camps have meals that are worse than typical cafeteria food! Not Camp Gilgal, though! Hot food is served every day with a salad bar, which includes several toppings and dressings. There’s another option of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with fruit during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meals differ from sandwiches to tacos to chicken to waffles. My personal favorite is Chef’s mashed potatoes because they’re buttery and hand mashed.
Don’t forget dessert! At both lunch and dinner scrumptious treats are offered. This may include cookies, churros, brownies, popsicles, ice cream, etc. When you take a bite, you take a trip to a delicious dream. I hope that you’ll love the food at Camp Gilgal just as much as I do!

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Gilgal Gazette Weekly Edition

The whole Gilgal Gazette (East, Midwest, and West) will be live online later this fall, but we’ll be sharing pieces from the Camp Gilgal East Gazette here each week. The Gilgal Gazette is a newspaper written by Camp Gilgal campers, for Camp Gilgal campers. We hope that you enjoy it!

Weather

Rachel H., Age 11, Tribe of Ephraim (Junior Camp)

Since Camp Gilgal is on a mountain, sometimes we have some strange weather. For the first night of Camp, the whole campsite was enveloped in a thick mist. Some people had to go down to the infirmary to get medications, and the mist was so thick that they had to be driven back in a Jews for Jesus van.

Camp Gilgal has some odd weather, but also some beautiful sights. There are lovely sunrises and sunsets, and rainbows so close that you can almost touch them. We once saw a rainbow from the Mishkan, and the colors were so vibrant that it was unlike any other rainbow I have ever seen.

Yes, the weather at Camp Gilgal can be storm-tossed, but you can also see some of God’s most wondrous creations from high up on the mountain top.

Worship: Sing to the Lord!

Kaelee F., Age 13, Tribe of Joseph (Junior Camp)

Each day all campers and staff who attend Camp Gilgal transport to the Mishkan for Tabernacle. This is the time when we gather to worship the Lord and listen to a message presented by RedSox. However, before the sermon begins, we all worship God through song. My favorite praise songs include Oceans, As the Mountains, and Prince of Peace. Even though I’ve messed up the lyrics in the past, I need to remember who I’m singing to. Should I be singing to the congregation? No. To the Lord? Yes. God doesn’t care how your voice sounds out loud. He cares about the voice inside your heart. That’s most important.

Gilgal Gazette Weekly Edition

The whole Gilgal Gazette (East, Midwest, and West) will be live online later this fall, but we’ll be sharing pieces from the Camp Gilgal East Gazette here each week. The Gilgal Gazette is a newspaper written by Camp Gilgal campers, for Camp Gilgal campers. We hope that you enjoy it!

The First 100

Eliana W., Age 11, Tribe of Ephraim (Junior Camp)

On my way to lunch at Junior Camp 2015 I was thinking about what we would do for cabin inspection. We have cabin inspection because we if we didn’t our cabins would look like we were swimming in clothes. After we finished lunch we waited In breathless anticipation as the cabin inspectors (Ruski and Scooter) walked to the front of the dining hall. They started with the boy’s tribe then the girls and finally us, the Tribe of Ephraim. They opened their mouths and the words we have been waiting for came out, “you did pretty well however there were NO INFRACTIONS!” and we all yelled and cheered and we had a great rest of the day. Last time we got an 85 but this time we got an 100 because we worked together and made sure everything was perfect. I can’t wait to earn another perfect score at Camp Gilgal.

Too Much Spinning on the Merry-Go-Round

Daniel C., Age 10, Tribe of Benjamin (Junior Camp)

Camp Gilgal ended field sports then RedSox said it’s tribe time and then me Gavyn, Ephraim, and AJ said let’s go to the playground. I picked the playground because of the merry-go-round and I like spinning like crazy and feeling gravity pull me. Then we went down to the playground and I went on the merry-go-round and then Pamplemousse spun me really hard. The tribe of Ephraim was there too and some of them came and went on the merry-go-round, but before that I went on the merry-go-round 10 times. Then the tribe of Ephraim hopped on and then Elie and her friend said to me, “your face is white but a little blue” and it was those colors because it was going so fast. That’s because Pamplemousse and Gavyn and Squid and more people were spinning me and Elie and her friend and when I got off the merry-go-round I kept almost throwing up and then I got in the cabin and I was perfectly fine. I love that feeling it is like a roller coaster and a great adventure.

Gilgal Gazette Weekly Edition

The whole Gilgal Gazette (East, Midwest, and West) will be live online later this fall, but we’ll be sharing pieces from the Camp Gilgal East Gazette here each week. The Gilgal Gazette is a newspaper written by Camp Gilgal campers, for Camp Gilgal campers. We hope that you enjoy it!

Tabernacle

Penina S., Age 12, Tribe of Joseph (Junior Camp)

Tabernacle is a place where everyone gets together in the morning to worship and praise God. We sing songs, read stories, recite the memory verse and more. It takes place after breakfast but before your activities.

One day we got blowpops to represent the remnant of people left who believed in God. The gum was what we were supposed to leave. Some people ate their gum, others left it on their sticks and some people didn’t open theirs because they knew it would be too tempting.

In Tabernacle I learned that it is important to always trust God, no matter the circumstances.

The Camp-Out

Matthew S., Age 9, Tribe of Judah (Junior Camp)

On Monday of the second week of camp we packed for a camp-out after we packed we headed to our campsite. Since we didn’t have a fire place we went to Benjamin’s site. We made a fire and ate hot dogs and hamburgers. One hot dog rolled off the grill. Then Gavyn started chasing us with sticks. Then we noticed that there were fireworks on the other side of the valley. When we went back to our campsite we tried setting our tent up, but it kept falling down so we called Scooter and he came. He also tried but it fell again so we slept on the blacktop.  I had camped a bunch before with my family – this wasn’t the best camping but it was the most fun! I hope you enjoyed my story.

Gilgal Gazette Weekly Edition

The whole Gilgal Gazette (East, Midwest, and West) will be live online later this fall, but we’ll be sharing pieces from the Camp Gilgal East Gazette here each week. The Gilgal Gazette is a newspaper written by Camp Gilgal campers, for Camp Gilgal campers. We hope that you enjoy it!

Table Cleaning Contest with Judah

Penina S., Age 13, Tribe of Joseph (Junior Camp)

At Camp Gilgal we have a tradition. The first tribe to finish a meal has the right to bang on the tables. So, it was nearing the end of dinner. Both of our tribes (Joseph and Judah) were almost done with our meals. It was hot dogs and hamburgers. Judah is about to bang the table because they are done. Just then, Noah walks in the room with a burger. He’s part of the tribe of Judah. Everyone cracked up. It was really funny. In the end we (Judah) won. At Camp Gilgal, we have lots of funny moments like this; it’s great!

Teamwork

Netanya W., Age 11, Tribe of Ephraim (Junior Camp)

In Camp Gilgal there is a lot of teamwork! Teamwork is used in a lot of things like going to the party at the end of camp! And also we use teamwork in camp activities such as Capture the Degel (that’s a game) and we have teams and we have to work together to get the degel (flag) and also other fun games like that! I love Camp Gilgal! It’s really fun! You might be sad leaving home for two weeks but Camp Gilgal is just like a home. Everyone here is so nice and when it’s time to go home you’ll be sad leaving because it’s like you’re leaving your Camp Gilgal family. I love it here!

Gilgal Gazette Weekly Edition

The whole Gilgal Gazette (East, Midwest, and West) will be live online later this fall, but we’ll be sharing pieces from the Camp Gilgal East Gazette here each week. The Gilgal Gazette is a newspaper written by Camp Gilgal campers, for Camp Gilgal campers. We hope that you enjoy it!

Interviewing Squid

Sydney F., Age 12, Tribe of Joseph (Junior Camp)

A few days ago I interviewed the Amazing Squid! Spiritually, she prays for family, friends, campers, and just about everything constantly. Also, Squid reads the Bible mostly every day when she gets the chance. Squid’s favorite books in the bible are Psalms, Jeremiah, Esther, Ephesians, and Philippians. In fact, She’s always been a believer in Jesus Christ because she grew up attending church.

A question that I asked Squid was, “Do you want a boyfriend?” Her response was, “When I’m older and when God’s timing is right for me.” Another interesting fact about her is that her favorite number is seven because it’s written in the Bible many times. Did you know that her favorite color is pink and she loves all the food at Camp Gilgal? Also Squid was born on December 23rd.

On a camp related note, I asked her why she wanted to be an assistant tribe leader, also known as an ATL. In response, she always wanted to since she was little, because she knew it would be super fun. Then I asked her why it would be super fun and she said, “You get to know everything the campers don’t know.” She also said because you get to keep secrets from the campers. You also get to stay up later, and you have more freedom. The final question I asked Squid was, “did you like having me here at camp?” and she said, “Yes! Of course!”

That was my interview of Squid – an ATL at Camp Gilgal.

Jumping Jacks Contest

Hannah K., Age 12 Tribe of Joseph (Junior Camp)

After Tabernacle, we decided to do a jumping jacks contest because we all wanted to move around. So we all went to the back of the room and we started to do jumping jacks. At first, it was really easy but then it got much harder. After about 10 minutes, Ephraim and I were the only ones left jumping. A lot of people were cheering me on which made me really happy. After Red Sox blew the whistle for us to stop jumping. My legs were burning! But then I ate a banana and it really helped my legs. I got first choice of what I wanted to write about in the Gilgal Gazette, so I chose to write this article! I really love Camp Gilgal and all the silly things we do!

Gilgal Gazette Weekly Edition

Happy New Year! Below you’ll find our weekly serial edition of the Camp Gilgal East Gazette.

The whole Gilgal Gazette (East, Midwest, and West) will be live online later this fall, but we’ll be sharing pieces from the Camp Gilgal East Gazette here each week. The Gilgal Gazette is a newspaper written by Camp Gilgal campers, for Camp Gilgal campers. We hope that you enjoy it!

Interview with Horizon

Isaac G., age 9, Tribe of Judah (Junior Camp)

I decided to interview the ATL of my tribe, the tribe of Judah. This was my first year as a camper and Horizon’s first year as staff. I asked him sixteen questions that I wanted to know about him. Here are some of the questions I asked him the first was: why do you always wear a beanie? His answer was, “beanies are amazing. They’re comfy, warm, and it’s almost like a warm hug on your head. It looks cool, and once you wear one you can never go back.” The second question was why he chose to be an ATL. He said, “I love Camp Gilgal. I was a camper for two years in teen camp, and I always wanted to be a counselor with Camp Gilgal, and so for this year’s Junior Camp, I was able to be an ATL.” He said “I love the people here. They’re loving and caring, and even if I don’t see them very much because I live far away, they feel like family.”

This was my first year as a camper, and I learned how to shoot a long bow. I learned how to use a wood burner, and I learned a lot in Tabernacle. I loved playing soccer and field sports. Me and Horizon both love cats, and I’m thinking about wearing a beanie. I can’t wait to come back next year!

Interview with Sitruce

Keren A., Age 9, Tribe of Naphtali (Junior Camp)

I’m Keren and this is my first year at Camp Gilgal Junior Camp. My first counselors were Sitruce and Guacamole. I asked Sitruce a couple of questions because I wanted to know more about her. I discovered that her favorite animal is a cow because it has a funny face. I also learned that her favorite colors are black and blue. She told me that the first time she accepted Jesus was at Ingathering when she was 7. Her favorite book of the Bible is Psalms because it’s extremely poetic. Her favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because her family is there and there’s a lot of food. She likes going to the forest and going on hikes. Finally her favorite food is any kind of Italian food. I learned a lot about Sitruce from these questions. I really enjoyed being her camper and I can’t wait to know her more.

Gilgal Gazette Weekly Edition

The whole Gilgal Gazette (East, Midwest, and West) will be live online later this fall, but we’ll be sharing pieces from the Camp Gilgal East Gazette here each week. The Gilgal Gazette is a newspaper written by Camp Gilgal campers, for Camp Gilgal campers. We hope that you enjoy it!

Interviewing Hiccup

Olivia T., Age 8, Tribe of Naphtali (Junior Camp)

Hi my name is Olivia. This is my first time at East Coast summer camp. Last year I was at the Midwest summer camp. I loved Mad Science it was my favorite activity, because it was fun and there were experiments. Hiccup is a tribe leader for the boys, his tribe name is Judah and he is in charge of Mad Science and hiking. He’s silly so silly. I interviewed Hiccup because I like Mad Science and hiking. He likes some science, like physics and chemistry but hates biology. The Bible is his favorite book he tries to read it every day. His goal is about 3 chapters a day. His favorite colors are green, red, blue, and orange. He loves to eat mac and cheese (in a crockpot)!! He likes football books by Tim Green. He’s going to college in Florida and he’s going to live an hour away from Disney World!!! His favorite animal is a dog. I can’t wait to come back and to see Hiccup again! BYE! :)

Interview with the Health Director

Trent F., Age 14, Tribe of Simeon (Teen Camp)

Our health director Baby Carrots is a very passionate, outgoing person. Because she has been a believer since she was very young, she looked forward to being an ATL since she was a camper. When she had the opportunity to be an ‘ATL’ she jumped at it. Her valuable experience led her to be a tribe leader and then out of cabin staff. Now she serves as the health director. She told me she thinks God gave her the ability and passion to be in the medical field because it’s not for everyone. She currently is an EMT going to school to become a Physician’s Assistant as well as specializing in critical care. When she can use her medical skills in such a wonderful atmosphere she feels fulfilled. At night she helps me with my meds but she doesn’t rush me so she can sleep. She’s a patient person who plays a very important role in the Gilgal Staff.