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.

We’re at camp!

Well…the advance team anyway. Yesterday Scooter, Sonic, Beardo, and I (RedSox) made the trek up to Camp from NYC! It thunderstormed on and off the whole way up and then once we got in there was a GIANT thunderstorm at camp. There were the biggest raindrops that I have ever seen and camp even lost power for about an hour! Rain is in the forecast for the next 10 days. So here is a reminder: PLEASE PACK RAIN GEAR!

We are settling in slowly, but it sure feels good to be back at camp! Last night for dinner we had mixed vegetables and chicken; for breakfast we had great scrambled eggs, fruit salad, and amazing pastries that Chef makes; and for lunch we had grilled cheese and tomato soup and bonus: quesodillas!
This is already shaping up to be a tasty summer.

While we were moving in and getting the staff room set up, we made a sweet discovery. There is a family of baby birds that is living on the side of Blewish’s cabin! Someone at camp took a look at them and told us that they are some kind of swallow–probably barn swallows. We tried to take pictures of them, but the nest is too close to the roof line to get a good photo, but this gives you an idea. We’ll try to get photos of them and keep posting about our baby birds, we think that there are at least 4!swallow 1mama bird

Tomorrow we’ll be joined at camp by: Twister, Strings, BabyCarrots, Bologna, Nature Valley, Wolf, Watson, and a few staff who have yet to be named. You’ll be hearing from different parts of the group as the sessions of camp continue. This weekend we’ll get the last few staffers and the campers too. Please be praying for the staff that we would quickly get adjusted to the camp schedule and that we would have an increasing amount of energy to play once the campers are here. Please be praying for the campers that they would be getting excited for camp and that they they would come ready to hear from God. East Coast Camp Gilgal 2013 is almost here and I can’t wait!

A new season, a new blog

Welcome Camp Gilgal Family (or fam-m-m-ily)!  It’s been several years since we had an official blog going, and it’s time we get back to it!  We’re getting ready for our season to begin, with campers arriving on June 30th.  That’s 1 month away from today!!!  Wow.

There’s still a lot to do between now and then, getting all the details put together for camp.  I hope your camper and your family are getting excited for this year!  I know I sure am!

Twister