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Once a part of the Camp Gilgal family, always a part of the Camp Gilgal family.

Author: Pokey

The Gilgal Gazette is published by Camp Gilgal campers for Camp Gilgal campers and their families and friends

Junior Camp West 2019

Theme: God is Israel’s True King 

Psalm 95:3 “For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods” 

Junior Camp East 2019

Theme: God is Israel’s True King 

Psalm 95:3 “For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods” 

Teen Camp West 2019

Theme: Be Transformed

2 Corinthians 5:17 “ If anyone is in Messiah, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

Teen Camp East 2019

Theme: Be Transformed

2 Corinthians 5:17 “ If anyone is in Messiah, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

The Journey to Camp

By: Liel B. | Age: 14
On July 14, we embarked on our journey to Camp Gilgal 2019. We started our adventure in Los Angeles and drove all the to Oakhurst. I drove in a van with Sarah, Lily, Bailey, Sivan, Jonathan, Carrie, and Steven. We were all cramped in the van for five whole hours. Chef, Sarah’s mom and Sloth, Taxi’s mom, and Sohcahtoa, Gadget, Kit-Kat, and Hershey’s mom, drove us to camp. We stopped at Panda Express for lunch even though I had it for dinner the previous night, I still enjoyed it. Jonathan and Steven were playing a game together and Sivan though she overheard them talking about magical ponies, but it turns out she was just hearing things. We passed through small towns and Sivan pointed out all the cute buildings. Although we were exhausted, we could not fall asleep. When we finally arrived at Calvin Crest, the campers and staff came out to welcome us by bang on our van. We all got out of the van and sorted our luggage. The staff introduced themselves and their names. We then headed to our cabins to get settled in. And that was my experience getting to camp.


My First Day at Camp Gilgal

By: Daniela M. | Age: 11
Tribe: Gad
On the first day of Camp Gilgal I had a lot of fun. There are so many things to do, and so many places to be. I remember that at first you would play so many hand games. Then you could pick the top or bottom bunk. You would always have amazing friends and be very happy there. After a long day, you would eat dinner and make a lot of announcements. Lastly, you go up a mountain to sing many songs, watch the sunset, and go to bed.

Camp Friendships

By: Sarah O. | Age: 13
Tribe: Judah
Hey! My name is Sarah, but my camp friends call me Stacy, Pancake, Sarah and much more. We have so many inside jokes and we are extremely close. We have so much time apart during the year, when we don’t have camp, so we instantly click. We always pick up where we left off and rarely have awkward moments. Activities are so much fun with your friends. Archery was exciting because I got to be with my two closest camp friends. The week at camp goes by super quick because we have so much fun and relate to each other. We relate to each other because we have the same beliefs.


By: Zoe A.| Age: 10
Tribe of Benjamin
Here at Camp Gilgal after dinner the staff often says, “Go get close-toed shoes and bug spray on.” That gets everyone super excited because it means we know something fun is about to happen! Sometimes it means it will be a night game and sometimes it will be a campfire. I love campfires! At Camp Gilgal our campfire is full of singing. We sing songs like, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, and Hineh Ma Tov. We also sing worship songs like Joshua 1:9 and Great Are You Lord. Next, Moose talks. After that one of the staff will share their testimony. They are so awesome! The first night Waldo and Lonestar shared. I asked them about it and here is what they said. First, I talked to Waldo. He told me that sharing his testimony reminded him of how much Camp Gilgal has shaped his walk with Jesus. He shared with me that he was a little nervous giving his testimony, but also said, “Do it. Even if you’re nervous.” Waldo’s favorite part was Lonestar’s testimony. Speaking of Lonestar I asked him the same questions. He said sharing his testimony he was nervous, but he was happy to see God move.



By: Rebecca S. | Age: 12
Tribe of Dan
Why is Camp Gilgal worship and Bible study time called Tabernacle? It is because the Tabernacle was where people from the past sacrificed and worshipped the Lord. Usually, Tabernacle is in the morning and starts with a few worship songs. Next, we recite the Shema and work on memorizing the memory verse bit-by-bit (Psalm 145-3-13a). Then Moose or Speedy would come up and share from the Bible and experience. The theme of Tabernacle is that God is Israel’s True King. Moose and Speedy explain this when they speak. I love Tabernacle because I really feel the Lord’s presence.


Bailey H. | Age: 14
Hi, I’m Bailey H. and I am in the cabin of Pippin and Mango. The people in my tribe are Talia, Carrie, Sarah, Elie, Lily, Claire, me and Shalom. (Well plus S’mores because she is always here which makes her an honorary member). I am 14 and I have been coming to camp since 2014. One of my favorite parts of camp are campfires! Now you may be thinking, “How can you even write about a campfire?” But this is a world-famous fiesta! Just kidding about the fiesta, but we as campers have such a good time roasting s’mores (not the person) and talking around a fire. We also have a time of worship. This year, Mango and Taxi led us in a few songs. Overall, campfire was fun. Don’t be jealous!

Delicious Food at Camp Gilgal

By: Hannah R. | Age:10
Tribe: Naphtali
The food at Camp Gilgal is healthy delicious and has amazing taste. In my opinion it’s just amazing so you should come and take a taste of Camp Gilgal. And I really like their ice cream and the pasta is so good with the sauce and if you try their taco you will crave it all the time and their waffles are sooooo good. And the chicken tenders, delish. And whatever you do eat the baked potatoes, they’re too good to miss. And if that’s not enough to make you drool, I don’t know what is! Well, have you heard of the amazing macaroni? It is soooooooooo delicious, it is beyond amazing! Now is that enough for you and if you go we hope you have a good time. See you there! 

Junior vs. Teen Camp

By: Mika B.| Age: 13
Tribe: Judah
This was my first year at teen camp and I guess I’d just describe it as chill. In Junior camp all the campers are more hype and have so much energy, you literally don’t know what to do with yourself. However, in teen camp people are more laid back and don’t care about little things as much. For example, people at junior camp are always trying to know the tribe leaders’ names but in teen camp people know most of their really names but don’t care too much. Junior camp is mad fun and always has great vibes and excitement, but teen camp is more relaxed and less uptight. You have more independence and trusted to do things more. Another example of how they’re different is the schedule. We have Tabernacle at night before dinner and instead of having a campfire lesson, we have a discussion and talk about our real-life problems and how to solve them according to the Bible. Teen camp doesn’t have tribe flags, Mission Impossible and decide what you want to do more. Both are super fun and you get to bond with all your friends in the process.

Cabin Inspection

By: Hesed F. | Age: 13
“That’s an infraction!” If you were wondering what that meant, you’re in the right place. Cabin inspection is a huge part of camp. Every morning after breakfast we come back to our cabins and prepared for cabin inspection. Preparation for cabin inspection includes: sweeping the floor, tucking in beds, taking out the trash and many other things. After we finish cleaning our cabins we go onto other activities. Then we go to lunch and after lunch the cabin inspector comes and tells us the score we got for cleanup. If the average score at the end of camp is an 85, we get a party! If there are too many infractions, we get a bad grade and we don’t get the party. The cabin inspector is very picky even if the soap dispenser is a little crooked, it’s an infraction. Overall, cabin inspection is a huge part of camp and camp wouldn’t be the same without it!


By: Chloe S. | Age: 12
Tribe: Reuben
Do you like working with your hands? Well, I do. This year at Camp Gilgal we made challah plates for Shabbat. We used a wood burner but first let me fill you in on the steps. First, we drew a design on a piece of paper. Second, we had to enlarge the design with a little bit of help from the craft teacher named Shark-bait. We had to enlarge the design so it could fit on the plate. Third, we had to do the painful job of sandpapering the challah plate, which was to me like death to my ears, but after that was pretty fun. Fourth, we had to draw the enlarged design on the sanded plate which was hard because you can’t press hard with the pencil, but after that we started the real challenge of burning the wood. Fifth, we had to burn the wood and that was fun but the two downsides where we had to wear gloves that that where heat protected, and the wood burner was hot and I mean hot like if you burn yourself you should see the camp nurse. Finally, sixth after all of that hard work, we got to put the last thing on your plate, and that was oil we had to put oil because it would be the sealer and after the oil dries you can take it home to put challah bread on your plate I hope you like craft as much as me!

Sing and Dance for Your Mail Night

By: Ryan H. | Age: 11
Tribe of Reuben
Sing and Dance for Your Mail Night is a very fun night because you can call up your friends to do the dance you want to do for your mail. When you get your name called your super excited because you get to go up and sing or dance for your mail. This year when my brother and I were called we called our tribes up to dance with us and we did a train around the dining room! After that my friend got mail and called all the tribes up and we got to dance. That is what Sing and Dance for Your Mail Night is like at Camp Gilgal 2019!

Growing Closer to Your Tribe

By: Lena K. | Age: 12
Tribe: Judah
Teen camp is a uniquely fun and bonding week where you can grow closer to your tribe and God. Every day you do different activities, each more fun and interesting than the last. These activities can create life-long friends and acquaintances that you will always remember. One thing that we do at camp is tribe time. Tribe time is a special part of the day where you have the opportunity to bond with the people in your tribe, in a deep and special way. The people in Camp Gilgal are like a faith-family, we are all connected through our belief in Messiah Yeshua. Like I said before teen camp can create lifelong bonds and is going to be the best summer ever!

Carpet Ball

By: Isaac P. |Age: 13
Tribe of Reuben
Carpet ball is a game where you throw a ball along a carpet to knock down another ball. The setup of carpet ball is whatever you want it to be, but you have five balls to work with. There are a few common and a few rare set ups you can use. You can be as original as you want! You as a player may want to use your opponent’s weakness against them when you determine your set up.

#1: Throw recklessly, you have a small chance to hit a ball
#2: Aim, you will most likely hit the ball
#3: Ricochet, bouncing off walls to hit a ball
#4: Throw slow and steady, either you will stop or hit the ball
#5: Hard with a bounce, you are most likely to bounce out and lose
I hope you have a fun time playing carpet ball!

Capture the Degel

By: Sasha S. | Age: 15
For a night game this year, we played Capture the Degel, which means, “flag” in Hebrew. This year we played in the Sierra National Forest, just outside of camp. The rules are simple: if you cross a line to the other side, you can get tagged and thrown into jail. You have to wait until someone on your team gets you out by running and shouting, “Jail break!!!” The main goal is to get the other team’s degel before they get yours. My teammates and I had a plan: we would get a small group and scout out where the degel is. We also had another way to get it. One person would run down screaming and get tagged so we can find the other teams degel. And off he went… that is the only thing that went according to plan. As the game kept going, we got scouting and figured out a plan. Eventually I made it down without getting caught. I got the degel and won the game!

Pool Time

By: Emanuela K. | Age: 9
Tribe: Naphtali
If you want to learn about pool time, then read my article, it is about the pool. So, the pool is awesome. You can play games in the pool for example, you can play Marco Polo, Sharks and Minnows, Catch, Monkey in the Middle, Race and all of the fun games. Pool time is about one hour long after lunch. But at the very first day you need to take a swimming test. The swimming test is really quick. These are three levels. The first level is the shallow water. The shallow water is 1-5 ft. Next is the middle section. The middle section is 4-6 ft. Lastly there is the deep end. The deep end is 7-9 ft. The pool is awesome, please come to Camp Gilgal and have fun at the pool!

Bible topics

By: Malka M. | Age: 13
Tribe: Judah
Hi! My name is Malka and this is my first year in Camp Gilgal and I’ll tell you something alright, it amazing here, everyone is so nice and I know a lot of people might say that, but it’s true, I promise you will not regret coming here. Okay, so today I’m going to be talking about Bible Topics in Camp Gilgal. Bible Topics are something we do so we can find more peace in the world and not only think bad about it. I chose to talk about this because it really helped me learn more about the Bible and what God thinks of us humans. I really enjoy Bible topics a lot because we get to know God more and that is really touching. I loved talking about Bible topics a lot today. I’m so happy I got to share my opinion on Bible topics.

Counselor Hunt

By: Eitan R. | Age: 11
Tribe of Reuben
On counselor Hunt Night, I had a ton of fun! Here are the things we did during Counselor Hunt. First, you go to a counselor (Camp Gilgal staff) and try to find out what personal, animal, or character they are being. After that you talk to them and try to get them down the hill by luring them. One of the characters that had to be fought was Superman. They stabbed him with kryptonite and took him the cure (lemonade). Another one of the characters was a Dad and you had to tell him good Dad jokes to bring him down the hill, but if you told him a bad joke, he would go up the hill. Gadget said, “I like how Counselor Hunt has evolved from a random animal to anything you want.” From the Avengers to football players to complicated animals. My favorite was the Football player. You had to get the ball, offer a contract, and give him a play to run. Eventually we got him by catching a really hard pass. I had a ton of fun playing Counselor Hunt.

Hiking Yosemite

By: Lily H. |Age: 13
On July 16, 2019, the entire camp went on a hike in Yosemite National Park. After an hour and a half drive, we arrived in Yosemite, where we had Tabernacle and a worship session in a clearing. Moose introduced us to the edible needles on pine trees that tasted good to some and bad to others. We also ate lunch in the clearing, experiencing God’s creation. After we ate, we followed the main path to a viewing area at Glacier Point that showcased the main Yosemite attractions such as, Half Dome and Vernal Fall. The view was amazing. I also saw several squirrels racing on the steep cliffs. We had our camp photo taken by Dallas, a new camp friend whom Lonestar randomly met on the path, before realizing they had gone to college together. Then, we drove to the Sentinel Dome trailhead. This hiking path wasn’t paved and had a greater incline. The hike was tiring and hot, but the view of Half Dome and the surrounding environment at the end of the hike was breathtaking. The trail led to a Sentinel Dome that overlooked most of Yosemite Valley. It was fairly empty of people. Some campers played silent football and others sat on rocks taking in the view. I asked Joy what she thought about the view, “It was interesting to see how rock formations differed, one side was jagged and the other was smooth.” Every angle of the hill was different, from waterfalls to mountains to small buildings with toy-esque cars moving on distant highways. God’s work in Yosemite was a true blessing and an unforgettable memory.

F.O.B (Flat on bunk)

By: Meaghan S. | Age: 12
Tribe: Gad
FOB is a time to relax after a long swim in the pool, it is close to an hour (should honestly be two hours though). You can do anything you want during FOB as long as its silent and you stay on your bunk. During FOB you can sleep, read, daydream or be yourself. FOB is a good time to regain energy because of the fun activities they offer at camp. In my opinion I love FOB and think it’s a great way to relax when you’re tired.

Mench Day

By: Matthew S. | Age: 13
Tribe: Simeon
In teen camp we do something called Mench Day. Mench Day is a day where we help people out by doing community service. This year for Mench Day we helped Camp Herrlich clear out and weed a garden that was going to be growing vegetables and fruits for a fund-raising dinner. Additionally, we painted colorful signs to label the garden plants and we started to build a rock path out of flat rocks that we found in the nearby woods. This year we had three days of Mench Day. The first day we weeded the garden and pulled lots of run-away mint from in front of the garden. We also painted colorful back rounds for the signs. On the second day we finished painting the signs and started to build the stone path. I went into the woods with Hiccup to find suitable stones for the path over the course of multiple trips. We also started to plant seeds. We didn’t finish the path, so we decided to work on the path for a third day. We worked on the garden for a total of six hours (two on the first, two on the second, two on the third). After each day we were tired and sweaty, but we were happy that we were able to help other people. One of the people from Camp Herrlich, said that we made it look great and it looked better that previous three years. It was a great experience.

Ladies Horseback Riding

By: Rina T. | Age: 9
Tribe of Benjamin
Hi I’m Rina and I’m writing about horseback riding. It’s so fun. I love horseback riding at Camp Gilgal. I love horseback riding; it’s so fun. In 2019, I got a horse named Bob. He was a very calm, kind and nice horse. We go horseback riding in Aspen Meadows. There is snow there sometimes. And there is a huge meadow and stream. It’s so fun. I love it and if you go there, I know will to!

Giant Swing and Paddle Boating

By: Steven M. | Age: 15
The giant swing is a thrill and fast like a roller coaster. As soon as you walk to it you can see the height and get a little bit nervous, especially when you find out you have to pull the rope yourself to swing down! You put on a body harness and a helmet and then once you’re up the ladder you get strapped in a carabiner. Then a bunch of people pull you to the top and once you’re all the way up they say, “let it rip.” Then this gutting feeling comes over you. You go flying back and forth, swaying and being thrown all over the air. It’s nerve-racking, but once you pull the level you go air borne and its awesome.

Another thing we did the same day as the giant swing, was paddle boating and the flume. Right at the pond there is a flume that you can go down into the pond. There are also paddle boats on the other side that you can take out into the water. You paddle the boats like a bike, except you’re on water. As you are peddling around, you can see the beautiful green pond exploding its beauty. The paddle boats are a great activity.

Camp Out Night

By: Ariel K. | Age: 11
Tribe: Issachar
My favorite part of camp was Camp Out Night. At camp out night we get to cook our own dinner on a fire and enjoy helping our tribe leaders set up a wonderful tent. Since sunset, which was the boys camping ground, was on a mountain, all the other wonderful sights and things below sunset are visible. After we eat dinner, we go out into the woods to look for a nice long fresh stick for roasting crunchy and soft marshmallows for extremely tasty s’mores with chocolate and graham crackers. After this the daylight goes away so both boy tribes enjoy telling stories, laughing and even playing with sticks under the starlight. Finally, we set up our sleeping bags in the tent and have a beautiful cozy rest overnight.


By: Elie W. | Age: 15
Tribe: Judah
Fun Swim Fun, Party Swim, or Fun Swim (there was always confusion on the appropriate title for this activity) is an activity that sounds just like its name, swimming in a lake and fun. Every day we get to swim in the lake here at Camp Herrlich. However, we do not get “swim Fun” every day, which includes a trampoline and blob in the middle of the lake that we use for our own advantage. The first time I was granted the opportunity to use this fun water device. As I climbed up the ladder, I imagined how I would execute my graceful jump from the trampoline. I stood up on the trampoline and started to jump. I jumped once, twice, three times and prepared myself for my lake landing. Suddenly I was in the fourth dimension. I was flying in slow motion. My legs flew behind me and arched over my head. My face then made contact with the surface of the water and SPLASH I was in the proper dimension once again. As I resurfaced, I heard roars of laughter, including my own. The lifeguard could barely breathe with laughter and he said my plummet had made his day. It was definitely the most amusing thing that had happened all day. Thus, concluding my Swim Fun adventure.

Gilgal Groceries

By: Jonah M. | Age: 11
Tribe of Judah
Looking for the perfect thing to annoy your tribe leaders during fob? Get it at the Gilgal Store! Looking for your favorite pool toy? Get it at the Gilgal Store! Looking for the best candy? Get it at the Gilgal Store! As you can see, the Gilgal Store has quite a variety of items. “I like to get the little old fast food toys,” says Isaac H. Wait, little old fast food toys? Well, apparently Poppins bought tons of happy meal toys and put them all in the bins for Camp Gilgal. To get them you take a paper lunch bag that is labeled bottom to top that tell you the amount of money to pay for that number of toys. So, as you can see, everybody wants to be that nice kosher Gilgal Grocer.

The Panel

By: Claire C. | Age: 14
July 17th, 4:30 pm. The day that changed all days. Speedy, Elrond, Mango, Lonestar and S’mores gathered with intense anticipation to answer the questions of the campers. We wrote them anonymously and waited for the staff to answer them. Some were: “How do you know God is real?” which was answered with historical evidence, and the Bible. Our beloved Taxi wisely says, “It comes to a point where it takes more faith to not believe in Him.” The staff agreed that what you do as you walk with Jesus can and will be forgiven and redeemed. The next question, “How do you navigate a high school relationship?” triggered a half-hour discussion on the proper boundaries for relationships. The aftermath of the panel made campers think. Lily said, “It was really interesting to hear all the different perspectives.” Overall it helped the campers grow.


By: Cole K. | Age: 9
Tribe: Issachar
Nukem is my favorite outdoor game at camp. I like it because it is fun. We play it in the field with the volleyball net. Nukem is like volleyball but you catch the ball instead of hitting it. I played Nukemin field sports and as an all camp activity. My favorite number of people in Nukem is six on each team because it’s not that fast as a game (the game takes longer). My favorite thing to do when playing Nukem is catching it with one hand because it’s just so fun. Nukem seems like a game camps like because I play at my other camp too, but nowhere else. That’s all about Nukem.

Memory Verse

By: Emma R. | Age: 13
Tribe: Judah
I have been to junior camp Midwest and East, but this is my first year at teen camp. All of the Camp Gilgal campsites have many things in common. One of these things are memory verses. Every year at camp, there are some verses we try to memorize. If everyone in your tribe memorizes the verses, does a Gilgal Gazette article, and get as average of 85% on cabin clean up your tribe gets to go to the end of camp party. This year’s memory verses are 2 Corinthians 5:16-21. The theme of this memory verse is reconciliation. Being reconciled basically means being forgiven. The verses teach that God reconciled us to himself through Messiah. I feel that since God forgave us that we should forgive other people. This memory verse is helping me understand what God and Jesus did for us. I love knowing that I have God’s Word in my heart.

Men’s Day!!!

By: Ryan H. | Age: 11
Tribe of Reuben
This is what Men’s Day was like at Camp Gilgal 2019. First, we began by choosing our shield for use in the spartan wars! Next, we went to the pool. The staff organized a game using a watermelon covered in Crisco. We call it the greased watermelon in the pool. The first team to score wins! The first game my team won. The next game, the other team won. Finally, they made the staff defend the goal while the campers try to score it. It took a long time and then they called a draw and started another game that was turned out be a draw again. After that game, they made the staff coaches and my team won. And then next game my team won again! Then we went to our next activity, Gladiating!!!!! They made the swords out of pool noodle and broomsticks. I beat everyone I faced. Sam says, “I loved Gladiating so much that I almost died.” After Gladiating we got attacked by the Spartans and had to use our shields to block the water balls of death. We were done with our wars, but we started getting timed to see how fast we could run to Gadget. The fastest time Gadget was 35 seconds. After racing, we stuffed cones with a lot of sugary things and roasted them over the fire and drank men’s brew. We left our cones at the fire while we made bombs out of dry ice and exploded a watermelon and water bottles.

Nedler Grove

By Talia W. | Age: 13
When you have Tabernacle in the wilderness it’s like praising God with all his creation. This time we were praising God in a place called Nedler Grove. There in front of a giant sequoia tree called, “Bull Buck Tree” we worshipped and praised him with songs and sharing. Moose shared some verses with us and talked about them. As we listened, another group came through and stopped for a little bit. I prayed that anything that was said or sung would impact their lives. Afterwards, we sat around Nedler Grove and climbed stumps, laughed and talked with each other. Nedler Grove was peaceful and beautiful, full of God’s love and presence. I hope that others who go through there will feel His Spirit. The peaceful sensation is only a glimpse into His presence. We cannot even comprehend His love. He is totally uncomprehendable, but we can always be in His presence because it is all around us. If we are searching for Him then we will never we without Him. In Nedler Grove, there was a sense of His presence that just filled me with joy. I hope that it will fill others with joy too.

Counselor Names

By: Emma R. | Age: 13
Tribe: Gad
My name is Emma and I am a first-year camper at Camp Gilgal East. I have been to Camp Gilgal Midwest before and both have many things in common. One thing in common is that the Camp Gilgal staff have “camp names.” So, I decided to ask some of the staff why their names are what they are. One of the staff that I interviewed is named Freckle. Freckle chose her name for three main reasons. First, she has freckles, which makes sense to me. Second, she likes the sound of Freckle. And, last but not least, the sun gives you freckles, and she likes the sun. The next staff I interviewed is named Shark-bait. Some main reasons that she chose her name to be Shark-bait is that she really likes the ocean and water. She also likes swimming. One of her favorite movies is “Finding Nemo.” In the movie “Finding Nemo,” Nemo is called Shark-bait. And the last reason is that she connects water with her faith. For example, she connects floating with worship. You let the water hold you when you float, and you let God hold you when you worship. The last staff member I interviewed is named Skidoo. A skidoo is a brand of snow mobile. Skidoo is from Canada and Canada has a lot of snow. Skidoo has been on a skidoo and thought it was really fun. The last reason is that she likes the sound of Skidoo. Those are the main reasons why Freckle, Shark-bait, and Skidoo chose their names to be what they are.

Our Cabin

By: Halie F. | Age: 12
Tribe: Judah
Our cabin is a very nice cabin. We have 12 people in our cabin, including staff. Our cabin is so full, all the beds are full. Our staff in our cabin are Squid and Shark-bait. Our campers are Mika, Sarah, me, Netanya, Elie W., Elly A., Emma, Malka, Dinah, and Lena. We all got closer this year than ever before. We all love to talk to each otherwhile doing each other’s hair. We also like to swim all together. At teen camp you are basically camping because the walls are really big windows.

Ladies Day

By: Josie R. | Age: 9
Tribe of Issachar
I’m going to tell you about Ladies Day when I was 9 years old. I went to camp and after a few days it was Ladies Day! Our tribe leaders announced it was Ladies Day while dressing up at princesses at lunch time when we all stumbled into the dining room. The boys left and went horseback riding. Before they left, whenever a boy came into the dining hall, we all sang a song about them leaving until they left. Then we had FOB time and after that I made trail mix full of candy and bracelets. The bracelets were rainbow patterned with beads. I also made fruit kabobs. Last, but not least, I went swimming and jumped in the pool.

Monopoly – Free Time

By: Jonathan P. | Age: 15
The game was coming to an end, and no cards were left to draw. At this point, all properties were set out, houses and hotels included. The remaining players did their best to pull off a successful poker face, but at this point in the game it was obvious that everyone was too tense to make a play. One of the players on the left side of the table slowly began to smile, as he laid down a series of cards that would deal a deadly blow. The smile did not last long and was soon replaced by devasted face of astonishment. Resting before him, silently on the table was the very thing Feedback most despised; a “Just say no.” “Nooooooooooo,” he screamed, and his hands fell to his side like fallen branches. “It’s not fair,” he said. “I had the most expensive property set, plus a rent and double the rent action card.” His words were true, but as his failed plan of annihilation went into the discard pile, there was nothing he could do, but crack a joke about a 5.7-billion-dollar president. The game was over, at least for Feedback, and as he got up from the table and left, there was nothing I could do but giggle like a madman. It had already been a year and half since I had introduced Monopoly Deal the card game to Camp Gilgal and still, I was the ultimate champion.

Game Room

By: Levi W. | Age: 12
Tribe: Judah
Every day after lunch we head down to the game room. As you stroll through the door the sound of games and lively chatter enter your ears. Once inside, immediately to your right is a foosball table. People are shouting words of encouragement to the players while they maneuver the little men on the mini soccer field. Next, as you around the corner there is an air hockey. Players hit the puck across the table leaping with joy whenever they score a point. Right beside is the pool table. My friends and I like to play tournaments. Pool is my favorite game. To your right campers and staff lounge in couches, play cards and have fun. The game room is my favorite part of camp.

Camp Out

By: Aaron R. | Age: 15
Tribe: Simeon
Camp out, though it was not far from our cabin, it was for the tribe of Cinnamon (Simeon). We camped out in a slightly wooded area between an archery range and a mini auditorium. We started out the night with a chess game between Verde and Tchotchke with the campers as pieces. Later, while the fire grew, Verde used a powerful laser to point out constellations. Once the fire was ready, we roasted marshmallows. Sadly, we were rationed only two (sad violin music). One of my favorite moments was picking wild raspberries.  We got to pick enough to bring to breakfast the next day to share with the camp. I got to learn a lot at camp out, and it was a good time to bond.

Dart to the Degel

By: Ryan H. | Age: 11
Tribe of Reuben
Capture the Degel is a very fun night game because you get to run around trying to take the enemy’s degel (flag) to win! This year we drew straws to decide which side of the camp the men and women teams get. The men got the female staff and vice versa, besides a few out of cabin staff exceptions. Two straws for Two representatives. The longest straw gets to choose the side. This year the men chose the longest straw and chose the high side of the camp on the hill. The men set the jail circle and degel circle up high! Moose said if we put the jail circle and degel circle on the lower place it would have been called, “Capture the FOB.” After everything was set up, the whistle blew, and the we started the game. We immediately started running! I was going with Kombucha, a tribe leader, and Isaac, my brother. When we got down to the base lines, we saw Hawkeye and All-Star. We stayed around for a little bit to see if Hawkeye would move, but he did not. We went around the other side and then we saw Mufasa and sent him to jail. After we sent Mufasa to jail we continued our way around. We went to the other side and people were there. We made a break for it and there was a guard, so we went to the other side. Kombucha made a break for it down the hill, took a tumble and got caught. I went to my brother and went down to the enemy base. We saw Moose and we ran into the center of the enemy base and then back to our side. My brother disappeared when we all made a break for the degel. A lot of the people in on our side got caught. Isaac said, “The reason I ran away is because the staff kept coming for me.” I eventually got tired of waiting and ran for the degel. I made it sooo close until Gadget tagged me. We sang out songs for the last thirty minutes and then it was announced the ladies won! That’s what Capture the Degel is like at Camp Gilgal.

An Interview with S’mores

By: Sivan K. | Age: 13
Camp Gilgal is a safe place that changes lives and dreams. For instance, one young girl whose life was transformed by Camp Gilgal, has grown up to be an amazing staff member. This incredible woman is S’mores. This year S’mores is on the 2019 Camp Gilgal leadership team. For 13 years S’mores has been attending and pouring her heart into Camp Gilgal. She grew up in a believing home and started attending junior camp when she was eight years old. When she was 11, she recommitted her life to following Yeshua at Camp Gilgal. Camp has shaped her life and inspired her to work with children and youth. Her most touching experience at camp was when she was going through hardships and her tribe leader had gone through the same thing. She prayed with her and it helped her grow immensely. Throughout her time in camp after that, she realized that her passion was to work with Camp Gilgal. Since she has been attending camp since she was eight, she has felt like it was her second home. She can feel God’s presence the most at camp, even still now as staff and has made her lifelong friends here. Her advice for future campers is to invest friendships made here and ask the questions you want to ask because it’s a safe place. The first time she was on Gilgal staff she realized how much dedication is took. Even though it is difficult at times, her experience could not have been better. S’mores has always adored Camp Gilgal, and her love for it shows inside and out.

Rock Wall

By: Levi W.| Age: 12
Tribe: Simeon
I, Levi, expert climber was ready to make the climb of my life. Proficiently buckling my harness began speedily pulling myself from rock to rock with strength and agility. “He makes my feet like those of a deer and makes me stand on heights (Psalm 18:34-35).” The rock wall is located past the volleyball nets and it casts a looming shadow enveloping all of camp. There are three walls of varying difficulty. At the top is a zipline. This was my first time to have done rock wall. Rock wall is my favorite part of camp.

Utensil Night

By: Rebekah P.| Age: 11
Tribe of Dan
Camp Gilgal has a family tradition known as Utensil Night. All the campers love to participate in it because it makes dinner energetic and fun. Utensil night is when you eat with a random food utensil the entire meal. No one is allowed a fork, knife, or spoon. It’s messy, but entertaining and very fun to participate in. Most people in the Tribe of Dan agree that tongs are the easiest and most effective utensil to use with the usual meal of spaghetti. Doodles says, “The hardest utensil to use is the butter brush.” In my experience I have never used the butter brush, but it sounds difficult to use. This fantastic and creative night is one of the many fun Camp Gilgal traditions.

Q & A with Mango

By: Sarah M. | Age: 13
Here at Camp Gilgal, we have amazing staff. One of my favorite camp staff is Mango! I got the chance to learn more about her this summer at teen camp. Mango has been part of Camp Gilgal for 10 years. She has enjoyed every moment on staff as well as when she was a camper. Did you know Mango occasionally climbs trees? Mango thinks this hobby of hers is extremely funny and began howling with laughter when she realized that Mangoes grow on trees! Some advice that Mango has for teen campers it to keep in touch with friends, make a relationship with Jesus, and to get off the phone and read. I love to read so I was ecstatic to hear this! Another interesting tid-bit about Mango is that Camp Gilgal has changed her life in so many ways, she has seen what community looks like and learned to embrace her Jewish identity. Mango’s favorite chapter of the Bible is Isaiah 41. Something you might be wondering is what Mango’s favorite part of teen camp 2019. It was actually having a large cabin of such gorgeous, amazing ladies who she witnessed grow up. I thought what she said was touching and heartwarming. Speaking of teen camp, Mango would have ordered a grilled chicken sandwich with a whole wheat bun, if we had gone to Chick-fil-A. Personally, this order sounds unappealing, but I definitely was respectful of her choices. Now you know all about the bomb, Camp Gilgal staff member, Mango!

Camp Out Night

By: Halye G. | Age: 11
Tribe: Naphtali
Camp Out Night is an activity where you camp outside of your cabin or shelter. This year my tribe camped near the basketball courts. Once we got there, we dropped all our bags on the grass and ran to collect sticks for the campfire. When we were done, we played gaga and basketball for about 1 ½ hours. After playing we started to set up a tent. Our tribe was too many people, so we decided to split us up. I was with Lilly and Raven, while in the other tent was Emanuela, Naomi, Hannah, and Sunshine. When we finished setting up our tent, we continued to play games. After a while we headed over to the dining hall and brushed our teeth and got into our PJ’s. when we got back the fire was going, and it was dark. We paused playing gaga and ate dinner. For dinner we had a choice of hotdogs and hamburgers freshly cooked form the fire. I got a hotdog with chips and carrots on the side. It was very delicious. After that our tribe started to set our sleeping bags I the tent. I placed my sleeping bag on the left side, Lilly placed hers in the middle, and Raven placed hers on the right side. When we were done setting up our tent it became dark. Everyone gathered around the campfire and took a stick to burn our marshmallow with. Everyone got one marshmallow each. Once we were done, we made a s’more out of it. The s’mores tasted amazing. Once we were done, we went to sleep at 11:20 pm. when we woke up, we took down the tent and headed to the dining hall for breakfast. For breakfast I had a bagel. Breakfast was good. All in all the camp out was great, amazing and Fab-maz-ful!

Interview with Squid

By: Netanya W. | Age: 15
Tribe: Judah
Squid was my tribe leader this year at teen camp. Squid was also my tribe leader her first ever year as staff, 2015. Squid was born in Maryland and raised in Bel Air, Maryland. She is still currently living there. Squid’s fav color is pink. Squid has been going to Camp Gilgal since she was eight years old. When Squid was a camper her fav thing about camp was seeing her friends, “some of her best lifelong friends,” and playing Nukem (a very fun game, kinda like volleyball). Squid’s fav thing about being a tribe leader is being in the loop, knowing all surprises and serving. Squid’s fav verse is Psalm 51 verses 10-12, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” This is Squid’s fav verse because it’s something she needs to strive for and it’s one of her fav campfire songs we sing. Squid was so fun to have as a tribe leader and a best friend all in all. I hope to someday be a tribe leader just like Squid.


Horseback Riding

By: Joshua B. | Age: 12
Tribe of Reuben
You should go horseback riding at Camp Gilgal. When you go horseback riding, first you need a helmet. If you get on a horse, you need a saddle. To steer a horse, you need reigns. When you go horseback riding you go through a little stream and then go up and down hill. There is a shop to buy candy, t-shirts, hats, and sweat shirts. There are lots of horses to see. After horseback riding there is a stream to play at and a rock that you can climb and sit on. There is another rock that has a crack in it because it split into two rocks. My horses name was Monarch. When I went there this year there was snow. Also, you need to cross the stream to get to the snow. Horses use their tails to whack off flies on their backs. Also, they twist their necks to get off the flies. They shake their body and stomp their feet to get rid of flies. Ryan said, “Horseback riding is a blast!” A cowboy will help you to get on the horse and to get off. I think horseback riding is one of the best things at Camp Gilgal.

Cabin of Toodles 2019

By: Eliana R. | Age: 13
Here at Camp Gilgal we separate the ladies and the men. In a cabin, there are typically five or six campers. This year my cabin has four campers plus me. Also, in a cabin, there are two tribe leaders. The campers in my cabin are named Liel, Sivan, Joy, Hesed and me. The leaders in my cabin are Taxi and Doodles. The campers are all the same age, 13 years old, except Liel who is 14. When I asked Taxi and Doodles how old they were, Taxi replied saying she was 96. As for Doodles, she held her fingers up and somehow came up with the number 223 ¾. In our cabin of Toodles, we have dance parties to 80’s music. We do icebreaker games and play two truths and a lie. When doing devotions, we tell heartfelt stories and have deep conversations. When studying our Bible verse, we sing it to the beat of Bad Guy by Billie Eilish. Overall, this year in my cabin I had an amazing year. My cabin is weird, but we are family.


By: Chloe S. | Age: 12
Tribe: Reuben
Have you ever wanted to have a bow and arrow in your hands? Well this year at Camp Gilgal, we had archery as one activity. You might be thinking how do you do archery? Well let me guide you on all the helpful tips. First when you get to the archery area you would like to be wearing closed toed shoes. Second you should get a bow that works for you, and if you’re right-handed get the right-handed bow, an if you’re left-handed, well you’re there are left-handed bows. Third, the staff member will give you a good amount of arrows so that everyone has the same amount. Fourth, when they say, “you can shoot now” you can see how your archery skills are. Fifth, when you have run out of arrows and everyone else has run out of arrows you may go and fetch your arrows. Well that is the end of my helpful tips. I hope if you come to camp you will like archery!

Camp Out Night at Camp Herrlich

By: Dinah G. | Age: 15 
Tribe: Judah 
This year the teen campers had an entirely different experience than all years prior: camp did not take place at Camp Pinnacle. All of our experiences were new and because of the change in location many of our traditions were uprooted. Normally the teen campers go camping and then white-water rafting, but this year we could not… but the staff thought of a solution: Camp Out Night! The tribe of Judah packed up their sleeping bags and camped out on the Camp Herrlich grounds. We set up and slept in tents that are normally used for adventure camp. Watson an out of cabin staff worked with us to build a fire and roast marshmallows to make s’mores. The campers helped too though, though we scoured the woods looking for kindling for the fire, we brought it back to Watson and she used it for building up the fire. We then looked for sticks to roast our marshmallows and got to roasting! After we ate s’mores, we sang some campfire songs. We spent some time talking and looking at the stars before doing our devotions and heading to bed. The next morning, we packed up our tents and Camp Out Night was officially over.

Micah’s Birthday

By: Micah H.| Age: 10
Tribe of Simeon
It was my birthday! I have been given various gifts to celebrate my birthday. I have also been given an EXCLUSIVE birthday table to use during meals! I have also enjoyed dodgeball and various other activities. On the day of June 26th (my birthday) I also created: THE FOUR-SQUARE BIRTHDAY KIT! C2 Popcorn, cherry bombs, and no tea parties. (If you are confused ask Micah H.). I earned general respect and four-square respect.

Micah: How was your birthday?
Also Micah: Great.
Micah: What is your favorite part of your birthday?
Also Micah: Cookies and presents.
Micah: Anything else?
Also Micah: Cookies and presents.
Micah: Interesting
Also Micah: Do you like tacos?
Micah: Of course, why would I not?


A Doodles Life

By: Joy E.| Age: 13
Doodles, the friendly tribe leader. She is is 223 ¾ years old (I think). She was homeschooled up until third grade and graduated high school at the young age of 14. She likes to doodle (I wonder why?), do photography and sleep. For my Gilgal Gazette I decided to interview her! The first question I asked her is a basic question; “How many years have you been with Camp Gilgal?” She answered with, “I think 12” The next question was, “Did you ever go to Camp Gilgal as a camper?” She answered, “If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be here right now answering your questions.” Well she definitely spiced things up a bit! But then I thought to myself, should I ask a spiritual question too? So, I asked, “At what age did you really start to love God and why at that age?” Seems spicy enough right? This was her long reply. “So, my dad is a pastor, so I’ve always been surrounded by the messianic mentality. I accepted Yeshua when I was four. I didn’t understand what that meant until I was seven. After that I recommitted myself several times. Many of those times being at Camp Gilgal. I never felt the closeness of God as I wanted to. Then God revealed to me exactly what had been impeding my walk with him. I knew he had offered forgiveness for my sins, but what I hadn’t realized is that I hadn’t let myself accept it. So, I finally got to the point where I accepted that forgiveness and was able to forgive myself, only about seven months ago. And that is when I recommitted myself. In retrospect; I’d always, kind of had a love for God, but I didn’t truly, wholly love him until I accepted this love for me.” So, there you have it folks! The wonderful life of Doodles written by the beautiful, loving, kind, smart, gently, caring, and funny Joy E. See you next time!


By: Stuart S. | Age:11
Tribe: Judah
One of my favorite activities every year is boating. Why? Because I like looking at the fish. When getting there a staff member crosses the road and does road procedure by saying, “everybody look left, right. Is it clear?” then we cross if it is clear. After a one-minute walk we’re there at the pond. We have to put on a lifejacket, get a partner and paddle to get into the boat. After that the camp staff push your boat in, and you row with the t-grip. You row in the pond with other campers. Once I crashed into two other boats and the reeds. After about 20 minutes you come back to the dock. Now that is why I love boating. The end!

The Salad Bar

By: Elly A. | Age: 15
Tribe: Judah
Don’t like dinner? Feel like your insides haven’t moved all week? Try the salad bar. At every camp location there’s a salad bar!! Luscious tomatoes, crisp lettuce and spinach, olives, cucumbers, chickpeas, mandarin oranges, artichoke hearts, black beans for all of your resident vegans and vegetarians. Oh, I forgot there’s carrots and croutons too. Your pick of dressings is varied: Italian, ranch, or just olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Everyone takes a trip to the salad bar at some point cause you gotta eat your veggies. Sometimes there’s different things like quinoa salad, hummus and parmesan cheese. The salad bar is one of my favorite things about camp. I recommend it. Come to camp.


By: Ryan H. | Age: 11
Tribe of Reuben
The Oylimpics is the Camp Gilgal version of the Olympics. This year for the Camp Gilgal Oylimpics we did tug of war with a wet tarp, over and under with a bucker full of water, the three-legged race and golf. My team, the Togos, won over and under. Simidan would the three-legged race. Benjudah won golf and Simidan won the first round of tug of war and Benjudah won the second round, which makes Benjudah the winner! Simidan was second place and sadly the world famous Togos lost. Gadget says, “I really enjoyed the Oylimpics, it was a lot of fun!” Every team had a cheer, the Togos cheer was “Togos, the world best sandwiches!” The Simidan’s cheer was “Simeon Simeon Dan Dan Dan Simeon Simeon Dan Dan Dan!” The winners, Benjudah, had a cheer that was the girls howling and the boys doing a roar. I think the Oylimpics is a very fun game to play because you get to compete against your friends.

Q and A with Taxi

By: Carrie M. | Age: 15
Taxi’s interview showed broader insight on her life inside and out of Camp Gilgal. From a list of questions, she answered with her thoughts and opinions. To start, Taxi’s favorite part of camp is a game we play called Mission Impossible. The game is played in the dark while following clues from place to place. She has been a camper and a tribe leader for a totally of 12 years. When choosing her name, there is a story behind it. Taxi was named Taxi because she was born in New York and came to the delivery room in a Taxi. She loves being Jewish and here is why. She liked having a specific calling and having a significance from God. Aside from camp related things she likes to watch her favorite movies with her friends and play the cello. Her favorite place to visit is a mixture of New York and Glacier National Park. Her favorite holiday is Passover because she loves to interact and have fun at seders. She also states, “Passover is set apart from the rest of the year.” If Taxi were not Jewish, she would be Lithuanian because it sounds cool, or Australian. Last, her favorite thing about her interviewer is their long FaceTime calls or her catchy hysterical laugh.

Cabin Inspection

By: Aylo L. | Age: 11
Tribe: Reuben
Hello, my name is Aylo and I’m in the tribe of Reuben. During camp we have cabin inspection. Cabin inspection is where your tribe cleans the cabin and the cabin inspectors check to see if your tribe got a lot of infractions. We clean our cabins after breakfast and before Tabernacle. After we get our lunch, we hear the inspection scores. If your tribe does really good, you will get one infraction or no infractions. The cabin inspectors always say, “You did pretty good, however there were some infractions.” Most of the time, either shoes are “askew”, or blankets are “tossed like salad.” I wrote about cabin inspection because it keeps the cabins clean and helps each tribe work together. This year, my tribe didn’t do so good in the beginning but got better and better. That is all I have to say about cabin inspection.

Spiderman Into the Spider-Verse

By: Jude B.| Age: 7 ½
Tribe: Issachar
An hour after the hour Shabbat service was done I was about to leave when RedSox announced, “It’s movie night.” Everyone cheered and I screamed of happiness. I went to my cabin and got my sleeping bag from the top bunk. We played Uno until it was time for movie night. I was very excited and when we got to movie night, they announced the movie was my favorite movie, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” We sat down on our sleeping bags and watched the movie. I fell asleep in the middle but that didn’t matter because I already watched it seven times. Now you don’t think I’ll finish this without telling you about the snacks. In every 20 minutes they’ll pause the movie and ask you to go for snacks. You stand in line and pick your crunchy food, chips, Doritos, pretzels, etcetera. Then you go to your dessert. You can either have four of one dessert or two of two desserts. You can only have one soda, but you can get seconds on other drinks, orange juice, apple juice, water, etcetera. The movie, well I can’t tell you which date it is, because they never tell you!
Your ambidextrous friend, Jude
See you later alligator

The Cabin of PipGo

By: Elie M.| Age: 13
The cabin of PipGo consists of the tribe leaders Pippin and Mango and the campers Bailey, Sarah, Carrie, Claire, Talia, Shalom, Lily, and of course, me. We have two ladies cabins this year at Camp Gilgal. Our cabin is the largest. The ages of the campers in our cabin ranges from 13-15. Some of the things we do as a cabin are devotions, cabin inspection, late night talks and giggles. This year for devotions we are focusing on question we have about life. Cabin inspection is when we clean the cabin as a tribe, you may think it would be hard because there are so many of us, but we have all grown up at camp together and have been in the same cabin before. I asked some of my cabin mates what they thought about our cabin. Talia thinks “It’s cool to have so many people because we can build each other up.” Claire commented by saying, “Regardless of our differences we grew close.”


By: Samantha O. | Age: 10
Tribe: Reuben
Today I rode on a horse for the first time. I expected the horses to be beautiful, but I didn’t expect to go through a forest. His name was Kemo. He had a black mane and brown fur. As we rode on the trail, I saw many yellow and purple flowers, and we were as high as the tree-branches! I felt very important and royal as I trotted through the forest. If this reader is interested in horseback riding, then you must wear long pants, close-toed shoes, and bug spray is recommended but optional.


By: Channah A. | Age: 12
Tribe of Dan
On Shabbat we get dressed up, which I really enjoy. Instead of just singing the blessings over the bread and fruit of the vine, we also light the candles to welcome in the Sabbath. Rebecca S. says, “I was super nervous when I lit the candles, but it turned out fine.” She was the one who lit the candles. We have a Torah service and read part of the Torah. During the service we sing worship songs, the Shema and the V’ahata. We also have a choir that campers can join and sing at Shabbat service. I am a part of the choir and it is so fun. Yoshi gives the camp a devotion, it is based on Psalm 46. In fact, Yoshi led the whole service and campers could help if they want. On Shabbat, we don’t scream or yell because we want shalom. Shalom means peace in Hebrew. Shalom everyone.

Cabin Buddies

By: Aviva Z. | Age: 9
Tribe of Benjamin
Hi I am Aviva and I am in the Tribe of Benjamin. I am going to be writing about everyone in my tribe. Ashlyn is 10 and is the oldest in our tribe. She has brown eyes and brown hair. She is really fun! Next, is Zoe. She is the second oldest in our tribe. Actually, she is the same age as Ashlyn, but still younger. Zoe is really good at drawing. Elyana is the oldest 9-year-old in our tribe. Her favorite color is pink, and she and Ashlyn are best friends. Last, but not least, there is Rina. Rina has really dark brown hair and multiple eye colors.


By: Lilly M. | Age:10
Tribe: Naphtali
Boker Tov, at camp, breakfast is fantastic! First, everyone lines up in five lines. We have to be there by 7:45. Then everybody walks to the dining hall. Things for breakfast on some mornings are breakfast sandwiches, waffles, eggs with turkey bacon, French toast sticks, pancakes and more! If you don’t like what there is to eat that morning, you can get cereal. Breakfast is delicious! I love starting the day at Camp Gilgal!

The Tribe of Reuben!

By: Ryan H. | Age: 11
Tribe of Reuben
My tribe is the tribe of Reuben. We are the oldest tribe on the men’s side and our cabin name is Peddler Point. In my tribe there is Eitan, Isaac, Sam, Josh, Gadget and Fajita. Gadget is the tribe leader and Fajita is the assistant tribe leader. Josh says, “I loved being in the tribe of Reuben!” Sam is all about Marvel. He has a big Marvel encyclopedia that he brings whenever he comes to camp. Joshua’s nickname is Josh. Josh collects toys from the Gilgal store where they sell a lot of toys and other things. Isaac likes to read a lot. He usually borrows my book, “How to Train your Dragon,” or Sam’s books. Eitan likes to play four square and carpet ball during free time and I like to write Gilgal Gazette articles to get points for my tribe. At breakfast lineup the tribe leaders make the joke to say to the out of cabin staff and at lunch and dinner the campers make the jokes. This is what it is like to be a camper or tribe leader of the Tribe of Reuben 2019!

Field Sports

By: Ezra L. | Age: 12
Tribe: Judah
My favorite activity is field sports. We play all sports of games in the main field. One of my favorite games is called Nukem. Everyone likes playing Nukem. Cole, Levi and I enjoy playing boys vs. girls. Another game I enjoy playing is kickball. It’s like baseball except we kick a dodgeball. My favorite memory is when I kicked the ball so hard that we got a grand slam. A grand slam is when you kick a ball so hard that everyone that are on all bases can run home. I felt so happy when that happened because we were losing. The staff call water break when they think necessary. Field sports is my favorite activity because of the awesome staff and of the super fun games we play.

Interview with Shark-bait

By: Vivian K. | Age: 11
Tribe: Reuben
Hello there! Before I tell you about Shark-bait. Let me introduce myself. My name is Vivian, I’m 11 and in the tribe of Reuben. Ok, now that I’ve introduced myself, let me tell you a little bit about Shark-bait. In case you were wondering Shark-bait is the Camp Gilgal intern. First, I asked her, “How did you find out about Camp Gilgal?” She said, “I found out about it from my dad, because he worked with Jews for Jesus.” Then I asked, “What’s your favorite part of camp?” she said, “TAWG (time alone with God).” After that I asked, “What’s your favorite verse in the whole Bible?” then she said, “Philippians 4:13” which says, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” Then I asked her, “Why did you choose to make your camp name Shark-bait?” she said, “Because I love to swim, and I really like the movie Finding Nemo.” Then I asked, “What’s your favorite all-camp activity?” she said, “Probably milling games.” Lastly, I asked, “What’s your favorite book of the Bible?” she said, “Hosea.” Well, that’s it. I hope you enjoyed learning about Shark-bait.

Tribe of Issachar

By: Hannah W. | Age: 8
Tribe of Issachar
Olivia is my twin sister. Her favorite food is spaghetti and her favorite drink is lemonade. She also likes snakes. Josie’s favorite food is ice cream and her favorite drink is root beer. Her favorite animal is a dog. Elorah loves eggs and her favorite drink is Coke. Her favorite animal is a chameleon. Eliana loves pasta and her favorite drink is chocolate milk. She also likes cheetahs. December, our assistant tribe leader, loves boneless chicken and her favorite drink is horchata. Her favorite animal is a lion. Taxi, our tribe leader, loves chicken tikka masala and mango iced tea. Her favorite animal is a dog.

A Day in the Life of a Dan FOB

By: Rebecca S. | Age: 12
Tribe of Dan
You may be wondering what FOB is. It stands for Flat on Bunk. This comes after lunch when we are tired from the morning. We can take a nap, read, or write Gilgal Gazette articles. For a normal tribe, FOB is more of a time to eat candy, send notes, annoy others and play games on their bunks. In our tribe, however, it goes to the extreme! During one of our FOBs, Rebekah P. was bored and decided to be the cabin clown. She came to the middle of our cabin and decided to make her hair into a ponytail; failing miserably. This is when the funny began. Seeing how she failed, we all laughed asking her to do more. So, Rebekah decided to act like of those popular girls from a school, flipping her hair all the time, talking in a high voice. After this hilarious time, she “started a YouTube channel” showcasing her newly created make-up palettes, doing the cat-walk, and having fake disputes over the start of the video with Channah, another tribe member in our cabin.


By: Halie F. | Age: 12
Tribe: Gad
Today I will be writing about a camp leader named Hiccup. Hiccup was also a camper at Camp Gilgal. He has spent six years incorporated into camp. His favorite thing to do as a camper was rock wall. His favorite thing to do as camp staff is getting to know and hanging out with the campers. Hiccup’s favorite member of the Camp Gilgal staff when he was a camper was Twister. Hiccup is a whimsical mac & cheese lover and he is a God lover. Hiccup’s favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” because, he has a lot of change in his life and needs to remember peace. Hiccup also likes to play volleyball in his free time.

The Tribe of Dan

By: Eliana R. | Age: 11
Tribe of Dan
We are the Tribe of Dan. Dan’s symbol is a snake. In our tribe we have Pippin and Kombucha as our tribe leaders. We have Rebecca S., Rebekah P., Channah A., Raina W., Ahavah M., and me in our tribe. We are in the oldest tribe on the ladies side and our cabin name is, Grizzly Flat. Rebekah P. (Fred Weasley) and Ellie R. (George Weasley) are best friends. Next year Rebecca S., Channah, and Ahavah are going to teen camp, but Rebekah P., Raina and I still have one more year of junior camp before we go to teen camp.

Interview with Freckle

By: Ava G. | Age: 11
Tribe: Reuben
Hello, my name is Ava and I’m interviewing my tribe leader. Her name is Freckle and she is in the tribe of Reuben. This is her first year as a Camp Gilgal staff. My first question is, “What is your favorite activity?” She said, “All camp activities.” Freckle is very energetic, does track and cross country. On her free time, she reads the Bible and writes in her journal. Freckle is a great influence towards God for all of our tribe. Her favorite in cabin activity is FOB which means flat on bunk. Her favorite foods at camp are quesadillas and cookies. She is very positive and very caring. She also enjoys helping us get closer to God and teaching us about Him in many different ways.

No Saying No!

By: Lev R. | Age: 9
Tribe of Judah
During No, No Night I was thinking I would be the first person to say “no”, but apparently, I was the last. So, when S’mores said the theme I freaked out. Hawkeye said his technique was just not talking at all. Doodles used that too. My tribe gave me the clothesline clips and I was the bank, everyone was waiting for me to crack, but I didn’t. Eventually I won, with 16 clips. A direct quote from Mufasa, “It teaches people manners.”

Interview on Sunshine

By: Naomi W. | Age: 9
Tribe: Naphtali
Sunshine likes being part of the Camp Gilgal staff better than a camper because she says that it is encouraging and exciting to see how campers grow in the Lord and how camp works overall. We may never know what she does on her breaks, but we do know that it always involves food. She wants to come back next year for sure. Her favorite food at camp so far has been pasta night. Her favorite activity she has helped out with is artsy fun, she likes “seeing the campers unleash the wild creative genius inside of them.” Her favorite camp worship camp song is “Take Me In.” Her name is Sunshine because her parents named her that when they saw that she smiled at every one when she was a baby. She wouldn’t choose any other name but Sunshine because she feels like she was meant to be Sunshine all along.

Decorating with the Boys

By: Nehemiah F. | Age: 8
Tribe of Simeon
On Cabin Decoration Day the Tribe of Simeon decorated our cabin like a board game. The board games were Candyland, Chess, and cards. The Tribe of Reuben decorated theirs like Moses splitting the Red Sea. The Tribe of Judah decorated theirs like the Garden of Eden. I think the Tribe of Judah worked hard, but it did not work out well. The Tribe of Simeon liked their idea anyway.

I Love The Pool

By: Malka M. | Age: 13
Tribe: Gad
Hi, my name is Malka and I’m going to be talking about the pool. First of all, the pool is one hour. I enjoy the pool very especially since we get FOB which stands for flat on bunk. The pool is also cold at first, but its great if it’s really hot outside. It is also very clean and it’s also a nice blue color. There is a swim test on the second day of camp, and it goes pretty well for the most part. For me, I was really scared and nervous when I took it, but I ended up getting a green band. We also have this thing called the buddy board and that when you pick a partner to be with in the pool. You can also play a lot of fun games like Marco Polo and so on. Overall, I really liked talking about pool at Camp Gilgal.

The Whistle Blowing Madness

By: Rebecca S.| Age: 12
Tribe of Dan
Stop and Go Night is at dinner where we stop and go, sort of randomly. Waldo blows the whistle every minute or so. When he blows it for the first time, we have to freeze where we are, whether we are drinking water, or putting food in our mouth. When he blows it the second time, we can continue with our lives. If we move when he blows it the first time, we get one of our utensils taken away. We only get three utensils. Stop and Go Night is my favorite night!

Stingrays (Via Aquarium field trip) A poem by Samantha

By: Samantha O. | Age: 10
Tribe: Reuben
As the stingrays swam around, Two in-love sand sharks slept on the ground, We all gathered there in groups, But the friendly stingray just skipped hoops. The fish were very slimy, And the starfish were to grimy, But I was very pleased to see, A stingray coming up to me.


By: Elyana G. | Age: 9
Tribe of Benjamin
So I am going to be talking to a tribe leader today and writing about Taxi. So far, I have a really good friend in Taxi. Her favorite colors are blue and red. Her favorite animal is a dog. She is a nice tribe leader and her favorite dog is a Saint Bernard.

The King of Sight

By: Isaac H. | Age: 10
Tribe of Judah
Today I will be talking about Hawkeye. His favorite activity at camp is Capture the Degel. He even says, “It is the best game in Camp Gilgal history.” He loves margherita pizza. He says, “It is the most delicious food he has ever had.” The thing I like about Hawkeye is that he is very playful. We have a lot of fun with him. This is why I chose to write about Hawkeye.



By: Rebecca S. | Age: 12
Tribe of Dan
I interviewed Fajita. He is a cabin staff of the tribe of Reuben. This is how he answered when I asked him how it is being an assistant tribe leader for the first time, “It’s exciting and fun, but a little challenging sometimes.” His favorite night game is Capture the Degel. I asked him what his favorite theme night is and he responded saying, “Stop and Go Night.” He likes to hang out and have fun with the campers during free time. Judah is his favorite tribe name. He was named Fajita because, “that is what my parents named me.” He loves Mexican food, Dr. Pepper, and Coca Cola. While answering my questions he was a little indecisive. His favorite marvel superhero is Thor.


By: Cohen B. | Age: 9
Tribe of Simeon
Feedback has one brother and four sisters. He also has a favorite staff member named Gadget. His favorite camp game is Wells Fargo all the way. His favorite camper is N/A. His favorite food at camp is a cheeseburger. His favorite dessert at camp is chocolate cookie. His favorite activity is Tabernacle. His favorite part of camp is campers. His favorite sport is football. His favorite book is “The Way of Kings.”

Kombucha’s Secrets Exposed

By: Rebecca S. | Age: 12
Tribe of Dan
Kombucha is the ATL (Assistant Tribe Leader) of Dan, my tribe. Since I am in the oldest cabin, I still remember when she was in the oldest cabin as a camper when I was eight. She is very nice, kind, and patient. I will be interviewing her now. I asked her how it feels being a tribe leader and not a camper for the first time. She answered saying, “Being a tribe leader has a lot more responsibility than being a camper, the staff are in charge of the campers and making sure they are safe. Along with having and being there for the campers when they need someone.” Kombucha’s favorite night game is Capture the Degel, her favorite theme night is “No, No night”, and her favorite tribe name is Judah, the lion. When she was a camper, she liked to play Carpet Ball during free time. Overall, Kombucha is an awesome tribe leader and friend. She is so nice, patient, cool, and fun.

S’mores’ Interview with Eliana

By: Eliana B. | Age: 8
Tribe of Issachar
S’mores is my friend, my silly friend. I asked her some questions today and we laughed even more than we talked. About S’mores: Her favorite game is Wells Fargo. She loves dinner at camp because she knows something exciting happens. Her favorite dessert is dairy free mint chocolate chip ice cream from Nick’s grocery store in San Francisco. She likes the book “Where the Red Fern Grows.” Her favorite campfire song is “Hineh Ma Tov.” She told me her favorite verse is Habakkuk 3:18, “yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” She loves camp and campers, which is why she is staff (and because she likes me too). As a camper, her favorite craft was belt making and her favorite cabin to live in is Grizzly Flat. S’mores’ expert technique for making s’mores: “So my alarm goes off, I get out off bed, take a shower, brush my teeth, eat breakfast and drink coffee, read my Bible, and that is how S’mores’ made every day.” My favorite part about interviewing her was how funny she is. I was so excited to write this interview. S’mores is funny and great, and I look forward to seeing her for my birthday every year because it is always during camp! 😊

Pippin Interview

By: Elorah M.| Age: 7
Tribe of Issachar
Pippin loves serving with her Camp Gilgal family and watching the campers grow up. She also that she loves small puppies when I asked her what her favorite animal was. Her favorite color is tied between red and blue. Pippin’s favorite food at camp are all things potatoes. Her favorite camp name is Oofnik because it never ceases to be funny. Her hair is 24 inches and it took her three years to grow it out! She also has a ton of fun at Camp Gilgal and says it is always a blast hanging out with campers.

Sherbet, My Favorite

By: Mateus A. | Age: 9
Tribe of Simeon
Sherbet is 29. Her favorite color is blue. She also has a favorite food, that is tacos. Her favorite taco place to eat at is Underdogs. Her favorite song to listen to is called Oceans. Sherbet’s favorite movie is Little Rascals. Her favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Swords of Simeon

By: Gabriel V. | Age: 7
Tribe of Simeon
The fun things we did included horseback riding with Moose saying “tender shoots of deliciousness,” and getting 95% in cabin inspection, playing Mission Impossible and Capture the Degel, seeing my family, making friends, having Feedback here and getting toys. In Mission Impossible we got 2nd place.

Interview with the King of the Jungle

By: Lyrit M.| Age: 9
Tribe of Judah
Mufasa said his favorite color is red and his favorite hobby is skateboarding. Mufasa’s favorite food is also chicken wings. The kinds of music Mufasa likes to listen to is any kind of music. Mufasa’s most favorite camp game is Capture the Degel. How he got involved with Camp Gilgal was by his Bubbe. He got his name Mufasa because his family likes The Lion King a lot. Mufasa’s favorite shoe brand is Vans. Mufasa likes playing basketball in his free time.

December’s Interview

By: Olivia W. | Age: 8
Tribe of Issachar
December is 17 years old and lives in Michigan. Her favorite food is almond boneless chicken and her favorite animal is a Lion. December’s favorite ice cream flavor is banana cream pie and her favorite song is Midnight City. December’s favorite names are Giselle and Gilligan. Her favorite activity at camp is FOB. Her favorite thing about December is that her birthday is in December and her favorite holidays! December is an amazing tribe leader that I really like. That’s why I chose to write about her.

Camp Gilgal Junior Camp East (July 1 – July 14)

Theme: Taking Hold of God’s Promises 

Psalm 145:13b “The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.” 

The Gilgal Gazette is published by Camp Gilgal campers for Camp Gilgal campers and their families and friends!

Tribe of Issachar

Michelle B.    
Halie F.
Sarah O.
Meaghan S.
Chloe S.

Staff: Watson and Skidoo






Tribe of Naphtali

Illyana C.
Ava G.
Hayle G.
Emanuela K.
Vivian K.
Aylo L.

Staff: Ruski and Reepicheep




Tribe of Benjamin

Joshua F.
Ariel K.
Cole K.
Stuart S.

Staff: Verde and Hoops





Tribe of Judah

Isaac G.   
Ezra L.
Matthew S.
Levi W.

Staff: Beardo and Napoleon






Out-of-cabin staff: Sneezy, RedSox, Schnitzel


Movie Night

Vivian K., Age 10
Tribe of Naphtali

Hi! I’m Vivian and I’m going to tell you about movie night at Camp Gilgal!

I bet a lot of people watch movies with their family/friends but have you ever been to movie night at Camp Gilgal?!

Movie night at Camp Gilgal is where tribes gather in the Mishkan to watch a surprise movie!

The surprise movie that we watched this year was Toy Story! I fell asleep two times! It was so much fun!! The staff members also allow you to get candy/snacks too! Like: chips, popcorn, cookies, Twizzlers, Goldfish, pretzels, Starburst, Kit Kats, soda and more! We brought sleeping bags and blankets which was super cozy.

So, I suggest you come on down to Camp Gilgal and you’ll be able to go to movie night! It’s the best kind of movie night! A campout movie night! I hope you are interested now!!!

Mad Science

Vivian K., Age 10
Tribe of Naphtali

There are many things to make in Mad Science. It is one of the many activities at camp. There are other activities too, like hiking, archery, crafts, and more. We have four activities each day and Mad Science is one I have. Some things I have made in Mad Science are growing plants in a cup, explosions, slime, and lava lamps.

For slime we had a choice of putting it in a balloon or a Ziplock bag. I chose a Ziplock bag so I can stretch it. It was my favorite experiment we did. We put glue, water, borax, and food dye in it. For the lava lamp we put water, oil, and food dye and there was a weird reaction. If you shake the lava lamp, it won’t work anymore.

All of the things we do in mad science are cool. Have you ever tried putting Mentos in soda? Well, it makes a big soda explosion! It’s one sticky situation!

It takes forever to grow plants! If you water it every day and give it enough sunlight and nutrition, it will keep your plant healthy and it will take a shorter time to grow. Cool huh? Now that you know about one of my activities… Vivian out! (Dab).


Stuart S., Age 10
Tribe of Benjamin

 Hello reader, my name is Stuart and I am 10. I am here to tell you about archery (obviously!).
Archery is fun, fun, fun! Well, why, you may ask, is that? Well, it’s hard to explain why…IT’S JUST
FUN! But there are rules.

The rules are:
1.When you load the bow, point the arrow at the ground
2. Don’t pull the string for pretend and let go (unless you want to get hurt!)
3. Don’t point the arrow at people
4. Do not—I repeat—do not go get your arrows until everyone is done
5. Don’t load the bow until everybody’s behind the yellow rope
6. Listen to your counselors
7. Keep track of how many of your arrows go into the woods.
8. And now the most—yes the most—important rule of all rules: HAVE FUN

I like archery a lot because I get to shoot the target. The things that I did in archery was shoot the target, retrieve the arrows, and sit in the shade.

Archery is my favorite thing to do at Camp Gilgal and I hope to do it next summer.

Interviewing Aylo

Vivian K., Age 10
Tribe of Naphtali

Hi, my name is Vivian. I am 10 years old and in the tribe of Naphtali. I’m going to be interviewing Aylo who is also 10 and in the same tribe as me. Aylo decided to become a camper because she went to WWW (wonderful winter weekend) and had fun and also wanted to learn more about God. 

Her favorite book of the Bible is Psalms. Aylo’s favorite ATL (assistant tribe leader) is Skidoo. Her favorite candy is Kit Kat and that’s what she wants her camp name to be. I can picture myself saying “sup Kit Kat” one day! Ohh so precious. Aylo is going into 5th grade. Aylo’s favorite activity at camp is boating. Her favorite meal at camp is lunch. Her best friends are: me, Halye and Ava. In her free time she likes to draw. She told me that campfire and Tabernacle make her closer to God. She says campfire talks are very inspiring. She likes the worship songs in Tabernacle. That is all I have to say about the amazing Aylo Luba!

My First Movie Night

Sarah O., Age 12
Tribe of Issachar

Movie night is one of the best nights in camp ever! We watch a movie, eat snacks, drink soda, and stay up late. On movie night, we are allowed to bring blankets, sleeping bags, pillow, and stuffed animals. 

I was super excited for my first movie night at camp! Everyone gathers in the Mishkan at night: campers, tribe leaders and stuffed animals. Once everyone was there and quiet, they turned on the movie.

On that night we watched Toy Story 1. Once we got about a quarter way through, RedSox pauses the movie so we could get snacks. There were chips, candy, and soda!

Once the movie was over, we threw out our trash and went to bed. My favorite part of movie night was sitting and laughing with my friends.

Movie night at Camp Gilgal is awesome! 

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Michelle B., Age 12
Tribe of Issachar

‘Twas a dark and stormy day. We were all sluggish and it was pouring outside. Everyone was sitting in the Mishkan drenched and dead-looking.

Suddenly, Sneezy stepped into the light and said “Camp Gilgal we’re going on a field triiiip!” It was great; we thought it would continue raining but it didn’t! This year we went to a baseball game of the Valleycats vs. Lake Monsters; and let me just tell you, Beardo was the only person who was actually watching the game. However, I was having just as much fun since I was talking and laughing with the people next to me.

I was sitting next to Hoops, Sarah and Isaac, and we were basically just laughing the whole time. It’s times like those that make camp fun because you get to spend time and get closer with people from camp. Because of the field trip, the four of us have a TON of inside jokes.

Okay…fun’s over, the game’s done, Valleycats won (which was very surprising), time to go back to camp, but wait… all of a sudden…BOOM SSS KAPOW! We look up and see beautiful huge fireworks!

They were so close and I wish I could explain how amazing of a moment it was, but it’s just one of those things where you have to be there to understand. Whites, reds, blues, oranges, the sky was bursting with color and the crowd was filled with oohs and aahs.

Basically, I loved the field trip, and it’s one of my favorite memories from camp.

What Would Camp Be Like If I Was a Tribe Leader?

Meaghan S., Age 11
Tribe of Issachar

Being a camper at Camp Gilgal is pretty fun, but have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a tribe leader? Well, I’m pretty sure we all have. So what if I, myself, were to be a tribe leader? Knowing me, the possibilities are endless.

Let’s start with Tabernacle.

First of all, during worship I would probably sound like a person trying to audition for an opera and failing miserably, which would probably sound like this: “AAAAHHHHH” *coughing, literally choking* and this is why I don’t sing aloud.

When we read the Bible about a chapter I’m really into, I would be listening and helping campers find the page in their Bible.

This next area is somewhere that Camp Gilgal goes often: campfire. When we sing songs I would probably sing like a baby bird asking me for food. It would sound like this: “CAWCAWCAWCAWCAWCAK (give me food right now woman)!!” During campfire talk every time I agreed with something that someone said, I would say “AMEN TO THAT!!”

This last area and time is my favorite: F.O.B. F.O.B is the best time because it is a time to chill out. As a tribe leader I think it would be twice as marvelous because I would be even more tired than I usually am, therefore I can enjoy it even more.

Welcome to my ending. Thank you for reading this weird story on me as a future tribe leader.

Tribe Time

Matthew S., Age 12
Tribe of Judah

Tribe time is a time that you spend bonding and having fun with your tribe. During tribe time, you are allowed to do things you don’t do as activities. Your tribe is the people that are in your cabin.

Since you are not allowed to eat food or candy all the time, tribe time is one of the only times you can eat them. Keeping food in your cabin attracts ants, mice and other bugs and animals. Also, you can do a lot of things other than eating candy. You are allowed to play sports in the field or lounge in your cabin. Other options include running, playing on the playground, going boating, and archery.

Although you are allowed to lounge during tribe time, you can only eat snacks when your staff says it’s okay. I personally like to stay in my cabin. I am in the tribe of Judah. We usually hang around in our cabin at the beginning of tribe time and towards the end we play soccer in the field. If our memory verses or Gilgal Gazettes aren’t finished, tribe time is the time to finish them. Most of the day is scheduled but during tribe time I like the freedom and choice.

Soccer at Camp Gilgal

Mason C., Age 7
Tribe of Benjamin

This was my first year as a summer camper at Camp Gilgal. One of my favorite activities this year was soccer.

While I was playing soccer, I enjoyed getting hit in the face two different times. Both times I was running after the ball. I didn’t get hurt… it was just funny!

One of my favorite things was being goalie. I really enjoy being goalie because I can stop the ball from going into the goal. I feel happy and accomplished when I stop the ball.

My favorite part about soccer was playing defense and blocking the ball. It was my second time playing soccer and I had lots of fun. It was a great activity! 


Levi W., Age 11
Tribe of Judah

Tabernacle takes place in the Mish, short for Mishkan. Tabernacle is a worship service that we do every morning. I wasn’t planning on joining the worship team, but my brother Schnitzel asked me to and I’m very glad I helped him lead the service. I am one of the service leaders along with Schnitzel, Napoleon, and Isaac (who is one of my cabin mates).

We sing songs, such as “Amazing Grace,” “Ten Thousand Reasons,” “For You Who Fear My Name,” “Oceans,” “Prince of Peace,” “Sanctuary,” “Peace Like A River,” and “As the Mountains Are Around Jerusalem.” After our worship service, RedSox, the camp director, gives a message.

This year we are studying Joshua. We learned even though Joshua was scared he trusted God and led the Israelites into the Promised Land. I love Tabernacle because we get to praise and worship God.


Joshua F., Age 8
Tribe of Benjamin

Campfire is my favorite place to learn and talk about God. There are certain staff who come up and act and then they sing songs like “Hineni,” “Baby Whale,” “Twelve Men,”“Pharaoh” and “The Fruit of theSpirit.”

My favorite song is “Baby Whale.” We pray and tell stories from and about the Bible.

Ruski gave us a campfire talk that I really liked. I liked it because everybody got
to ask questions. She talked about what you would do if someone took something really special from you. The other staff had cool messages too.

I’m really looking forward to doing campfire next year.

The Friendship of Schnitzel and Napoleon

Isaac G., Age 12
Tribe of Judah

Schnitzel and Napoleon have been friends since the dawn of time. They first met before camp in 2013. They instantly became best friends by staring into each other’s eyes and souls.

In their first year of camp, Schnitzel and Napoleon’s tribe leaders were with Long Shanks and Wolf and their bunk mates were Daniel, Gavyn, Ephraim, and Josiah. They were in the tribe of Benjamin and the
memory verse was Deuteronomy 10:12-22.

Today I asked them how much they’ve spiritually grown at camp, and they said, simultaneously, “lots.”

Before Schnitzel and Napoleon were on the worship team, they were on the burnt offering team, but it “got shut down by corporate.”

Napoleon chose his name because Napoleon Bonaparte is one of his favorite historical figures. Schnitzel developed his name because of his love of chicken schnitzel.

Last but not least, you might be wondering if they’re friends outside of camp. And they are; Schnitzel texts Napoleon every morning and every night, but Napoleon has trouble using his phone, due to his age.

Their favorite things to do together are harmonized singing in the shower, dominating paintball, evangelizing pop music, and telling Chuck Norris jokes. Napoleon’s favorite year of camp was 2013 “because of the great staff and because it was the first year I was with Schnitzel.”

Napoleon’s favorite Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 because you are nothing without love. Schnitzel’s favorite Bible verse is all of Psalm 139 because it’s comforting and uses beautiful imagery from nature.



Illyana C., Age 9
Tribe of Naphtali

I remember it like it was yesterday…mostly because it was yesterday. Sneezy told me and
Vivian we were going first to the pond. My heart skipped a beat. I remembered last year, so I knew this was going to be so fun.

When we got on the boat, we started to come up with a code word for tipping the boat: cupcake. We kept on trying to “Cupcake off of the boat” and when we were
super close to “cupcaking,” the staff got suspicious and we had to stop.

Finally, it was our second turn and… to be honest nothing exciting happened. I wish I could say that a shark ate a camper or a camper flipped and drowned but that would be lying. But I remember when I would accidentally splash myself but it felt refreshing.

Overall boating was a fun experience and I’m glad I got to do it at Camp Gilgal!!

The Game Room

Halye G., Age 10
Tribe of Naphtali

Hey! My name is Halye and I’m going to tell you all about the game room! If you don’t want to go swimming, the game room is always an option. My friends and I mostly go to the game room 10
minutes before swimming time is over.

There are games like pool, air hockey, ping pong, and many more. But it’s not just games. Sometimes the Gilgal store is open! And if you’re lucky then the Snack Shack is open! But if you’re luckier, the Gilgal Bank will be open. If all of them are open, then take a time to appreciate the precious moment and buy everything you can before it’s over!

Swamp Cows

Halye G., Age 10
Tribe of Naphtali

Every night there’s something in the swamp that makes sounds. My radars (ears) recognized them as cows in the swamp. It is a deep, repeating, echoing MOOO! When we go to the dining
hall, I try to bend over to get a peek to see what’s in the swamp while no one’s looking but there are guards (tribe leaders) all over (probably to keep us safe!).

I hop over rocks to see through the water, but there’s nothing—nothing except for frogs and turtles. Those aren’t the swamp cows! In the night I hear them, so I look out my window and there is nothing! I wake up the next morning and there is nothing—no sound at all.

I guess I’ll have to stay up all night to understand or look in the swamp (or find a way to scuba dive to find them) and find the answer to my swamp question.

What do they look like? Do they scare the turtles? Are they really just bullfrogs like my staff said? I’ll just have to keep listening and keep hunting the sneaky swamp cows at Camp Gilgal next year!

Flat on Bunk

Halie F., Age 11
Tribe of Issachar

Hi, my name is Halie Frazier from the tribe of Issachar, age 11. I am writing about FOB. FOB stands for Flat on Bunk. FOB is for 45 minutes after pool.

Sometimes when I’m tired I sleep during FOB. But when I’m not tired I could either write letters or read. 

My two tribe leaders, named Skidoo and Watson, made a FOB song to the tune of a campfire song. Here are a few lines:
I’m gonna sleep sleep sleep
I’m gonna dream dream dream
I’m gonna sleep I’m gonna dream
During FOB

During FOB you should be quiet so you don’t wake the tribe leaders or else… just kidding but they like sleeping so… SHHH. My favorite part about FOB is playing with my slime. That’s all about FOB. Bye!

Ninja Heist

Cole K., Age 8
Tribe of Benjamin

Hi my name is Cole! The all-camp activity I will be telling you about today is Ninja Heist. I really like Ninja Heist. It is so fun because I like getting tagged!

So, in the game there are two teams. One are ninjas and two are guards. We switch off teams. If you are the ninjas, you run to get the treasure. If you are the guards, you try to tag the ninjas and bring them to jail. The rules are: you have to be away from the jail and no hiding the flag under the grass. One time, someone caught me.

Ninja heist is so fun you should come to Camp Gilgal to play it. Ninja Heist is great if you like to tag and if you like to get tagged. Just like in Capture the Degel, the person who tags you has to escort you to jail. In Ninja Heist you get to take turns being ninjas and guards, so you get both kinds of action. Ninja Heist is a game I learned at Camp Gilgal. This is my first summer and I can’t wait to play and come back next year!

Horse Day

Ezra L., Age 11
Tribe of Judah

Horse day is a day where campers can ride a horse on a trail or around a fenced-in pen when they are younger. Horse day happened on Saturday, so a part of the day is with horses and the other is a special Shabbat day. Also, we went boating on the pond after the horses.

Finally, there are Israeli day activities, like a treasure hunt and eating Israeli snacks. And at the end of the day we did a Havdalah service. We wait outside for three stars and then lit a candle and smelled orange peels and cinnamon.

When we went to see the horses, the other group was not quite finished. So, we looked at the goats and fed them leaves. Once I found a leaf as big as my head and fed it to a baby goat.

Also, a big goat flung a baby goat in to a wooden pile. Then, the other group was finally done so we went on the horses and started riding them.

My horse’s name was Frank and he was being bad. He was being bad by trotting and bumped me up in the air. Also, along the way I saw a turtle. That was the best day ever because I love horses and Camp Gilgal.

Pool Time

Emanuela K., Age 8
Tribe of Naphtali

My name is Emanuela. I am eight years old. I like pool time because the water in there is so comfortable. The water is so comfortable because it feels so smooth.

There is also this swimming test that you have to take because there are three different levels. One level is three feet and the last one is seven feet. You also cannot take the swim test with floaters. Also, when you take the swim test, you cannot touch the ropes that separate each lane. You cannot touch them once you start swimming.

Rules are very important. Some rules at the pool are that you cannot run when you are trying to go into the pool. You also cannot dive for more than 15 or 20 seconds. You also can not go in the pool without a buddy or without sunscreen.

If you don’t want to go into the pool you don’t have to go into the pool because there is a game room right next to the pool. But I like to stay in the pool, because it is very fun to play Marco Polo with my friends. Pool time at Camp Gilgal is awesome!


Chloe S., Age 11
Tribe of Issachar

Craft is the best because we get to make something to take home at the end of the two weeks. This year we made drums with deer skins, but the skin smelled bad.

You get to design something you want on your drum. I chose a tent and a campfire. Sneezy helps us make the drums and she was a big help. We used a wooden ring to outline the drum with the skin. Then we used clothes pins to hold the skins together. We used a tool called an awl to make the holes in the skin. After all that we painted on our drum design.

I wonder what we are doing next year. I hope you will love craft like I do.

Interview with Emanuela

Aylo L., Age 10
Tribe of Naphtali

Hello! My name is Aylo. Today I am going to interview a new camper named Emanuela. I want to interview her because she is very inspiring in many ways. She is eight years old and the youngest camper in my tribe! 

The first question I asked her was: What is your favorite activity at Camp Gilgal? She says: Everything! Then, I asked her what camp name she wanted. She said she didn’t know. Well, she does have a long time to think about it! Next, I asked what she would say to future campers. Emanuela said that being in a tribe is a really fun experience!

The last question I asked her was what parts of camp make her feel closer to God? Excitedly, she said, “TABERNACLE!” My favorite memory with her is when we were watching the camp
movie together! We got to sit next to each other and watch the movie with snacks! I love spending time with Emanuela because she is a bundle of joy! See you next time! Aylo OUT!

Interview with Skidoo

Ava G., Age 10
Tribe of Naphtali
Hello, my name is Ava and today I am interviewing Skidoo. Skidoo is a new ATL (assistant tribe leader) at Camp Gilgal. Even though she isn’t my tribe leader she is my friend, and is kind, funny and sweet. I am interviewing her because I want you to know more about her and I wanted to hear her answers. 

My first question was, “What do you like most about camp?” Her answer was, “Seeing the
campers grow in faith in Jesus.” I feel the same way. Another question I asked was “When did you learn about Jesus?” And she said her parents told her and she went to church and Camp Gilgal. This made me happy for her.

Then I asked when she became vegan, and she said fifth grade. This surprised me because it was a really young age. Next, I asked her, “What is your favorite food at camp?” She said taco Tuesday. Lastly I asked “What is your favorite thing about camp?” She said, “Campfires.” I agreed with her because I love that we are all joined together
when we are there.

Those were the questions and answers of this interview. I really liked getting to learn more about Skidoo and I hope you did too.


Aylo L., Age 10
Tribe of Naphtali

Campfire is a very special time at camp! It’s a wonderful way to have fun and enjoy listening to God’s Word. Usually we have campfire every night.

To prepare for this lovely event, campers
and tribe leaders put on bug spray and comfortable clothes. We also take a flashlight and water bottle. Once everyone has done that, tribes start walking up a hill to the top of the mountain. We all call it sunset. Tribes sit on logs around the fire.

At the beginning of every campfire, some of the staff come in front and lead us in campfire songs! By the end of the songs the sun is setting giving a beautiful view off the mountains! When songs are finished a different staff comes up and talks to us about a certain thing in the Bible. I love listening to campfire talks and learning about God.

I also like staring at the fire because it helps me to focus on what the staff are saying. When the staff are finished with their talk, RedSox closes with a prayer and we all head back to the cabins to get ready for bed. I think that campfire is a very moving experience!

Pool at Camp Gilgal

Ariel K., Age 10
Tribe of Benjamin
One of the most amazing things at Camp Gilgal is going to the pool! However, before you actually do so, you must take a swim test. You must be able to swim from one side to the other on your back and front. You must also be able to tread water.

After you have taken the swim test you get a band. The band colors are red, yellow and green. These three colors stand for three sections of the pool. The shallow water is represented with the color red. The middle area of the pool is represented with a yellow band. Lastly, the deep end of the pool is represented with a green band. This also means that you can swim in all three sections of the pool.

After you get your band, you are finally able to swim freely in your section. But if you want to have even more fun, you can try out some of the flotation devices. There are noodles, boogie boards, balls, and more. I think that Camp Gilgal is the best place to have a pool!

Camp Gilgal Teen Camp East (July 15 – July 22)

Theme: LORD, Help My Unbelief

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

The Gilgal Gazette is published by Camp Gilgal campers for Camp Gilgal campers and their families and friends!

Tribe of Levi

 Erik A.
Boaz B.
Daniel C.
Shai K.
Ephraim L.
Nathan S.

Staff: Verde

Tribe of Judah

Eliana A.
Nazra B.
Alana F.
Sydney F.
Dinah G.
Netanya W.
Eliana W.

Staff: Watson and Ruski

Tribe of Benjamin

Elliot A.
Y’didyah B.
Gavyn R.
Asher W.
Judah W.

Staff: Beardo
Out-of-cabin staff: Sneezy and RedSox


The Pool

Alana F., Age 14
Tribe of Judah

If you have ever been to camp you know that it can be very hot. Also, if you have ever been anywhere you know that one of the best ways to cool off is the pool.

The pool is soooo nice. It is one of my favorite things about Camp Gilgal because it is cold, fun, and refreshing. 

If you don’t like to swim or forgot your swimsuit like I have done before, you can always hang with your buds. I mean, don’t get me wrong. The game room is fun and all, but the pool is 1,000 times better.

The thing about the pool is you don’t even have to put your full body in the water to have fun, you can dangle your feet in and talk to the counselors and campers. But… if you’re anything like me you will just jump in without even testing the water first. In conclusion, pool time is the best time ever!!!!!!


Asher W., Age 16
Tribe of Benjamin

There has never been a more valiant and courageous troop than the noble six of the camp
Gilgal Light Brigade. Aimed with paintball guns and sporting matching Adidas merch, Y’didiah, Judah, Elliot, Shai, Daniel, and I did battle against foe after formidable foe, heroically braving minor bruises and multi-colored projectiles.

Lord Tennyson, who was there at the time, wrote about us in his poem, the Light Brigade, when he said,
“When can their glory fade
O, the wild charge they made…
Honor the charge they made
Honor the [Camp Gilgal] Light Brigade.”

Yeah. You could say paintball was epic.

At first glance, us Camp Gilgal campers do not look like natural born soldiers. In fact, we often appear completely incapable of playing paintball altogether. For example, many of us have less than 20-20 vision, suffer from asthma, and have very poor depth perception. We have also diagnosed ourselves with stage 5 terminal forgetfulness, spontaneous orthopedic paralysis, and the eponymous bone termite disease. All in all, when we showed up at the paintball place, we were not expecting to be very good.

The first thing the six of us did upon arrival was size up the opposition. They were giants and we were grasshoppers. Clad in black paintball masks and armed with chrome guns, we were fighting campers from nearby Camp Pinnacle (though formidable they turned out to be really nice). The Pinnacle kids were crazy good. But Gilgal was better. Dodging paintballs and diving behind plywood bunkers, we asserted our dominance in every match.

Paintball was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to play again.


Boaz B., Age 14
Tribe of Levi

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 Judah, Verde, and me. On the other was Ruski, Ephraim, Nathan, and Daniel. The score ended at 3-2, us.

Camp Gilgal has activities like soccer, basketball and whitewater rafting, and lots more. There are at least two activities each 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 have a deeper connection with God even through the regular, daily activities.

How Inside Jokes Impact Your Camp Experience

Dinah G., Age 14
Tribe of Judah

While spending time at a summer camp away from home developing meaningful relationships with your fellow campers can seem daunting, at Camp Gilgal, the staff give us opportunities to get closer through things like all camp activities, chill time, and pool time. But, the thing that really strengthens our bonds are the inside jokes we have!

When you’re at camp, having silly jokes with the other campers can make you feel closer with everyone else and can promote the forming of a bond. The tribe leaders encourage it and we all enjoy the jokes.
This year at teen camp I was in the tribe of Judah and we had A LOT of inside jokes. Whether it be Eliana A’s overuse of the word “yeet” or Netanya’s title as a “problem camper” (given to her as a joke by Eliana A. on the first day when she was having an issue with finding her flip flops), or us using slang/terms from other places (such as wicked and gnarly), our tribe had lots of jokes. The other tribes had some jokes, too!

To me, the jokes and silliness are the best part of Camp Gilgal. The staff encourage our jokes and assist us in developing bonds. The jokes make us all feel included and even the staff join in on the fun which is something I really love and think is unique about Camp Gilgal.


Whitewater Rafting

Daniel C., Age 14
Tribe of Levi

At camp, we get to go whitewater rafting which is really fun for many reasons.

First, you get to raft in the rapids which is really crazy fun! I also got to “fall off” the raft and swim in a few
areas which was refreshing since it was hot outside.

When I hit a rock, I got startled and got
serious about paddling. Whitewater rafting is also a great workout for my arms.

There was a thing my guide let me do called “riding the bull” and it was when you are at the very front of the raft holding on to string which gave me more responsibilities (hitting rapids). We went surfing on a huge rock and I was so excited.

These are some of the many reasons why whitewater rafting was so awesome. Kids should come to Camp Gilgal because it is a good experience and helps you grow closer to God. Through whitewater rafting, I


Eliana A., Age 14
Tribe of Judah

One of the really unique things about teen camp is the Whitewater rafting trip, but I’m nowriting about that. The trip wouldn’t be all it is without the campout night before.

First, we load up vans with all of us campers and it takes about two hours of singing and a quick WalMart shopping spree to arrive at the camping site.

None of us had seen it before and almost immediately we saw a tetherball pole, used the toilet, and saw a guy riding his bike in circles. Once we got out of the vans, we eventually unloaded, got our tent assignments, and started the nice task of setting up the tents. Then I think we found the showers and bathrooms. They’re very nice and smell like fresh wood because both are made out of wood. Us campers also found nice rocks to climb on, for like two minutes, before the tribe leaders noticed. Then, while RedSox and Watson started the food, most of us went down to the lakeshore and either swam or got beaten by the tetherball. Eventually the tetherball won and the lake closed so we settled for the playground. There was gymnastics, flexing, and fun.

if you thought we could use the playground equipment correctly, you thought wrong. Eventually, we walked back to camp and sat at the picnic tables waiting for dinner. When we finally got to eat, it was burgers, hot dogs, and grilled vegetables. It was great. We sat and ate and talked for a long time. Then we cleared out and all sat in a shape for a devotion and campfire.

We only had three Bibles and flashlights. We talked about shame vs. guilt. It was a good discussion. Also, there was watermelon. Then we were allowed to stay a little longer to look at the stars. Around five of us stayed then we ate s’mores. After all of that, we got ready for bed and slept in the tents. It was a great night.

Scream-O: Making Camp Gilgal History

Elie W. and Netanya W., Age 15
Tribe of Judah

This year at Camp Gilgal, Scream-O was extremely gnarly. Elie and Netanya began their Scream-O adventure thinking that they would be absolutely rubbish at the game, like all the other years. Because Elie and Netanya had good sportsmanship, they decided to yolo it. Even if you lose at Scream-O it is incredibly fun.

Now it is time to assure you of how epic this game of Scream-O truly was. The game is played with two partners, which obviously was Elie and Netanya. They then randomly choose one of the tables to play at, but the catch is that they had chosen table #11, which is the hardest table. If you lose at table #11 then you would have to go all the way to the end. When that happens, you are pretty much dead meat and there would be no chance of winning.

This game is based on chance, so it takes no real talent to play it. Scream-O is a brilliant game that is unique to Camp Gilgal. It basically consists of rolling dice and adding up the sum, but for Elie and Netanya they added on their fingers despite their age. 🙂 The game is played with many rounds, so winning or losing is usually no big deal.

That being said, Netanya and Elie started their first round of Scream-O carefree and laughing, as usual by the first round, their fate had changed. They had won. They were beats. They couldn’t stop winning. By the third round they were both so incredibly hyped up and yelling to the extent that their voices had dropped three octaves. Scream-O was super duper dope. We were undefeated for a massive total of 12 rounds, making Gilgal history. This ends our epic, wicked, and super gnarly Scream-O adventure at Camp Gilgal East Teen Camp 2018.

On the Gilgal Gazette

Elliot A., Age 16
Tribe of Benjamin

Every year at Camp Gilgal, campers partake in the ritual commonly known as “Gilgal Gazette;” these informal digital newspapers include positive camp stories and feedback to encourage new campers to attend Camp Gilgal. They are also a useful tool in the art of reminiscence.

I feel Gazette is a fun thing and really builds our camp experience. I can look online on camp’s blog and read articles I wrote six or seven years ago.

For instance, today RedSox read us an article I wrote in 2013, which was about boating. It really is amazing how all aspects of our camp experience are chronicled by charismatic characters of kids, all from different viewpoints. My mom loved being able to read about my camp experiences online and thinks it’s a spectacular way to recruit new campers, and I must say I agree.

So, my guy, come to Camp Gilgal. It is very fun, a special way to get closer to God in a unique setting with other Jewish believers. The Gilgal Gazette is one of my favorite activities at camp because it involves writing and I love writing. I hope you will enjoy it too!


Ephraim L., Age 13
Tribe of Levi

Paintball is one of the activities we have here at camp, but if you don’t like it you can also go on a hike. However, I’m here to talk about paintball! When we go to paintball we first take a short hike through the woods. There was another camp that was running paintball. They played a few rounds with us, but the most fun is when we play against our fellow campers. This is the most fun because we get to play with each other. Before you can start playing you have to get a mask and load your gun up. Then you enter the map and can start blasting paint. If you get hit, you’re out. There are many different game modes, they are all fun to play. Some of the different modes were capture the flag, 10 v 10, and Black ops. In Black ops the goal is to rescue the prisoner in the woods or if you’re on the other team your goal is to shoot him. I liked 10 v 10 the best because it was quick and easy to master. Overall, I love Camp Gilgal and paintball. 


Erik A., Age 14
Tribe of Levi

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, sometimes confused, and even broken as life gets more complicated and eventful, especially in this day and age.

However, in the midst of our questions and struggles, 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 Word 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 was 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! 

New Ground Worship Team

Judah W., Age 15
Tribe of Benjamin

I love to sing. Through this love my relationship with God has really strengthened. Asher, Elliot, Y’didiah and I have always sung 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 God.

Leading worship was the first step towards bettering my relationship with God. Bettering your relationship with God and not relying on your 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 God’s and that we need God’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 God can be that support in my life as my relationship continues to shape itself and evolve.

Farm Day

Nathan S., Age 14
Tribe of Levi

Camp is often thought about as a place to have fun. Without a question, there is a myriad of
enjoyable experiences in Camp Gilgal—from pool days to camp games to even rafting. What I am going to write about may differ from your conventional way of thinking about ‘fun.’ That activity is farming.

Early in camp, campers get the opportunity to not only experience something new and different, but also give back to the community. That opportunity is to help harvest plants in the local farm. The farm we are located near has 30 acres of land. Usually farms should have two people working for every acre, so in this case there should be 30 workers. However, this farm has only five workers. This is why it is so important to volunteer there. That’s where Camp Gilgal comes in.

When we were at the farm, we did a variety of things. We started off by putting together boxes and stacking them. This was very easy and satisfying. It was even bordering on addictive. We moved on to pack leaves called swiss chard. Many of these leaves had very beautiful red, orange, or yellow colors. We then moved on to picking garlic scapes, which was my personal favorite. The simple act of snipping them is very satisfying to me.

We wrapped our day at the farm off by picking up rocks in order to clear the path for the ground to be useable. I liked the feeling of finding a really big rock to put away. What really made this trip extra meaningful was the fact that the food we picked was to be donated to a food bank. Not only did we help the farm, but we helped the community as a whole.

In conclusion, Camp Gilgal is a lot of fun and the fact that we can give back to the people around us makes this camp feel very meaningful. Plus, the actual act of helping can be enriching and unique. I would definitely recommend coming here.

New Campsite vs. Old Campsite

Nazra B., Age 15
Tribe of Judah

This year for the overnight we went to a new campsite. The old campsite wasn’t that good. The bugs were the worst—it was like a dense fog of mosquitoes. It was dreadful. They could bite through your pants. But it did have a pool that we could swim in and it was secluded so we could talk in any volume we wanted.

But the new site that we went to was way nicer than last year. It had a big lake that had a very delightful temperature, a basketball court, several playgrounds, and a very fun game called tetherball.

The sleeping arrangements were really splendid. I think I slept better in the tent than in the cabin beds. When we all woke up you could see the beautiful lake with fog rolling over it like a wave.

For dinner while the campers were enjoying the lake, Watson and RedSox made a delicious dinner of hot dogs and hamburgers over the open fire. After dinner we had a campfire discussion and got to spend time looking at the stars—something the old site’s mosquitoes never let us do! I loved the campout and can’t wait to come back to this campsite.


Shai K., Age 14
Tribe of Levi

It’s about the second day at camp and we had just finished dinner, and RedSox told us we were going to be playing an all camp activity. This activity is called Scream-O. Most people say this is a game of chance, but it is definitely a game of skill.

So, basically what you do during Scream-O is you find a partner then you set up six tables. The goal of the game is to make it to the first table. You and your partner are given numbers 2-12 written on cardboard and two dice. The goal is to roll the die and whatever number you get you flip over your number. Then if you and your partner flip all your numbers, you yell, “SCREAM-O” so loud that your vocal cords are vibrating with the power of 1,000 elephants. Then that round is done and whoever wins moves up.

Scream-O is definitely one of the most fun games at camp and I look forward to it every year.

Tree Knoll

Sydney F., Age 15
Tribe of Judah

Camp Gilgal is a camp where there is so much to do. It is one of the highlights of my summer.
Gilgal is a great place, and one of my favorite spots in camp is the tree knoll.

The tree knoll is the place at camp where there are a bunch of trees. The tree knoll is the perfect spot to set up hammocks. It is the best spot because after a long day of fun activities it is a nice place to just chill. The tree knoll is also a great place for some activities. One activity that was there in the tree knoll was learning how to be a Canadian. That was where Sneezy taught us some Canadian things. During the activity we got to be all comfy in our hammocks.

Another activity that was in the tree knoll was karate. Sneezy was the leader of that too. It was nice to learn karate in a shady cool place. We also had high tea in the tree knoll. We all ate food and drinks. It was the perfect spot to sit and chill with everyone. The tree knoll is just the perfect shady, cool, peaceful area. The tree knoll is the best spot on camp and is enjoyed by all.


Y’didiah B., Age 15
Tribe of Benjamin

Beardo was my tribe leader this year and is the husband of the director of Camp Gilgal, RedSox.

His favorite colour is red. Beardo was born in Chicago and raised in Michigan. At the age of 13 he moved to Southern California and after college he moved to NYC. He now lives in Brooklyn with RedSox. He went to Hebrew school for half a year. His favorite part of the day during camp is when we are all about to go to bed and we joke and laugh whilst relaxing.

The first time he shaved was when he was in 5th or 6th grade (which is really surprising). When he was younger he grew more hair on his chin than on his lip. Beardo’s first year as a camper was in 2004 and his first time as staff was in 2013. His favorite verse is John 10:10, because Yeshua says “I’ve come that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

Camp Gilgal West Teen Camp (June 17 – June 23)

Theme: LORD, Help My Unbelief

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

The Gilgal Gazette is published by Camp Gilgal campers for Camp Gilgal campers and their families and friends!


Elie M.
Bailey H.
Claire C.
Persaeus B.
Erica B.
Carrie M. 
Fiorella M.


Arthem S.
Steven M.
Jonathan P.
Isaiah L.
Nathan B.

In-cabin staff: 

ShBoom, KitKat, Pippin
Gadget, Shoga

Out-of-cabin staff: Streetlight, S’mores, Superduck


Time in Tabernacle

Elie M., Age 12

Tabernacle is a meeting place for worship. This year at teen camp we studied the book Acts and learned about how God wants us to live. Every year, we memorize a verse; this year we memorized Hebrews 10:23-25 and 11:11. It is about holding on to God’s promises to us and encouraging one another. During out first Tabernacle we talked about doubt and how it affects our faith. We split into two groups to discuss the topic. Our group decided that doubt can make your faith stronger when it makes you look in the Bible.

Our next Tabernacle was about how the disciples waited for the Holy Spirit to full them. Pippin said, “I liked when we split into groups so that I could connect with the campers.” We talked about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To hear more about Tabernacle, stayed tuned until next year.

A Beginner’s Guide to Camp Food

Claire C., Age 13

Food. Food is vital for life in camp, so it’s a bonus it if it tastes good. As campers swarmed the gates of Camp Gilgal, one thing was painfully obvious – we were hungry. As the children of Gilgal marched to the dining hall, they knew that the hot and fresh chicken and potatoes were to be devoured… and they were correct. The chicken was seasoned to perfection, and the potatoes changed the campers’ lives. As KitKat wisely said, “Life is not complete without POTATOES.”

Breakfast is known as the most important meal of the day and food like Calvin Crest eggs, hash browns, and turkey sausages proved that correct. As Elie states, “I like that it’s real food.” Breakfast is pretty good in lil’ old Calvin Crest.

Now let’s discuss lunch, the midday lunch to attempt to keep you alive. The first lunch was so wonderful. They served Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. Gadget in one word said that were “Good.” Lunch was 100% scrumptious.

Now last, but not least, there is dinner. Served to us was the best enchiladas, I personally have ever digested. To Pippin’s disappointment, there were no gluten, corn, or dairy free enchiladas for her. She said, “A tear was shed and not being able to eat them was worse than rejection.” Dinner was followed by dessert: the most exquisite coffee cake… perfection in two words. Food is pretty great.

The Adventures of Streetlight

Nathan B., Age 15

I interviewed Streetlight, our fearless leader, and she gave me some awesome answers. Campers say, “Streetlight loves camp and devotes lots of time to it!”

Streetlight has been a part of Camp Gilgal for twelve years. Her favorite color is orange because she loves the Giants. It was very hard for Streetlight to come up with her camp name until one day when the song “Don’t Stop Believing” came on and she knew that she was Streetlight.
Her favorite bands are Matthew and the Atlas, The Band, Will Regan, and United Pursuit. She is cool because she eats her vegetables. All her campers are her favorite, all you have to do is become one. Her favorite brand of clothing is Gap. The car she wants is a Honda Element and she wants a small house.

All this is interesting stuff, but the final thing I would like to talk about is how Streetlight makes me feel as a camper. Streetlight makes me feel safe. She loves camp, but she also wants to be safe. She makes me feel equal because she always listens to my opinion and doesn’t force hers on me. It was great time interviewing Streetlight. Thank you for another great year at camp!


Erica B., Age 14

One of my leaders this year was Sh-Boom, who I highly respect and look up to. Because of her character and experience, I decided to interview her for the benefit of both myself and other campers.

One of the questions that I asked was how long she has been coming to camp, to which she responded, “I started camp at eight years old.”

She attended all three camps: junior, teen, and adventure camp. Because of these facts, I asked her, “Which camp do you think you’ve experienced the most growth?” She replied, “When I was 14 (teen camp), I experienced not only personal growth, but growth in my community… I had more close friends.”

Since she has a lot of camp experience, I asked Sh-Boom, “What advice would you give a new teen camper?” She answered, “Don’t close yourself off. Be open to new opportunities, new experiences, and new people.”

I also asked, “Did teen camp affect your choices as a teen in a positive way? If so, how?” She responded, “I believe so… It gave me a deeper appreciation for worship, which is also my favorite part of camp. I think I can really feel God’s presence when I’m worshipping.

My final question for Sh-Boom about camp was, “Can you sum up your time at teen camp?” To which she replied, “I will use our Yiddish word of the day, Nachas, which means great joy.”

Not only did I interview her about camp, but also advice for my age group. I asked, “What did you do in your teen years that changed your life for the better?” She replied, “I rededicated my life here at teen when I was 14.”

After some thought, I also asked, “How would you described your teen camp experience?” She answered, “Pretty awesome. Actually… very molding.”

Finally, for the benefit of myself and other teenagers I asked her, “What Bible verse would you recommend for a teenager?” She responded with, “Lamentations 3:55 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17 because these are two verses that have personally helped me in hard times.” I can now hopefully use this information to help me with my own teenage experience.

The S’more S’mores Experience

Steven M., Age 14

I did an interview with S’mores. The first question I asked her was, “Do you see a glass of lemonade half empty or half full?” Her answer was, “Half full of joy!”

Next I asked, “How long have you been a part of Camp Gilgal?” “11 years and 12 seasons.”
“Is the grass greener on the other side?” S’mores answered, “Yes it is!”

Next I asked her, “What is it like being part of the camp staff?” She responded with, “It’s amazing. My favorite part is hanging out with campers!”

Her favorite night game is Wells Fargo and her favorite musical group is Mumford and Sons.

I then asked her who her camp best friends are and her answer was Pippin, Chip, Chewbacca, Google, and Yamaha.

“Describe camp in one sentence.” “A second home,” she answered.

“How is Biola?” She replied with, “It is a growing experience.”

“What is your favorite food?” “Mac and cheese.”

“What are your favorite things to do in your free time?” “Discover new music and spend quality time with friends.”

I then asked her, “What is your go to snack from a gas station?” Her answer was, “Jalapeno chips.”

I also asked her, “What are your favorite kicks?” She answered, “Birkenstocks.”

Her favorite things to do at camp are Gaga Ball, Wells Fargo, and hanging out with campers.

My final question was, “How is your relationship with the Lord, Jesus?” “It’s a growing experience, but I know there are things I still struggle with. It can be hard to put all your faith in God and surrender all to Him.”

My Zipline Experience

Jonathan P., Age 14

We did lots of activities at camp, but one of my favorites was the zipline. A zipline is a wire cord running a beginning point to its ending destination. You are put into a harness and then connected to a carabineer which is attached to the wire.

The day of the zipline, I was really worried and scared, but excited at the same time. Several people went before me, and all of them seemed pretty happy with how the zipline was, so I decided that I might as well do the zipline. They strapped me in, and I stepped onto the platform. The ride staff gave a thumb’s up to the staff member at the ending destination. I looked in front of me, and then I stepped off the edge of the platform.

At first, when I flew off the platform, it bumped me in my harness. I went zooming past the ground and trees. It started harsh, but it was fun. I went on it three more times. “It was a thrilling adventure and I want to do it in the future” said my camp leader, Shoga. All in all, the zipline was really fun and I’m going to do it again.

Yosemite Adventures

Fiorella M., Age 15

Yosemite is full wonders. At camp we got to see Vernal Fall. It all started when we got in the van with our bags filled with water, our Bibles, and money. We took a two-hour drive listening to Christian music and Disney. Then we were finally there. We made sure to go to the bathroom as many times as we could even if we didn’t have to because we knew that it was going to a long walk. At first, it wasn’t that bad; Pippin and I were walking at a slow pace. But we got a little left behind, so they made us go in front. It motivated me to walk a little faster.

We took many breaks because of how long the hike was. We walked for an hour uphill and were sweaty and tired. We finally came to the waterfall and let the mist soak us. The waterfall was beautiful; it looked as though it should have been in another country. We took a few pictures and walked back down all the slippery steps trying not to fall. In the end, we had pizza from Pizza Factory. We finally made it home and I had a sleep better than the other times because of the adventurous day.


Let ‘Em Rip!

Arthem S., Age 13

The giant swing was fun! My first time going up was scary because I thought I would get hurt. Before going up, we had to put on some safety gear so that we didn’t get hurt while flying down the swing. As I got on the swing, they started bringing me up to the height of my choice to drop from.

As I got to the point, I felt unsafe and scared because I thought the swing the had a chance of breaking. When I felt like dropping I had to say, “Let it rip!” and then I flew. As I was in the air, I felt winded. It was an amazing time. I regret not going up all the way, but it was still fun. If I had another chance like that, I would go for sure.

Learning About Gadget

Isaiah L., Age 15

One of the male staff at this year’s teen camp was Gadget. He has been attending Camp Gilgal since he was young. Gadget has been very involved in camp and Jews for Jesus. God has been an important role in his life. He says he loves Camp Gilgal and loves it because, “It’s a great place to grow spiritually as a camper and as camp staff.”

The first good memory of camp that Gadget has is how welcoming the staff were when he first arrived. Gadget loves the night game called Capture the Degel. “We have a sense of unity, and even if you get captured, it’s still fun,” he said. He likes how every role in the game is equally important to your team. Gadget likes to play on the defensive end of the team.

Some things he is interested in outside of camp are sports, woodworking, and hanging out with friends. He enjoys playing racquetball with his family. In woodworking, Gadget has made a few different products such as a coat rack and props for a play.
He told me that he has the best memories from adventure camp, because he learns a lot about God, and it is more serious about focusing on the Bible and the teachings of Jesus.

GaGa Ball

Persaeus B., Age 13

Gaga Ball is a game where you stand in an octagon. There’s a ball that is thrown in the middle from someone standing outside. On the first bounce you say, “Ga,” on the second bounce you say, “Ga,” and on the third bounce you say, “Ball,” and the game starts. The rules are that you have to hit the ball with a closed fist and send the ball to someone you want to get out. You have to aim at the person’s waist and below.

This was my first time playing, and I was genuinely confused in the beginning but I gradually got better. I even almost won a game!

It was really dusty and I could barely breath but I got through it. I asked some staff and campers about their experience while playing Gaga Ball and they all had different answers. Carrie said, “I had some back pain from bending over to hit the ball, but at least I two wins!” S’mores said, “I love Gaga Ball. It’s one of my favorite games to play at camp. It’s intense, but it’s competitive, and it’s fun!” Elie said, “The court was perfect but the ball was too bouncy.” Gadget said, “I think Gaga Ball is fun, and like to see all the people’s different strategies to achieve victory!” Gaga Ball is fun and definitely a game for everyone!

Late Night Snack

Carrie M., Age 14

We were all tired after the long, staggering hike. The staff had promised us pizza at the Pizza Factory. When we arrived, we were told that we could sit wherever we wanted. So, Percy and I sat at the metal round table. We were soon accompanied by Isaiah and Gadget.
Gadget is a cool mensch who tells stories of old memories and really bad dad jokes. For example, at the Pizza Factory he said, “I left a ‘piece-a’ my heart there.” The waitress served us BBQ pizza, garlic chicken pizza, and plain cheese pizza. All of us were so hungry that we finished off the pizza on the first round.

It was a fun and enjoyable evening which included laughing, sharing stories, and friendly bonding. Sharing pizza with your camp family is definitely a great way to finish a long day of schlepping. 

Camp Gilgal West Junior Camp (July 15 – July 27)

Theme: Taking Hold of God’s Promises 

Psalm 145:13b “The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.” 

The Gilgal Gazette is published by Camp Gilgal campers for Camp Gilgal campers and their families and friends!

Tribe of Issachar

Rina T.
Myra M.
Zoe A.
Ashlyn C.

Staff: Kit Kat and Teva




Tribe of Benjamin

Rebekah P.
Eliana R.
Rebecca S.
Channah A.
Ahavah M.

Staff: Pippin and Doodles



Tribe of Zebulun

Sivan K.
Elisheva M.
Sarah M.
Talia W.
Lily H.
Shalom M.

Staff: Macaroni and Taxi





Tribe of Levi


Lyrit M.
Isaac H.
Urijah B.
Jonah M.
Ryan H.

Staff: Feedback and Gadget



Tribe of Naphtali                                    

Nile H.
Sam S.
Joshua B. 
Isaac P.
Tyler H.

Staff: Troubadour and Oofnik





Out-of-cabin staff: Streetlight, Poppins, S’mores, Sh-Boom, Snapple, Esquire, Superduck 


Ladies’ Day

Ashlyn C., Age 10
Tribe of Issachar

So, it was Ladies’ Day and we went swimming for about an hour. When it was time we got out, we went through a portal. It was galaxy themed. It was so cool. There were lots of things to do. They made moon sand and almost everything there. There was a room of glow sticks and glow swords. There were also galaxy lava lamps that we made ourselves. There was also candy and snacks. I loved the fruit rocket ship sticks stand. I also loved the face paint.

Doodles did a superhero mask on me. It was so cool when people were doing sword fights with the glow swords. I asked Teva what she like about Ladies’ Day. She said, “I loved being with just the ladies.” Then I asked if she liked the theme and she said, “I loved the theme and getting space buns.”
Lastly, I asked if she got her face painted. Teva said, “I painted other people’s faces.” Then I asked Rina what she like about Ladies’ Day. She said, “My favorite part was making galaxies in a bottle.” She also liked the theme and got her face painted by Teva. It was so much fun! I hope you enjoy your Ladies’ Day at camp!

Teva Teva

Rina T., Age 8
Tribe of Issachar

Teva loves Camp Gilgal and the people at Camp Gilgal. Teva loves nature. Teva really enjoys FOB. She also loves to go swimming in the pool and going horseback riding. Teva had so much fun playing MI with her tribe. Teva really liked the waterslide; she found it very fun. Teva loves playing worship and leading the campers to be with God. I love Teva.

Praise and Worship

Zoe A., Age 9
Tribe of Issachar

Hi! My name is Zoe, I’m nine years old and I’m in the Tribe of Issachar. I’m writing about Tabernacle. After the whistle blows, we go to Tabernacle. We start with sword check (we call our Bibles swords, because God’s Word is the Sword of the Spirit). Then we pray and do worship.

We sing songs like “Great Are You Lord” and “One Thing Remains.” Then we pray again. After the Sh’ma, we do our memory verses. If you and your tribe memorize the verse you get 2000 points towards Tribe of the Year. This year we memorized Psalm 46.

After we do the memory verses, Streetlight comes, and we learn about God and our people. We also add to our timeline. If you don’t know what the timeline is, it’s when we read the Bible and put something up to remember what we talked about. Sivan said, “My favorite part of Tabernacle is worship.” Talia’s favorite part is the memory verses and Elie’s favorite is worship also. I think it’s time to go. Bye!

Pool Time Fun

Zoe A., Age 9
Tribe of Isaachar

Hi! I’m Zoe and I’m 9 years old. I am in the Tribe of Issachar. My Gilgal Gazette article is about the pool. We play games like “Marco Polo” and “Sharks and Minnows.” We also do whirlpools. If you don’t know what whirlpools are, it’s when we swim in circles and build up a current. One time I swam maybe a foot.

We usually toss campers with two or three tribe leaders. Now I’m going to see what other people think about the pool. I asked S’mores, Teva, and Rina about the pool. S’mores said, “My favorite part is sharks and minnows.” Teva said, “I love the whirlpool.” Rina said, “I like the whirlpool and being tossed. Wasn’t that fun!

Let me tell you about my favorite part. I love the whirlpool and absolutely love being tossed. I guess that’s the end. Goodbye!

Issachar, the Sun

Myra M., Age 9
Tribe of Issachar

Whenever Rosie comes to check out teeth we sing the national anthem.

It was so much fun when we had FOB because we send notes to each other and we whisper too.

Rina said, “I like MI and the water slide.”

When we do devotions, we are always praying to God and reading the Bible which is so fun!

Rina and I are best friends. What she likes to do with me is to play carpetball.

MI was so much fun this year. We got out a couple times, but it was still fun.

At Ladies’ Day, there was moon sand and face paint, a little snack booth that was tasty. I loved Men’s Day even though it wasn’t about girls because we got to ride beautiful horses.

Skit night was awesome! We acted out 12 spies of Israel. I loved my tribe this year!

Gilgal Store

Isaac H., Age 9
Tribe of Levi

The Gilgal Store is a store at Camp Gilgal. It is very cheap. You can buy snacks and sodas, like root beer and Twizzlers. There are even gummy hot dogs. Outside of the store, there are toys that you can play with. Ryan even says, “It’s the cheapest candy shop I’ve ever been to.”

If you pay 25 cents, you get a few toys. If you pay 50 cents, you get half a bag of toys. If you pay one dollar, you get a whole bag of toys. The old toys cost a lot of money. You could buy nets and fake eye patches or you could buy flip flops and more. Gilgal store is awesome. I love Camp Gilgal. I like the snacks and toys. They are both very cool! 

The Hebrew Arts

Jonah M., Age 10
Tribe of Levi

Have you ever wanted to learn the amazing ancient language of Hebrew? Great! At Camp Gilgal Hebrew class, you cut out pages to make Hebrew class books and fill it out to get enough stamps to earn prizes. “It’s fun because you get to learn new words” says Urijah. Sometimes we get to make shrinky dinks. Shrinky dinks are like necklaces where you take a thin piece of plastic and sand it so that it becomes rough. That way you can write on it with colored pencils. Then we put them in the oven and they shrink!

So, let’s dig a little deeper into Hebrew. “What do you mean by prizes?” you might ask. Well you have to earn prizes by learning Hebrew words like ahk-bar mean which means mouse and ah-yeet which means eagle. These are only small parts of all the fun things we do at Camp Gilgal.

The Tribe of Levi

Lyrit M., Age 8
Tribe of Levi

The people in my tribe are Ryan, Jonah, Isaac, Urijah, Feedback, and Gadget. At tribe time we read the Bible, and we pray at night before we go to bed. We also do devotions. 

On Men’s Day we had FOB, then played Silent Football and messed around with paper airplanes. In the morning we wake up to a shofar and then go to breakfast. After breakfast, we do cabin clean up. Ryan said, “My least favorite job is sweeping because it takes too long and everyone tracks in dust.”

During tribe time, we hangout and we work on our memory verses. We mess around a lot. Sometimes, we read books during FOB. We also write letters to other people. We eat a bunch of candy and have a lot of fun. One time, we made a ball of socks at FOB. I had a good time in this tribe.

Feedback, Once Boy Turned Man

Urijah B., Age 9
Tribe of Levi

Feedback was born at the very young age of 0… but for this report I would like to focus on his years here at camp.

Feedback started coming to camp when he was eight years old. Feedback really enjoyed his first year of camp. His tribe leaders were Ace and Diesel. He was in the tribe of Judah. My other tribe leader, Gadget, was in his cabin every year at junior camp.

One of Feedback’s favorite night games was and is “Wells Fargo.” His second favorite game is Capture the Degel. His favorite cabin was Dry Gulch. He enjoyed mail call as a camper. Feedback’s favorite free time is swimming in the pool. Feedback said, “I loved making new friends at junior camp and I am still friends with many of them today.”


Ryan H., Age 10
Tribe of Levi

The campfire had a series of things. The first thing we did is sing camp songs and dance with hand motions. It’s fun because most of the songs speed up the hand motions and words until we’re at our top speed! The next thing we did was listen to S’mores share her testimony with everyone and she was very brave to do that. The third thing we did was pray about how thankful we are for camp and how Jesus died for our sins so he could forgive everyone. It was amazing to feel God’s presence so strong around me and the other campers!

The fourth we did was worship and praise God for forgiving our sins. We also sung this song about how powerful he is and how his love is unconditional for us! The final thing we did was roast marshmallows because what is a campfire without s’mores. Urijah said, “The s’mores were my most favorite part!” We were allowed to roast marshmallows. That is a lot of fun, right?

After we finished we went back to brush our teeth and take a shower so we wouldn’t smell nasty and have dirt all over. That’s a campfire at Camp Gilgal.

Day in the Life of Camp

Elie M., Age 12
Tribe of Zebulun

Come along with me and see what a day in the life of camp is like. Today, July 16, 2018, we woke up at 7:30 am. We dressed and ran down the ladies’ hill to line up for breakfast.

Today we had eggs, turkey sausage, cinnamon rolls, fruit, and oatmeal. Then we cleaned up our cabin for inspection and played carpetball before Tabernacle. Tabernacle was about God’s promises to Abraham. We then went to craft. This year we are making drums. Then we were off to Hebrew. Then after lunch we had FOB.

FOB means “flat on bunk.” It is the time where we try to be quiet. When the whistle blows it is free time. During free time, you can go in the pool or play carpet ball. And do not forget the Gilgal store. Then we had to dress up as Bible story for Bible Story Night. Then we had a campfire and went to bed. Lily said, “It was a fun day.”

My Lasting Tribe

Talia W., Age 12
Tribe of Zebulun

My tribe is Zebulun. There are eight people in my tribe including the two tribe leaders, Taxi and Macaroni. My favorite quote is by Sarah, “Buckets for days.” We have a lot of fun in our cabin. We play games during FOB and free time together.

We were the first tribe to nail our verse, we swim together, we play together, we do everything together. Our flag is a boat for Zebulun. The boat is brown with blue water underneath. We are all friends and we are always there for each other in any situation.

Journey Through Columbia

Sivan K., Age 12
Tribe of Zebulun

Columbia was such a cute little town. All of the store owners were kind and welcoming. I live in Dallas, Texas, and we don’t have many little towns or local stores. In Columbia, it’s like you’re back in time. There are horse carriages, candy stores, and ice cream parlors. Many of the store owners are dressed like pioneers.

I am in the Tribe of Zebulun and this is my first year at Camp Gilgal. We went to the Fallon Ice Cream Parlor, candle dipping, shops with home-made things, and candy stores. I loved candle dipping. I made a rose for my mom and Shabbat candles for my grandma.

We also went into the gift shop near the gold panning and I got to see so many different types of gems and some gold. I asked Shalom what her favorite thing to do in Columbia was and she said, “I liked eating the ice cream at the ice cream parlor.”

I noticed that a lot of shops had animals in them such as dogs and cats. All of the shops had such interesting things that were special to Columbia. I tried sarsaparilla for the first time; it was good, but really sweet. The shaved ice at Brown’s was great!

I loved the small town of Columbia. It was such a privilege to be able to go with camp friends!

The Famously Infamous Game, Carpetball

Lily H., Age 12
Tribe of Zebulun

Carpetball is one of the most popular games at junior camp. The game is played on a long table, covered in carpet material with a ditch on each side. To win, you have to roll a ball down the carpet and hit your opponent’s balls, which are set up on their side of the table.

In a regular game of carpetball, five balls are set up on each side of the table, and the que ball is used to knock down the other balls. Carpetballs can be set up in any fashion, as long as they are within your sides boundaries. The balls are either striped or solid, signifying a team, but at camp, all the balls are mixed.

Many set ups and strategies can be used and created in carpetball in order to win. I asked my friends and tribe-mate, Talia, what her strategy for carpetball is. She responded, “I set up two balls together on one side then three balls together on the other side. Then, I try to hit the opponent’s balls first on the right side, then the left.”

All in all, carpetball is an extremely fun game that everyone can enjoy.

Gaga for GaGa Ball

Shalom M., Age 13
Tribe of Zebulun

One day at Camp Gilgal we went to the water slide. Once were done with the exciting slide, we went down to the Gaga Ball pit. We gathered people to play.

Some of the basic rules of Gaga Ball are that the ball can’t touch from your knees down, that you have the hit the ball with a closed fist, and you can’t hit it outside of the pit. It got really intense really fast. I asked Macaroni if she had won any rounds. She said, “I won two rounds in a row.”

However, a lot of people accidentally got hurt by scraping their hands and feet on the ground when hitting the ball. All the people who got hurt said they still had fun. It was my first time playing Gaga Ball and I hope to get to play it at teen camp next year.

Campers to Decorators

Sarah M., Age 12
Tribe of Zebulun

Cabin Decoration Day is one of the most exciting parts of camp. Throughout the two weeks of camp, every tribe has to decorate their cabin with a Bible verse theme. This year, I am in the Tribe of Zebulun.

My tribe came up with the theme of Moses parting the Red Sea. We began by making Mount Sinai. We created Mount Sinai with brown and white construction paper and stuck it onto one of our bunks. To finish that, we made lightning bolts and thunder clouds and put them around the top of the Mount. After that, we built pyramids out of construction paper and put it on another bunk. Following the pyramids, our tribe made blue pebbles around brown butcher paper which represented the dry land that the Israelites walked on when Moses parted the sea.

Two verses we used in our cabin were Exodus 12:21 and 14:21. Next, we used table clothes and streamers to represent the Red Sea. We stuck table cloths on the sides of the air conditioner to part the sea when it turned on. My cabin mate Elie said, “It was stressful but worth it in the end.” In all, Cabin Decoration Day was a smashing success, and we nailed it.


Tyler H., Age 12
Tribe of Naphtali

Here at camp we have many fun activities and fun things to do. In this article, I’m going to tell you about Archery. If you want to do archery, you have to wait until it is free time. Free time is after FOB and before line up. Free time is about three hours long.

While you are playing, you will hear a megaphone announcing that archery is that day. You will need close-toed shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and a water bottle. Once you and everyone who is coming is ready, you will start walking to the range. It is about a ten-minute walk. When you arrive, you learn what you need to know how to shoot a bow and arrow. If you don’t understand, the Silver Spur staff will help you. Simply raise your hand and ask your question and it will be explained to you.

After you know what you need to know, you shoot at the targets. When shooting, keep your feet at a 90-degree angle so you can get the most accurate shot possible. Remember to pull the string all the way back to your cheek and have the colored feather pointing towards your body. Sometimes, when using a blunt arrow, they will bounce off the target. When I was shooting, the arrow came all the way back to me. If your arrow happens to fall right in front of the no cross, it is considered a dead arrow. If this happens, under no circumstances are you to pick up the arrow.

Nile says, “This is probably the funnest thing I have ever done.” I recommend doing this activity and I hope this article helped you.

The Adventure of S’mores

Joshua B., Age 11
Tribe of Naphtali

“What is your favorite color?” “Yellow”
“What is your favorite movie?” “Finding Nemo”
“What is your favorite show?” “Boy Meets World and Life in Pieces”
“What is your favorite pet?” “I really like cats.”
“What is your favorite food?” “I love mac and cheese, but I’m dairy free now.”
“Do you like ice cream?” “Yes, dairy free mint chocolate chip”
“Are you allergic to any pets?” “Maybe cats”
“Do you live in a house or apartment?” “I live at college.”
“Do you like to cook your own food?” “Yes”
“Do you like to go to the park?” “Yes”
“How long have you been at camp?” “12 years”
“Do you have any brothers or sisters?” “A brother and a sister”
“Have you ever been at another camp?” “No”
“Who were your first tribe leaders at camp?” “Dynamite and Bazooka”

The Best Day Ever

Nile H., Age 10
Tribe of Naphtali

One day it was Ladies’ Day, so the boys went horseback riding. Then we ate lunch. I was scared and I was crying. Then I had the time of my life and it was so much fun!

We crossed over the creek and we had so much fun. And we went up a mountain. It was so much fun. My horse’s name was 4-12. He was brown with black hair and black eyes. Tyler’s horse’s name was Modoc, Troubadour’s was Roger, Isaac’s was Bob, and Sam’s was Mindy. The end.

A Game

Isaac P., Age 12
Tribe of Naphtali

“One, two, three, dodgeball!” yelled Snapple. A little dodgeball tradition at Camp Gilgal. Dodgeball is my favorite sport. This year a bunch of people were enthusiastic, and some weren’t. We had a lot of fun playing.

To play dodgeball you need close-toed shoes and sunscreen. It is about a minute walk to dodgeball. Once you get there you are divided into two separate teams. You then line up and then… you play! This year we played five games.

The first three were normal, but the next two were tribe leaders vs. campers and guess what? The campers won both times! Overall this year we had a very good time playing dodgeball!

Life in Peddler Point

Tyler H., Age 12
Tribe of Naphtali

Here at wonderful Camp Gilgal, we are separated into Men’s and Ladies’ tribes. This year, I’m in the tribe of Naphtali and I’m going to tell you a little about us.

The members of my tribe this year are Nile, Isaac P., Josh, Sam, and me. On the first day of camp were told to pick our tribe name. My tribe picked Naphtali which means deer. Nile says, “Naphtali is the best tribe ever!” Our cabin’s name is Peddler Point. 

This year, the Tribe of Naphtali’s tribe leaders are Oofnik and Troubadour. Oofnik is 93 and I’m guessing Troubadour is 20. We have lots of fun in this cabin. In my cabin, I’m 12, Nile is 10, Isaac is 12, Josh is 11, and Sam is 10. The biggest shopper in our cabin is definitely Nile.

He spent all his money when there was still five days left of camp. Normally, we have 14 days of camp, but this year we had 13. This year has been amazing in this cabin and whoever is reading this, I think, that as a veteran, Troubadour and Oofnik are great tribe leaders. I hope you have a cabin just as great as mine! If you come to camp, you’ll love it. Hope to see you at camp!

Wells Fargo

Ryan H., Age 10
Tribe of Levi

In Wells Fargo you steal money from camp staff. They have bags of fake money and we have to steal it! They guard it securely and if they tag us as we’re stealing the money we have to count to 100 slowly until we get back in the game. It takes so long that it feels like forever.
Wells Fargo is my favorite part of camp. Jonah says, “I love Wells Fargo! I would do it every day at camp if I could.” I made the record of the campers this year, but two years ago we lost for the first time in camp history! All the other years, we won! Anyways, it’s hard to get the bags because they’re at the top of the hill! If it’s your first year and you’re reading this, never rush to the top of the hill. It doesn’t end well.

I hope you have a great time at camp if it’s your first year at Camp Gilgal.

The Adventures of Capture the Degel

Ellie R., Age 10
Tribe of Benjamin

Gal-bat and Bat-dude come onto the scene and started to explain how to play Capture the Degel. There is offense and defense. You cannot line-dance. Line-dancing is when you got back and forth trying to tag the other player.

If you get tagged by the opposite team then you go to their jail and scream your loudest to let your team know where the Degel Circle is. The jail is a spot where you get captured and you cannot leave there until there is a jail break. A jail break is when someone on your team yells “Jail Break!” rushing into the jail circle without getting caught.

The point of capture the Degel is to bring the enemy flag to your side. Not only is there a jail, but there is a Degel Circle. If you reach the Degel Circle without getting caught, you can wait until you are ready and leave to get your side of the camp.

First me, Gadget, Rebekah, and Shalom went down to the jail circle area to see where the Degel Circle area was. Afterwards, we got caught in order to lead our team to the Degel Circle by screaming to them to come.

Then after a while she called a jail break and everybody ran into the Degel Circle with Shalom. I stayed behind and didn’t get tagged. Then I went into the Degel Circle. Rebekah said, “It was the funnest game of Capture the Degel I have ever played in my three years of camp.”

Artistic Work

Ryan H., Age 10
Tribe of Levi

Urijah B., Age 9
Tribe of LeviJonah M., Age 10
Tribe of Levi

Talia W., Age 12
Tribe of Zebulun

Isaac H., Age 9
Tribe of Levi

Zoe A., Age 9
Tribe of Issachar

Sivan K., Age 12
Tribe of Zebulun

Elie M., Age 12
Tribe of Zebulun

The Zoom Water Slide

Ahavah M., Age 11
Tribe of Benjamin

At Camp Gilgal, we always have fun things to do. One of those things—my favorite activity—was the water slide. It was a normal day at camp. I woke up and waited for breakfast. Next, we had cabin clean up. We got an okay score. Finally, it was lunch time. Yay! Sadly, we had FOB soon after that. We wrote postcards and then we were told to put our bathing suits on and go to the basketball court.

Then we walked to the water slide. We were all so happy. I was the fourth person to go down the water slide. I walked up the sidewalk holding on to the rail and then it was my turn. It was my fifth year going to the water slide. Then Snapple said, “Lay on your mat and be a taco.” After that I went down really fast. I almost made it past the second bump. If you can make it past the second bump, you get to carve your name in the minter shack. I asked Macaroni if she has ever made it but she said, “No I haven’t, but I wish I could.”

After that, I played volleyball with Superduck, Macaroni, and Rebecca. Next, almost all the campers played GaGa Ball over by the field. Lots of campers got hurt by hitting the ground, but everyone still had a

Horseback Riding Fun

Channah A., Age 11
Tribe of Benjamin

Horseback riding is so much fun! My horse’s name was 4-12. Despite being four times my size, he was so gentle. I’m afraid of heights, but even when we rode right by a cliff I felt nothing but safety on his back.

Every horse has their own personality and provides a different experience. Streetlight’s horse, Bullwinkle, was a committed snacker. Pippin’s horse was slow and steady. He could have won a race.

It takes courage and strength to ride a horse, but you’ll have the time of your life.

Rebekah P. agrees, stating: “At first it’s scary, but once you’re on, it’s awesome!”

I had such a great time at the end of the day. I felt as if I would travel to the end of the earth to get my own horse.

The Howlers

Rebecca S., Age 11
Tribe of Benjamin

The campers and tribe leaders in my cabin are Rebekah, Ahavah, Ellie, Channah, Pippin, Doodles, and myself. This is Rebekah and Ellie’s third year. The rest of us have been here four years. I’ve interviewed my friend Ellie.

I asked her what her favorite thing about camp was and she said “I love MI.” I love it too! MI is when our tribe goes in the dark and gets letters. The letters are clues or codes that lead to the next one. Eventually, you’ll get to the last letter. When you decipher it, you’ll find that it leads to the cafeteria whoever gets there first wins!

Make sure to wear clothes that are black, green, and brown. You know why? Because the out of cabin staff are guarding the letters and you don’t want to be caught.

During FOB we usually scream and eat on others’ beds while the tribe leaders shush us. Sometimes (but rarely) we actually are quiet and sleep, play silent games, or write Gilgal Gazette articles.

You gain some, you lose some. We won MI, but we literally started learning our skit less than five hours before the performance!

In our cabin we always have hard time getting up, especially me. Often, we only have 10 minutes to get ready.

Although our ladies have many conflicts and fights we always forget about them. Our tribe leaders are quite helpful when this happens.

Pippin and Doodles are so caring! No matter how little sleep they’ve gotten, they always show love. One time, I had a bloody nose in the middle of the night and Doodles woke up. At first, she was confused. Then she got up and helped me for more than 20 minutes. Pippin is a veteran tribe leader and Doodles is not. Pippin is always ready to go star gazing and talk with campers. She does it with so many of the campers every day.

Kulanu B’ychad: We’re all together.

The Hardships of MI

Rebekah P., Age 10
Tribe of Benjamin

MI is one of my favorite night games. Why? Easy! You get to sneak around the whole camp and find clues together as a team. To be descriptive, o.c.s (out of cabin staff) are who we’re sneaking past. They are trying to catch us while we are finding clues, as they act out funny characters.

I think this was my best year, and it is not just because Benjamin won. It’s because no one got badly hurt, and it was much more interesting than the previous years.

This is my tribe’s story for 2018.

My friend Ellie and I whispered back and forth about MI toward the end of the Shabbat service. Soon, the music turned on and we rushed to get ready. We ran down the ladies’ hill, passing Poppins, who was making comments to me about the movie Coco. Trying not to laugh at S’mores bad-dad jokes, we went to the ladies’ sunset spot, behind the pool where we received our first clue: carpet all.

Our third and fourth were dodgeball and volleyball. After those two we ran to the pool and then finally the dining hall. Benjamin won!

So that’s how MI works and how it’s played. Ellie says, “The best part of MI is to spies and work together and always be ready!”

The Kingly Rules of Four-Square

Sam S., Age 10
Tribe of Naphtali

Four-square, the game of four squares. The four squares represent the four stages. Stage one is peasant, stage two is knight, stage three is prince or princess, and stage four is King or Queen.

When you are in squares 1-3 you cannot change the rules. When you are the King or Queen, you have a lifetime of rules to set, such optional paylay, where you can use any part of your body; magnets, where you hit the ball without touching your square; popcorn, where you hit the ball more than once. You can also butter, which is a slam after popcorn.

More rules are: no tea parties, which means you can’t hit the ball back to the person that served it to you; saves/play-ons, which means that if you are supposed to be out but people keep playing you aren’t out; ducks, which is popcorn and then you hit it just inside the other person’s square; memory verse which is when you recite the memory verse as you hit the ball; cherry bomb, which is a big slam with both hands; pork chops/kosher/pork chops, which gadget won’t explain to us; no first serves, which means if something goes wrong on the first serve you are out anyway; truces, which are two man truce with two people, alliance with three, and empire truce with four or more; ground spoke, which is big slam with one hand; and Atlanta, which is normal four square.

So those are the kingly rules of four square. But there are more rules. Well, they’re not really “rules,” but they want to dominate and take over. These are some of the empires: Awesome Empire led by Ryan, which is the most known, Peace Empire led by Tyler, which is the most peaceful, and Newton Empire led by Jonah, which is not really an empire.

These are many of the kingly rules of four square, but these are the rules as of July 26, 2018. There are sure to be many more. The end.

Interview with Levia

Aylo L. age 9

Tribe of Gad


Today, I am going to interview one of the campers, Levia. Levia is actually from France! It’s her first year at junior camp, too. I asked her a few questions. I asked her what her favorite activity at camp was and she told me that it was drama games. The next question I asked her was a little freaky. I said that if a clown snuck in her house at night, what would be her first reaction be in the morning? She said she would FREAK OUT! It seems like Levia is just like me! I also asked her if she was Santa Claus for a day if she would like it and she said yes because then she would get to make a bunch of people happy! I asked her if she was liking camp so far and she said, “Yes of course, it’s such a great place to be!” So far, I’m thinking that Levia is very interesting and fun. She must be having a blast at camp! The last question I asked her was more serious. I asked her what parts of camp made her feel closer to God and she said the worship during tabernacle because the team is so good and she loves to praise God. That wraps up my interview with Levia!

Horseback Riding

Chloe S. age 10

Tribe of Manasseh


The day of horseback riding was so much fun. The first horse I rode on was Frank. He was very dark brown and he liked to trot when I was on his back. On the day of horseback riding the sky was blue, it was warm and I was so excited to ride the horses. The whole experience was so fun and I am so glad God gave us such a beautiful day. We got to ride in an enclosed arena and when we went into the stable we got to see a goat! My friend Lilya was riding a horse who kept stopping for a snack of hay! I hope you like the horses as much as I do. It was probably my favorite day of camp so far! It was especially fun since I haven’t done horseback riding in a long time!

Gaga Ball

Gaga Ball

By Hannah S. age 13


Hi, my name is Hannah. My favorite activity is Gaga ball. This is my third year at Camp Gilgal. This has been my favorite so far. I love Gaga ball so much and it’s fun to win, but sometimes I can lose fast. The most epic game I played was when I was going against Feedback and I thought that I was going to lose because he sometimes can beat everyone. But this time was different. Everyone else was out, except me and Feedback. The crowd was cheering and it was so intense. I was so nervous, but I eventually hit the ball and got Feedback out and won. It was so fun, I will never forget this victory.



By Hannah H. age 12


Bowling night was one of the best things about teen camp this year! It was so much fun! First, we got ice cream at a really good ice cream place. I got the flavor called Blue Moon. It’s really good, but I can’t describe the taste. After that, we got in the car (most people got in when Rafiki was driving). We listened to some sick tunes on the way to the bowling alley. When we got there, we got into our teams and got our shoes for bowling. We played two games of bowling and we were being so silly during people’s turns. We played truth or dare and did really funny dares during our turns like sing a weird song really loud. We messed around so much and had lots of fun. We all also got to know each other a lot better while we were at it, too!

Teen Camp

Teen Camp

By Max M. age 13


Camp this year was fun, although the leader had to go. But we still all got through and we all had fun traveling to places and singing along with each other. I especially liked the dunes and pretending to actually be in the desert, but I hated going up the really steep hills. I also liked hearing the leader’s testimonies and I think all the campers acknowledged what they said. Gaga ball is fun for everyone until I scraped my knuckles, but it was worth it. I liked meeting new people and chatting with them to know their heritage and the history of how they got here. It was all very fun while it lasted, but sadly everything must come to an end.

Teen Camp

Teen Camp

by Gloria C. age 14


Teen camp was really fun this year! I love horseback riding and archery! Horseback riding was my favorite because it’s very calming. It’s kinda like a nature walk. Going to the camp store is nice because they have really good ice cream. We also went bowling one night. I’m not very good at bowling, but being with everyone made it better. I like all the tribe leaders here. They make everything fun. I had Koala as my tribe leader. Hannah H. and Lydia G. were also in my cabin. All the girls were really chill and fun to be with, so were the boys. The car rides were actually fun. Rafiki drove the van and Tots was playing music and everybody was jamming out.

Camp Activities

Camp Activities

By Evan F. age 13


Hi! My favorite thing at teen camp is tomahawk throwing because we had three tomahawks and I hit the target three times in the same throw. I also like the high ropes and the zip line. When you go down the zip line, it feels like you’re flying. We also went to the lake and paddle boarded. We also went bowling and my friend got a strike and I got three spares. I also won a game of Gaga ball. We also went to the dunes, I climbed up and down the dunes four times. I had so much fun. This year at camp was my first year and I want to come back next year. I think that I speak for everyone at camp when I say that I will remember this year at camp forever. I feel like I’ve grown closer to God during camp.

The Rock Wall

The Rock Wall

By Abi D. age 13


Hey, peoples reading my article, it’s me, Abi!

I like the rock wall. I don’t mean to brag, but I am pretty good at the rock wall if I say so myself. In all seriousness, the rock wall is a lot of fun. There are three walls: the easy wall, medium wall and the hard wall (but they call it the spicy wall). My favorite one is the spicy wall because it isn’t a normal wall that goes straight up, it has bumps and really small rocks to grip on. I first did that wall the first year I went to camp and I fell. I couldn’t even get past the first bump which was disappointing, but that changed the next year I went to camp. I tried the wall again and I made it up to the top that time and every other time I went on the wall.

This year was my favorite because the first wall I climbed was the spicy wall. I climbed that wall twice and made it to the top and moved to the medium wall where I would race people who challenged me. I raced four or five times, once with a tribe leader named Feedback and other times with campers. Long story short, I won every time and it surprised a few people, including myself. The tribe leaders who belayed me said that I was jumping like a frog up the wall which meant a lot of slack for them to pull (but that’s what Rafiki and Lone Star said, so I don’t know). The person on the rock wall staff I liked best was Hunter because before each race he would say he bet his money on me, which I totally thought was funny. That’s really all I have to say about my experience, so byeeeee.

Thank You, Camp Gilgal

Thank You, Camp Gilgal

by Madison Hall


You made this camp so magical. I got to ride a horse and it was so much fun, I felt like a Disney princess. Thank you so much for making this a magical experience. Riding a horse was the highlight of my year. Again, thank you, I’m so grateful such generous people like you exist in this world, thank you. At first I didn’t want to, but when I did, it was so fun! It felt different than I imagined. Thank you so much for this fantastic experience, I love horses so much now! I’m so grateful that I got to come to a camp like this.

Hiking in the Sand Dunes

Hiking in the Sand Dunes

By Avi T. age 15


At camp 2017, we took time on a Thursday to visit the Michigan sand dunes. After a two hour drive, we arrived in a parking lot full of ATVs and other four wheel drive vehicles. There was a brief debate on whether or not to rent one, but the prices per hour settled it quickly. We ate lunch and started hiking up the first dune. Once we reached the top, our calves were already strained. We split into two groups, the larger group, who started towards Silver Lake, and the smaller group, which consisted of Koala, Rafiki, Lone Star, Tater Tots, Lydia, Max and myself.

We walked in a straggly line, Koala leading, Lone Star and I following along a little behind, with Tots, Rafiki, Lydia and Max a little bit back. About five minutes into our hike, Lone Star began to narrate the story of a group of explorers. “Searching for the lost city of El Dorado in Egypt, led by the brave and determined Koala.” Our narrator, crewman, the manly Australian stereotype, Lone Star. The rest of the crew, consisting of our expert navigator, Rafiki, had begun to give up. We had to be careful of the sand beetles, who could turn you into dust with just one bite. As we climbed the last dunes, we could see Lake Michigan in the distance. We were excited, but we had to be careful that it was not a mirage. Thankfully, it was real and we reached the lake with time to swim in the waves.

Camp Out

Camp Out

By Seth M. age 13


This year at camp we had electricity in the cabins, so Blewish made us go camping. A guy named Moe invited us to stay at his house. On the way to the house, Tots took song requests and we were rocking out the whole way there. When we were at the house, it was raining, so the girls ended up sleeping in the house and the guys went to sleep in the RV. We swam in their pond for most of the day and caught frogs. At campfire, Lone Star told his testimony of his faith in Yeshua and then we ate popsicles.

Teen Camp

Teen Camp

By Nena K. age 15


This year at Gilgal, we’ve done so many fun things, as well as learned spiritual lessons. On the fourth day of camp, we took a trip to the sand dunes by Lake Michigan. The night before we went to the dunes, we stayed at a Camp Gilgal friend’s house and they had a lake there. We got to swim. We also got to zip-line above the lake and play human foosball. At the dunes, we got to swim in Silver Lake. The dunes were hard to climb up, but very fun to be on. Every night during campfires, we all listened to the leaders tell their testimonies. Their stories were inspiring. I am very thankful that I had this experience. Every day, I felt closer to God. Everyone here has helped us grow in our faith. I think that all of us agree that this has been a great year at Camp Gilgal.

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding

By Rahela D. age 10



Horseback riding was really fun. You only get to go once, but I got to go twice and the riding is usually forty-five minutes long and all you do is steer your own horse and in the beginning, you get your helmet and then watch an eight-minute video that teaches you how to steer and stop your horse and how to get on. My horse’s name was Missy, she was one of the calmest horses for the trail. She was a brown horse and in the front of her face it looked like she has bangs. Horses are really nice. The barn has thirty-six horses in all and my horse was really cute and small and she was smart. Horseback riding is really fun and one more thing, you have to be ten years old to go on a trail ride.



By Shoshi S. age 12


Maple is a tribe leader at Camp Gilgal. She is the tribe leader of Naphtali. The tribe consists of Shoshi (me), Hannah S., Hannah H. and Lydia. I asked them what they thought about Maple and they all said she is super sweet, kind and most sensitive tribe leader they’ve had so far. She claims to be born from the sap of a tree and had the name Maple all of her life. She started going to camp when she was eight. She’s been to both Camp Gilgal East and West. Her first tribe leaders at camp were Summer and Rockstar. During her free time, she enjoys walking and napping. If she were to lead an activity, she would want it to be a color activity.

Mission Impossible

Mission Impossible

By Seth M. age 13



Last night, I played M.I. for the fourth time. Every time I play Mission Impossible, I have loads of fun. Last night while we played, we had lots of laughs in spite of the challenging clues. For my tribe’s (Simeon) first clue, we had to go to the amphitheater and get past Skipper. We got the clue in roughly ten minutes. While we were running, I looked up and saw that we had stopped suddenly and had to crouch so we would not be spotted. In the end, every tribe had four out of five clues. When all was said and done, Simeon had won by less than a minute and Blewish said it was one of the closest games he had seen. One really cool thing was that every clue was related to the book of Exodus. M.I. is one of my favorite things about camp.

The Beach

The Beach

By Aaron R. age 14



The beach is a windy place where we get to either swim, make giant volcanoes, kayak, or play volleyball. To be able to swim, you must take a swim test. To pass, you must swim out and tread water for a minute. The water is very cold, which makes this very unpleasant. There is one cove that is full of leeches, so steer clear! The beach is a a great place to make a giant volcano. If you do, make sure you put a cup on the bottom. If you don’t, all the baking soda will disappear and it won’t explode. The Cran-Hill Ranch staff have paddle boards and kayaks that people can rent, but if you are with Gilgal, you get it for free! The paddle boards are a favorite of Camp Gilgal, but it is easy to fall off. When there are no lifeguards, Camp Gilgal likes to play nukem. It is like volleyball, but since no one (except for Achilles) is good at it, we just play nukem. If you go to this camp, try to be with Feedback or Achilles, because they are awesome!

Mad Sceience

Mad Science

By Hannah H. age 12


Mad Science is one of the most fun and creative activities here at Camp Gilgal. We make SLIME! We made color changing slime, but the pigment didn’t really work. It changed color a little bit, but we didn’t have enough pigment. We even made glitter slime! We also made some kinetic sand. We put glitter in it, too. We were always so excited to be making these cool and fun crafts with things like elmer’s glue, borax and food coloring. Some people also made oobleck! Oobleck is so messy! Mad Science is an activity that you should definitely do. Last, but not least, we made elephant toothpaste. It was cool to make, but also very messy! We dumped it all over the cement and it felt good on my hands. I always get excited when it comes to cool crafts like slime!

Rock Wall

Rock Wall

By Gabe H. age 10


The rock wall is very fun. There are three types of walls: easy, medium and hard. The easy wall has an angle in the beginning and straight for the rest of the way and there are tons of rocks on the wall. The medium wall is straight and has less rocks than the easier wall. And the hard wall is SO HARD, but I did it. It is climbing straight for the first 10-15 feet, then there is a lump so you climb almost upside down for a few feet, then climb over the hump, then climb straight and then hit the bell. When you hit the bell at the top of the wall, you have completed the wall. You are also safe because you are being belayed. Have I mentioned that I have completed all three walls? It took me fourteen minutes and forty-five seconds to make it up the wall. I love the rock wall!

Petting Zoo

Petting Zoo

By Sienna F. age 9


Here at Camp Gilgal there’s a petting zoo with all kinds of animals. First, there are the goats. They have three goats in the pen. Their names are Ox, Maverick, and Rosco. Ox is a male goat and he has really big horns. He is very nice and is black and white. He is bigger than the other goats. Maverick is a very light yellowish color. He’s really sweet and loves attention by being groomed and he really loves being pet. Then there is Rosco. He’s a brownish color and also is very sweet. He’ll follow you around the pen, but he likes to chew on clothes. The last animal I’m going to talk about is the donkey, Bandit. He loves attention. His fur is messy because his last owner treated him bad, but he’s a real sweetheart.

Interview Skipper

Interview Skipper

By Hannah S. age 13

Skipper is an Assistant Tribe Leader (ATL) at Camp Gilgal. This is Skipper’s first year being an ATL. She is in a tribe with the little girls’ cabin along with Olive. The first question I asked her was how she likes camp so far. Skipper replied that her first year as a tribe leader was a lot of fun. Next, I asked her who is her favorite camper, and she responded by saying that it was a tie between all of them. Next I asked her what her favorite activity is. Skipper said that she really enjoys all camp activities, especially capture the degel. My next question was regarding the stairs of doom. Skipper said she doesn’t like walking up the stairs, she said “there are 86 too many!” I asked Skipper what she likes to do on her break, and she answered by saying that she likes to go to the store, buy some ice cream, relax, and read her Bible. Another question I had was who was her friend at camp. Being a good person, Skipper said that everyone is her friend. She also told me that was sixteen years old and doesn’t have a favorite tribe leader. I also asked her where she got her camp name. She said “when I was little I used to watch Gilligan’s Island, and one of my favorite characters was skipper. Lastly, I asked her what was her favorite story of the Bible. Skipper said that she enjoyed learning about Esther and how she saved the Jewish people.



By Ruth D. age 8


This is an interview about Sneakers and Blewberry. I asked Sneakers what her favorite color is. She told me that her favorite color is rainbow. Next, I asked what is her favorite kind of shoe. She responded that her favorite shoes are her pair of gold sneakers. Then, I asked Sneakers what would be her dream vacation, and she said that it’s a Disney cruise. I said, “Me too!” Sneakers told me that her favorite color is yellow, and her favorite flavor of ice cream is s’mores.  I asked her what her favorite book is. Sneakers told me that she recommends “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” to every camper! Next I asked what her favorite thing is about God. She said that He is faithful and He never leaves us. She also told me that she is very thankful that God gave her Blewberry because she loves her very much.

Hebrew Class

Hebrew Class

By Shoshana S. age 12


Hebrew is one of the many fun activities at Camp Gilgal. Firefly is our Hebrew teacher. In Hebrew class we learn vocabulary and we have a quiz at the end of every class. We learn Hebrew animals, numbers, fruits and colors. When we quiz we have these colorful buzzers that make funny noises. There are blue, orange, purple, and green buzzers. The blue ones beep like a cat, the orange ones make a springing sound, and the green ones make the sound of pans banging together. We had one big Hebrew quiz where we separated into three teams. Whoever won the game got a prize from the prize box. Hebrew is challenging, but also really fun!



By Joshua D. age 11



If you love fishing, you should bring a fishing pole and a some bait. With my experience, you should rent a boat and fish because there is a bunch of fish and seaweed and muck at the bank. If you’re a worm fisherman, the barn store has worms for for very cheap. Or if you are a bass fisherman, bring your bass gear and fish with whatever you’ve got. Don’t worry if you’re not that great at fishing, I will help you to become better and have more fun.

Dragon Land

Dragon Land

By Sienna F. age 9


Dragon Land was rock wall climbing and crafts such as pipe cleaner dragons. Dragon Land is an activity at Camp Gilgal. I chose Dragon Land because I heard there was rock wall climbing. Dragon Land has crafts and you can make your own dragons, but they are tiny. Koala and Kitten are the leaders. Rock wall climbing is fun to do because it is fun to climb and I made it to the top of the wall. I will tell other kids to try the rock wall.



By Rachel S. age 11


Hi, my name is Rachel and my favorite activity is cooking. Our group had so much fun cooking. First, we made s’mores with a solar oven and it didn’t work because there was not enough sun, but it was so hot. The chocolate was the only thing that was good because it melted. Then, on Friday, we went to make challah for Shabbat. It was so easy, all you have to do is braid the dough. We made about twenty, so everyone got one. The challahs were so good. That was it for cooking, and I switched to another group.

Camp Rock

Camp Rock

By Lydia G. age 12


Everyday after lunch we go to activities and during the first week, one of the options was Camp Rock. For Camp Rock, we made a bunch of instruments out of cans, pots, etc. The first day we had barely any materials until Sneakers showed up and blessed us with pots and pans! The next day, we were able to make many instruments with balloons. After a while, people from Mad Science (a different activity) came out and took some of our balloons and Rahela made a balloon shaped like a peanut and named it Mr. Peanut, which gave us inspiration for the rap song we wrote.

After we had all the instruments, we wrote our song called “The Gilgal Wiggle”. We haven’t recorded the song yet, but when we do it, it might go on Youtube or something. The people who were part of the activity were me, Hero, Achilles, Aaron and Seth. After a while, we finally got to recording the song and most of the camp was in the background, but they only helped with the chorus. Achilles was the one who wrote the song, but everyone helped come up with lyrics. Usually, Maple would come around on her break and help out with making instruments and the lyrics and she even played an instrument while recording. At first we thought Camp Rock would be a total fail, but nope!

Cabin Cleanup

Cabin Cleanup

By Lilly M. age 8


We finished breakfast and I brought my bagel that has butter on it to my cabin. The path goes down three stairs, over a small gate, then for a long time forward, then right, then along forward and then go left up a very steep hill. Our cabin is called Medicine Bow. It takes a long time to get there. I carried our degel, which was pink with a car on a road and the sun on it. When I get to my cabin, I start to clean up. I put my shoes in order, my waterproof shoes and my Moana flip-flops. I think they are weird because your foot covers Moana. Then, I take my hairbrush and journal that Olive gave me for my birthday, my small journal that says PRIVATE and my name on it. I take my earring spray off of my bed and put it away. The earring spray goes into a small, purple bag with my sunscreen. I put my journal on a shelf and the other journal that Olive got me on another shelf with my books. My hairbrush goes away with my conditioner.



By Gabriel H. age 10


Gaga is probably Camp Gilgal’s main sport. We play it every day. This is how you play: First, someone throws the ball into the middle while everyone is holding on to the wall. Once the ball touches the ground three times it is live to hit. You can hit the ball with your hand or your fist. If you get hit in the knee or below with the ball you are out. The last one standing wins! Everybody loves gaga! The best players at Camp Gilgal are: Hannah S., Joshua, and myself. We also play other camps at gaga, but they are very good and hard to beat. Gaga is the official camp sport. I win a lot because I am really good at hitting the ball at people and dodging it. We play it all the time, literally every day. We play in shoes or sandals. Even the tribe leaders love to play, but they usually don’t win. Gaga is so fun! The fastest and most agile person who has the best strategy wins, not just who hits the hardest because if you hit the ball out of the pit you lose. If you catch the ball when someone hits it out, then you are in, and the person who hit it is out. Gaga is sooo much fun!!

Grand Rapids Museum

Grand Rapids Museum

By Shoshana S. age 12


This year at Camp Gilgal, we went to the Grand Rapids Museum. It was a lot of fun. There were many exhibits and most of them were hands on. One exhibit was a section based on the logos. There were three shops you could go into with people in them who talked to you about the store and all about the 1890’s. One store was a printer store. There was a nice man who talked to us about the printer. It was really cool. It worked faster than a computer! I think the best part, and everyone’s favorite part, was the mindbender mansion. There was a fun game there that was called spelling frenzy. You jumped on letters on the ground to spell out the answer to a question.

An Interview With Blewberry

An Interview With Blewberry

By an Anonymous author


I asked Blewberry a few questions. I asked her what is her favorite color, she said “Ah ah ah!!” Next I asked her what her favorite food is she said “Eh eh ahhhh!” I didn’t ask her another question, but she told me “ohh, ah, ah ke!”

A Fun Day at Camp Gilgal

A Fun Day at Camp Gilgal

By Emma R. age 11


This was a typical afternoon at Camp Gilgal. We went to the beach and raced cardboard boats. My tribe got second place! The first place winner got a ton of points. We built our boat in the shape of a bubble. We thought it wouldn’t work, but surprisingly we got second place. It took us twenty minutes to fill it with air. After the race we went kayaking. We went all the way to the other side of the lake. We peddled fast away from there. Afterwards we had tribe time. We went to the game room and played carpet ball. Then we played ping pong. After that, we spent our money at the general store! Finally, we had a campfire where we cooked hot dogs and roasted marshmallows. It was a really fun day at camp!




By Grace M. age 12


Archery is a very intense activity. You have to be careful at the shooting range, and follow all the rules. You get to shoot at a fake dinosaur! There is a specific archery stance that you have to be in. It is almost like a superhero position. You face the side of the arm that you write with. Hold the bow with the arm you do not write with and use your thumb to hold the arrow. With your dominant hand, put your middle and ring finger below the arrow, and index finger on top. Then hold, pull back, and shoot! My first time shooting, I had trouble doing it correctly. After practicing a little, I pulled back as far as I could go, aimed, and shot very close to the bulls-eye! My friend shot one of the fake animals in the eye once. So no matter what kind of person you are, you should take archery. It’s my favorite.

Interview with Verde

Greenlee K. age 11

Tribe of Manasseh


Hi! I am going to tell you all about Verde. His favorite Pokémon is Weepingbell. He loves Pokémon. Verde’s favorite book of the Bible is Revelation because it is intriguing. His favorite verse of the Bible is Galatians 5:22. Verde’s favorite color is blue. Weird, right? Verde is Spanish for green, but he likes blue. He is currently six feet tall. He was 8 years old when he started coming to camp. Verde heard about camp from his older sisters. He likes being tribe leader better than being a camper. He likes it because he enjoys being a good example for the kids. He also thinks that it is a good experience. His siblings are Ruski, Watson, and Tanya. That is all I am going to tell you about Verde.

Camp Gilgal Midwest Junior Camp (June 25–July 8, 2017)

Choose the Way of Life

“Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him.” Deuteronomy 30:19-20

The Gilgal Gazette is published by Camp Gilgal campers for Camp Gilgal campers and their families and friends!

Tribe of Simeon: Lilly M., Aviva Z., Ruthie D., Maple, Kitten

Tribe of Reuben: Lydia G., Hannah H., Hannah S., Emma R., Shoshi S., Twilight, Koala

Tribe of Naphtali: Rahela D., Grace M., Sienna F., Rachel S., Olive, Skipper

Tribe of Judah: Joshua D., Seth M., Gabriel H., Aaron R., Hero, Feedback, Achilles

Out of Cabin Staff: Rafiki, Firefly, Sneakers, Blewish, Butterfingers

Interview Watson

By Halie F. age 10

Tribe of Manasseh


Hi. I interviewed Watson and here are some questions I asked her. Watson’s two favorite colors are green and teal. Watson has a favorite Pokémon named Glaceon. Watson does not have a favorite food but right now, she wants mint chocolate chip ice cream with marshmallows and potato chips on the side. Watson likes the verse Hebrews 12:1-2. She said it reminds her to focus on Jesus when everything is chaotic. Watson wanted to be a counselor because she wanted to be a role model. Watson has a beta fish. Also, Watson has three siblings whose names are Verde, Ruski, and Tanya. Watson has eaten something very weird before; hash browns with some hummus, Israeli salad and Cheetos. Watson’s favorite number is 73. Watson has a favorite planet- Pluto. Even though people say this planet is a star, Watson thinks otherwise. The last question I asked her was what her favorite movie was and she said “Everything sci-fi.” That is all I have to tell you about Watson.

Interview with Sitruce

By Greenlee K. age 11

Tribe of Manasseh


Hello! My name is Greenlee. Today I am going to tell you about the tribe leader Sitruce. Her favorite color is blue. Her dad is a missionary with Jews for Jesus and that’s how she learned about Camp Gilgal. Sitruce’s favorite book of the Bible is Numbers. She likes it because she really likes the stories of Moses. She thinks that he is a great leader. Her favorite verse of the Bible is Joshua 1:9, which is the camp theme verse! She was ten years old when she started being a camper. I asked Sitruce if she liked being a camper or a staff better, and she said that she couldn’t choose because they were very different. Being a camper, you get to enjoy the fun of camp and not have to worry about anything. Being a staff member, you get to hang out with campers and watch them grow throughout the years and share Jesus with them. That is all I will tell you about the marvelous, fantastic, amazing, outstanding, and awesome Sitruce.

Field Trip

By Illyana C. age: 8

Tribe of Gad


It was a hot summer day and we went in a yellow school bus. The drive was long and hot. Finally, we were at the museum! The first thing I was in there was a meteorite. There was also a hurricane simulator. We also saw Google sand map and got to play with it (Google sand map is a projector with an image of the world over sand). It was very interactive. My favorite part was when the hurricane simulator went berserk and blew all over us. My second favorite part was when we played with the Google sand map and my third was when we looked inside the human body. We also saw a cool planetarium show about the stars and it reminded me how cool God’s creation is!

Camp Out Chaos

By Michelle B. age 11

Tribe of Manasseh


Here at Gilgal, we have one night/morning dedicated to camping out. This year camp out for my tribe is what I call “special,” or “interesting.” At first all was well. We went up to Sunset and found a spot to put up our tents. Since we don’t have any 8 person tents our tribe had to be separated into 2 groups. The other group was doing a swell job at setting up the tent, meanwhile my group was having a real struggle. Believe me, we all know how to set up a tent, but this tent was just weird. We asked a couple people to help us out to make sure that we weren’t the problem, but even they couldn’t help us! It was time to go make s’mores and eat dinner so we set up the tent as best as we could and went to go wait. For dinner, we had either hotdogs or burger (our choice) with carrots and for dessert we made s’mores. After playing some games and having some fun, we went back to our tents to get whatever we needed for the washrooms. We thought everything was fine until Mochi noticed that we didn’t put up or even have ANY stakes (for our tents)! Being lazy we shrugged it off and went to perform our nightly rituals. The time came for lights our and we all fell sound asleep. I woke up in the middle of the night to head the sound of pouring rain. Since I was on the edge of the tent I began to notice water leaking in from the side. I (again) payed it no mind and fell back asleep. Morning arrived and I am drenched! I am 100% soaked and funny thing is, I’m the ONLY ONE who is wet in my tent. I became very cross and try to continue my day without being a total grumpus. I also find out that the stakes were under the tent and am simply upset and over it. Moral of the story: don’t sleep on the edge of tents (and make sure you set up your tents properly).

P.S. The camp out was still okay.

Timon and Worship

By Ephraim L. age 12

Tribe of Judah


Timon was an inspiration to me because during worship, he is always one with God. He is there to be with God and not worry about anyone else. Also, he makes me want to a have a better relationship with God. I love that when people look at him praising the Lord and laugh, he would keep on going and not get embarrassed, he would just continue having a good time in worship. I asked Timon his favorite part of worship and he said “getting to do worship and glorify God with other believers.” Timon also said that he liked too many worship songs to choose a favorite. In worship, we first sing two or three songs and then we sing the Shema. After that, we talk about a certain part of the Bible for an hour each day. Tabernacle is a great way to start my morning.

What Camp Would Be Like if I was a Duck

By Meaghan S. age 10

Tribe of Manasseh


If I was a duck in camp, I would bother people for bread crumbs and if they did not give it to me, I would follow them and quack. I would also live at the pond and sit on the lily pads and peck at frogs. If I was a duck hiking at camp, I would make someone carry me or I would find somewhere wet. But maybe I would go and beg for bread crumbs. If I was a duck in campfire, I would probably trip and fall down the mountain and have a very sad death, but who knows, maybe I will be roasted for dinner for the campers to eat while listening to the campfire talk and singing songs, or maybe they will let me live and set me free. If I was a duck in tabernacle, I would grab my lily-pad Bible and quack to read it. Don’t get me started on singing because to humans, I’m just quacking so it would be awkward and just weird, but if I got the tune of the song I would sing “bread crumbs please!” And this what camp would be like if I was a duck. I guess camp is meant for people and not for ducks after all, so I’m glad I’m a person who can go to Camp Gilgal!

Tribe Time

By Levia T. age 9

Tribe of Gad


Tribe time is really fun! We all went to the park and we went to look-out and played the telephone game together. Each time somebody would change the word and it was funny! We saw the beautiful sunset and we saw the camp horses! At the park, there was a merry go round, swings, and a slide. The swings were my favorite part! At tribe time you hang out with your tribe and I did other fun games like newcomb, and we memorized our verses as well. In my tribe there was Ava, Aylo, Halie, Mia, Illyana, Melody, Squid, and me. They make me feel really happy and great and I love spending time with them! I hope you have a good time at tribe time!

The Game Room

By Matthew S. age 11

Tribe of Judah


People usually go for a swim during pool time, but if you want to do other activities, you could play in the game room. The game room has two ping pong tables, two foosball tables, an air hockey table, and a pool table.

Normally the game room isn’t cool enough for me to stay outside the swimming pool. However, with the new addition of the pool table, I did not want to get out of the game room. Even on the hottest day the pool table was cooler than the swimming pool. It was such a big hit that everyone wanted a chance to play on the pool table. It was so awesome, I was able to play one on one and I had the chance to play on teams.

My favorite thing is that the rules were so easy to learn and because of that it was easy to win. Ezra was one of the luckiest players I played against. Another reason why I liked pool is because if you accidentally mess up you can still win. All of the boys liked the pool table. Some went swimming after playing, but I stayed at the table. So if you come to camp, there is a pool and a pool table, and I am awesome at both.

Movie Night

By Ava G. age 9

Tribe of Gad


I love movie night because it is so much fun. This year’s movie was the Lego Batman Movie and it was awesome. Also, the food and snacks we get to eat on movie night are so so yummy. There were cookies, chips, kitkats, lollipops, drinks and so much more. My favorite snack that we ate were doritos. Before movie night, we were having the Shabbat service and I was starting to get a little tired. But, my energy and excitement came right back when they announced it was movie night! I was so surprised because it was late at night. We were dismissed to go to our cabins to get our pillows, sleeping bags and blankets. We also got to wear our pajamas! It was so comfortable. We all piled into the mishkan, snuggled into our sleeping bags, and started to watch the movie. Me and my friends were about to fall asleep, but we made it through the whole movie. There were so many parts of the movie that were so funny. My favorite part is when Batman said he had a nine pack. He was the best character. It was so much fun to watch a movie at camp. I love movie night!

Pool Time

By Mia G. age 9

Tribe of Gad


It was a blindingly hot day. The pool water was a light blue color and it was sparkly. I wanted to jump in right away and have fun in the sun – but I had to change first in the pool bathroom, which is located in the game room. Also in the game room is a pool table, soccer tables, a ping pong table, a hockey table, three couches, and a coffee table. So cool and fun!

Anyways, back to the pool. Indiana Jones lets us climb onto his back – also known as the “Indy train.” He swims really fast and is so strong that he can carry four kids at a time. Pool time is so fun and it makes me happy!

Interview with Melody

By Halye G. age 9

Tribe of Gad


I am going to interview my counselor Melody! My first question is: what is your favorite part of camp? Melody answered that her favorite part of camp is worship because she likes music and using it to praise God. I then asked her what activities she was in and what they were like. She was in basketball and Hebrew and she especially liked basketball because it is her favorite sport. I then asked her what her favorite meals at camp were and if she thought the food was yummy. She loves the make your own sandwich lunch at camp and she thinks all the food is delicious!

My last fun question was: “If you were on a deserted island and it flipped over and turned into another island, what would it look like and what would you bring?” Melody answered: “I would bring all my friends and my island would be carefree.”

That’s all for today folks!

Mission Impossible

By Levi W. age 11

Tribe of Judah


Mission Impossible or M.I for short is a scavenger hunt game that we play during the night and it is my favorite part of camp. At about 10:00 pm you hear the theme song for M.I. There are spotters, which are the counselors with flashlights that walk around their route and if they spot you your whole tribe has to go back and touch your porch. The spotters also sing songs like nursery rhymes so that you can tell when they are coming. Every year they have a different theme, and this year it was Finding Dory. Sitruce was Dory and Hiccup was Destiny’s brother Fate. The point of the game is to gather all the clues and get to the mishkan before everyone else. My tribe was the first to find all the clues. When we first got to the mishkan, we thought that we had won, however the tribe of Gad came in and gave us our last clue that we had dropped. My favorite part of the game is sneaking around in the dark. M.I was my favorite part of Camp Gilgal and I can’t wait to play it again next year.

Interview with Nacho

By Greenlee K. age 11

Tribe of Manasseh


Today I am going to tell you all about Nacho. Nacho’s favorite book of the Bible is Psalms. I asked her to choose her favorite color, but she couldn’t decide, so she just chose blue. The weirdest thing that Nacho has ever done is stare at people while they were sleeping. She has been staff for one year and she was a camper for one year. Her siblings names are: Hiccup, Scrabble, Gita, and Ravi. Isn’t Nacho a very interesting person? I asked her for her favorite Bible verse and she said Proverbs 3:1-2. Nacho’s favorite chapter of the Bible is Psalms 145. Her favorite phrase is “It’s your day to shine!” Nacho likes being a staff more than a camper because she gets to be a part of changing campers lives. It is easy for her to be staff because she knows how to put everything into God’s hands. That is all I am going to tell you about the wonderful and amazing Nacho.


By Yoav S. age 9

Tribe of Benjamin


The camp chef makes the best food. The turkey bacon is just the best! I love the food so much. I always want to get breakfast first. Breakfast is my favorite meal and camp breakfast is extra delicious. My favorite non-breakfast meal is tacos because I love the bowl of cheese. Mmmm, the chef is awesome at making food! I got very hungry now just thinking about it! Even on the sleepout when Hiccup and Indiana Jones made the burgers and hot dogs the food was tasty! I ate two hamburgers and three hot dogs and a s’more. I was so full that at breakfast I could only eat one small bowl of cereal!

My favorite vegetable at camp (you have to eat vegetables at every lunch and every dinner) is cucumbers. I love them! I love food all the time! At home, my favorite thing to eat is turkey bacon and eggs, so I love those meals at camp too!

Also, before the meals, one of the campers volunteers to lead the Hebrew blessings over the food and drink and then they pray in English. After lunch, we do a prayer called the birkat hamazon where we get to bang on the table and sing and thank God for the food!

Get excited, if you come to Camp Gilgal you can eat chef’s food too!

Field Sports

By Ezra L. age 10

Tribe of Benjamin


In field sports, you play newcomb, soccer, volleyball, and kickball. I like newcomb the best. The rules are that you cannot let the ball touch the ground. Also, if two people touch the ball and it hits the ground they are both out. If you throw the ball out of bounds you are out. When someone on your team catches the ball with one hand and someone was out, they come back into the game. I love newcomb, and I’m even pretty good too. My signature move is diving for the ball and catching it. I do it at least once a game. I normally throw the ball with one hand. I played a game of newcomb where I was one team and my tribe was the other team. Sometimes it can be hard to get to the ball in time, but in this game, I got it every time and won all by myself. If you are going to play newcomb against me you better be skilled and very fast. Game on!


By Halie F. age 10

Tribe of Manasseh


For this years craft, we made a belt. My belt has stars and my name, Halie, on it. Jalapeno is the leader of craft, and she is great! Here are the steps to make the belt: sizing the belt was the first step. The second step is picking a buckle. The third step is stamping designs. The forth step is punching the holes. The fifth is staining and the color I chose is medium brown, which you have to put two coats of. Then, I used super shine on the belt and loop. Once you assemble the whole belt, Jalapeno will take a picture of you with your creation! I love that the crafts we make last a really long time and are a really good memory of camp. Craft taught me to never give up and to be creative!

The Girls and Gary

Dedicated to Gary, a gentle yet scary soul.

By Michelle B. age 11

Tribe of Manasseh


It was a peaceful morning back on the girl’s side of camp. A loud flutter made my ears perk up and as soon as I turned around, I saw it. The beautiful monstrosity. The 6 by 6 inch moth gracefully landed on a window net. It was as beautiful as a butterfly, but its colors made it able to camouflage into a leaf. It was amazing and I knew that it had to be God’s creation. Some were in awe; but all were terrified. Instead of the leaf-like insect freaking us out . . . people were freaking it out. They named the moth Gary and started treating it like a pet. They were doing something they called “petting it” but deep inside we ALL knew that they were just poking it. Days went by and Gary was still putting up with this animal abuse. Some claimed that the sizeable moth liked the attention; but there was one thing I was sure of. Gary was hurt and almost paralyzed from fear. He was “pet” way too much, and all of this “likeable attention” damaged his wings. The next day I was the only one on the porch and I saw the monstrosity attempt to fly off. He (or she I really don’t know the gender) simply fell and took a hard fall so I laid him on a step. A couple of hours later I found him… splat! On the grass. This murder mystery is yet to be solved; however, I suspect that there is a traitor among us! This is yet another mystery…

Closing off,



By Stuart S. age 9

Tribe of Benjamin


Boating is fun, fun, fun! I got to run a tiny bit to the pond. When I got there, I saw four boats by the side of the dock. As I was on the dock I saw three fish! Before we went in the boat, Sneezy and Verde showed us how to put on life jackets, hold onto the oar, and assigned us seats by experience. I got to sit in the front for my first time boating at camp. Finally, we got into the green water and started rowing around. While rowing around, we saw lots of fish and we even saw a tiny baby turtle! The turtle was so cute and the fish looked normal- wet, scaly and slimy. It is amazing that God makes different creatures that we can see in the pond! All in all, boating was very fun! Although it was a hot day, in the end, it was a very nice day!


By Halie F. age 10

Tribe of Manasseh


This year at camp, basketball was outside. I like it better inside, because it is too hot outside. But, basketball is my spirit sport. I love basketball! At home, I am on a basketball team so I could use my skills at camp. Whenever we would be finished playing hoops, our activity group would go play on the playground. Melody and Indiana Jones led the activity this year. They made it so much fun for us, and on the last day of the basketball activity, Indiana Jones said everyone would play against him! It was so hard to beat him because he’s so good! We always split the teams equally, so it’s fair.

Before we left for each activity, we had to make sure we had everything we needed. For basketball this included: a t-shirt, sunscreen, sneakers, a water bottle, a hat, sunglasses, and bug spray.

Basketball makes me feel so happy because I love it so much! I’m so glad it’s something I get to do at Camp Gilgal. That is everything I will tell you about basketball and Camp Gilgal 2017!

Camp Gilgal East Junior Camp (July 2–15, 2017)

Choose the Way of Life

“Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him.” Deuteronomy 30:19-20

The Gilgal Gazette is published by Camp Gilgal campers for Camp Gilgal campers and their families and friends!

Tribe of Benjamin: Stuart S., Yoav S., Ezra L., Gator, Timon

Tribe of Judah: Ephraim L., Matthew S., Isaac G., Levi W., Indiana Jones, Verde

Tribe of Manasseh: Michelle B., Chloe S., Halie F., Greenlee K., Lilya T., Meaghan S., Sneezy, Mochi

Tribe of Gad: Illyana C., Aylo L., Levia T., Mia G., Ava G., Halye G., Squid, Melody

Out of Cabin Staff:  RedSox, Beardo, Sitruce, Hiccup, Jalepeno, Spitzy Pluto, Wallaby

Interview with Michelle

By Lilya T. age 11

Tribe of Manasseh

Today I am here with camper Michelle, so, let’s get started! Michelle’s favorite thing to do here at camp is play Mission Impossible, which is a scavenger hunt that happens at night. She also really likes camping out because it is a good time to bond with your tribe. This is her second year at camp and she loves it! She decided to come to this camp because she wanted to go to a super fun camp! And she has grown to adore camp. In terms of food, she especially loves waffle day, but can’t pass up mac and cheese with goldfish on top. She talked about food for a while… in her words “it’s delish!”

Then I asked her a weird question, which was “if you could do ANYTHING for four hours, what would it be?” She said that she would play basketball because it’s her spirit sport, but would also want to fly to heaven because that would be rad!

Her favorite book of the Bible is Revelations because she thinks it is cool and interesting.

Michelle is one of my really good friends, and I’m so glad to have met her!

Interview with Haile

By Greenlee K. age: 11

Tribe of Manasseh


Hello! My name is Greenlee. I am interviewing my fellow bunk mate, Halie. She has been a camper for four years. She has two siblings and their names are Trent and Cory. Her favorite book of the Bible is Esther. Her favorite story in the Bible is the story of Moses. She found out about Camp Gilgal because her aunt, Nature Valley, works at Camp Gilgal. She’s a camper because she read one of the gazette articles and liked how camp sounded, so she decided to try it out. Her favorite tribe leader’s name is Mochi. Her favorite chapter of the Bible is Esther 8 and her favorite verse is Psalm 105:2. Halie’s favorite thing to do at camp is playing Mission Impossible. That is all I will tell you about my great friend and fellow camper, Halie.

Staff Cabin After Lights Out

By Greenlee K. age 11

Tribe of Manasseh


After we are done doing our devotions as a tribe and reading the Bible, it’s time for the campers to go to sleep. Then the staff go to the staff cabin for an hour or so, but what do they do? It’s a mystery that has yet to be solved. But, I have a few guesses. They probably eat lots and lots of candy. Maybe they are figuring out fun things to do with the kids or having secret meetings. Maybe they tell jokes or just read the Bible. The world may never know what mysterious things go on in the staff cabin at night.

Talking with Hiccup

By Isaac G. age 11

Tribe of Judah


Hiccup grew up in a believing home and his favorite thing to do when he was bored was gymnastics. Hiccup went to junior camp for one year and he has been a tribe leader for four years. He ran into Twister at a conference and soon after Hiccup became a tribe leader. Twister knew Hiccup’s parents and that is how he came to Camp Gilgal.

Hiccup thought his name was random like how he came to camp. Today, Hiccup is an out of cabin leader. He was a great tribe leader in 2015. Hiccup’s favorite album is Joshua Aaron’s “Every Tribe” because it is a fun way to praise God and it shows our need for God. Hiccup has been reading Mark recently because it is the topic of teen camp. His favorite part of camp is when he can do random crazy things and he has a lot of fun planning and setting up Mission Impossible. I decided to write about Hiccup because he was an out of cabin leader and spent a lot of time with my tribe.

Bible Topics

By Judah W. age 15

Tribe of Zebulon


Every day at Camp Gilgal we have activities after breakfast. I admire the camp staff, they keep us on track and let us choose one Bible topic. The Bible topics are interesting and they don’t just teach us about the Bible, they teach us about controversial topics in society today. One Bible topic was about gender in the Bible. This topic was very interesting to me because from Bible verses I had heard before camp I had a misconception that men were represented as superior to women in the Bible.

However, after studying the Bible topic, I learned that context is very important. We looked at the laws restricting the rights of women during that time period and learned that even though the verses seemed to be putting women beneath men, women were actually given more rights than they had previously.

The Bible topics I chose were taught by Beardo. He is my favorite leader to read and analyze the Bible with, he makes it fun and interesting. I really enjoy how Camp Gilgal approaches teaching teens about God. Unlike other camps, Gilgal gives campers a choice of what Bible topics we would like to learn about. Camp Gilgal has an incredible staff that I trust and the staff stays connected to the campers even after camp. If I feel unmotivated to study the Bible on my own, I can Skype my trusted leader Beardo even when I’m not at camp.

Camp Out Night

By Eliana A. age 14

Tribe of Benjamin


A big part of teen camp is the (infamous) campout. All of camp packed up, squeezed into vans, and after a two hour drive of sleeping, k’vetching, and singing/screaming at the top of our lungs, we finally got to the camp ground. We waited in the vans and watched Anonymous passionately scream to her music for about 5 minutes. After we got out of the vans and used the restroom, we set up our tents, got our tent assignments and waited for the pool to open. The mosquitoes and heat were really bad, so when the pool opened, almost everyone got in. After the swim, there was a bit of time where we all chilled; some of us played basketball, some played around with a volley ball, and other hung out around the picnic tables or played at the little playground. We then walked back to our tent area and relaxed until we were told that it was time to eat! While we talked, we periodically slapped ourselves, flailed our arms, and exclaimed whenever the mosquitoes bit us. By the end of dinner, nearly everyone had changed into pants, and doused themselves in bug spray. A couple of us played with a volleyball until the bugs got too bad. Then we ate s’mores, got ready for bed and tried to get sleep. Even though the weather and bugs were far from desired, it was still a really good time for fellowship and fun, and dinner was delicious. No matter how bad the bugs, the drive, or the heat could have been, they weren’t as bad because the staff and the campers are just that great. Camp Gilgal knows how to camp!

Rafting Adventures

By Asher W. age 15

Tribe of Zebulon


No one really knows how it happened, but we do know two things:

  1. Y’didyah bent time and space
  2. He also bent his femur on a rock

The Camp Gilgal rafting trip of 2017 began on a Wednesday night at a local camp nearby. Even though these nocturnal hours were fun, the night was filled with millions of mosquitoes. The following day, the entire camp loaded into vans that took us to Wild Waters, a white water rafting company committed to providing a safe and enjoyable day on the Hudson River. After we changed in the wonderful cedar smelling washrooms and covered each other in sunscreen we were fitted with flotation devices. Once the river-rat look was achieved with the aid of helmets and paddles, we were directed into the Wild Water bus and had an orientation.

Everybody was laughing and singing Amazing Grace as the bus pulled onto the gravel road that leads down to the river. After unloading we circled around Hiccup, the camp intern, to receive our raft group assignments. Once we met our charismatic guide, we carried our raft to the water with our groups. Under the command of our guide, my raft paddled around to practice for a few minutes before floating between two trees and into our first rapid. We had almost navigated ourselves out of an exceptionally exciting rapid, when a mob of water swept our raft into a rock, jerking us in a sudden 180 degree spin.

Regretfully, Y’didyah had failed to tuck in his feet properly and bent time and space as he was propelled out of the raft. With a splash that a uranium bomb would have been proud of, Y’didyah back flipped into the river and floated safely to another raft. Within minutes, we welcomed the soggy Y’didyah back into our raft and continued to the next rapid. It is always best to laugh, get back up and check to make sure your contacts are still in.


By Rachel H. age 13

Tribe of Benjamin


I have always felt that worship should be a time where a person feels a close and personal connection to God. This can truly be said about worship at Camp Gilgal. When the whole camp joins together to sing songs of praise and gratitude, you can feel God’s presence around everyone. What makes worship at Camp Gilgal even more special is that campers can be a part of the worship team. Whether you’re a singer, a guitar player or a piano player, campers have the opportunity to directly be a part of worshiping God through music.

Worship can change someone’s life and my life has been touched countless times through worship at Camp Gilgal. During worship we as humans have a chance to draw as close to God as we can on Earth. For me worship at Camp Gilgal unlocks a door into God’s love that I have never noticed before.

Fort Building

By Gavyn R. age 14

Tribe of Zebulon


At camp, there is a wide assortment of activities. Some include field sports, beard theory and fort building. I will be talking about fort building- where we get all the available mattresses and pile them up. Then we make a fort, sit in it and talk for the rest of the time until our next activity. Afterwards we have to put all the mattresses back.

When my team built our fort, one of our mattress walls was really weak, so one of us had to act as a human pillar to hold the wall up. Eventually, we fixed the wall and she just sat exactly where she was standing. I love fort building!


By Netanya W. age 13

Tribe of Benjamin


Devotions is a time at night when you and your tribe study the Bible after a long, yet fun day at camp. At teen camp we do not do devotions every night (sometimes we have Bible discussions with the whole camp), but when we do it is great because we get to learn more about God and talk about him with just our tribe. Not only that, we get to read and understand the Bible in more depth. This week at camp, my tribe has been talking about forgiveness. It is important to learn how to forgive and forget. During devotions, you are able to bond with your tribe and get to know each other more. As well, you build up your relationship with God and your friends.


By Elie W. age 13

Tribe of Judah


Every evening at Teen Camp we go to tabernacle. Tabernacle is a time where we praise and learn more about the Lord. We start with worship led by Anonymous, singing great songs about Yeshua and his love for us. My favorite song is Oceans. One awesome part about worship is if you want to contribute to vocal or music, then you can! We then recite the Shema. This is a prayer that shows us that we need to listen to God. Next is the message. This year, we studied the book of Mark led by Red Sox. My favorite lesson was about the sower. In this parable, we learned how our faith looks in various times in our lives, depending on our situation. Red Sox does a great job at explaining difficult ideas in the text. Tabernacle is a unique part of Camp Gilgal and I greatly enjoy it.


By Nazra B. age 13

Tribe of Judah


This is my first year at Camp Gilgal and one of the many fun things that we did was the decathlon. This is an activity that all of camp takes part in. we split into two teams that compete in ten different activities. Fun fact: the deca in decathlon means ten in Greek, and the athalon means competition. The first thing we did was pick team names. My team name was “The Petitioners,” and the other team was “Chuck Norris Pomegranate Lotion.” We then made a team cheer that was funny and silly. We also made castles out of food. Some of the food that we used were citrus slices, dry ziti pasta, cheese puffs, milk duds and bamboo skewers. For this activity, we had to communicate and work with each other. We also had to come up with a story about the castle. Our team’s story had a princess, a ball pit and a prince. Another activity was the soda chug. We had to work with our teams to drink an entire pack of soda. After we finished, we had to build a tower out of the cans; it had to be sturdy and tall. The soda tasted good, but it was a little too much for me! Throughout the whole game, we constructed a duct tape hat that we presented at the end. There were a lot of other activities we did, and they were all so much fun and a great experience for my first year at camp.

The Hiccup Chronicles- Vol 2

By Shai K. age 13

Tribe of Dan


“The world does not deserve Hiccup, he is too nice. But the world needs him.” -Elliot S. Adler

Oh, Hiccup. He is the greatest. When we first met way back in 2014, it was his first year as staff and my first year as a camper. He instantly became my favorite tribe leader. Now let’s talk about his favorite activities. Hiccup loves paintball because he can beat all the teens since he is older than them. He is still trying to break in his Chaco’s, which have been making his feet scream, ironic because Hiccup loves to scream 24/7. Hiccup loves the Bible theme this year at teen camp (Yeshua our Messiah). He loves that we are learning more about Yeshua and how we can respond to who he is. Hiccup likes camp because he likes spending time with campers and encouraging them in their faith.


By Alana F. age 13

Tribe of Benjamin


Campfire is a peaceful part of the day to escape a teen and tribe leader’s stressful life and to relax by the warm fire. Red Sox, the camp director, leads a discussion by the campfire whenever the weather is good. When Red Sox leads the discussions, she tries to be as descriptive as possible and ask all the campers questions. When she asks us questions, they are not just random, but they are related to the gospel. We talk about many different things, for example, how your words can affect others, how having believing friends matters, but you should still keep growing your own faith. In conclusion, campfire is relaxing, and helps us learn and grow in our faith.

Memory Verse

By Hannah K. age 14

Tribe of Judah


Each year at Camp Gilgal, all the campers memorize verses from the Bible. The teen campers have a shorter passage than the junior campers, however, they have two weeks of camp and we only have one. This year, our passage was Philippians 2:5-11. It basically states that Yeshua, our Lord, came to Earth to save us, by dying on a cross. It also said that every knee will bow down before the Lord in the end times. I still remember the old memory verses from junior camp. They will always be in my heart, and I use them when I need comfort.

This morning, our director, Red Sox, announced that 7 boys already memorized the Bible verses! So, during pool time, a group of girls sat down and started to read the passage over and over again. It was pretty chaotic but we were getting it. We all learned our verses in less than 30 minutes! As I am writing this, there are 6 girls and 8 boys who know the passage, but I am positive that we will catch up to them.

Camp Out Night!

By Greenlee K. age 11

Tribe of Manasseh


One night each year at camp, the camp leaders surprise us with a camping trip! For the girls side of camp, we hiked up to the sunset, which is where we do our campfires on top of the mountain. My tribe slept in the woods, and the younger girls tribe slept at the campfire. For dinner we had hot dogs, hamburgers, and carrots, and for dessert we had s’mores. We played a bunch of games together until it was time for us to go to sleep. Since our whole tribe couldn’t fit into one tent, we had to split our tribe into two tents. For our devotions, our tribe leader, Sneezy, read us Psalm 118:1-9. It was about how we should put all of our trust in God. After that we went to sleep, and I slept so well! I had such a good experience camping out with my friends.


By Daniel C. age 13

Tribe of Dan


Hello, I’m your friendly neighborhood Daniel man and camp is good because of Gator. He makes camp fun because he is chill, nice and he is a man with a plan. Gator knows how to make everything fun, especially when we play soccer. I ask him questions about the Florida Gators. The conversations we have at meals are good and we talk about helicopters and movies. This is Gator’s first year at camp and he is from Florida. Gator likes the beach just like me and he’s going to be a chiropractor.  He’s in college and has a business degree and he does rowing. Gator’s favorite verse is Isaiah 30:31.


By Ilan T. age 14

Tribe of Dan


Testimonies have always been a very interesting and exciting time for me. It is great to see how our tribe leaders have grown and continue to grow in their faith. Every day at lunch the tribe leaders share their testimonies. They tell us about their spiritual life, how they came to faith and how they hope to continue their journey with God. I think their stories are inspiring to a lot of people. They encourage me to know God more. I have heard of times when men and women in different churches listen to different testimonies from people in their church and come out of the service completely changed. This reminds me of one of the campfire sessions, we talked about how our words can affect other people.

White Water Rafting

By Y’didyah B. age 15

Tribe of Dan


White water rafting is a fun time where all of camp goes down the rapids of the Hudson River. I have been before (last year), but this year was really special because:

  1. I fell out of the raft– twice.
  2. I almost drowned Anonymous (unintentionally).
  3. We set a record for the most people that fell out of our guide’s raft.

Speaking of our guide, she was really cool, like most of the guides are (as well as our tribe leaders 😉). She even gave herself a camp name, Rock Star. Next time, I will ensure that my feet are tucked in the raft. As Elliot says, “Never play yourself.”

Field Sports Fun

By Paul G. age 15

Tribe of Zebulon


One of my favorite activities at Camp Gilgal is field sports. During the first two days of camp we played soccer and kickball and it was really fun. In the soccer match, Asher and Ephraim really shone. They were both really good and were able to get past almost everybody. Kickball was a blast, I loved running after the kickball and dodging it. The volleyball net broke, but the net was fixed with a hammer and duct tape. After the net was fixed we all played newcomb. It’s an amazing game and always a camp favorite. The day was exciting and fun thanks to my friends and tribe leaders.


By Rachel M. age 15

Tribe of Judah


As soon as I arrived at camp, we were given our tribe assignments. These are the people that we will be living with for the whole week. I was very excited to meet the new people at camp and see familiar faces. After everyone got settled, we got to choose tribe names. We had the option to choose from the 12 tribes of Israel. My cabin chose the tribe of Judah. As the week went on, I really got to know the girls in my cabin and form new friendships. A couple days out of the week we had tribe time. During tribe time, we got to do activities to bond with our tribes and get to know each other better. During one tribe time, we hiked into the woods and had snacks. We made a lot of jokes and laughed till we cried. The best part was having to run back to our cabin because it was pouring rain and we were all muddy. Tribe time reminded me of how much fun Camp Gilgal really is.

Farm/Mensch Day

By Simona B. age 15

Tribe of Judah


At teen camp, we do something called Mensch day, it is a Jewish concept of helping the less fortunate. This is a day where all of camp goes out in the community and does a good deed. This year we went to a local farm about 10 minutes away from camp. This farm grows various crops for a food bank. They have multiple employees and very committed volunteers. The workers’ passion for helping those who don’t have as much food as themselves was inspiring. It was such an incredible opportunity to be able to help. At the farm we were split into many groups. The groups pulled weeds, vegetables or fruit. My group washed lettuce and picked kale. We were all a muddy and sweaty mess. I love that we were able to help out the area where camp is located and the employees were grateful for our help. It was so hot that day, but it was rewarding. We even got Italian ice from Red Sox at the end of the day!

The Pool

By Abigail D. age 13

Tribe of Benjamin


The pool is one of my favorite places at camp. Simply swimming in the pool is fun and also playing with the basketball and soccer ball in the net. I also liked the pool at the campsite where we went the night before our big white-water rafting trip. The pool there was salt water instead of chlorine, which got into my eyes a lot. Alana and I were usually buddies. The buddy system is a useful plan for not losing anybody. The weather at camp was good; not too cold but not too hot. This meant that we could go swimming almost every day, although the water was very cold. If you didn’t want to swim, you could stay in the game room. I usually learned my memory verses while playing a game in the pool to make it more fun. The pool is an awesome way to cool down and have fun with your friends.

Field Trip

By Gracie R. age 15

Tribe of Judah


At teen camp, we took a day trip to go white water rafting and it was so much fun! We went in the morning so it started really easy because it was cool outside. The experience was so great because we really get to bond with the other campers in the raft. This year I was in a raft with Ruski, Gator, Simona, Hannah, Gavin and Ephraim. During one of the rapids, Ephraim fell out and lost his shoe and it was really funny.

We stopped a couple of hours into the trip to eat lunch on an island and it was a nice little break. My favorite rapid was the narrow one because there were so many waves and we got soaked. My favorite part of the trip this year was when we were at the end of the trip and in the calm part of the river and we sang Disney and campfire songs. After we got to the end of the river and back to the wild waters building, we ate a super yummy dinner. I loved going on this trip.


By Elliot A. age 15

Tribe of Zebulon


Devotions are led by tribe leaders usually just before lights out. During devotions, our tribe focuses on related passages with a common theme of issues we face as believers. This year, Beardo led my tribe through the Christ hymn (Philippians 2:5-11). This passage has really helped me comprehend the vastness of Christ. The passage describes Yeshua’s connection with the Father, and how he gave up bliss for lowly human life. We read through the passage every night and focused on a different verse each time. I really enjoy discussions with fellow believers. This year’s devotions along with those of past years have really encouraged me in my faith, and helped me dive deeper into understanding Yeshua’s great love!

Guys Day

By Eithan S. age 14

Tribe of Dan


Guys day is when all the boys and girls are separated in groups. The boys and girls play a game called shuffle butt. In shuffle butt, everybody keeps moving from one chair to another and you try to get in an empty chair before anybody else. After playing the game the group goes into a Bible Q & A about life. The questions were a lot about being a guy and growing up in your faith. It was good to hear from Beardo and the other male staff too.

Camp Out

By Ephraim L. age 13

Tribe of Dan


It was a long drive to our campsite, but we listened to music and had fun in the car. When we got there we put up the tents and it took a while, but it was worth it because then we went to the pool. The pool was the best part of the camp out. For dinner, we had hamburgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob. There were a lot of mosquitoes and they would attack in armadas, so we hit the hay early. The next day we went white water rafting. It was awesome. I loved bouncing up and down and spinning around. There was one drop that sent me flying off the raft. It was okay though, because I got pulled back in.

Camp Gilgal East Teen Camp (July 16–23, 2017)

The Gilgal Gazette is published by Camp Gilgal campers for Camp Gilgal campers and their families and friends!

Yeshua Our Messiah

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 15:15-16

Campers: Alana F., Netanya W., Rachel H., Abigail D., Eliana A., Simona B., Gracie R., Rachel M., Nazra B., Hannah K., Elie W., Shai K., Ilan T., Eithan S., Daniel C., Y’didyah B., Ephraim L., Asher W., Gavyn R., Paul G., Elliot A., Judah W.


Tribe Leaders:  Sneezy, Watson, Sitruce, Ruski, Gator, Hiccup, Beardo, Indiana Jones


Out of Cabin Staff:  RedSox, Anonymous

Interview with Beardo

Halie F. age 10

Tribe of Manasseh


Hi! My name is Halie and I interviewed Beardo. Beardo’s favorite colors are red and blue. His favorite Bible verse is Hebrews 13:5 because it reminds him that no matter what he does God will always be with him. Beardo’s favorite Pokémon is Charmander. He likes all Indian food. Beardo and I both like oranges. Beardo’s favorite books of the Bible are Ephesians and Isaiah. Beardo decided to be a tribe leader because of his wife RedSox. Beardo was 22 when he met RedSox. Beardo likes being staff because he likes to get to know the kids. Beardo said he wants to work with Barnabus from the Bible if he had the choice. Beardo has one brother and his name is Onyx. The last question I asked Beardo was if he had pets and he said no. That’s all the information about Beardo and I think that he is a great leader and Hebrew teacher.

Camp Gilgal Midwest Teen Camp (July 9–15, 2017)

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Yeshua Our Messiah

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 15:15-16

Campers: Seth M., Max M., Avi T., Nena K., Lydia G., Hannah H., Hannah S., Gloria C.

Staff: Blewish, Firefly, Feedback, Rafiki, Koala, Feedback, Tots, Tex

Camp Gilgal West Teen Camp (July 15–23, 2017)

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Campers:  Angela A., Carrie M., Corey W., Elizabeth R., Elijah Y., Erica B., Isabella B., Isaiah L., Jonathan P., Madison H., Mekerah P., Michael K., Monique L., Nathan B., Sasha S., Sophia M., Steven M., Zoe N.

In cabin staff:  Hershey, Pippin, S’mores, Galaxy, Stix, Chewbacca

Out of cabin staff:  Streetlight, Sh-boom, Brickhouse, Dynamite

Camp Gilgal West Junior Camp (June 25–July 7, 2017)

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Tribe of Benjamin: Myra M., Zoe A., Raina W., Rebekah P., Eliana R., Rebecca S., Pippin, Macaroni

Tribe of Simeon: Emma B., Channah A., Ahavah M., Eliana R., Elisheva M., Sarah M., SH-Boom, Chip

Tribe of Ephraim: Talia W.,  Lily H., Shalom M., Bailey H., Claire C., Persaeus B., Mango. S’mores

Tribe of Naphtali: Isaac H., Lyrit M., Lev R., Ryan H., Joshua B., Ewok, Yamaha, Oofnik

Tribe of Levi: Etain R., Jonah M., Isaac P., Tyler H., Ari C., Heimlich, Gadget

Out-of-Cabin Staff: Snapple, Poppins, Esquire, Streetlight


By Steven M. age 13

The panel is a question asking time. Take a piece of paper, write a question about your faith, relationships, God, or whatever you like. Fold it up and put it with no name in a little bucket. If you get chosen no one will know it’s you and it will be answered. For example, someone asked, “Why is Jesus so obsessed with himself?” Hershey answered, “He needed to talk about himself a lot because he is the Messiah, in a very humble way.” You can ask questions you’ve been wondering about for years that you don’t quite understand. The panel is a great way to let out intricate questions and get a great response. Chewbacca said “It’s a great chance for campers to have some of their bigger questions answered by some of the more experiences leaders at camp.” If you ever come to camp, you will very much appreciate the panel. It is read in front of the whole camp, so others can get something from the questions. The panel has been around for some time, showing it’s a great idea. I like the panel because questions are very important, especially questions about learning more about the Lord.

Capture the Degel

By Jonathan P. age 13

My name is Jonathan. And this year I am writing about Capture the Degal. This year, like usual the teams the men were with the ladies staff and girls with a the men staff. After the borders were told to us by Streetlight, she gave us 10 minutes to find a place within the boundaries of the camp to put up our degel and jail circle. After the 10 minutes, the whistle blew and the game started. I was on offense. After about two minutes the other team sent out screamers right away. They were my sister Mekerah and Bella.

I went to scout enemy territory and found that the majority of their team was on defense. After about 30 minutes of failed attempts at getting past enemy lines, a few people on their team tried crossing our side. Stix and Brickhouse were both caught, making some major points for our team. We were still having trouble getting to their side because both Chewbacca and Sh-boom were on defense, as well as about every single lady. After about another 20 minutes both Corey, Pippin, S’mores, and Michael had been caught. The game continued like this for quite a while. Finally, the match ended at a stalemate. Because it was a tie and it wasn’t too dark, a new match started, alas it also ended in a stalemate, concluding the game. After that we shared war stories.


By Isaiah L. age 14

This year at team camp we drove to Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is about an hour and a half away from Camp Oakhurst, where we spend most of our time. Anyway, once we arrived in Yosemite, all of the parking spaces were full, so we drove around waiting for one to become vacant.

When we finally got a parking spot, we walked to a campsite where we did worship and a Bible study. We had lunch for about 10 minutes before starting the hike. A few other campers and I had to run back to throw away the garbage from the lunch. Since we had to hurry up we were already tired when we started the hike. We hiked for five hours. We took the Vernal Falls hike. I enjoyed the hike, it was one that I haven’t been on before. The entire hike was around 4 ½ miles. It was a great challenge and a lot of fun. Jonathan, one of the other campers, said he would bring his family on the same hike after camp. We took our camp picture on a rock in front of the river.

On the way back there was a lot of traffic so we sang songs. After about two hours we finally drove away because it was about 7:30 pm and we had to go to a pizza restaurant for dinner the pizza was great and we had a good rest of the day.

Gaga Ball

By Elijah Y. age 14

The dust slowly fell to earth as Streetlight threw a ball into the pit. 1, 2, 3 bounces. We all held still, waiting to rush in as we chanted “gaga ball.” Chaos erupted with the third bounce and the game began.

Gaga ball is a game played in an octagonal pit where the goal is to be the last one standing. Any hit from the waist down with the ball results in an elimination. A person is allowed to hit the ball once with their hand until it hits the wall or another player. The only other way to get out is to hit the ball out of the pit, which is about four feet tall. The real fun, however, when multiple balls are in the gaga pit. Suddenly, instead of having to keep track of one ball, you have two or three to be aware of and dodge. It becomes much harder to be in the middle but the walls are just as perilous. An unwary camper has dodged a gaga ball only to have it bounce back and hit them from behind. One has to be prepared to dodge a ball twice when seeking solace at the wall. My favorite strategy is to be halfway between the wall in the middle and simultaneously jumping and straddling the ball when dodging. More dodging is required than the wall but the threat of the wall is avoided and I think it makes it more fun. To get a broader outlook on the game I asked Stephen, a first-time player and our first winner what he thought of the game. It was a really fun game, he said, and he especially liked attacking other campers. Steven was a real surprise this year. Straight out of junior camp and not looking to be much of a threat, he rose to the challenge and managed to take first place in the first game this year.

All in all, gaga ball will hold a special place in all of our memories and hearts. And that special place in us is just Camp Gilgal. And so, the dust settles around the gaga ball pen, a lone ball rests and memories of the moment before the third bounce floats around, waiting for the next group of campers to play.


By Michael K. age 15

This year I am writing about Chewbacca because he’s a really cool staff member. He has been a part of camp for at least 20 years or so. He says he loves the tradition of camp. His favorite food is sushi and mine is too. His favorite activity at teen camp is going to Vons because he thinks it’s really funny that teenagers get really excited about going grocery shopping unrestricted. His favorite worship song is “Set A Fire.” His favorite color is maroon red and his favorite animal is a raccoon. His favorite movie is Interstellar. He really likes the Beatles. Chewbacca would love to live in a big city or a beach town. He loves to hike and would love to backpack to Europe. The best thing that has ever happened to Chewbacca was way back when he was a camper at junior camp and Streetlight and Snapple brought Taco Bell to all the campers. His favorite Bible verse is I John 3:1. His favorite flavor of ice cream is strawberry sorbet and his favorite class in college is psychology. His favorite brand of shoes are hipster shoes. His favorite types of cars are old Cadillacs and his favorite genre of music is classic rock. His favorite pet is cat. His favorite type of candy is Butterfingers. His favorite character in the Bible is Jacob and he would love to go to Paris for a vacation. If Chewbacca was stranded on a desert island he would be with Google and they would have dare each other to jump off the boat. What I love about Chewbacca is that he is kind, courageous, funny, and a great leader.

The Rock Wall

By Corey W. age 15

The rock wall is considered a favorite among many tribe leaders, including Stix, who describes the rock wall as a tall wooden structure with rock like plastics bolted into the structure that people use to climb up. The Camp Oakhurst rock wall has three different difficulty levels including beginner, intermediate, and the challenge course. The beginner course is mostly used by people who haven’t done rock climbing before, since the plastic holes are very close together and provide a very good grip for the rock climbers. Nathan says his favorite part of the rock wall was when he got pulled down because he was proud of what he had accomplished, even as little as it may have been.

The intermediate course is different from the beginner’s course in that the plastic holds are spread out much more than they are in the beginners. Isaiah says the worst part of the intermediate course is how much smaller some of the other plastics are than the rest. Although the intermediate course is slightly more challenging than the beginners course the challenge course is much more difficult than both. There are two reasons the challenge course is the most difficult course. For one, the plastic is spread out very wide. The other reason is that some of the plastics are very small, providing minimal grip. This is why the rock wall’s challenge course is so large. The rock wall is very difficult and I went on the intermediate course. At first, I didn’t think I would make it through the course. However, through the cheers of my friends and tribe leaders I made it all the way to the top.


By Nathan B. age 14

Brickhouse went to high school at Abraham Lincoln in San Francisco. His favorite band is Thrice. His favorite thing to do at camp is hang out with people he loves. He lives in Los Angeles. He says he does not like his car. He said he is Brickhouse because that is the name his first tribe leader gave him. His best friend is Dynamite. His favorite hobby is recording music. He works for Jews for Jesus. His favorite food is a well-made hamburger. Moose said that Brickhouse was a fun camper. He started coming to camp at age eight. When he was at junior camp he was into cabin decoration day. And his tribe went in the woods to get stuff to decorate their cabin and one of the items was poison oak. He still is very allergic to poison oak and wore gloves to play Capture the Degel. Brickhouse is kind, loyal, a good leader, and a team player. That’s who he was as a camper and now as a member of the Camp Gilgal staff.

The Giant Swing

By Sasha S. age 13

Oh, so you want to know about our camp? Well, how about the giant swing? First, don’t worry, it is safe: you get a full body harness and you’re hooked onto the swing. And for the chain, they use airline cable to hold the swing. You’re pulled up on the swing by your friends, they pull you buy a big rope and they let go. Then you go flying, you go so fast that you can hear the wind. And you don’t know when you’ll fall and when you do fall through the air. Jonathan said, “I lost my stomach.”

And you maybe are asking, how do you get up? There are people that help you get in your harness and there is a ladder to get on the swing. The swing is 50 feet high so yeah it is a giant swing. And it’s about 60 feet wide. And you get off this the swing by people throwing a rope and they stop you. But the people that help you are funny, and cool, but they can make you go last. But the fun one is Mike. He wears glasses and he knows a lot about Star Wars. He helps at the rock wall, dinner, and high ropes.


By Sophia M. age 14

As we go through our relationship with God, we experience our love and devotion towards him through Tabernacle. Beginning with the cajon (A percussion instrument) as our heartbeat growing just as the drum and the lyrics guiding us to sing through this time of worship as it leads us on the path of walking with the Lord. Elizabeth R. claims her favorite song from worship is “King of My Heart.” This song declares that God is working and will continue to be our good ruler through all the times in our life.

As we enter the life of Yeshua, as a great teacher, we campers read and hear from the book of Mark. Streetlight portrays the book as a storyline of Yeshua. The book goes through his teachings at the age of 33, his 12 disciples, his spreading the Word of God, his crucifiction on the cross, and ending with the miracle of his resurrection. During Tabernacle, we display our love for Yeshua through our worship to him and his life in the Gospel and how he had suffered so that we, his people, didn’t have to. Here at Camp Gilgal we experience God’s love for us and that as his children we are more than blessed to have such a God as him, for he continues to love us forever and is with us forever.


By Erica B. age 13

Maybe you like your marshmallows burned or lightly toasted, maybe worship songs or camp songs are your favorite, nevertheless you, of course, find these things at team camp campfire and so much more. I’m here to give you a sneak peek of this awesome experience. The funniest topics that you can discuss with your friends, is the smoke that seems to follow you when all you want is to make a s’more. I will begin with my own personal opinions and facts that have happened at teen camp fire 2017. First of all, what’s a campfire without S’mores?! And I mean the S’mores herself. So, I interviewed her and she said she really liked worship. And I completely agree with her. This year we had Brickhouse as our worship leader for worship and campfire songs. He was also one of the selected staff who shares their testimony. Both Brickhouse and S’mores had great advice and I’ve learned a lot from both of them. In conclusion, camp fire is a great place to share memories and everyone should come.

The Slip and Slide

By Angela A. age 14

The slip and slide is one of my favorite parts about teen camp. I really look forward to it. It is so much fun. During free time, we get to go on it. It goes pretty fast and is slippery. People sometimes fall off the floaty on the way down. If you reach far enough to touch the grass on the other end of the slide you get a prize but it is very difficult. Only a few people this year were able to do it. One thing that is a little annoying about it, though, is that when it first opens up the line is really long. It is very popular. You can go down on your stomach, on your back, or sitting up. Only one person can go down at a time. S’mores thought that the slip and slide it was amazing. It is only open for us during free time. The line takes a long time at the beginning and then it slows down so I usually like to go later in the day when it is not as crowded. Nathan was so disappointed because he never made it to the top.

Pippin Q and A

By Carrie M. age 13

Teen Camp 2017 was one of the most fun weeks of my life. It was fun because I got to see Pippin! Pippin is a hobbit from the Lord of the Rings who loves second breakfast and sleeping, which she can really relate to. She comes from a full house of three other siblings the oldest is Willow who is about to have a baby! Then there is Sarai who loves to talk really fast. Last but not least is Eli! She is the youngest of them all who loves doing make up. Pippin’s favorite hobby is photography. She owns her own personal camera and loves taking pictures of her sisters. Her beauty secret is drinking water and at least 12 hours of sleep. She also uses Maybelline so she can look absolutely, fabulously stunning. Pippin met God at camp through worship. This is where she says, “God is noticeably working the most.” Pippin loves everyone at camp, but S’mores and the mascot baby Levi are her “go-to” friends.  Since Pippin loves second breakfast her favorite meal is all the warm, moist dinner rolls. Yummm! The one thing she loves most about the campers is the way we encourage each other and are great mensches!

The High Ropes

By Bella B. age 14

High ropes are one of the most exciting parts of Camp Gilgal: teen addition. High ropes are basically a bunch of ropes and obstacles about 20 feet in the air. Once you’re prepped and ready, you climb up the gigantic rope ladder, which is one of the hardest parts. Then you have to walk across the tight rope. Halfway through, you have to wave your hands in the air and sit in your harness. The next obstacle is the “log of faith.” The “log of faith” is a log that you are supposed to walk on holding onto nothing. Next, you transition onto the tires. The tires are about six tires, of various sizes, connected by blue rope. You have to only walk on the tires because the rope is lasers. The tires were Monique’s favorite part. The next stop is a rope. There are ropes attached on each side, left and right, like sideways monkey bars, but you have to climb on. I did this part closing my eyes, it was one of my favorite parts. Finally, you zip down to the ground. This was my absolute favorite part. The high ropes are scary but everyone should try them at least once.

Free time

By Monique L. age 15

After lunch we have free time. Usually we go to the pool first and play some games like water polo. After a short while we are allowed to either head to the waterslide and snack shack or just hang out. In order to swim in the pool, you must pass a short swim test and earn a green wristband. The water slide usually opens 20 or so minutes after the pool. When you go down to the waterside you sit on either a big boogie board or a floaty. The goal is to grab the piece of grass from the dirt embankment at the other side. Elijah and Chewbacca got to the top. Elijah made it after five tries. Both of them were very determined to get to the top and are very proud they made it.

The snack shack opens at around 3:30. They have ice cream, nachos, candy, soda, and Italian slushies. Out front of the snack shack there is a quaint little porch with fairy lights, bar stools, and tables. The prices are quite good on the food, and the staff are very nice. There are multitudes of Italian slushy flavors including caramel, blueberry, and coffee. You can enjoy your cold drink either outside or inside the shack in a cool room with board games and other fun activities. During free time you and your fellow campers can gather around and play some fun games: card games, mafia, and ninja are a few that are fairly popular. Most campers look forward to free time because it is a good time to relax and hang out.

Q and A with S’mores

By Elizabeth R. age 13

I interviewed S’mores for my Gilgal Gazette article and learned a lot about her. S’mores got her name from when her parents were camping and they were trying to think of a name for her while they were eating S’mores and thought it was perfect. S’mores is very cool and she likes a lot of things, her favorite color is baby pink. Her favorite memory was her second year at team camp and she had a tribe with about 14 ladies and on the first night they were getting to know each other and they laid down in a chain and started laughing. S’mores says her favorite sport is baseball and she loves the Giants. She also loves to read and listen to Broadway musicals and is completely obsessed with mac and cheese. When I asked her about what she liked most at the hike to Yosemite she answered that she enjoyed being in God’s creation and I hanging out with camp family. Her favorite part about being a tribe leader is learning about campers lives and getting to encourage them with their relationships with the Lord. She herself accepted Yeshua into her heart when she was six but recommitted her life at a winter camp. Her best camp friend is Pippin and her favorite part about camp is the campers. The career path she is currently pursuing is becoming a third-grade teacher. S’mores is such a great tribe leader because she is very sweet and loves Yeshua.

Cabin Inspection

By Mekerah P. age 16

The campers of teen camp 2017 once again subjected to the daily event known as cabin inspection. This year the inspectors consisted of Cinder Fella (out of cabin staff Brickhouse) and Fairy Goddaughter (Brickhouse’s daughter Nora). The main thing inspiring campers to clean their cabin (besides wanting to not trip and die on the way to the bathroom) is everyone working towards an end of camp party. A large requirement to gain the victory party is that every cabin together must receive an 85 average out of 100 overall. Points are taken away from the hundred points due to various infractions such as unzipped bags, sticks on the floor, or trash around The outside of the cabin. Each infraction reported by the inspectors takes five points from the score of 100. However, infections can be forgiven if the inspectors except a sugary bride. While this strategy has not worked for many campers in the past several year, bribes have been accepted somewhat regularly. This year the overall score for Cabin Seven was a 90, which meant all other requirements were completed, the teen campers got to enjoy a glorious victory party. Of every cabin this year, only the ladies of Cabin Five were the ones to nail it and get a perfect score of 100. Monique (age 15) says, “Cabin inspection is annoying but necessary.” This statement is agreed upon by several other campers. While cleaning the cabin is often time-consuming and annoying, cabin inspection does keep the campers from staying in a pigsty the entire camp.

Vons Trip

By Madison H. age 15

During free time I was reading when Brickhouse started yelling and said “snack shack is closed so we’re going to Vons.” Everyone gasped. Monique was really excited to go to Vons. We all got into the 15 passenger van and drove to Vons. Stix asked what people were going to get and some said nectarines, cookies, blueberries, candy, and other things. When we got there we had to run to the door so Streetlight could get a video. Some people went into the Starbucks inside to get drinks. Bella got a cotton candy frappe with extra caramel drizzle all. I gave her sort of a sugar rush because she hadn’t had it for a while. Galaxy, Monique, and I went to the candy aisle to get stuff. Monique got Swedish Fish and gummy Lifesavers. Galaxy got green tea mochi. I got gummy bears.

After we got all that we wanted Monique taught me how to use the self checkout machine. It wouldn’t accept the water bottle so we had to ask for help. Walking into Starbucks was pretty weird because the coffee smell was strong. Galaxy shared her green tea mochi once we found a spot to sit. Leaving Vons, Bella had a stick of celery because she had gotten that last year as well.

The Tribe of Simeon

By Eliana R. age 11

Tribe of Simeon

I was in the tribe of Simeon, it was really fun this year. By the way, Simeon means Sword. The tribe leaders of Simeon are Chip and Sh-Boom. Chip is fun and funny. She loves to swim. Sh-Boom is fun, easy breezy and caring. She loves to knit. The campers of this tribe are Ahavah, Channa, Emma, Ellie, Sarah, and me.

One thing we do as a tribe are water points. To you get a point you have to drink two cups of water. You have to get two water points to play games during F.O.B. I asked Ahavah if she likes doing water points. “No,” she replied, “because during F.O.B you’re supposed to rest.” During F.O.B we usually rest but sometimes we got to do games, if you get the right amount of water points. So I asked Channah. If she likes doing regular F.O.B instead of the other F.O.B where we play games. “It depends on if I’m tired or not, I’ll probably want the regular F.O.B.”

During Tabernacle we have to work on our memory verse and recited in front of everyone. The memory verse we have to memorize this year is John 10:7-11 & 14-18. I asked Ellie if she likes to memorize the memory verse. And she said “yeah it was fun.”

I liked the message of the verse.

Those are the basics of what you do in tribes and many other activities.


By Rebecca S., age 10

Tribe of Asher

Hebrew is one of the most fun activities at Camp Gilgal. We sing songs, play games, and write in booklets. It is super fun. Usually when we get to a time of day we do Hebrew. In Hebrew we write in booklets (one kind of booklet is the white one).

The white booklet is for the Aleph Bet. On each page you write the letter three times, write an English word that has the sound, and write the phrase for that letter five times then we go to a tribe leader, and they ask you questions about that letter and its phrase. You can also walk around the camp and find the phrase for the letters you can bring these books all around camp. I asked Esquire some questions about Hebrew I asked him this: “What is your favorite part about teaching Hebrew?” And he answered: “Seeing the campers learn Hebrew words.” Then I asked him: “What is one of your favorite Hebrew words?” So he said: “היננ, which means here I am.” Next I asked him: “What is your favorite booklet topic?” And he answered: “Family.” Last, but not least, I asked him to answer this: “What does your stamp look like?” ESQ.

The colored booklets are different from the white ones. These are the topics you can pick from! Family camp, words camp, animals, Hanukkah words and Passover words. First you write the Hebrew word once. Then write the translation five times and draw a picture about the word. Now you go around to the counselors and they will ask you how to say it and what it means in English. They will give you a picture or a stamp, if you get it right. You have to get 10 stamps or pictures. You’re not allowed to go to the same counselor twice or more in a row. you get prizes after 10 stamps or pictures. I really like Hebrew because you learn Hebrew and get prizes. It is so fun. I hope you enjoyed my article.


Zoe A. age 8

Tribe of Asher

I am Zoe and I speak for the trees, because we are the trees! We are the tribe of Asher. My tribe leaders are Macaroni and Pippin. Let’s go talk to them now.

First I’m going to interview Pippin. She mentioned that she’s had Hard Rock Mine as her very first cabin. She loves dressing up as a tribe for theme nights.

Next I talked with Macaroni who said that she’s been in Hard Rock Mine before too. And she loves hanging out with our cabin at Creek night. Mine and Raina’s favorite theme Night has been Stop and Go Night. Rebekah P. and Myra’s favorite team night was Feed Your Friend Night. Just like Macaroni. Rebecca S.’s favorite is Feed Your Friend Night.

This year our tribe has been great because it’s basically the same as last year. We had one more camper then last year and it was her first time at camp, and she said Camp Gilgal is awesome! One thing that stayed the same is that F.O.B is still crazy! Everyone agrees it can sometimes be very loud in our cabin.

On Animal Night we were butterflies and also for Cabin Decoration Day we had the theme of “new life” by showing the stages of a caterpillar in the jungle. One of my favorite tribe activities was skit night we performed the story of the Wizard of Oz mix with the prodigal son. It’s been a great year in the tribe of Asher, and I can’t wait for camp next year!

Wells Fargo

by Ellie R. age 9

Tribe of Asher

In Camp Gilgal, there is one game called Wells Fargo. On the fifth day of camp, we played Wells Fargo. Before we play the game, the tribe leaders and staff go down and change into their cowboy clothes and then they march out and talk weird. When the whistle blows, the game starts. It lasts a while, then when the whistle blows again the game ends. The side that has the most Gold wins the game. The outlaws tied with the faithful and loyal Wells Fargo agents for the first game. And then in the second game we lost. But the next two games the outlaws won meaning we won the entire game! That was very epic because the outlaws haven’t won in a long time. I asked Macaroni if it was fun chasing people and she said that “it was the best part of Wells Fargo, besides eating the watermelon during the game.” This year I was so close to getting a bag of gold but then Mango caught me. It was super fun and I can’t wait for Wells Fargo next year.


By Raina W. age 9

Tribe of Asher

Have you wondered what F.O.B Means? It means flat on bunk. Now that you know what F.O.B means I’ll tell you a little bit about my F.O.B. first we usually eat candy and sleep, and sometimes work on gazette articles. Let’s ask some people how they feel about F.O.B. Rebecca S. likes F.O.B because we can do whatever we want as long as it’s quiet. Rebecca P. likes F.O.B because she can pass notes. Macaroni said she likes F.O.B because it means she can nap.

Some people love F.O.B more than others. Sometimes at lunch we all chant for F.O.B because we are so excited that usually after F.O.B we have free time and get to swim in the pool! Some days we don’t have F.O.B like Men’s Day, when the ladies leave we don’t have F.O.B. or when we go to Columbia on those days it’s really easy to get tired. F.O.B is not always the most fun every day, but I still love it.

Tribe of Naphtali

by Joshua B. age 10

Tribe of Naphtali

The names of the members of my tribe are Isaac, Lyrit, Ryan and Lev! My tribe leader’s names are Oofnick, Ewok, and Yamaha. We have a lot of fun together, eat together and play together. My favorite activity that we do together is swimming! My friend Isaac says his favorite part of being in the tribe was decorating the cabin. Wells Fargo was Lyrit’s favorite activity. In our tribe we help each other clean up and help each other do things together. My tribe leader Yamaha loves to sing with the campers. Every single day when we lineup we come up with a lot of things, something funny.  During FOB is when we have the most fun, we sit really quiet and do other things that are fun. Ewok and Oofnick are normally sleeping but Yamaha only sleeps sometimes. Ryan says his favorite part about the tribe is FOB! Because he gets to eat his candy. It is fun as we try to do the memory verse for points for the Tribe of the Year. It is fun to talk to my new friends after camp is done. We are family and we work together no matter what! And leave no man behind!


By Bailey H. age 12

Tribe of Ephraim

I am part of the tribe of Ephraim. We are the oldest ladies tribe, and we are a very entertaining tribe.

Would you like to say funny things at lineup? Well, Mango and S’mores are tribe leaders who do that best! We all contribute a lot to our tribe.

I’ll start with the famous Mango!!! She is a key part of our tribe. Mango is very funny, she thinks that all together our tribe would weigh 800 pounds!

I think she’s probably right. She has never been in the biggest cabin, even as a camper, so she is very happy she gets to stay there. I love Mango!

Our other tribe leader is S’mores. She is awesome she wears glasses and a nose ring. She is very stylish. S’mores is also caring and loves camp. I know S’mores very well because she’s been my tribe leader for three years in a row! I am ecstatic that she’s my tribe leader again!

Now that I’ve described my tribe leaders I will introduce the campers!

Persaeus is 12 years old. Her favorite color is blue and her favorite sport is soccer, her favorite activity that we do is Capture the Degel. Persaeus loves omelet day!

Another girl in my tribe is Lily. Lily’s favorite color is purple and she loves pasta. It’s her favorite food. At camp her favorite thing we do is horseback riding.

Next up is Shalom. Her favorite animal is a koala. She had her birthday at camp. So my tribe got the birthday table!

Another member of my tribe is Claire. Her favorite animal is a wolf, sometimes she even volunteers at a wolf sanctuary. Claire loves camp.

Next up is Talia her favorite food is hamburgers. Talia is very funny she is a cool camper.

Last but not least is Bailey. (That’s me!) My favorite thing at camp is ladies campfire and playing guitar in Tabernacle. I really love playing guitar. Heimlich and I wrote a song called “Summer Fun”, we have an album called “Bailey and the Boys.” I really, REALLY love camp! Now you know the tribe Ephraim.

S’mores, An Amazing Snack

By Talia age 11

Tribe of Ephraim

My Gazette is an amazing interview on S’mores. S’mores is my tribe leader this year with Mango. She is really nice and funny. S’mores says that she likes getting to know campers and other staff members, all the while learning about Yeshua at camp. Her favorite thing to do is hang out with campers. She liked the tribe of Reuben when she was younger because she got the degel, and had such a great time.

S’mores never won Tribe of the Year when she was a camper, but once as a staff member.

She really likes Such A Mensch night because she likes to say nice things to people. S’mores likes to dance, but that she can’t dance very well. (She can do a very weird dance moves). S’mores has a loving heart for others. She has had to put up with every person in her tribe for the past few years.

She is an amazing tribe leader, and a great friend I hope I can be in her tribe next year! The End.

Animal Night

By Lily H. age 12

Tribe of Ephraim

Animal Night is the dinner theme tonight. Each tribe has to come up with an animal related costume to wear for dinner, and a saying. You get told before tribe time that it’s Animal Night, then spend tribe time preparing for Animal Night. My tribe Ephraim did the Chick-Fil-A cows. The whole tribe dressed up in black and white and did their hair in buns like cow ears. Our tribe leader’s held Chick-Fil-A signs that said things like “eat more chicken.”

The other tribes did things like “fries… animal style” and butterflies. The out of cabin staff dressed up as animal crackers, each a different animal.

I asked Shalom: “What’s your favorite part of animal night?” She said: “I enjoy making the costumes the most.” I also asked: “What’s your favorite animal costume this year?” She thinks the youngest tribe, Asher, who were butterflies were her favorite.

I asked Sarah the same two questions, she liked the tribe of Ephraim (my tribe) who did Chick-Fil-A cows. And she likes dressing up the best.

This year Animal Night was on the first official day of camp, even though it can be on any day.

I like Animal Night because it’s fun to dress up as unusual or funny animals, and come up with fun puns and sayings. This year’s Animal Night was probably my favorite year because it was something new and different.


By Claire C. age 12

Tribe of Ephraim

Back in the 40s Mango was born on a tropical island, called Camp Gilgal where she mastered the art of puns and eating herself. From early on Mango was a happy, crazy camper. Still today her bad puns are contagious. Mango is better known as Mongo to the men tribes. But she still dominates being the co-tribe leader with S’mores. Mango is fun to be around and helpful in the cabin she is really kind and easy to talk to. Her crazy pants light up every Wednesday. Talia says: “Mango is nice.”

This is very true! Persaeus says: “She is super funny and awesome!”

Mango really is a great tribe leader, full of life and spirit. Mango makes the tribe of Ephraim whole. Mango now goes to Biola University, so she can get a degree in engineering. She loves math and science. At home, Mango grew up with multiple birds and now has two cats. Mango loves campers and will make the craziest jokes/ puns to lift the camper spirits during FOB. She lets you goof off at cabin cleanup. She sings “I hope I get my raisins from Texas” to lift us up.  Every time she is there if you need help doing bracelets. Mango shows all the Fruits of the Spirit.

Dental Inspection

by Claire C. age 12

tribe of Ephraim

Every night Esquire, and his trusty sidekick Baron von Toothy, venture to the men and ladies side so that Camp Gilgal campers can pass the test of Dental Inspection. Before bed all the campers are expected to brush their teeth.

To make sure your brushing is adequate, Esquire goes to each cabin and inspects teeth with a flashlight and Baron von Toothy (a hybrid dentist hello kitty.)

Depending on how well each cabin brushes their teeth more points will come at the end of camp.

There are two Tribes of the Year. You get Tribe of the Year by getting the most amount of points. Brushing your teeth can get your cabin lots of points. S’mores idea on Baron von Toothy is “He’s a very nice man who just wants to see clean teeth, he is on time every night, and he is cool.” S’mores is very right! Except that Baron von Toothy is a Hello Kitty toy.

Bailey says, “Dental Inspection is not really a theme this year I don’t get it.” However Dental Inspection is still jazzed up with Esquire and his sidekick. To get a proper brushing each camper must blob on toothpaste on the toothbrush and scrub your teeth for a few minutes.

Gum doesn’t work because the two men look inside of your mouth for food residue and yellowing.

So for protection of Dental Inspection,

Brush your teeth, so they don’t see that beef,

Dangling down from oral reef of teeth.

Laila Tov World! Bye.

No No Night

By Persaueas B. age 12

Tribe of Ephraim

No No Night is a theme night where the staff give you one clothes pin. You can’t say no in any language or know. (Example I know or just straight up no) whoever catches you takes your pin. You can win pins back if you catch someone else saying no. At the end of the night whoever has the most pins wins! In this case, Yamaha won No No Night 2017. I asked him: “Was it hard to get someone to say no?” he responded: “I never asked questions they did. But I never said no, they would eventually slip up.” I also asked: “how many pins did you get in all?” He said “Oooh 14, ahhh yes 14!” That’s a lot! I asked a few other people, one of them is Bailey, I asked: “Is No No Night your favorite theme night? If not what is it?” She responded: “ No, No No Night is not my favorite theme night (no pun intended), but Such A Mensch Night is.”  I also asked: “Did you get anyone to say no?” she said: “Yes actually! It was Persaueas!”

Anyways No No Night is really fun, it’s not my favorite, but it sure brings smiles and laughs to people’s faces!

The Waterslide

By Ahavah M. age 10

Tribe of Simeon

OK, here are I am telling you about the waterslide, which is, well, super fun. Now, first, here are some fun facts about the waterslide. (And also one day you could go on the water slide when you go to this awesome cool camp!) So first here is how the story started. So one day we all woke up, and we got dressed and then after that we cleaned our cabin and went down the hill for breakfast.

We ate and after we all got done we went to our cabins and cleaned them some more. We did Tabernacle and learned about God.  Then after that I did Hebrew and craft, it was so fun to do craft. Then we ate lunch, lunch is always super good!  We had F.O.B after lunch and then my favorite part! After F.O.B is free time!! And I went swimming, then we had dinner and after dinner we went to the waterslide. Everyone was super happy! Then we got to the waterslide and went on it and everyone went on it but Ewok, he said “the light is green, and remember don’t lose your gold!” He recorded it on the speaker so it kept saying that.

Then when I was on the slide it turned me around, and when I came down there was a bucket that pours a lot of water on you. Then I went to the snack shop that was there, and I bought shaved ice, cherry flavored.  It was so good!! Then I went on the slide again, then we had to leave but I really enjoyed it!! The end.


By Emma B. age 10

Tribe of Simeon

Dodgeball is a very intense activity/sport. You have to be very athletic to defeat your opponent. At camp there is one chance to play your heart out. This year, I was on team ”A”, our opponents were “the bruise for Jesus”.

Now I’ll explain the regulations and gameplay. First off, you must split into two teams. The teams must have equal amounts of players. Wise and fair. For example if one team had all of the tribe leaders it would be unfair. If for example there are around three tribe leaders on each team, that is fair. Now that you have divided your teams fairly, and you know the rules, you may begin playing.

If not, here is a full explanatory guide of dodgeball. The idea of the game, is to get all of the opponents’ team out. To get someone out you must throw ball, and hit below their neck. If you throw a ball at someone’s head purposefully, you are out. But if someone goes for the ball and gets hit in the head you’re not disqualified.

Now the regulations. Number one if you get touched by the ball, neck below, you’re out. Number two you can block yourself with the ball but if you drop it while blocking yourself, you are out. Number three, if you catch the ball the person who threw it is out. When you catch a ball someone that is on your team can come back in. Number four is very simple! You may not cross the line.  Number five, if the ball bounces and hits you are not out. Number six, if a ball touches you and another player without bouncing you are both out. Finally number seven, if only one person is standing and they catch the ball their entire team comes back in.

Now I will get opinions from fellow residents of camp. First I asked Ari, how he enjoyed dodgeball, and he replied a simple answer, “it was fun.” Then I asked Jonah and he said, “it is one of my favorite things at camp.” Then I went to Streetlight and asked her how was dodgeball. Streetlight was said, “Dodgeball is the most epic of games! Because it forces you to play your best.” Lastly I asked Persaeus and she replied, “It was fun! I’m glad I caught the miracle balls when they were most needed.” That concludes my article on dodgeball. I hope you enjoyed it and learned a little about dodgeball.

Free Time

by Isaac P. age 11

Tribe of Levi

Free time is after FOB. During free time the camp store is open and you can get many treats and favorites. You have many options of what to do. You can play foursquare, carpet ball and swim in the pool. Here is an interview with Tyler. Tyler’s favorite thing is carpet ball and foursquare. Now I will interview Jonah. Jonah: my favorite thing is the pool or foursquare. My favorite thing to do in the pool is fight with the floaty’s. Sometimes there are special events like dodgeball or archery you can do crafts or basketball or play mafia. In the pool kids do many things during free time swim at the pool battle at foursquare fight champions in carpet ball and make crafts. I love free time at Camp Gilgal.

Tribe of Levi

By Tyler H. age 11

Tribe of Levi

Hello! My name is Tyler and I’m in the tribe of Levi. Let me interview some people in the tribe of Levi and tell you what it is like. First of all, the tribe of Levi’s tribe leaders are Heimlich and Gadget. They are nice and I think anyone who is a boy should want them as leaders. Now I’m going to interview people in my cabin; right now I am asking Isaac about our cabin. He says he likes seeing out the window to the dining hall, being with all your friends, and how we have lots of candy to help each other not be bored also he says that we pass balls around her cabin during FOB and for fun in the days of camp. Now I will interview my tribe leaders they say they like playing the card game “dodak” with us during tribe time they also like thinking of ideas for skit night with us. Clearly the tribe of Levi is a great cabin because we hang out and play with each other by passing a ball.

Gilgal Store

by Jonah M. age 9

Tribe of Levi

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could go to a place and find everything you ever wanted for two dollars and less!? Now I’m going to interview some friends and tell you what they think of the Gilgal store!

Tyler, which do you like more: the candy store or toy store? The toy store. What’s your favorite thing to buy there? The nets and bug catchers. Tyler what’s your favorite part about the store? It’s that everything is under two dollars. This is true. And guess what! They have a fire sale at the candy store on skit night, the fire sale is where almost everything is $.25. Skit night is where different groups of people work together to make a play. The Gilgal store is open during free time the store also has swimming goodies, float toys, noodles, and goggles, etc. to Gilgal store is a great place to get the snacks and knickknacks you would need for camp.

Horseback Riding

By Emma B. age 10

Tribe of Simeon

At Camp, we do something called Men’s and Ladies Day. You might be wondering what the opposite gender does when we leave. Well, I’m here to explain what we do. Monday was Men’s Day. Since I am the opposite of a male, I left for Men’s Day. When we were in line, Yamaha and Ewok came out of the blue, and shouted “men’s day!” The ladies went to the cabins and prepared. When the whistle blew, and we were ready, we all hopped in the cars and drove to horseback riding. Once the long hour was past, you arrived.

As soon as we present ourselves at the stable, and odor floated towards her nostrils. It was disgusting. It gets better, don’t worry. For me, I was used to the smell, because I ride once a week at home. But for the others, the stank reached its limits. My tribe, Simeon, once we got there we went riding. We march to the place where we got our helmets, put them on and got in line by height order. After that, we got onto our horses and began on the trail.

My horses name was Blair, she was a female, and it was quite sweet. On the trails were trees, flowers, dirt and everything nice. The horse in front of me was pooping every step we took. It was pretty calming, I must admit. When the trail ride was over, we got off our horses and ate lunch. After we ate lunch, we were given the opportunity to go to the meadow and play. Before I did that, I enjoyed my time with four adorable dogs. After I played with the dogs, I went to the meadow. Sh-boom and I looked for toads. We failed to accomplish catching a toad, but we still had fun. Although I didn’t get it toad, I caught a massive ant. I showed the ant to everyone, and eventually released it. After all our fun, we ended up back at camp, having FOB (flat on bunk). That concludes my article on horseback riding I hope you enjoyed. Thanks!

SoCal Vans

By Sarah M. age 11

Tribe of Simeon

If you were ever wondering what is like to go on the SoCal vans, I will tell you. My experience has been great each time, and I have been going in the vans for five years. Every first day of camp all of the campers that live in Southern California meet at a public park near Los Angeles. When we arrive I say hi to all my SoCal friends and we remember funny old camp memories. After about 20 to 30 minutes of talking to my friends we put our luggage in the van, say goodbye to our parents, and we head off.

On the way up to camp this year I sat next to Bailey, Lily, and Ellie. The four of us led the whole van in camp songs such as “No You Can’t Get To Heaven” and “I am an M-E.”

At 12:30 PM all of the SoCal campers stop for lunch at Carl’s Jr. When I order at Carl’s Jr. I get the six piece chicken nugget meal. After all the campers have finished eating we play on the playground outside. After lunch we get back into the vans and take off heading for camp. About two hours later we take a break and we stop to use the restrooms. One hour later we arrive at camp and we unpack all of our stuff and move into our cabins. In conclusion, this So CAL drive was great and one of my favorites.

The 20-Foot Sundae

By Ellie M. age 11

Tribe of Simeon

One day after F.O.B in the dining hall there was a 20-foot sundae with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, and red cherries. I’m going to ask Eliana what her favorite part about the sundae was. She said that “it was how delicious it was, and the mini dance party that we had at the end.” Eliana liked the vanilla ice cream… The best part of the sundae.” Ahavah also liked the dance party and she liked the cherries. I would say the same.  I asked Sarah ”if you were stuck on an island what type of ice cream would you want to eat?” she said “I would want to eat cotton candy ice cream.” I asked Ahavah if she would like to have the name Ice Cream if she was ever going to be a tribe leader. She said “No I would rather have the name to be Cupcake.” But Eliana said she would like the name Ice Cream if she would ever be a tribe leader. She said she would like to be a counselor.

But now going back to the Sundae. I am going to ask my cabin if they liked it or not… they give it a big yes! Thank you staff for making it!!


By Emma B. age 10

Tribe of Simeon

Columbia is an extraordinary place to go to. It has lots of fun activities to do, and lots of cool things to buy. Camp Gilgal goes on July 4th to march in the parade and do fun activities with your tribe. When we arrived at Columbia, we jumped out of the car and headed to the picnic tables. Once we were there, we assemble, go to the restroom, talk, etc. After that we go to the place where we practice our march and do our pictures. When it’s time to march and to sing in the parade we prepare ourselves, put on bandannas and get in our lines. When it’s time we sing our hearts out, to show the people of Columbia how good God is. Once we return to the tables, we eat lunch.

When we finished eating we get money from Bank Gilgal, then everyone in your tribe goes to do fun activities. For example you can go shopping, candle dipping, gold mining, bowling, egg tossing, egg relay, eating contest, etc. The tribe of Simeon (my tribe) went for ice cream, shopping, and we did the egg toss. My tribe leader (Chip) won 5th Place in the egg toss. I got out in the middle of the game, my partner was Macaroni. We named our egg Greta. Before we do the egg toss, we watch our fellow campers do the grease pole. A camper, Ryan, of the youngest tribe Naphtali, won the small grease pole. After the tribes did their activities we went back to camp. The Day at Columbia was great! That concludes my article on Columbia.


By Channa A. age 10

Tribe of Simeon

At Camp Gilgal we have campfires. We sing fun songs and worship songs and a staff member gives a testimony.  We also makes s’mores it is so much fun. I asked Chip what her favorite thing was at the campfire and she said “camp songs.” Some of the camp songs are, “Once an Austrian Went Yodeling” and the “Banana Song.” This year’s testimony was given by Sh-Boom. I asked Sh-Boom what her favorite thing was at the campfire and she said “the worship.” I asked Emma from my cabin what she liked most about the campfire and she said “worship and prayer.”

There was also a ladies campfire where we could all pray with staff. Sarah said she liked the testimony. S’mores also gave her testimony at the ladies campfire. The men had a separate campfire too. I asked Chip what she liked most about the ladies campfire and she said “I liked praying with the campers.” Every campfire that we do is really fun! And it’s really good time to get closer to God. It’s one of the best parts about camp because the campfires are so much fun!!

Cabin Decoration Day

By Rebekah P. age 9

Tribe of Asher

“Good morning ladies!” Macaroni said turning on the lights. No one moved, I had my head in the pillow. This is how the day usually starts. “We want to sleep.” Macaroni frowned “Do you want to make the best deco day cabin or not?” she said staring at us. I rubbed my eyes and got down from the warm comfy bunk. Myra leaped down and rushed to her suitcase. We pulled out our clothes and walk to the bathroom. When we got back it began.

Ellie and Raina were blowing up balloons. “What do we need that for?” Myra asked pointing to the balloon. “Those are for a caterpillar” Pippin smiled. “Cool!” Myra said running to the balloons. I followed her and she pulled out a balloon shaped like Mickey Mouse. “This is weird looking.” I said holding it up. “It’s green perfect for a caterpillar. The ears can be horns and we can drive face on it.” Pippin said grabbing it. “Can I help draw?” I pleaded Pippin. “Hmmm…,” she said drawing a nose. I plopped down next to her. “May I draw the mouth?” “OK” Pippin said handing me the marker. We made the caterpillar. We also folded puffballs and tied them to the bunks. Then we made curtains and put them on each bottom bunk, we also put verses on every bunk. We made it look like a green jungle in our cabin. We had a great Cabin Decoration Day.

S’Mango- A Poem

by Claire C. age 12

tribe of Ephraim


Have you ever eaten a S’more?

And gotten to the sugary core?

Have you ate a Mango with an orange peel?

That sure seals the deal.

Imagine the two together, in one tasty delight.

The fruity, chocolaty dessert. You wouldn’t eat light.

It’s the perfect dessert too quickly inhale,

But afterwards you’d be green and pale.

Yet still the dessert is so sweet and bizarre,

Even the czar would get in a car,

And drive to get this delicious delight.

Even in the dead of night.

But now of course this is absurd,

Because the best dessert of all…

Is a hard boiled bird!


by Talia W. age 11

Tribe of Ephraim

This year for camp we are making belts. I will now tell you what Claire said about craft: “The idea is cool because it’s a normal craft but also has a level of usefulness.”

For my design, see picture below.

I like my design because it is simple. This is my first year doing belts. For craft we also made a couple of lanyards.

I will now interview Macaroni. She likes to pound the hammer to put the stamps into the belt.

Let’s see what Mango has to say about craft. “I never got to make the belts when I was a camper so I think they’re really cool.” I also think they are really fun.

Here’s what Oofnick says about craft. “I get a Sweet belt!”

It is amazing to make and fun. We also stain in our belts there is black and fudge brown.

My tribe is in Hebrew first and then craft.

The process of making belts is

  • Design your belt.
  • You get your belt.
  • You size your belt.
  • You soak your belt.
  • You stamp your belt.
  • You dry your belt.
  • You dye your belt.
  • You finish your belt.
  • You dry your belt.
  • You wear your belt.

Ladies Day

By Shalom M. age 11

Tribe of Ephraim

Ladies Day was so amazing! The theme this year was science. We made slime, around Chex mix and handmade ice cream! But first we had to go to lunch.

We had to say something for the lineup, Mango suggested a science joke. I was wondering “why science?” but instead of asking I just said “OK.” After everyone said their things, Chip and Macaroni came out and were scientists! They had a clipboard that read “NO MEN.” After that we went and ate lunch. When we we’re done with lunch we had FOB (flat on bunk).

After FOB we were told to get in our swimsuits, a lot of ladies thought there was going to be dry ice in the pool, because the theme was science.

After we got in our swimsuits, we waiting for two minutes. When we got the OK to go down by Chip, everybody looked at the pool to see if there was any dry ice, but we were wrong. They didn’t set up the stuff so everybody was saying there’s nothing there etc. Chip sent us to the pool.

After an hour or two we were told to get out of the pool. When we got out of the pool we were off to do activities like making our own Chex Mix slime and handmade ice cream. It was really fun this year Lilly said that the “theme was science” and that she had “lots of fun!” I also had lots of fun and an amazing Ladies Day!!


by Etain R. age 9

Tribe of Levi

On Shabbat, my dad, Gilligan, came to camp to give a message. First, we had dinner with two types of chicken legs and broccoli, it was very good! And my dad sat with us! After dinner we had some free time. And after free time we went in the dining hall for Shabbat service. First we sing songs and then we listen to my dad’s message. Then we played a game called L’chiam. The point of the game is to give a compliment to someone. There is a song you sing for example: Eitan says L’chaim L’chaim L’chaim. Eitan says L’chaim to life! Then I would have to say a blessing to someone. In this case I said the same to Zoe. I said “you are a good sport and foursquare.” Now I’m going to interview some people. “Ari, what is your favorite part of Shabbat?” He replied, “I like the option of a chicken leg or regular chicken.” I then asked Ari, who did you give your chicken leg to? “Ari, I gave my leg to Isaac for his b-day.” Then I asked Jonah, what did he likes most about Shabbat service. Janis said, “I like l’chaim the best!” I then ask Jonah, “Who did you give you’re l’chaim to?” Jonah said, “I gave it to Tyler.”

Utensil Night

By Ryan H. age 9

Tribe of Naphtali

Yamaha got a rubber spatula. Ewok got the worst thing a ladle, Lev also got a ladle. Isaac got salad tongs. And a ton of ladies got the impossible thing to use- a rubber spatula! Just like Yamaha. Lyrit got salad tongs, just like Isaac. Pippin got salad tongs. Raina got a ladle. Zoë got a spatula. Macaroni got salad tongs. Gadget got a spatula. Ka-Boom (Sh-Boom) got a ladle. Mongongo (Mango) got salad tongs.

Streetlight got a spatula. Myra got salad tongs. Sarah got a ladle, Sarah says that’s the worst thing she’s gotten in five years. Esquire got salad tongs. He likes to get salad tongs because it’s the best thing you can get. Pippin got salad tongs, she liked it because she didn’t want the rubber spatula. Utensil Night is something people don’t get to do at home.

If you try doing it at home it probably wouldn’t be as fun because at camp there are a lot more people.  You can see what other people got. It gets messy at Utensil Night because you have spaghetti. And if you get a ladle or a rubber spatula it gets SUPER messy. There are also people that sweep on Utensil Night and that’s messy too.

Everybody likes Utensil Night because you get to use a different utensil than usual. My favorite theme night is Utensil Night. The hardest part about eating with a spatula is when you try to get something on it, it just slides off. The easiest utensil to eat with is salad tongs. And the hardest utensil to eat with is a ladle. Every year I get better and better at eating with strange utensils, and next year I think I will be better.

Creek Night

by Myra M. age 8

Tribe of Asher

First we went to the creek, when we got to the creek after a little bit we found a turtle and crawdads, three or four big ones. And we got to eat sandwiches and chips and cold water. Yum! The waterfall was so cool and there was a cave. And people were playing Mafia. We had so much fun. The whole camp was there. I asked Ellie how much fun she had and she said, “It was amazing!” I loved it.

We found all kinds of things. I found a banana peel in the water and fish in the water. It was so pretty, but it was so deep and it was so dirty. I was mostly on the other side because of the big crawdads. They were so big and people were all like fishing with some sandwich pieces in the net. They went back and forth but it was still fun! It was kind of dark but mostly light. Then we had to leave the rocks. It was slippery, but still fun.

Cabin Inspection

by Arie C. age 12

Tribe of Levi

At Camp Gilgal we clean our cabins every morning. Then during lunch is the cabin inspection report. Some evenings we clean our cabin because it becomes messy after the day. We clean our cabins first by putting our clothes away and organizing shelves. Then we finish by sweeping and picking up pieces of trash around the cabin. During lunch we watch as Yamaha and Streetlight enter the sheriff’s office and change clothes to become “Jeffery and Ida.” Then they enter the dining hall and give each tribe their scores for how clean their cabins were. I asked Eitan how he liked cabin inspection. He likes to get our tribe’s score and to watch Jeffrey and Ida perform. Tyler says cabin cleanup is fun because he can talk with friends while cleaning. He likes cabin inspection too. Isaac’s favorite part about cabin inspection is the song played before the scores are given. Jonah likes how they act silly when giving scores. Cabin inspection happens every day of camp so far no one has gotten more than 95 points for cabin inspection and we might be next to get 100 points.


By Lyrit M. age 7

Tribe of Naphtali

In Tabernacle we learned about God and how he saved the Israelites. And we talked about being slaves in Egypt and Moses leading his people out. Also at Tabernacle we learned a lot about God.

We learned about God’s faithfulness to his people the Jewish people throughout the Bible. It was so fun and interesting to learn about how God faithfully provided for his people even when they complain. God is faithful still today. Tabernacle is so fun because we start by worshiping God, then say the Shema, practice our verse, John 10, and hear a message from Streetlight.

Capture the Degal

By Isaac H. age 8

Tribe of Naphtali

This is the game of capture the Degel.

So we set our degel behind the dining hall, I was on defense, I was so close to the degel! After a while I tried to go on the ladies side. I could not get in the ladies side, because two of them named Ellie and Lily were blocking the ladies side. I tried to get in but I couldn’t, I kept on trying but then I saw that Mango had our degel. It was a good game but the ladies side won.

At the end of the game, Yamaha was with Isaac P. and Josh, Oofnick was in jail. And then Josh wasn’t with Yamaha anymore. While we were playing, Ewok was not playing. In Capture the Degel, Lyrit went on offense to capture the degel with Josh on defense. Then Yamaha went to guard the jail and Oofnick went on offense to capture the degel, Tyler got offense too.

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