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Category: Gilgal Gazette 2017

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)

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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: 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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