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!
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
The Gilgal Gazette is published by Camp Gilgal campers for Camp Gilgal campers and their families and friends!
Yeshua Our Messiah
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 15:15-16
Campers: 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