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Category: Gilgal Gazette 2018

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

Theme: Taking Hold of God’s Promises 

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

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

Tribe of Issachar

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

Staff: Watson and Skidoo

 

 

 

 

 

Tribe of Naphtali

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

Staff: Ruski and Reepicheep

 

 

 

Tribe of Benjamin

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

Staff: Verde and Hoops

 

 

 

 

Tribe of Judah

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

Staff: Beardo and Napoleon

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Movie Night

Vivian K., Age 10
Tribe of Naphtali

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

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

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

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

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

Mad Science

Vivian K., Age 10
Tribe of Naphtali

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

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

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

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

Archery

Stuart S., Age 10
Tribe of Benjamin

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

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

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

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

Interviewing Aylo

Vivian K., Age 10
Tribe of Naphtali

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

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

My First Movie Night

Sarah O., Age 12
Tribe of Issachar

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

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

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

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

Movie night at Camp Gilgal is awesome! 

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Michelle B., Age 12
Tribe of Issachar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meaghan S., Age 11
Tribe of Issachar

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

Let’s start with Tabernacle.

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

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

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

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

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

Tribe Time

Matthew S., Age 12
Tribe of Judah

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

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

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

Soccer at Camp Gilgal

Mason C., Age 7
Tribe of Benjamin

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

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

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

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

Tabernacle

Levi W., Age 11
Tribe of Judah

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

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

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

Campfire

Joshua F., Age 8
Tribe of Benjamin

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

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

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

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

The Friendship of Schnitzel and Napoleon

Isaac G., Age 12
Tribe of Judah

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Boating

Illyana C., Age 9
Tribe of Naphtali

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

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

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

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

The Game Room

Halye G., Age 10
Tribe of Naphtali

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

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

Swamp Cows

Halye G., Age 10
Tribe of Naphtali

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

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

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

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

Flat on Bunk

Halie F., Age 11
Tribe of Issachar

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

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

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

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

Ninja Heist

Cole K., Age 8
Tribe of Benjamin

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

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

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

Horse Day

Ezra L., Age 11
Tribe of Judah

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

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

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

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

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

Pool Time

Emanuela K., Age 8
Tribe of Naphtali

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

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

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

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

Craft

Chloe S., Age 11
Tribe of Issachar

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

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

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

Interview with Emanuela

Aylo L., Age 10
Tribe of Naphtali

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

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

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

Interview with Skidoo

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

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

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

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

Campfire

Aylo L., Age 10
Tribe of Naphtali

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

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

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

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

Pool at Camp Gilgal

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

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

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

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

Theme: LORD, Help My Unbelief

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

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

Tribe of Levi

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

Staff: Verde

Tribe of Judah

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

Staff: Watson and Ruski

Tribe of Benjamin

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

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

 

The Pool

Alana F., Age 14
Tribe of Judah

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

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

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

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

Paintball

Asher W., Age 16
Tribe of Benjamin

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

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

Yeah. You could say paintball was epic.

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

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

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

Soccer

Boaz B., Age 14
Tribe of Levi

Soccer was fun. It was a Friday, it was pretty hot, and every 30 seconds Verde and Ruski told us to get water. 

Soccer was a little different because we only had seven players including Verde and Ruski. On my team was Judah, Verde, and me. On the other was Ruski, Ephraim, Nathan, and Daniel. The score ended at 3-2, us.

Camp Gilgal has activities like soccer, basketball and whitewater rafting, and lots more. There are at least two activities each day. If you are thinking of coming to Camp Gilgal or sending your kid, you have a good mindset. It’s a great place to find friends and have a deeper connection with God even through the regular, daily activities.

How Inside Jokes Impact Your Camp Experience

Dinah G., Age 14
Tribe of Judah

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

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

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

 

Whitewater Rafting

Daniel C., Age 14
Tribe of Levi

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

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

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

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

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

Campout

Eliana A., Age 14
Tribe of Judah

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

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

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

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

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

Scream-O: Making Camp Gilgal History

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

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

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

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

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

On the Gilgal Gazette

Elliot A., Age 16
Tribe of Benjamin

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

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

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

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

Paintball

Ephraim L., Age 13
Tribe of Levi

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

T.A.W.G.

Erik A., Age 14
Tribe of Levi

 
The purpose and goal of Camp Gilgal is to get out of your busy and repetitive lives revolving around schedules, especially as we are transforming teenagers. We come to camp happy, joyful, sometimes confused, and even broken as life gets more complicated and eventful, especially in this day and age.

However, in the midst of our questions and struggles, there is a time to express it all with God first and then with Beardo.

T.A.W.G stands for Time Alone With God, so every morning—with no shame—you express everything you want and need to our loving Father. Any question, no matter how big or small, deep or shallow, will and can be answered. With the help of God and the use of Beardo’s knowledge, any confusion and question will be wiped away. It is the best time to just be one-on-one with God, as a child to a Father. Spiritual, mental, random, to specific questions can be asked, for there is no correct or wrong questions. No questions to ask? No problem. You can meditate on God’s Word and learn so many things from laws, to our mission, to Jesus’ sacrifice and His love.

With me specifically, I have questions about identity, our mission, how to serve God, how to read the Bible, and more. As a Jew and a Christian, it was difficult to understand who I am and I was lost. However, because of God’s attention and care for us, God helped Beardo to help me understand who I really am.

Thanks to the one and only opportunity to question and learn at teen camp, I have learned so much and grown. T.A.W.G was a very good opportunity to spend time with God and learn where other places don’t have it. If you do go to teen camp, please take the chance to grow your faith and have questions. You will grow with God! 

New Ground Worship Team

Judah W., Age 15
Tribe of Benjamin

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

The past three years at teen camp have been filled with medleys of Disney songs and One Direction. It’s not necessarily my type of music, but it is a collection we all know. We would get so good at these songs we’d harmonize. But at this point in time I was still way too nervous to lead in worship. As I’ve been singing at camp endlessly throughout the past three years of teen camp, I’ve loosened up. I can sing anywhere with my tribe now, no matter who is watching/listening.

Literally everybody in my tribe except one was on the worship team, and since this change in my confidence had occurred I was comfortable leading worship for the first time. I had a lot of fun and I sincerely loved praising God.

Leading worship was the first step towards bettering my relationship with God. Bettering your relationship with God and not relying on your own strength to complete our greatest challenges was what the lessons at Tabernacle and Shabbat were all about. As my heart gave way with worship my ears opened and I took in the message that all the goodness within us isn’t ours but God’s and that we need God’s relationship like we need air.

This message was something that I needed to hear and will stick with me forever, because the challenges that I face are way too difficult to complete on my own and God can be that support in my life as my relationship continues to shape itself and evolve.

Farm Day

Nathan S., Age 14
Tribe of Levi

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

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

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

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

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

New Campsite vs. Old Campsite

Nazra B., Age 15
Tribe of Judah

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

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

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

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

Scream-O

Shai K., Age 14
Tribe of Levi

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

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

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

Tree Knoll

Sydney F., Age 15
Tribe of Judah

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

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

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

Beardo

Y’didiah B., Age 15
Tribe of Benjamin

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

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

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

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

Theme: LORD, Help My Unbelief

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

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

Women:

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

Men:

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

In-cabin staff: 

ShBoom, KitKat, Pippin
Gadget, Shoga

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

 

Time in Tabernacle

Elie M., Age 12

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

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

A Beginner’s Guide to Camp Food

Claire C., Age 13

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

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

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

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

The Adventures of Streetlight

Nathan B., Age 15

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

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

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

Sh-Boom

Erica B., Age 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The S’more S’mores Experience

Steven M., Age 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Zipline Experience

Jonathan P., Age 14

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

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

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

Yosemite Adventures

Fiorella M., Age 15


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

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

 

Let ‘Em Rip!

Arthem S., Age 13

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

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

Learning About Gadget

Isaiah L., Age 15

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

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

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

GaGa Ball

Persaeus B., Age 13

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

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

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

Late Night Snack

Carrie M., Age 14

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

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

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

Theme: Taking Hold of God’s Promises 

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

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

Tribe of Issachar

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

Staff: Kit Kat and Teva

 

 

 

Tribe of Benjamin

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

Staff: Pippin and Doodles

 

 

Tribe of Zebulun

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

Staff: Macaroni and Taxi

 

 

 

 

Tribe of Levi

 

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

Staff: Feedback and Gadget

 

 

Tribe of Naphtali                                    

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

Staff: Troubadour and Oofnik

 

 

 

 

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

      

Ladies’ Day

Ashlyn C., Age 10
Tribe of Issachar

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

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

Teva Teva

Rina T., Age 8
Tribe of Issachar

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

Praise and Worship

Zoe A., Age 9
Tribe of Issachar

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

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

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

Pool Time Fun

Zoe A., Age 9
Tribe of Isaachar

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

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

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

Issachar, the Sun

Myra M., Age 9
Tribe of Issachar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gilgal Store

Isaac H., Age 9
Tribe of Levi

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

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

The Hebrew Arts

Jonah M., Age 10
Tribe of Levi

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

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

The Tribe of Levi

Lyrit M., Age 8
Tribe of Levi

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

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

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

Feedback, Once Boy Turned Man

Urijah B., Age 9
Tribe of Levi

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

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

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

Campfire

Ryan H., Age 10
Tribe of Levi

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

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

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

Day in the Life of Camp

Elie M., Age 12
Tribe of Zebulun

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

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

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

My Lasting Tribe

Talia W., Age 12
Tribe of Zebulun

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

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

Journey Through Columbia

Sivan K., Age 12
Tribe of Zebulun

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

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

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

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

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

The Famously Infamous Game, Carpetball

Lily H., Age 12
Tribe of Zebulun

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

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

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

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

Gaga for GaGa Ball

Shalom M., Age 13
Tribe of Zebulun

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

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

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

Campers to Decorators

Sarah M., Age 12
Tribe of Zebulun

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

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

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

Bullseye

Tyler H., Age 12
Tribe of Naphtali

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

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

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

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

The Adventure of S’mores

Joshua B., Age 11
Tribe of Naphtali

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

The Best Day Ever

Nile H., Age 10
Tribe of Naphtali

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

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

A Game

Isaac P., Age 12
Tribe of Naphtali

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

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

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

Life in Peddler Point

Tyler H., Age 12
Tribe of Naphtali

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

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

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

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

Wells Fargo

Ryan H., Age 10
Tribe of Levi

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

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

The Adventures of Capture the Degel

Ellie R., Age 10
Tribe of Benjamin

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

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

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

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

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

Artistic Work

Ryan H., Age 10
Tribe of Levi

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

Talia W., Age 12
Tribe of Zebulun

Isaac H., Age 9
Tribe of Levi

Zoe A., Age 9
Tribe of Issachar

Sivan K., Age 12
Tribe of Zebulun

Elie M., Age 12
Tribe of Zebulun

The Zoom Water Slide

Ahavah M., Age 11
Tribe of Benjamin

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

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

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

Horseback Riding Fun

Channah A., Age 11
Tribe of Benjamin

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

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

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

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

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

The Howlers

Rebecca S., Age 11
Tribe of Benjamin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kulanu B’ychad: We’re all together.

The Hardships of MI

Rebekah P., Age 10
Tribe of Benjamin

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

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

This is my tribe’s story for 2018.

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

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

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

The Kingly Rules of Four-Square

Sam S., Age 10
Tribe of Naphtali

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

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

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

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

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

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