In campfire, we are always singing a few songs and then we also are talking about God. We tell our stories that are happening to each other. In campfire it is so much fun because we always sing happy songs. In campfire, my favorite song is “Hinei Ma Tov” camp fire style. I love that song because it is so much fun. When it is almost time to have campfire, Twister blows the whistle and she tells us how many minutes left and then we have to start putting on the
bug-spray and if it’s cold outside, we have to take our jackets and start going outside. We have to go to the Sunset before we do all of those things. It is so so much fun in campfire.
This year at camp in Tabernacle, Twister has been giving us lessons about things that are in the book of Genesis. We are learning about different covenants or promises from God. And we are also learning about the patriarchs, Abram (or
Abraham), Isaac, and Jacob. Just today, we learned about the miracle birth of Isaac. For a quick summary, the story is Isaac’s mom, Sarah, was about ninety when she gave birth to Isaac and before he was born, three men came up to them
to tell them that Sarah was going to have a baby. She didn’t believe them, but God told her that she was going to have a baby. But back to the talks. Twister also lets us read verses from the Bible and answer questions. I think that Tabernacle is really fun and it helps me get to know God better!
Eliana S., Age 12
Tribe of Issachar
Campers and staff at Camp Gilgal have very mixed feelings about the time in the schedule known as FOB (Flat On Bunk).
How do our campers feel about FOB: Many campers feel differently about FOB. Kaylie, from the tribe of Issachar, said that she enjoys FOB because it’s a time that she can just chill. On the other hand, Gavyn, from the tribe of
Simeon, said that he hates FOB because he can’t sit still on his bunk and always wants to talk.
What do our cabins think?: You might love or hate FOB, but what do our cabins think? Simona, from the tribe of Zebulun, said that she doesn’t think her cabin likes FOB because they always talk. Keane, from the tribe of Dan, said that his cabin loves FOB because they have parties!
Would you FOB or do another activity?: If you could have a fifth activity instead of FOB, would you? Naomi from the tribe of Reuben would rather have another activity, and so would Noah from the tribe of Levi. On the other hand, Reptar, from the tribe of out-of-cabin-staff said she would have FOB because she loves it!
Friday night was Shabbat. Everyone got dressed up for the evening. The whole camp then walked leisurely to dinner. The meal was very peaceful. Twister said prayers over the candles and grape juice, and then the challah. After dinner, we went to Tabernacle for the evening service. We sang songs, said prayers, and recited the different blessings. In the morning, we slept in, had breakfast, then went to Tabernacle for more prayers. We sang more songs, recited more Hebrew prayers, and then read that morning’s haftarah portion. Shabbat at Camp Gilgal was a lot of fun!
Every night we have devotions. This year, our cabin talked about gossiping, growing up with God, being a mature young woman, and standing up for what you believe in. My favorite topic was gossip. Our ATL, Bullseye, talked to us about gossip. We discussed how gossip is bad, how it hurts others, and how God tells us not to gossip. Most people think that only girls gossip, but boys are just as bad. Bullseye had us read different passages from the Bible where God says gossiping is bad. Our nightly devotions have really helped us grow as girls after God’s own heart.
In Hebrew, we do many things. This year, we are learning the Amidah. The Amidah is a Jewish prayer. At the beginning of the Amidah, we take three steps back and three steps forward. It means we’re leaving the world but then coming back. At the beginning of the Amidah, the words “Baruch Atah Adonai” start and we bow. In Hebrew, we also learn the Aleph Beit, reading and much more. Strings is the teacher. She teaches me a lot and I really like her. I like her because she teaches us the meaning of words so we don’t just say Hebrew words without knowing the meaning of them. I like learning Hebrew to see how different the languages can be. I also like it because it was the language Jewish people spoke. Hebrew is AWESOME.
Malkiel A., Age 12
Tribe of Dan
Have you ever been to a Camp Gilgal East campfire? I hope so! We spend time singing, praying and listening to a talk about the Bible. The songs are really fun. I like the Camp Gilgal version of Hinei Ma Tov. That song has different speeds: slow motion, regular and really fast. Leaders sing first and the chorus of campers and staff repeats.
I also like “Baby Whale.” I like that there are little motions and big motions too. It talks about the story of Jonah. Another song is called “I’m Gonna Sing Sing Sing.” Staff people lead three groups in a round, then sing different parts of the song at the same time. That’s what we do during campfire songs!
Misha K., Age 12
Tribe of Dan
FOB is probably the most fun activity in camp. The word FOB literally means Flat On Bunk, but to us campers it means Fun On Bunk. In the years before, it used to be a time of rest from all the fun activities in camp, but lately it became a
time to play card games and talk quietly while the tribe leaders sleep. Later on, we started taking advantage of the tribe leaders sleeping and started throwing little “parties.” Before the tribe leaders went to sleep during FOB one day, they would say, “you may talk a little bit while we sleep,” but to us, “talk a little” meant start fighting and screaming and singing Lion King songs. The tribe leaders probably didn’t know this until I wrote this very shocking article. That’s it for now – I hope you enjoyed my FOB experience!
Nicole G., Age 12
Tribe of Issachar
For campers and staff, this year there are some “out of town” campers joining us from Michigan. We have Sierra K. and Nena K. and Ana H. They took an 11-hour-long train ride to join us for camp. If there’s any reason to pack your bags and leave home for two weeks, I can’t think of a better one than camp. At first, I was unsure about this new adventure, but after having spent two weeks with these girls, it proved to be a change for the better. I’m glad they could be with us!
This is Nicole G., checking out. Until next time, Shalom!