Monique L., Age 9
Tribe of Naphtali
The Camp Gilgal food is delicious! They have theme nights, and something called cuppage at lunch. Cuppage is where you bang your cup on the table in a loud and fast but orderly way. They have delicious spaghetti. They have dessert every day. They also have a salad bar. In the morning they have fruit juice and in the afternoon, fruit punch, and at dinner, there is water. Water is supplied throughout the day. The dining hall is warm. They have special pancakes on Shabbat with strawberries. There are always vegetarian meals, such as PB sandwiches, tofu, salad and veggie burgers for people who want them. You can ask someone to sit with your table. Ewok, Snapple, Moose and Streetlight serve food. We also compliment people, make jokes, or sing to be first to eat. You can always have seconds or thirds if you are still hungry. Meals are so fun that you never want them to end.
Madison H., Age 9
Tribe of Naphtali
The Camp Gilgal store is so fun. There are drinks, candy, toys, and more! There are sodas, AirHeads, candy burgers, teddy bears, toy dogs, wolves, fish, deer, and rocks. There is a bank that you can get your money out of. Streetlight, Moose, and Snapple run the store. Poppins runs the dry goods part of the store for some toys like kites, bows, and ribbons. I bought a bear, some candy, a water gun, and a soda. They sell Twix, Milky Way, the Three Musketeers, M&Ms, big water floaties, water balloons, water guns, bubble blowers, water noodles, water blasters, and girls’ and boys’ toy bags. The Camp Gilgal store was open on Skit Night and they made popcorn. The popcorn was delicious. They have fuzzy wuzzies and popsicles. The store has fudge, rice crispies, peanuts, sunflower seeds, and more food, so please come to Camp Gilgal.
Michael K., Age 9
Tribe of Benjamin
At the beginning of mail call everyone is excited. Mail call is when people get mail that was sent to them. Snapple and Diesel were running around like crazy. I thought it was really funny. A lot of people got packages and letters. They brought Julia up to the front to spin around when tribe leaders get mail. After that, finally I got mail. I got a letter from my parents and they said that they missed me very much. Also, I got a package that had stuff for Columbia. There were also all sorts of candy. So far I’ve got about four or five cards and one package. When Moose was called on, which happened many times, he sprinted and looked hilarious as he kept almost running into people. A lot of the other campers got mail, too. Some of them got multiple cards and boxes, and some only got one. Sometimes Snapple and Diesel get a little mixed up, because one of the times they called Sarah’s and my name by accident. But altogether, they do a really great job doing mail call. And I’ve enjoyed mail call and hopefully I get more mail next year.
Danny G., Age 9
Tribe of Benjamin
I like arts and crafts because you can make lots out of art; like you can make ice cream out of paper. I have been working on a cow. I am making it out of white and black paper. It’s turning out good so far. I also have been working on a mosaic. To make this piece of art I have been cutting pieces of paper to form a peace sign. Then I picked the tiles I needed. After that I stained the frame. And then I glued the tiles down. I waited for the glue to dry overnight. The next day we spread grout over the tiles and then scraped it off. Once I finished scraping all the extra grout off, I sponged it so I can see the tiles. Then I put it on the done table for the tribe leaders to polish them. And then I climbed a tree.
Kayla H., Age 8
Tribe of Issachar
Our degel was cool, pretty, and lovely to look at. Our tribe’s name is Issachar. Issachar means sun. On the degel the girls in my tribe wrote their names on it. We also put the ocean on it. The paint for the sun was bright yellow, orange, and gold. The ocean was painted blue.
Our degel was white so it looked nice. We had a lot of colors to choose from, but we thought white would look good. It is very beautiful. Every tribe in camp has to pick a tribe name. Each tribe name is one of the tribes of Israel. Issachar was our favorite because we love the sunshine. I help paint the sunrise and the ocean. Our flag is really wonderful to look at. We took it back to our cabin and we take it everywhere with us. It really represents our tribe well.
Abbey M., Age 12
Tribe of Asher
Worship is a time to sing and praise the Lord. Streetlight always leads worship. She has an amazing voice. Some of the songs we sing are: “Always Forever,” “Psalm 23,” “Prince of Peace,” “The Stand,” “Cannons,” “Inside Out,” “The Happy Song,” “Marvelous Light,” and many more wonderful songs with beautiful meanings. Streetlight plays the acoustic guitar, Simba plays the bass guitar, Professor plays the piano, and I play the frame drum. It’s so beautiful to see everybody participating during that happy time we have with God. I asked some people questions about worship, including Smalls and Hershey to conclude the article.
First, I asked Smalls what her favorite song that we sing during worship was. She replied, “They would have to be Psalm 23 and Always Forever.”
Then I asked Hershey why worship was so special to her. She answered, “Worship is special because I love music, and it’s amazing listening to everyone praise God.”
Shalom! Hebrew at Camp Gilgal is fun and a good way to learn Hebrew. Our teacher, Freckles, divided the Hebrew class into two sections: Alef and Bet. Hebrew is suitable for people who don’t know any to people who are learning new words and sentences. Alef is for learning the alef-bet and vowels. Bet is for the more experienced. Bet reads about Sherei, the llama. Once during Hebrew, one of Freckles’ friends brought some llamas. He told us about them and we got to pet and feed them. One day, we also watched Shalom Sesame, which is the Hebrew/Israeli version of Sesame Street. It was a movie on Hanukah to help kids learn Hebrew and have fun. It was kind of funny, too. I am really glad that we have Hebrew at camp. This is where I learned my alef-bet and a lot of words.
Hebrew is so fun! Freckles’ Hebrew is helpful. I like to learn it.
Olivia P., Age 11
Tribe of Manasseh
Camp Gilgal’s meal traditions are super fun and interesting at the same time. For example, before every meal all the tribes say something together to declare who goes in first. Also, everyone asks out of cabin staff members to sit with them for the whole meal.
During lunch time, all the tribes sit down and do cuppage. Cuppage is where everyone takes their cups face down and bang it on a table to a beat. The beat gets faster and faster until it’s just a bunch of cups being banged against the table.
Before every meal, we always say the kiddush, the hamotzi, and we pray. Also, after every dinner, Snapple and Diesel yell…. MAIL CALL!!! We have a spinner that does a special spin for the staff when they have mail. The campers do a certain clap for other campers when they get mail.
After all the normal mail is done being called we have BONUS ROUND! Bonus round is like packages and packets. Those are Camp Gilgal’s meal traditions.
Josh L., Age 10
Tribe of Judah
Every night after dinner everyone goes back to their cabin and gets ready for showering and brushing their teeth. Everyone gets back to the cabin and we all get ready for lights out. Everybody gets in bed for tribe devotionals. Some are interesting and some are boring.
Some are long and some are short. Some are fun and some are not. Sometimes people fall asleep. Sometimes they happen late and have to be short. If they start early we can have long ones and sometimes they can be fun.
Sometimes we have games at night and can’t do devotionals. After the devotionals we pray.
Everyone prays to learn more about God and for everyone to have good health.
The devotionals help me learn more about God. Some of the devotionals talked about how God is faithful and provides for us when we need. It also tells me how to pray. The devotionals make me feel better and closer to God.