15 Mar Wonderful Winter Weekend 2017
Hello! Ketzia (a.k.a Sneezy) here!
This year, I was lucky to be able to go to Wonderful Winter Weekend. I hadn’t been able to go in quite a while because of the business of high school during the month of February, but God totally paved the way for me to go as staff this year as my university “spring” break was the same week as WWW! Woohoo!
What is Wonderful Winter Weekend, you might be asking? Besides being wonderful, crazy, fun, awesome, exhausting, exhilarating, and the best weekend of the year… WWW is a time to reunite with your best friends from Camp Gilgal, an opportunity for new campers to get a taste of what summer camp is like, and of course, to learn more about our Saviour, Y’shua.
WWW includes fun outdoor snow games (given that there is snow to be played in), a colour war (super fun team games with a theme… this year was pirates!), great food (duh), Tabernacle (worship with devotions and liturgy), Bible studies (which I got to lead this year), FOB (flat on bunk = nap time = best time), tribe time with the staff and other campers in your cabin, possibly a movie night (shhh, it’s a secret!), and time to hang out with your friends. It’s a lot to cram into a short weekend, but it’s so much fun (how many times can I say fun in this post? Let’s see)!
As I said before, I got to lead the Bible studies this year with my friend Masha (a.k.a Sitruce). We went through Psalm 1 over two days. Our theme was “Roots and Fruits.” We talked about what it looks like to live a rooted life in God and the fruit that living that way produces. Our craft during the lessons was making a tree with roots and fruits. On the roots, the campers wrote what the roots of their spiritual lives were (reading the Bible, fellowship, camp, etc). On the fruits, they wrote what they thought the results of their roots would be (ex: being nice to our friends, doing chores without being asked, showing love, etc). We also had activities such as acting out the Psalm and singing a song about the parable of the wise man who built his house on the rock. I thought that the Bible studies went really well and that the kids learned a lot about the promises of Psalm 1 and how to follow God in their daily lives.
Winter Weekend gets better every year, and 2017 was no exception. Like I mentioned before, I had missed the past few winter weekends so this one felt infinitely better. I got a whole new perspective of what the weekend was like since I had never been staff at WWW before. The weather was super weird, we had a mix of warm weather (I was wearing a t-shirt!), rain, tornado warnings (?!), hail and snow. Super strange. Anyways, it was so nice to be back at Winter Weekend. It is always a whirlwind, but it’s so important to me to see the people I have developed such strong friendships with. My favourite part of camp is definitely that – the community. Even though I live in a different country from my camp friends, as soon as we reunite we just pick up right where we left off. The feeling of being surrounded by people who are Jewish and believe in Jesus and worshipping with them, participating in Jewish tradition with them, learning about God together and just hanging out together is amazing. This weekend always gets me so excited for the summer ahead. There’s something about Camp Gilgal that you just can’t find anywhere else.
Wonderful Winter Weekend 2017, you were so good to me.
(Fun count: 4)
Until next time,