Victory Circle Blog

Victory Circle Blog

Welcome BACK to the Victory Circle!

Welcome back – it’s been awhile!   Here we are … on the brink of another summer at Camp Gilead! Are you coming to Gilead for the FIRST time this summer … or are you a SEASONED veteran? Whatever the...

The Power of Camp – Hansel O’Neil

The Power of Camp – Hansel O’Neil                  Last summer (2014) I served as the boy’s counselor of Cabin 14.  I grew up very religious, but by God’s grace, I was given repentance of sin and faith in Lord Jesus...

A Well Worn Envelope – Dick & Betty Elkins * Missionaries to the Philippines – 1964

A Well-Worn Envelope In the fall of 1964 Pastor Forrest and Mary Johnson came to the Philippines to visit ABWE missionaries and graciously included us in their itinerary.  We had them flown into our village and they stayed overnight with...

A Sample Day at Camp Gilead Resident Camp – Kimberly Mallory

One of the most frequently asked questions we get when talking to first time parents is, “what does a day at camp look like?” At Camp Gilead, the planning behind a day of camp is carefully calculated and prepared so...

The Team That Wins … – Erin Frye

My name is Erin Frye, and I am the counselor of cabin three! This is my first year on staff, but, unlike most of the other staff members, I did not grow up attending camp. I had heard of Camp...

What my campers are teaching me about God – Melissa Ruhlman

Hello! My name is Melissa and I am the counselor of Cabin 7 for the second year in a row! This summer has been awesome so far and I have been making some fantastic memories with my fellow staff and...

Things I’ve Learned at Staff Training Week 2014 – College Staff & CIT Staff 2014

We have almost completed our week of staff training!  It’s been a week of work projects, training session, teaching sessions, webinars, back pocket games, night activities, how to deal with specific camper scenarios, policies & procedures, surprise trips, meals together and tons...

Stu Loved Camp Gilead – Pastor Tom Ruhlman

Stu Loved Camp Gilead By now, most of you have heard that Stu Aldrich, long-time member of Tab went to Glory this past Monday, June 23rd. He was my friend and we spent a lot of time together in board...

How to Win Every Week of Camp – True Confessions of a Camp Nerd – Jason Quey

Every returning Gilead camper knows the mantra: “The team that wins is the team that says the most verses.” I never realized how true this was until my 13th year as a camper (4th if only counting kids’ camp). You...

I Just Can’t Stay Away – Tim Counts

Why I Love Camp Ministry Last summer I spoke at Camp Gilead for Middle School Camp and then 2 weeks later I was in a van with our high schoolers on a 3,000 mile journey to attend another camp.  This...