Victory Circle Blog

Victory Circle Blog

twas the night before campers…

Twas the night before campers, and all through the campMany staffers were stirring, even though it was damp. The name tags were hung by each bed with careKnowing that campers soon would be there. Tomorrows campers were nestled, all snug...

songs in the shower…

Greetings! Let me first introduce myself. My name is Jared Hageman and I am a Senior at Oregon State University. This will be my first year as a counselor at camp. After a week of staff training, I am very...

donuts and some friendly competition…

So…it’s not just all Creation Science, study and intense training here at Camp Gilead’s Staff Training Week! Yesterday the girls and the guys battled it out in some friendly competition for “bragging rights” in the Camp Gilead Staff Photo Scavenger...

dinosaur name tags – from erika heins

For the last three years, Camp Gilead has been my place to serve, my place to come away from the routines of my home and place myself where my life—and, more importantly, Christ’s in me—can touch the lives of others....

Lions and Beavers and Bears…oh my!

“Hi, my name is Pastor Jim and I’m a Bear/Labrador”. (No, this is not the blog for your recovery group.) This week at staff training we have taken a form of the DiSC personality test. The test uses animal names...

i love camp food…

Welcome back to the Victory Circle. The fire is bright…the air is muggy…and there’s a bit of a mist in the air. But what a week it has been so far! True to form – it seems like we’ve been...

coming full circle – by Craig Haskins

It was the summer of 2001 when I first set eyes on the summer program at Camp Gilead. I remember coming out with my two best friends Michael and Brandon. I remember being very nervous because I didn’t know any...

hotdogs, smores and friends…

Summer Staff have officially arrived! Yesterday at 4:00 pm – the counselors and support staff arrived at Camp Gilead! There’s always such an energy on the first day of camp. A little bit of awkwardness and uncomfortability mixed with excitement...

from megan stephens – girls head counselor

5 days…community…leadership…training…creation…fun!!! Program Staff training is now over – am I sad? No! I am very excited to meet the new faces coming tomorrow. Today I drove to the airport to pick up Lindley who flew in from Georgia. She...

from jason quey – guys head counselor

As I sit and look around the victory circle, I am flooded by the memories of years gone by: late night snacks, cleaning out the muck in the mini-golf pond, the sting of the gaga ball as it hits your...