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Why should I send my child to Jewish summer camp?
To put it simply, Jewish summer camp is a blast! Campers have an incredible time participating in high-quality activities and discovering new skills and interests. They celebrate Jewish values, traditions, and Israeli culture through song, food, art and dance.
Campers grow their independence while they connect with their Jewish peers and make lifelong friendships!
How do I choose which Jewish camp is right for my child?
Choosing a Jewish camp for your child is an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming! With so many Jewish camps to choose from, it may be difficult to figure out which one is the right fit for your child. Janna provides free, personalized guidance to families who are considering Jewish day or overnight camp. Janna is happy to meet with you in-person, or speak to you over the phone to learn more about your child, and discuss camping options that meet their needs and interests. Contact Janna for a FREE consultation!
How does a Jewish camp differ from other summer camps?
Jewish camps have the same excellent facilities, programming and activities as other camps, plus even more! Jewish camp sparks growth in Jewish awareness, skills, and self-definition. Campers will experience Jewish values and traditions in a fun and informal setting. Jewish spirit is infused into every activity, making Jewish camp a truly extraordinary experience!
How do I know if I should choose a Jewish day or overnight camp for my child?
Choosing a Jewish day or overnight camp for your child is a personal decision, but both experiences will provide your child with a summer of exciting, new opportunities! Your child will have the chance to gain skills and independence, meet new friends, and celebrate Judaism in a fun and safe environment. Many families send their child to a daycamp to start, and then transition them to overnight camp when they are ready. Most children will be successful at an overnight camp if they have experienced being away from home for a short period of time (sleepovers at friends and relatives houses, overnight trips with daycamp). Many overnight camps have “rookie camps”/“short-stay” camps to have a 1 or 2 week “trial” at summer camp. Some camps even have family camps which provide opportunities for kids and parents to explore the wonderful aspects of summer camp as a family and introduce children to camp in a comfortable and informal atmosphere. Janna can help you navigate this decision as well. Contact her for a free consultation.
Are there camps that will accommodate my child with special needs?
There are many Jewish day and overnight camps that are able to accommodate children with special needs. There are a broad range of different programs including mainstreaming, separate programming and exclusive special needs camps targeting children with severe special needs. All of these opportunities provide your child with an unforgettable summer filled with positive, long lasting Jewish experiences in a safe and nurturing environment.
Are there any Jewish specialty camps?
Yes! There are Jewish specialty camps that are specific in the areas of arts, technology, music, theater, outdoor adventure, fashion, sports, health & wellness, science, business and so much more! These camps allow your child to hone in on a specific skillset or interest within the context of Jewish values.
How long is a typical camp session?
Camp sessions vary at each camp, but many camps offer a traditional 7-or-8-week sessions or two 3-or-4-week sessions. Additionally, with so many new specialty camps arising, camps are offering 2, 4, or 6 week options to accommodate more campers! Overnight camps are creating introductory “rookie” or “short-stay” camps to provide the overnight camp experience for 1 or 2 weeks either during an actual camp session or before/after the regular camp season.
When does camp registration begin? Will it be difficult to reserve a spot for my child?
At many camps, registration begins at the end of the summer so current campers have the opportunity to sign up first, and then it is opened up to new families. At many camps first session tends to full up more quickly than second session, so exploring camp options early is helpful in securing a spot for your child at camp!
How will I know if the Jewish camp I send my child to will be safe?
Ask the camp for references and talk to current camp parents and campers to learn about the safety of the camp. Camps that are ACA accredited ensure that all camps (not only Jewish camps) meet up to 300 health, safety and program quality standards established by the American Camp Association. The Foundation for Jewish Camp indicates whether or not the camps listed on their websites are ACA accredited, and camp websites will often display an ACA logo on the homepage of their website if they are accredited. Visit www.jewishcamps.org to learn more!
What are the facilities like at camp?
Jewish camps offer a wide range of excellent facilities. Whether you prefer a rustic setting or a more state-of-the-art facility for your child, there are Jewish camps for every child. Although activities vary at each camp, below are a range of facilities that enhance the adventures of campers each summer which are situated on acres of beautiful campground!
- Archery Range
- Arts & Crafts Studio
- Athletic Fields (baseball, softball, football, lacrosse and soccer)
- Basketball courts
- Beach Volleyball Courts
- Climbing tower
- Dance Studio
- Fitness Center
- Go-Kart Track
- Music Studio
- Olympic-size swimming pools
- Outdoor fields
- Photography lab
- Roller/Street Hockey rink
- Ropes course
- Skateboard Park
- Social Hall
- Table tennis, foosball and other table games
- Tennis Courts
- Tent Campsites
What does a typical day at camp look like?
Camp schedules vary at each camp, so be sure to research your camp of interest so you have a better understanding of their daily activities. Below is an example of how a camper spends their day:
9:00 – Boker tov! (Good morning)
9:30 – Breakfast/Snack time
10:00 – Chugim (activities)
11:00 – Instructional swim
12:00 – Lunch
1:00 – Chugim (activities)
2:00 – Free swim
3:00 – Snack time
The fun continues at overnight camp!
4:00 – Chugim (activities)
5:00 – Shower hour
6:00 – Dinner
7:00 – Evening program
9:00 – Bunk bonding program
9:30 – Lilah tov! (Goodnight)