Summer camp is an amazing opportunity for young Jews to have a lot of fun and stay engaged with their Judaism during the summer. Summer camp is one of the strongest indicators of youth continuing to engage with Judaism as they grow up. Campers also make lifelong friends at camp as well as learning independence and self-confidence. Just two weeks at a summer camp can be a transformational experience for a child. Below are a number of Jewish camps and programs that KI endorses.
We’d love to hear if you are sending your child to Jewish summer camp so we can be sure to send them a KI Package!
-Alice, Rabbi Carrie, Jennifer, and Brian
For a list of camp options your child(ren) is(are) eligible for, click on the appropriate grade below. Please note, these are the grades they will be entering for the 2014-15 school year.
3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Below is a list of some camps and programs that we recommend. There are many other great, Jewish summer camps to choose from. For a more complete list of Jewish camps in North America, click here to visit the Foundation for Jewish Camp.
If you have more questions about any of the camps, or for more information, click on the camp website, or send Brian an email and we'll try to answer any of your questions.
Camp JRF is the summer camp of the Reconstructionist Movement. Located in South Sterling, PA, Camp JRF is an opportunity for students entering grades 2-12 to experience as little as 1 week or as many as 8 weeks at a Reconstructionist camp. This camp is highly recommended for anyone who wants to stay within the movement. For more information about Camp JRF, visit www.campjrf.org.
Camp Alonim is located at the Brandeis-Bardin Instititue; the same place we host OJE. Alonim is available for students from 2nd-11th Grade. They can come for anywhere from 1 week to a full 8 week summer. Alonim is a non-denominational Jewish camp. For more information about Camp Alonim, visit www.alonim.com.
Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp are both run by Wilshire Boulevard Temple and located in Malibu. They are both reform movement camps that offer Judaism in a beautiful setting along the Pacific Ocean. Students entering 3rd-10th grades can attend either camp for 2 or 4 weeks. For more information about both Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp, visit www.wbtcamps.org.
6-Points Sports Academy is a URJ (Union for Reform Judaism) camp located in Greensboro, NC. It is a Reform, Jewish camp designed around playing sports much of the day. Jewish values are woven through the day as students practice both Judaism and sports. Students can come for 2, 4, or 6 weeks. For more information about 6-Points Sports Academy, visit www.6points.urjcamps.org.
Adamah Adventures is a Jewish Adventure Program for teens. Students travel on 2-3 week trips in various locations around the country and learn survival skills under close supervision of experienced trip leaders. Most trips are based in Atlanta, GA; however, other trips go through the Pacific Northwest, Oregon, and Southern Utah. There are also one week sessions in Atlanta for entering 5-7th grade students. For more information about Adamah Adventures, visit www.adamahadventures.org.
OSRUI (Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute) is a URJ camp in Oconomowoc, WI. OSRUI offers two unique programs. Chalutzim is a 7 week Hebrew ulpan program. Campers learn conversational Hebrew and are fully immersed in a Hebrew environment, including Israeli counselors. Tour L’Agam (Tour of the Lake) is a one month bicycle riding program that has about a dozen campers bike around Lake Michigan together and camp out along the way. There is a support van that follows. For more information, visit www.osrui.urjcamps.org.
Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps
URJ-6 Points Sports Academy
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