We spend considerable time preparing our staff to deal with homesickness. But no matter how many tricks and techniques we share with them, there’s not much they can do for camper-sick parents.
We’re here to help! CYJ has set up a number of channels for our campers’ families to keep in touch and stay in the know. Check them all out for the premium CYJ-fan experience!
Hand-written letters are for sure our favorite form of camp communication. Campers feel SO special when they receive letters from their friends and family because they can see how much of an effort you’re making just to say hi. And when they respond, they get to sit down and really think about what they have to say, nurturing a thoughtful reflection that we love to see. On top of all that, letter writing enhances camp magic—nothing really says you’re on a far-flung adventure like communicating at snail speed!
Write to your camper with this address:
Camper’s Full Name
Cabin Number (if known)
Camp Young Judaea
121 Camp Young Judaea Drive
Wimberley, TX 78676
Keep in mind that, while some moms and dads write letters before their children even leave, (guaranteeing a nice note early in the summer season!), kids tend to be less reliable in their correspondence. We make sure our campers write letters at least twice a week, but they’re allowed to write to whomever they wish and we don’t track whether or not they respond to the notes they’ve received. To softly encourage your campers to write back, we suggest packing pre-addressed envelopes for them. (This could also help your kids write to other family members, like grandparents or siblings.)
Please note: Campers do not receive mail or emails from Friday afternoon through Saturday in observance of Shabbat. Mail arriving during Shabbat will be delivered to campers on Sunday.
Starting in summer 2017, we will no longer allow packages to be sent to campers.
Please don’t worry if your camper forgets something at home. We will allow packages with forgotten items to be sent to the Camp Mom in care of your child and we will also keep supplies on hand such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, sunscreen, and hair brushes. Additionally, any camper with a birthday during camp will be allowed a birthday package. For the sake of maintaining our kosher status, protecting CYJers with allergies, supporting cleanliness, and avoiding pest infestations, there is absolutely no food, candy, gum, or silly string allowed. We open ALL packages to check for prohibited items.
If you’re just looking to check in on your camper, feel free to call our Camper Care team, including our Parent Liaison, at 512-847-9564; or email them at [email protected].
While campers and counselors can’t make or receive phone calls, you may leave a message for your camper’s Merakez (unit head) and they will call you back when they have the opportunity.
In case of an emergency, the camp has an emergency message system that is checked regularly 24 hours a day. To preserve the effectiveness of our emergency systems, PLEASE USE YOUR BEST DISCRETION WHEN USING CAMP’S EMERGENCY LINE.
The account you made upon registration, your “My CYJ” account, grants you access to all manner of daily updates and camp archives. With the help of our partners at CampInTouch, you can find all of our most recent photos and videos, uploaded daily by our media team. The system is incredibly easy to navigate and will help you order and print your favorite pics!
CampInTouch also offers a faster communication system between you and your camper. You can email your campers and have them write a response to be returned to you. You can even set up guest access so your friends and relatives to use these services!
These CampInTouch services are totally optional and often cost money. These costs aren’t for our profit, but to enable us to outsource many of our digital systems to the experts at CampInTouch. Outside of their communications assistance, they offer a top-priority service—a secure server from an outside source, which means the photos of our campers remain private.
Follow Us on Social Media
As long as you have internet connection, camp is never too far away! Parents, alumni, friends and family can all follow the daily happenings at CYJ, either on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Our summer blog features even more, including updates by unit heads, looks behind the scenes with our specialists, and even some posts from our Director, called “Fresh from Frank”.
For more information on our camp communications, our mail policies, and the CampInTouch services, see our FAQ’s.