November 2-4, 2018
This fall, come out to the beautiful Texas Hill country for CYJ’s Family Camp! A weekend getaway for the entire family, Family Camp is a great way to have fun, see what Camp is like, and spend time with old and new friends alike!
The retreat is open to all Jewish families, including those with no previous relationship with CYJ. Newcomers to our camp network are welcome to come and get a taste of what we do every summer. While we love to TALK about camp all day, nothing beats DOING camp for a weekend to help kids imagine what a summer at CYJ can be. You may find yourself registering your kids for the summer on the way home from Family Camp!
Below are our FAQs. We can send you more information or you can contact us with any questions.
(OR, if this already sounds like the family getaway you’ve been waiting for, you can sign up now! )
Frequently Asked Questions
Our schedule offers plenty of time to be busy and plenty of time to relax and just enjoy being at camp with family and friends. There are programs specifically tailored for different age groups (toddlers, preschoolers, elementary-aged kids, teens, and adults) as well as activities that the family can do together. We will have staff at all programs to help supervise, referee, entertain, and keep things moving. We also have some programs where we encourage you to drop off your kids so that you can enjoy some time hanging out with other adults (or taking a nap, we don’t judge). The schedule balances indoor and outdoor activities and high-energy and low-key activities so everyone can find something for them. For a better idea, check out our sample Saturday Family Camp Schedule.
You aren’t required to follow the schedule and you can opt in or out of any activity. If your just kids want to play on the playground from sun-up to sundown, that’s okay! If your teens want to hang out at the hammocks and just talk the day away, that’s okay, too. We encourage you to bring books, games, sports equipment, or anything else that sounds like a good activity for YOUR family.
At Family Camp, we provide 3 types of (air-conditioned) accommodations on a first come, first served basis.
Families can choose to stay in one of our 22 cabins. Each unit includes 10 bunk beds and a bathroom with 3 sinks, 2 toilets, and 2 showers. You can choose to stay in a private cabin with your family, or families can share cabins with each other for the full camp experience (and a discounted rate!).
Families can also choose to stay at our Lodge. The Lodge accommodations offer single rooms furnished with 1 twin bed, 1 queen bed, a sink, and a private bathroom (toilet and shower). Each Lodge room can host a family of 3. If you choose to stay at the Lodge and you have a family with more than 3 members, we will reserve 2 rooms for you.
The last option is our Health Center accommodations, which offers private rooms and bathrooms. Each room has 1 queen size bed, 1 bunk bed (2 twins), and a private bathroom with shower.
The Lodge and Health Center fill up quickly, so once you’ve decided you’d like to attend, register quickly to get the housing you want.
Our guests always seem surprised at how good our “camp food” is. It’s true, we are a kids’ summer camp, but don’t think all we do is hot dogs and chicken nuggets. We run a year-round retreat business, after all! We will have some of the kids’ camp favorites (yes, that includes Saturday morning coffee cake) as well as plenty of grown-up choices. All the food is guaranteed kosher in our separate meat and dairy kitchens.
We observe the laws of kashrut at Family Camp and maintain respect for Shabbat. All of Saturday’s activities will be Shabbat-friendly and we do ask that families not use electronics in public spaces. Attendants can, of course, observe Shabbat to their own comfort level in the privacy of their rooms. We hope that you will join us Friday evening and Saturday morning for our traditional CYJ Texas Shabbat services or our special Tot Shabbat program for the youngsters.
- Cancellations made more than a month before the retreat date will be fully refunded, minus the non-refundable $25 registration fee per participant
- Cancellations made less than a month before the retreat will receive a 50% refund
- Cancellations the week prior to the event and no-shows are responsible for 100% of the retreat fees.
- Adults: $200 per person
- Ages 6-17: $150 per person
- Ages 3 – 5: $50 per child
- Ages 2 and under: Free!
And don’t forget— sharing a cabin with other families will reduce the weekend’s cost by $100 per family.