March 3-5, 2017
Ditch the winter with style and join us at CYJ’s Spring Camp! This amazing slice-of-camp weekend is for children in 1st-6th grade, and you will not want to miss it!
Think of Spring Camp as summer camp made bite-size. Campers will get to play sports, sing, dance, and soak in the camp atmosphere with their new friends and counselors. We’ll celebrate a warm CYJ Shabbat and learn in that unique camp way about Israel and Judaism. After Shabbat ends on Saturday night, we’ll have our awesome ‘Saturday Night Fun’, a surprise evening program that changes every year!
No matter what your camper’s relationship with CYJ, Spring Camp has something for them:
For children who have never come to camp before, Spring Camp is an amazing opportunity for them to become friends with other Jews from all over Texas. It’s also a great chance for them to check out what Camp is all about and see if they’d like to attend in the future.
If your campers are attending CYJ-Texas for the first time this year, Spring Camp is a great way for them to make friends and meet bunkmates before camp even starts! They’ll also get a sense of what camp is like, becoming more comfortable with the atmosphere and more excited for the coming summer.
For campers who’ve been to camp before, Spring Camp is the ideal setting for connecting with camp friends during the year! Who doesn’t wish they could experience the summer before Camp even starts??
Below are our FAQs. We can send you more information or you can contact us with any questions.
(OR, if you already know how awesome Spring Camp is, you can sign up now!)
Frequently Asked Questions
The campers stay in bunks with children their same age range and gender. Each bunk will have up to 14 campers and 2 to 3 staff members with them.
For Dallas and Houston
Buses will be provided, and Spring Camp will start the moment your child gets on the bus. Each bus will have at least one staff member present who will run fun activities on the way to camp. You will also receive the contact information for that staff member in case you need to contact them on the road. Please pack your child a snack or dairy lunch for the bus ride.
The bus from Dallas will depart from the NE corner of Preston and Frankfort on Friday at 12:00pm. Please arrive by 11:45am so we can leave for camp on time! Pick up after Spring Camp will be on Sunday at approximately 2:30pm, at the same location .
The bus from Houston will depart from the Houston JCC on Friday at 1:00pm. Please arrive by 12:45pm so we can leave for camp on time! Pick up will also be at the Houston JCC, Sunday at approximately 1:30pm.
Austin and San Antonio
Transportation will not be provided for campers in San Antonio and Austin. We ask that you see our directions (link to directions to camp)and drop your child off at camp at 5:00pm on Friday. Pick up will be on Sunday morning from 10-10:30 AM.
Here’s a list:
- A nice outfit for Shabbat
- Enough clothes for 3 days
- Bathing suit
- 1 Towel
- Sleeping Bag
- Closed-toed shoes (preferably sneakers)
- Water bottle
- Boys should bring a kippah
- Be sure to check the weather before the weekend—you may want to bring rain gear, a sweater, or a jacket, depending on the forecast
Please note that CYJ-Texas does not take responsibility for any lost, broken, damaged, or otherwise ruined property. With that in mind, we recommend labeling everything sent with your camper and leaving any expensive items at home.
Cell phones and video games should also be left at home. We’re striving to simulate the experience of summer camp—free of electronics and present in the moment—so we ask campers to use Spring Camp as a screen holiday. Any cell phone brought to camp will be collected by a counselor and returned to the camper at the end of the weekend.
On a final note, we can’t allow any outside food brought into Camp from the outside. This is to both preserve the Kosher status of the facility and to protect campers with allergies. Don’t worry though—we’ll have enough food and snack options for even the pickiest eaters throughout the weekend.
We will practice our Judaism during Spring Camp in the same way that we do during the summer session.
Shabbat is a very special time at camp, a time where we step back from our busy schedules and stay in the moment, connecting with each other in a deeper way. CYJ is a shomer Shabbat camp, meaning we don’t use electricity or fire, write, play instruments, or do any other creative work from Friday night to Saturday night. We’ll have some special meals, come communal prayer services, shabbat-friendly activities around camp, and wrap it all up with the unforgettable CYJ havdallah.
All of camp’s meals are made in our separate kosher kitchens with strictly kosher ingredients. To maintain the kosher status of our grounds and meals, no food from outside Camp will be allowed.
We will have a nurse on staff throughout Spring Camp. Any medication campers need must be turned over to her, both to ensure child remember their prescriptions, as well as to maintain safety in the cabin for all campers. Those driving to camp should deliver their campers’ medicine to the nurse upon arrival. For children riding the bus, medication should be given to the supervising staff member before boarding.
Our nurse will be sure to distribute all treatments and medicines at the appropriate time.
In order not to disrupt the program or Shabbat atmosphere, campers are not permitted to use cell phones at all during the weekend. In the event of an emergency, we ask that you contact Julia Paeglis, Director of Year Round Programs, on the emergency cell phone number, (512-426-7450).
If Julia does not answer right away, please leave a detailed message including how to get in contact with you; OR, call the alternative emergency number (716-867-8933). We will be checking the messages regularly during the weekend and will get back to you as soon as possible.
- 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.
Regular: $175 per camper
Form coming soon!