At CYJ-Texas, we’ve designed a summer program to be more than just fun. We offer children a chance to challenge themselves, to explore new things, to connect to who they are and to find hidden strengths. We instill in them the value of good health—health in body, mind, relationship, and soul. Our kids leave camp with a strengthened sense of their own significance, certain that they have the power to change the world if they choose to.
And, in the midst of all that… they do have tons of fun! (It’s still summer camp, right?)
Our main summer program includes two sessions of three and a half weeks each. It’s a co-ed, residential camp experience, available to children from ages 7-15. We also have an abbreviated, introductory program for 2nd and 3rd graders.
The CYJ experience becomes much less traditional for campers in high school. CYJers entering 9th grade enjoy our world-famous Segel trip, a 13-day summer adventure across the Southwest. Rising 10th graders will be a part of Bonim, our unique leadership and sustainability program, living in our Teen Village and learning to make a difference in their own way. Participants entering 11th grade, (starting in 2018), will only begin their summer in Wimberley…that is until they take off on our unforgettable Machon program, exploring the land of Israel for six whole weeks! When our kids finally reach 12th grade, they become eligible for our Counselor in Training (CIT) experience, an opportunity to give back, to develop professional skills, and to have an amazing time!
The only prerequisites for coming to camp are that a child be Jewish and of the appropriate age—all other demographic considerations are irrelevant to us. We are proud of our diverse community and welcome any who would benefit from a summer at CYJ! We even started an inclusion program a few years back which has allowed us to include campers with disabilities to our summer experience.
Many of our campers are from Texas, but we also have sizable delegations from the rest of the American Southwest, Mexico, Israel, and more. After spending their childhood as campers, many CYJers return as staff members when they reach college.
The camp’s daily schedule caters to every level of the camp community—the individual camper, the bunk , the age group, and the entire camp together. With all the sports, adventures, art, exploration, and bonding, every kid can have a summer of non-stop fun with CYJ!