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A Day at Camp

A Day At Camp

Here’s a breakdown of a typical day at camp, Sunday-Thursday! (Our Shabbat programming is described on our Judaism page)

Time Activity Description
7:00 AM Hashkama (Wake up!) Time for the bunk to wash up and get ready for a big day!
7:30-7:40 Mifkad Boker
(Flag Raising)
With the whole camp together, we raise the flags, sing our national anthem, and get a short lesson in Hebrew from our Israeli scouts.
7:45-8:30 Aruchat Boker (Breakfast!) Campers sit with their bunks and enjoy a warm, hearty breakfast. Main course could be pancakes, french toast, waffles, or bagels. There's also daily options of scrambled eggs, cereal, fresh fruit, and more.
8:35-9:10 T'fillot
(Prayers)
Most mornings the camp splits into aidot (age groups) for morning prayers and Jewish learning. Twice a week we bring the whole camp together for t'fillot.
9:15-12:30 Morning Chuggim (Electives) Our jam-packed morning! Campers enjoy 2 activities of their choosing, like archery, arts and crafts, or News Tube. There are also blocks for Nikayon, when each bunks straightens up their cabin, and Chaverut, a special activity that bunks plan for themselves.
12:30-1:10 Aruchat Tzoharayim (Lunch) Often a meat meal, expect hamburgers, chicken fajitas, shnitzel, meatballs and more, (vegetarian options always available!) Taking a break from the buffet, this meal is served family-style for extra bunk bonding time.
1:15-2:10 Menucha
(Rest Time)
A time to relax and recharge before the afternoon. Campers return to their bunks to nap, write letters, talk, or play cards.
2:15-5:30 Peulot Alef-Dalet (Afternoon Activities) Our jam-packed afternoon! Each aidah (age group) enjoys different activities every day, sampling everything camp has to offer, including ropes course, gardening, sports, and more! On some days, aidot also use this time to explore their education topics, learning about Israel, Judaism, and personal growth.
5:30-6:10 Chofesh
(Free Time)
Campers use this unstructured period to hang out around camp, play games, and see friends, (with supervision nearby)
6:15-6:25 Mifkad Erev (Flag Lowering) We lower the flags, sing Hatikvah (the Israeli national anthem), and head to dinner!
6:30-7:15 Aruchat Erev (Dinner) Common dinners include baked ziti, specialty pizza, pasta with alfredo sauce, and grilled cheese with tomato soup. Just like lunch, there are always staples nearby, like tuna salad, plain pasta, Soy Nut PB&J, and our critically acclaimed salad bar.
7:20-8:40 Peulat Erev
(Night Activities)
Camp splits up for evening programs. These could be almost anything, from campfires to camp-outs, pool luaus, the KBS dance, and our once-a-session ever-adorable Ofarim Wedding (note: no children are married in the making of this peulah)
8:45 Zman Tsrif
(Bunk time)
Time to wrap up the day. Campers return to their bunks and get ready for bed. Some reflect on their day together, read a story, or wind down with a meditation.
9:00 1st Laila Tov
(Good Night)
Ofarim, Chalutzim, Tsorim, and Maginim—good night! Our nighttime guard duty, shmira, begins for these bunks.
9:30 2nd Laila Tov Kesher, Bogrim, and Segel—good night! Shmira begins for these bunks.
9:45 PM-6:55 AM Zman Chalom
(Dream Time)
A special time for campers to meet talking deer, eat unlimited desserts, or soar through the clouds…

Our time at camp is so magical, we actually live in a different time zone! Camp clocks are set to Mountain Time, an hour behind Central Standard Time. (So when you see 7:00 wake up, that means 8:00 at home!)