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Core Program

Our three-week session is our primary program, the track around 90% of our campers enroll in. We offer a traditional residential camp experience, available to children from ages 7-15. Bunks are divided by both gender and age, but almost all daily activities are co-ed.

We start the mornings by gathering together as a camp for flag raising and breakfast. We’ll have our CYJ-style morning tefillot (prayers), before moving to our morning electives all over camp. We offer both creative pastimes—like improv comedy, ceramics, and jam band—and athletic pastimes—like soccer, Jr. lifeguard training, and ropes course. (And a few which are a bit of both, like dance!)

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After lunch and a rest period, the daily programming resumes with our peulot. At this point, campers attend their programs alongside the rest of their aidah (age group), giving them the chance to explore camp’s offerings together. This is also when each aidah has its educational program, learning about Israel, Judaism, and personal growth.

A normal day wraps up with dinner and an evening program for each aidah, but not every day is normal. Our Shabbat schedule is very different, with more singing, resting, and together time. Special events like Maccabiah or the Tsofim Caravan Show can also mix things up!

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Campers on our three alternative tracks—for young campers, ninth-graders, and CITs—have a lot of overlap with those in the standard three-week session:

  • Young Camper’s Program (2nd-3rd Grade): Other than having a shorter session than their peers, these campers’ have the exact same schedules as everyone else
  • Segel Program (9th Grade): When our intrepid adventurers aren’t on their trek across the Southwest, they also follow a standard camp schedule
  • Bonim Program (10th Grade): Though they live in their own Teen Village, Bonim campers will participate (as co-leaders) in some of Camp’s daily activities and meals
  • Machon (11th Grade): Before leaving for Israel, Machon will share some of the programming and meal times with other campers, (coming summer 2018)
  • CIT Program: In the mornings, CITs will have leadership training sessions and time off. Instead of getting together with their own aidah (age group) for tefillot, peulot, and evening activities, CITs will be with their supervising counselors and assigned cabins.