Considering Sending Your Child to Jewish Sleepaway Camp This Summer?
Summers at overnight camps are packed with a wide range of fun activities—aquatics, arts and crafts, basketball and soccer, dance, music, cooking, archery, drama, outdoor adventure and hiking, and much more! Campers are encouraged to discover new skills and interests they never knew they had. Jewish camp weaves Jewish values, culture and traditions into the fabric of camp, helping campers to connect to their own identity and the larger Jewish community. Spirited and dynamic staff members use experiential learning to reveal what makes Jewish religion and culture so unique in today’s world. At camp, Jewish and Israeli culture is celebrated through song, food, art and dance.
- URJ Camp Newman
Camp Newman (formerly UAHC Camp Swig and Camp Saratoga) has been a constant in our backyard Bay Area Jewish life. Camp Newman offers a range of summer programs for kids and teens entering 3rd grade through 12th grade. URJ Camp Newman’s summer and year-round programs are rooted in the Jewish principles of: Tikkun Olam, bettering our world; Tikkun Middot, bettering ourselves; Gimilute Chasadim, acts of loving kindness; Betzelem Elohim, all humans are created in a divine image; Talmud Torah, love of learning for learning sake; Ahavat Israel, love of Israel.
Camp Newman engages and operates under a philosophy of CARE. CARE is an acronym created by camp that is indicative of the positive learning environment we are always striving for. Through emphasizing these words/phrases: Community, Acceptance, Role Models, and Each and Every One, we aim to inspire a love of Judaism in our campers, staff, and leadership.
From a former staff member and Geza (leadership team) member: Camp Newman has provided me with countless opportunities to express my Judaism in a fluid, changing way. This place fosters growth and strength, secular and Jewish, for everyone that enters through the gate. This past summer at Cal Maritime being such a success really showed me how this community can be resilient through the aftermath of the Tubbs Fire and beyond. I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this k’hillah k’dosha.
Financial: Multi-session discount of $250 off (applies if you register your camper for more than 1 session at Camp Newman, or 1 session at Camp Newman plus 1 session at 6 Points Sports California or Sci-Tech Academy West). First-time camper grants of up to $1,000 off! Sibling discounts available. Congregation Scholarships: Camp Newman will match 100% of congregation scholarship per camper.
- URJ 6 Point Sports Academy
“6 Points Sports – California is a sleepaway Jewish sports camp in Los Angeles for athletes entering grades 4 through 11. We’re on the lookout for campers that are passionate about sports and looking for summer camp experience like no other.”
- Sessions include: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis
- Financial: First-time camper incentives offered; scholarship program
- Be’Chol Lashon
Camp Be’chol Lashon is a multicultural Jewish overnight camp in the San Francisco Bay Area for campers from all over the United States, ages 8-18, with special leadership opportunities for ages 15-18. It teaches about global Jewish diversity, builds community leaders, and inspires a love of Judaism. The camp is located at beautiful Walker Creek Ranch in West Marin, an hour north of San Francisco. This year, summer camp will be two weeks, ending with a Parents/Family Camp Shabbaton weekend.
Be’chol Lashon continues to grow and evolve. Stay tuned for exciting year-round opportunities for our older campers who are anticipating applying to college, and our alumni who are attending college. In addition to building a stronger support network, students will have the benefit of Be’chol Lashon programs and speakers to educate their local and college communities about diversity in the Jewish community.
- Camp Ramah - NorCal
As part of each of our signature specialty tracks, campers will experience unique activities and challenges as well as Jewish learning, service, and skill-development. On an average day at camp, campers will participate in the core specialty areas in the morning and then electives and bunk activities including swimming, arts and crafts, and other sport activities in the afternoon. On special days campers will have the opportunity to participate in all-camp activities such as Yom Sport or Yom Yisrael in addition to the special field trips and transformative overnight trips we offer for each specialty track. Specialty programming includes: Ocean Exploration, Performing Arts, Adventure Sports
Camp Ramah in Northern California strives to provide an amazing camp experience to as many campers that wish to come to camp and have a wide variety of activities available for campers to participate in. Camp Ramah in Northern California provides camp opportunities for campers going into grade 3 through grade 11.
Camp Ramah in Northern California also has a small program for campers with special needs. While age is a determining factor only so much as being indicated under 18, or over 18 for the campers with special needs, medical, cognitive, and physical factors are used to determine appropriateness of the program for such campers. We strive to provide a safe, fun, inspiring environment for these campers and work with parents to evaluate the camps ability to provide the necessary services to operate in such a way with each individual camper for this smaller program. Learn more about special needs programming.
- Camp Tawonga
For over 90 years, Camp Tawonga has served as a leader in Jewish camping, fostering in children and families a deep connection to nature, community and Judaism within a warm, welcoming and inclusive environment. Tawonga runs programming for children, families and young adults at our premier residential camp located outside Yosemite National Park as well as in the San Francisco Bay Area. At Tawonga, children and teens build self-esteem, make lifelong friends and discover their truest selves, supported by a dedicated and loving staff. Yosemite-based programs include classic one to three week summer camp sessions, adventure “quest” trips on the road, teen leadership sessions and four-day family camp weekends. Bay Area programs are family-friendly and range from Jewish holiday celebrations and a two-year bar & bat mitzvah program to volunteer outings and Jewish heritage nights with local sports teams. Camp Tawonga offers summer programs and weekend retreats for youth entering 3rd through 10th grade.
- Eden Village West
Eden Village West is a farm-to-table residential Jewish summer camp in Northern California for ages 8-14 featuring culinary arts, organic farming, homesteading and wilderness skills, sports, music, and more! Our campers have the time of their lives while becoming empowered to promote a more environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually connected world. At camp, our values come to life through our relationships with the land, with each other and with every choice we make in our camp kitchen! Our 350-acre campus sits along the Russian River in the hills of Sonoma County, California, surrounded by one of the most beautiful agricultural regions in the country.
Financial: Offer registration discounts
- JCC Maccabi Sports Camp
“During our two-week sessions, campers focus on developing athletic skills and improving as teammates in their sport of choice — Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Softball or Girls Lacrosse. Our focus is sports, yet balanced with fun and traditional Jewish camp excitement. Each day includes skills and drills plus competitive game play, with a focus on improving as individuals and teammates. As a compeiment to our emphasis on skill development, our camp is guided by Jewish values and the meaningful way they integrate into the athletic and community experience. We believe the life skills learned through sports are as important as the sports skills themselves.”
- Financial: Offer financial aid, incentives and support via an application process
- Jewish Community Federation - San Francisco
Need-based scholarships and need-blind grants for Jewish children in the Federation’s service area to attend any Jewish overnight summer camp in the United States, Canada, Israel, and in Jewish communities overseas.
- One Happy Camper
The One Happy Camper scholarship provides first time 6th-8th grade campers with a significant discount off of any 24 different Jewish overnight camps. Learn more and apply today at onehappycamper.org or by calling (646) 278-4572.
- More Scholarship Opportunities
More financial assistance opportunity information is available at: http://bechollashon.org/camp/camperships
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