Camp Beth Am
Camp Beth Am
Vicki Streeter, Interim Program Director
Camp Beth Am is a year-round program that blends of the best aspects of Jewish summer camp and congregational education. It is a full-fledged Judaica program (like Sunday Program and Lunch & Learn) that has emerged from the work of our Re-Imagine Task Force.
CAMP BETH AM PROGRAMMING
Summer Day Camp 2019: An intensive day camp on our beautiful Beth Am campus, during which our campers engage in Jewish learning and other activities. A typical day runs from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. If you'd like to plan ahead, summer 2019 camp dates are Monday, June 17, 2019 - Friday, June 21, 2019.
Camp Beth Am Retreat: Due to recent staffing transitions, the August retreat will not take place in 2018. Instead we are encouraging Camp Beth Am participants to enroll in a Camp Newman retreat, either Fall Camp (for 5th graders) or West Coast Party Jr. (for 6th and 7th graders). Beth Am will provide a $100 subsidy towards the registration cost.
School-Year Camp Sessions: Monthly camp days that compress the summer camp day into a few hours. Sessions are usually on Sunday afternoons from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM starting with lunch. 2018-19 meeting dates include:
- September 30
- October 28
- December 9
- January 27
- March 10
- April 28
Madrichim-in-Training Program for 8th Graders: 8th Grade MITs attend all camp sessions and learn to be leaders through their work as classroom and activity aids. The MIT program also includes a few sessions outside of Camp Beth Am.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What is the relationship between Camp Beth Am and Sunday Program/Lunch and Learn?
A. Camp Beth Am is a full-fledged Judaica program for 5th through 8th graders. Campers do not have to register for Sunday Program or Lunch & Learn in addition to Camp; however, 5th and 6th graders still need register for Hebrew program. Students in Beit Midrash (B'nei Mitzvah preparation) are expected to enroll in a Judaica program like Camp Beth Am and attend during the entire school year they become b'nei mitzvah.
Q. Can my child participate in both Sunday Program/Lunch and Learn AND Camp Beth Am?
A. Yes, if you and your child should so choose, that’s great!
Q. We already have plans during the week of June 18-22, 2018. Will there be another time offered?
A. Not in 2018. As we build the Camp program over the next few years, we may add other sessions as needed in the future.
Q. Will it be fun? (Real question posed by a 5th Grader.)