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Beyond the Swimming Pool

Summers at overnight camps are packed with a wide range of 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 talents 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.  Whether they’re telling stories in their bunks, learning about the environment or playing kickball, campers explore what Judaism means to them in a safe, nurturing and fun environment.
This is an unparalleled opportunity for your child to be immersed in a vibrant culture of living Judaism.  Each camp designs its own program to be accessible and enjoyable for all campers.  With spirited and dynamic staff members, experiential learning helps campers to recognize and feel connected to the larger Jewish community.  Without even realizing it, campers learn and experience the values that make the Jewish religion and culture so unique in today’s world.  Jewish and Israeli culture is celebrated through song, food, art and dance.  Some camps use and teach Hebrew to make Judaism come alive.
The impact of Jewish camp doesn’t end on the last day of summer.  Children with pivotal Jewish camp experiences are more likely to become adults who value their Jewish heritage, support Jewish causes and take on leadership roles in their communities.
There are a variety of traditional and specialty overnight camps that span different denominations of Judaism, accommodate special needs in myriad ways and offer unique programming, catering to each family’s needs.  We recommend you use our Find a Camp tool to begin your search for the perfect summer experience and then visit each camp’s website for more detailed information.
For details, visit www.jewishcamp.org.

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