It’s never too early to begin thinking about Jewish summer camp!
Jewish summer camps fuse the activities, friendships, and communal life of traditional camps with Jewish values, role models and culture. This uniquely immersive experience provides a confidence-building opportunity in which campers experience joy and discovery in a communal Jewish setting.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT CAMP
TSTI is fortunate to have direct relationships with several URJ summer camps, offering a continuation of our Reform Jewish values in a summer camp setting. Our clergy and staff visit these camps as much as possible over the summer to check in with our TSTI campers and soak up the camp magic, providing a connection between camp and home. Unsure which URJ camp might be the right fit? Read on for information about the URJ camps most-attended by TSTI kids, or click here to find the right Reform Jewish camp for your child.
URJ Camp Harlam is our regional URJ sleepaway camp. It offers a broad camp program in 4 or 8-week session. A summer at Harlam includes everything from outdoor adventures, to waterfront programs, to arts, sports, and much more, all on a 300 acre facility in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, home to approximately 550 campers each summer.
6 Points Sci-Tech Academy is a national URJ speciality camp, where campers spend 2, 4, or 6-weeks exploring robotics, video game design, science, digital media, and a host of other fun activities with campers who share similar interests. A smaller camp experience, Sci Tech takes place on the beautiful campus of the Governor’s Academy Boarding School in Byfield, Massachusetts.
6 Points Creative Arts Academy is another national URJ speciality camp, where campers spend 2, 4, or 6-weeks diving deeply into skill-building and artistic expression, focused on the “art major” of their choice, including acting, vocal performance, fine art, digital photography, musical theater, dance, and more. The smallest of the URJ specialty camps, Creative Arts takes place at the Westtown School in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
6 Points Sports Academy is the third national URJ specialty camp, where campers spend 2, 4, or 6-weeks along with fellow Jewish athletes from across 33 states and 7 countries, participating in a unique camping experience that combines professional sports coaching and the beloved traditions of Reform Jewish camping. Sports Academy takes place on the campus of the Asheville School is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.
Have questions about any of these URJ camps, or other URJ programs? Reach out to Rabbi Klein, who is a URJ camp veteran and a passionate supporter of all things Jewish camp.
Looking for something different, like a daycamp or a non-URJ program? There are tons of other high-quality Jewish summer camps, vetted through the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s One Happy Camper program, which provides concierge-advisory services and grants for first-time campers! Contact Tracy Levine, Director of One Happy Camper for Federation Metrowest, for further assistance.
PROGRAMS FOR TEENS
Looking for a teen travel program, service trip, pre-college program, or Israel experience? We recommend programs through Yallah! (NFTY) Israel, Etgar 36: An American Journey, BBYO Passport, Brandeis Genesis, and many more!
We know that providing these experiences for your child is expensive! TSTI and our many partner organizations all do our part to make sure that cost is never a barrier to our kids getting to experience the camp magic. Here are some, but not all, options for scholarships and financial assistance:
TSTI Women’s Connection Scholarships: TSTI offers incentive grants of $500 for any first-time URJ camper. In addition, through the Women’s Connection fund as well as clergy discretionary funds, we are able to provide needs-based grants for subsequent summers at URJ camps as well as other Foundation for Jewish Camp accredited- programs. Please be in touch with Rabbi Klein for more information.
One Happy Camper Grants: You can receive up to $1,000 as an incentive grant for camp if your child has never been to Jewish overnight camp. This gift can be used toward tuition at 150+ overnight camps and teen programs across North America. Contact Gerri Russo, Metrowest’s Grants and Scholarships Manager, for more information.
Federation MetroWest Scholarships: Federation supports a number of additional needs-based grant and scholarship programs. Review their resources and eligibility requirements here.
Camp-specific scholarships/discounts: Many camps maintain robust scholarship funds for campers whose families have demonstrated financial need, as well as discounts for families sending multiple children to camp. Once you’ve narrowed down your options for which camps appeal most, we recommend reaching out to the camp office staff to find out about what financial assistance may be available to you.