The magic and power of Jewish summer camp
The Foundation for Jewish Camp commissioned a study on the power of Jewish summer camp. They found what campers and their parents have known for years: camp works. More than nearly any other experience, summers at overnight Jewish camp instill in our youth a deep commitment to the Jewish community. Kids who go to camp are much more likely than their non-camp friends to be actively engaged in the Jewish community as adults. The research proves that the magic of camp is real and long lasting!
Click here for camp resources from the Foundation for Jewish Camp, including a list of Jewish camps and scholarships.
Here are three incredible Reconstructionist Jewish summer programs:
Camp Havaya is a Reconstructionist overnight summer camp where many of our BAS youth spend their summers. Providing opportunities for kids to live out the values inherent in Reconstructionist communities, Camp Havaya offers innovative, creative, and engaging programs for youth entering second through twelfth grades. The only Reconstructionist camp in the world, Camp Havaya is a joyful and welcoming Jewish youth community that transforms lives. As an inclusive community, we welcome children from a wide variety of family structures, religious practices, and socio-economic backgrounds. At the center of all we do is a deep commitment to building a community in which all are welcome to grow and thrive. Recognized as one of the “Top 10 Jewish Camps,” we have all you would expect from the best camps: swimming, soccer, boating, tennis, volleyball, visual arts, hiking, camping, music, drama, a spectacular challenge course, and so much more. Read more.
Havaya Arts is where top-notch arts and summer camp meet. Havaya Arts is an overnight camp in California for 2nd-9th graders. Join us as we create a place where vibrant Jewish communal life enhances our art, which in turn enhances Jewish life and identity. It’s where you can be the best version of you. Read more.
Entering eleventh graders have the incomparable opportunity to spend nearly four weeks climbing, swimming, singing, hiking, learning, and exploring their way through Israel. Participants will experience Shabat in Jerusalem, see the sunrise over Masada, spend time with their Israeli peers, and discuss the realities of life in contemporary Israel. Read more.
Contact Rabbi Isaac Saposnik, Executive Director, Havaya Summer Programs