Camp Judaea is proud to offer unique program opportunities to Jewish youth with each summer curriculum designed to appropriately fit the developmental stages and needs of our campers.
Many of our young campers begin their CJ experience with the 10-day Taste of CJ program. Others opt to participate in the full 25-day session.
Offarim (Rising 3rd and 4th Graders)
Our Offarim program emphasizes the importance of self-reliance, developing friendships and learning new skills. Each day is filled with fun games, sports, projects and special interests geared to the interests and needs of these younger campers.
Oranim (Rising 5th Graders)
Strengthening skills and building self-confidence are highlights of the Oranim experience. We nurture the natural curiosity and adventurous spirit of these eager campers with creative programs.
Sayarim (Rising 6th Graders)
Our Sayarim program focuses on the personal development of each individual and their relationship to the group. Our staff encourages these pre-adolescents to join in and feel good about themselves.
Tsofim (Rising 7th Graders)
As pre-teens, our Tsofim campers need to express their individuality while participating in structured peer-group experiences. Our Tsofim program stresses activities that meet these needs.
Kesher (Rising 8th Graders)
Campers finishing the seventh grade are often taking their first step into Jewish adulthood and adolescence — physically, spiritually and intellectually. In Kesher, our staff helps these young people find direction from a positive peer experience. Their educational program is centered on discovering and strengthening their identities.
Bogrim (Rising 9th Graders)
Mindful of the special interests and needs of teenagers, group educational experiences are designed for Bogrim campers to broaden their social and intellectual horizons. We emphasize leadership, self-determination and action in this unit with activities focused on visioning the future and taking steps today to achieve positive change in their world.
Chalutzim (Rising 10th Graders)
Tikkun Olam Trip (first session): Chalutzim campers participate in a week-long trip from New Orleans to Memphis. The focus of the trip is learning about the value of social action, community service, as well as learning about Jewish communities in the deep south. The campers will spend several days in New Orleans working on a community service project. They then make their way by bus to Memphis, TN with stops along the way to learn about the historical experience and present-day life of southern Jewish communities. Campers spend several days in Camp Judaea preparing for the trip, and after the trip they are encouraged to attend Camp Tel Yehudah, Young Judaea’s teen camp in upstate New York, to continue their exploration of Jewish history, values and identity.
Outward Bound (second session): Chalutzim campers spend several days with course leaders from the North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS) for a program to develop group-building skills, leadership, nature knowledge, self-awareness, self-discipline and personal growth. Through the physical challenge of expedition hiking, rock climbing and rappelling, high ropes course, a supervised solo in the forest and a service project, participants learn to overcome mental and emotional challenges in their lives. Back at Camp Judaea, Chalutzim focuses on introspection and reflection of individual growth through their relationship with nature, each other, and themselves.
Campers enjoy weekly trips out of camp including hikes and overnights in spectacular western North Carolina forest campsites, trips to area amusements and bowling as well as trips to Sliding Rock and other spectacular outdoor sites.