In our 2015 Impact Report, you will see Camp Judaea’s many accomplishments and read our glowing parent reviews. The success, enthusiasm, and support of 2015 carried over into our recently completed 2016 summer season, during which we had a record-breaking 625 campers enrolled. Enrollment for summer 2017 is now underway with over 350 campers already enrolled, an 85% increase over enrollment at this time last year!
As you can see, Camp Judaea is doing important and meaningful work. While the feedback in the Impact Report reflects our recent achievements, we strive to continuously improve and ensure the best possible experience for our campers and staff each summer. Currently, we are focusing on enhancements to our facilities to strengthen and accommodate our overall program.
We just began construction on a brand new Chadar Ochel (dining hall) to be completed in time for next summer. Larger than the Burger Family Chadar Ochel which stood before it, this new dining hall will allow us to dine together more comfortably as a single community. Shira b’chadar will be more epic than ever with plenty of space to sing and dance to “Im Tirtzu” and “Lo Yisa Goy.”
Our future plans include building a new Mercaz Omanut (Arts Center) where campers can experience Israel and Judaism through various media– some molding their Jewish identities with clay, others tying tzitzit on a silk tallis they designed and painted. A new Mercaz Omanut will create endless possibilities for Jewish and Israeli art exploration.
Adding five new cabins will provide opportunities for more campers to attend camp. This second cabin village will surround an open field perfect for games, sports, and activities, encouraging campers who live in these cabins to play and socialize together.
When we built a new pool in 2015, we knew we’d eventually need new bathrooms and changing areas. The coming Bathhouse will include a shelter for campers who seek shade, more bathrooms and changing stalls to allow more swim time (and less wait time), and the aquatics staff will have proper storage and training space for their programs.
Last but not least, an expanded Zwerner Family Beit Knesset (Synagogue) will provide enough covered bench seating for all of our campers, staff, and guests to come together to pray as one Camp Judaea family. Whether for morning tefilah, Kabbalat Shabbat, or special events such as B’nai Mitzvot, we will all be able to gather in comfort.
These plans all support what Camp Judaea does best: creates a community full of joy and laughter where campers strengthen their connections to Israel and lengthen their Jewish roots.
We look forward to sharing more information with you regarding our upcoming Annual Scholarship Appeal and to keeping you updated as we move forward in the process of planning for the new capital projects described above.
Thank you for your continued support to Camp Judaea.