2024 Overnight Camp Roundup

PHOTO: BB Camp (Courtesy Noa Rubin)

The Jewish Review staff
Portland is lucky to have five Jewish overnight camps nearby. B’nai B’rith Camp began in 1921. Camp Solomon Schechter was founded by Portland Rabbi Joshua Stampfer, z”l, in 1954. Each year, Congregation Ahavath Achim encourages families to explore the Sephardic Adventure Camp, the only Sephardic overnight camp in the country. In 2019, NCSY added Camp Kesher to the local overnight camp roster. Another Jewish camp in Washington is Camp Kalsman, which opened in 2007 as the newest camp in the Union for Reform Judaism family of camps.
Beyond the locally affiliated camps, the Foundation for Jewish Camp lists general and specialty camps ranging from arts and aquatics to sports and wilderness skills. Search by interest, affiliation, region, grade, dietary restrictions and special needs at jewishcamp.org/one-happy-camper/find-a-camp/.
The site also includes information on One Happy Camper grants that are funded locally by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland for first-time campers (onehappycamper.org). 
In addition to the One Happy Camper grants, families can offset the cost of summer camp with an interest-free loan from Jewish Free Loan sponsored by JFGP. Families can borrow up to $5,000. For more information, visit jewishportland.org/Jewish-free-loan.

503-452-3443 | info@bbcamp.org
Overnight Camp Associate Director: Moses Felberg 
Campground: On the Oregon Coast by Devil’s Lake ADA-accessible heated cabins (with showers and bathrooms), lake activities, zipline, ball field, ropes course, new gym and amphitheater. 
Program: Since 1921, BB Camp has been a vibrant and inclusive Jewish community, creating immersive experiences for children of all ages, identities and backgrounds. Our intentional programming, based on our core Jewish values, provides each camper with formative experiences to build on as they develop their own personal Jewish identity. We create a balanced schedule of cabin and large group activities, daily elective offerings, and alternative and traditional Shabbat and Jewish programs to ensure that every child makes the most of their camp experience. 
Specialty camps: Middle School; Teen Leadership Programs; Outdoor Jewish Adventure trips in Europe and Pacific Northwest for incoming 11th-graders; and Staff-in-Training program for incoming 11th-graders. 
Dates/Ages/Cost Sessions of one, two, three or four weeks begin June 25 and end Aug. 13, 2024, for rising 2nd- to 11th-graders. 
Camp Fees vary. Financial aid and incentive grants available. Scholarships and financial assistance: BB Camp offers needs-based financial aid and up to $1,000 in incentive grants for first time campers. Visit bbcamp.org/grants/ for a full list of financial assistance options.

206-447-1967 | info@campschechter.org
Executive Director: Zach Duitch 
Campground: Olympia, Wash. 
Amenities: 170-acre facility, private lake with dock and aqua park, boat house, art shed, amphitheater, dining hall, infirmary, sports shed, bog and river, full sports fields and ball courts, climbing tower, challenge course, zip line, hiking trails and yurt village.
Camp Solomon Schechter has a 68-year tradition of fun, friendship and Jewish experiential education in the Pacific Northwest. We create a unique, welcoming and spiritual Jewish environment for youth of all denominations entering 1st-12th grades. A summer at CSS enables children to try new activities, improve social skills, gain self-confidence, make Jewish friends, become independent and discover talents and abilities they never knew they had. These benefits last a lifetime. At CSS, we emphasize the values of integrity, derech eretz (respect) and tikkun olam (repairing the world). We do this through activities and teva (nature) to create our ideal Jewish community. At Camp Solomon Schechter, Judaism and joy are truly one!
Sessions vary by duration and cost – a full list of dates and pricing is available at campschechter.org/dates-rates. Payment plans available. 

503-757-3037 | oregonoffice@ncsy.org
Director: Meira Spivak 
Campground: Camas and Ocean Park, Wash.
The first week of camp will take place in Camp Lacamas in Camas, Wash., and the second week and a half will take place in the Ocean Park Camp and Retreat Center in Ocean Park, Wash. Amenities include a week and a half at the ocean, rock climbing, bubble soccer and incredible trips (white water rafting, overnight camping).
With a focus of making Judaism fun and alive, Camp Kesher affords 3rd- to 9th-graders the opportunity to have an awesome time with friends while boosting Jewish pride. Activities include Jewish cooking and baking, sports, drama, kayaking and crafting. Campers make lifelong friends who they can travel to Israel with during a summer in high school.
2024 camp session is June 25-July 11
Grades 2-9: $3,000 including registration fee.
Staff-In-Training (arrive two days early)
10th grade - $1,500, $250 stipend offered.
11-12th grade – Free,  $250 stipend offered plus performance-based tips.

Campground:  Cle Elum, Wash.
Amenities include a heated pool, trout pond, lending library, team building course, and sports courts and fields.
A host of traditional camp activities in addition to lots of fun, Sephardic experiential programming. Campers enjoy basketball, color war, mountain biking, arts and crafts, Sephardic baking, trout fishing, archery and more.
June 20-July 9: $3,600 for the three-week session for Grades 4-11. 
One-week sessions available for entering grades 3-4.
Director: Rabbi Ilana Mills
Campground: Arlington, Wash. Camp Kalsman’s 300 beautiful acres offer a great balance of education and recreation with great sports and arts facilities and a pool.
Camp Kalsman is committed to our six core values: friendship, kehillah kedoshah (sacred community), Reform Jewish identity, chesed (kindness), connection to Israel and our relationship to teva (nature). Activities include: Arts – painting and ceramics; Performing arts – improv, theater, musical, writing; Music – guitar; Sports/waterfront – biking, archery, frisbee, soccer, basketball, lake, pool; and Experience – hiking, cooking, outdoor survival skills, gardening, animal care, high ropes course, climbing tower and swing. 
1-3 week sessions June 23-Aug. 14 for grades 1-10 with fees varying by age, dates, and URJ membership.
Counselor in Training (11th graders) June 23-July 30 is $5,995 for URJ members or $6,395 for nonmembers.


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