Hello! As many of you know my name is Myriam Rofrano and I am the Youth Engagement Coordinator here at Temple Beth Avodah. I am thrilled to announce that I have taken on a new roll as a CLASP fellow, making me the go-to person at TBA for all things Jewish overnight camp related! We are fortunate to be in an area with a multitude of different summer camps to choose from. Each camp offers a unique and different experience for your child. We at Temple Beth Avodah believe every child should get to experience Jewish sleep away camp. I will be attending URJ’s Crane Lake Camp for my second summer this year and I am thrilled to be able to bring some of the camp spirit to our classrooms and youth programming. If you would like information about any of the URJ’s camps, or any sleepaway camps, please reach out to me. I am happy to be a resource for those who have experience choosing a camp and are looking for a better fit, and those who have never attended an overnight camp before.
URJ’s Crane Lake Camp – The Crane Lake Community (sometimes referred to as The Bubble) offers a fun, supportive environment where campers can explore, challenge themselves, and develop their passions. At camp, kids of all abilities and backgrounds strengthen their Jewish identities, all while surrounded by beautiful facilities and expert staff. Campers spend their time forming deep bonds with bunk mates, as many activities are done by bunk.
URJ’s Eisner Camp – URJ Eisner Camp harnesses the transformative power of Jewish camping, to create meaningful relationships that lay the foundation for our community. Children and teens from across the Northeast join together each summer to experience the fun and magic of our kehillah kedoshah (sacred community). Eisner Camp offers campers the chance to choose the activities they participate in.
URJ’s 6 Point Sci – Tech Academy - At 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, our staff use professionally-developed curricula and lesson plans to guide campers in bringing to life the dreams that capture their imaginations. Using a hands-on, project-based approach, campers learn and create in a collaborative environment. Campers choose one primary track, or “workshop,” where they spend 2½ hours each day working on projects they design. Workshops are taught by our lead instructors, who are professional educators (such as science teachers) who bring both a passion for the subject and experience working with children. Sci-Tech is open to campers entering grades 5-10.
Camp Micah - Our schedule offers campers the opportunity to choose their activities within a structured format. Although each camper has a certain amount of choice, the scheduling system is designed to encourage a well-rounded day filled with water activities, sports, the arts, and more.
Camp Avoda – (Boys) Avoda is a Jewish sports camp for boys. Avoda brotherhood, leadership, spirit, and tradition are among the most distinctive and unique aspects of the Avoda experience. Your son will arrive with uncertain expectations and leave with indelible memories. Campers have fun in a safe and supportive environment while building confidence and character. They will learn to work with others to solve problems and overcome challenges, and be valued for who they are.
Camp Tel Noar - Our warm, close-knit community is the heart of the Camp Tel Noar experience. You’ll smile from morning until night, busy with waterskiing, swimming, photography, basketball, visual and performing arts, Israeli dance, tennis, and more. You’ll live the Jewish values that infuse our community, especially on Shabbat, bringing us closer together.
Camp Young Judaea - Camp Young Judaea, founded in 1939, serves children ages 8-15 (completing grades 2-9). Located on 168 scenic wooded acres on the shores of Lake Baboosic, our waterfront features two power boats, canoes, kayaks, sailboats, paddle boards, and row boats. Natural beauty abounds with hiking trails, plenty of green space and places to play and relax! Shabbat services are held in a beautiful grove, sheltered by towering pine trees. Music, dance, drama, and Judaica are integral parts of our program.
Camp Pembroke – (Girls) Established in 1935, Camp Pembroke is the ONLY inclusively-Jewish camp JUST FOR GIRLS in all of New England. This is a “world away,” a special girl-focused environment free of many social pressures that may exist outside of camp. While many girls lose their voice and even self-confidence during adolescence, Pembroke is especially adept at nurturing girls’ strength and identity.\
Bauercrest – (Boys) Camp Bauercrest is a traditional overnight sports camp for Jewish boys located in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Here on the shores of Lake Attitash, we have created an environment where the campers are surrounded by their peers. Bauercrest promotes activities that stretch campers’ physical and creative abilities while providing positive role models with our trained counselor staff. We know that children grow best in a secure and safe environment where, within boundaries, they can practice making choices and taking risks, while being supported and guided by caring staff.
At Temple Beth Avodah we believe that every child deserves an opportunity to go to overnight camp. In addition to the opportunities found at the One Happy Camper website, many camps offer their own scholarships as well. Reach out to Myriam Rofrano, Youth Engagement Coordinator, for more information.