An immersive Jewish camp experience gives children and teens the ability to experience Jewish and Israeli culture and traditions as an essential element of their everyday. A dynamic camp experience gives Jewish children an opportunity to explore what Judaism means to them, share their family’s traditions with others, and deepen their learning in a dynamic, supportive environment. And don’t forget the fun! Sports, art, dance, camp fires, tire swings and bunk beds abound; all the traditional sleepaway camp experiences are only enhanced by rich cultural context woven effortlessly into daily routines.
There are three incredible overnight Jewish summer camps in Washington state:
- Camp Solomon Schechter is a traditional Jewish camp where all aspects of life are enriched by Jewish values, traditions, and ruach (spirit). CSS is an open place for children to explore Judaism and form their own unique Jewish identities. Every camper is encouraged to try something new, make new friends, make good choices, and grow as leaders and as individuals. CSS is a fully immersive, welcoming, and spiritual Jewish environment. At CSS, Judaism and Joy are truly one!
- Sephardic Adventure Camp is the only Sephardic Modern Orthodox summer camp in North America! SAC provides a warm, welcoming Jewish community–big enough to offer a wide variety of activities but small enough to know every camper by name. A summer spent at SAC builds independence and self-reliance as well as Jewish friendships and identity that last a lifetime.
- URJ Camp Kalsman is committed to six core values: friendship, kehilah kedoshah (sacred community), Reform Jewish identity, chesed (kindness), connection to Israel, and our relationship to teva (nature). Camp Kalsman’s 300 beautiful acres offer a great balance of education and recreation. Campers learn new skills and hone existing ones in athletic, aquatic, artistic, and nature programs.
Generous needs-based scholarships are available for children in Washington state, as well as need-blind incentive grants of up to $1,000 for first-time campers through the One Happy Camper (OHC) program offered at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. Learn more to see if your child is eligible for OHC.
A 2011 study demonstrates that attending Jewish camp as a young person creates adults who are:
- 55% more likely to feel ‘very attached’ to Israel
- 45% more likely to attend synagogue weekly
- 37% more likely to light shabbat candles
As noted by the Foundation for Jewish Camp, “the impact of Jewish camp is immediate—campers return home connected to a community and friends that will last them a lifetime.” Click here to learn more about the impact of overnight Jewish camping!