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Our Programs

As part of each of our signature specialty tracks, campers will experience unique activities and challenges as well as Jewish learning, service, and skill-development.  On an average day at camp, campers will participate in the core specialty areas in the morning and then electives and bunk activities including swimming, arts and crafts, and other sport activities in the afternoon.  On special days campers will have the opportunity to participate in all-camp activities such as Yom Sport or Yom Yisrael in addition to the special field trips and transformative overnight trips we offer for each specialty track.

Ocean Exploration – Campers will experience the life and magic that lies below the ocean surface through ocean sports and marine biology.  Our expert leaders will offer opportunities for campers to safely learn to kayak, surf, and scuba dive, all the while empowering them to learn about the ocean environment and ocean conservation.  Boys and girls in the ocean exploration track will discover marine organisms, ride the waves, observe underwater flora and fauna, learn and master paddling and scuba skills, and raise questions about marine sustainability.

Performing Arts – This is not your bubbie’s drama program!  Campers will have an opportunity to work with experienced performing artists to build their skills in a specific medium and then to craft their own play, dance, musical number, or set design as part of our larger showcase of modern Jewish arts.  Campers will draw on inspiration from the natural environment and Jewish texts as well as improvisation skills to develop their own creative voice and use it to make the world a better place.

Adventure Sports – By horse, bike, hand, and foot, campers will overcome exciting challenges in our adventure sports track. Campers will have opportunities to build lifelong skills and friendships as they explore the world from the ground to the sky while horseback riding, rock climbing, organic farming, mountain biking, and more. Campers will utilize and refine their new wilderness skills as they climb to new heights on the overnight backcountry trips we offer each session.

Why Specialty Tracks?

Unlike at other summer camps where campers rotate through all camp activities from art to sports to theatre, a specialty program like ours allows for campers to explore their passions in-depth and engage in greater skill-development through intensive blocks of instruction and experience.  Moreover, we believe in giving campers the opportunity to choose their specialty track each session as a development of their own responsibility and leadership skills.  Campers who stay for both sessions I and II can choose to switch specialty tracks between the sessions or continue on in the same track. In addition to the specialty tracks, campers will have ample time to play sports, do arts and crafts, swim in our pool, and participate in other traditional camp activities.

New for 2017- Four Week Specialty Intensives!

Scuba Intensive – Campers in the 4 week scuba intensive will gain a deep appreciation for the wonders of life beneath the surface as they learn how to scuba dive and have the opportunity to become certified as open water divers. Scuba instruction will take place in our camp pool before campers venture out into Monterey Bay with our Dive Instructors and Master divers for open water scuba experience.  Campers will leave with knowledge of scuba safety, equipment, and diving skills as well as an introduction to marine life and conservation through a Jewish lens.

Climbing Intensive – Want to be a climber?  Under the guidance of our expert climbing instructors, campers in the 4 week climbing intensive will reach new heights in and out of camp.  Campers will learn advance climbing techniques, become belay certified, and develop leadership skills that stem from outdoor climbing and Jewish textual connections.

Musical Composition Intensive – Campers in the 4 week musical composition intensive will have an opportunity to find their own voice as Jewish musicians as they work closely with our talented artists-in-residence to craft, perform, and record unique pieces of music.  Young music intensive artists will also be able to participate in the camp performing arts performances during the intensive and even have a chance to see their composed pieces brought to life during these showcases.  Campers are invited to bring musical instruments of their own to camp for the intensive, or they can specialize in piano, guitar, or vocal performance.