Guide to Jewish summer overnight camps

Beber Camp

(847) 677-7130

Beber Camp is a co-ed, residential Jewish camp located in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, only 90 minutes northwest of Chicago. We offer 2, 4, 8 week sessions, as well as a trial weekend for prospective campers.  We have beautiful facilities, including a state of the art health center, air-conditioned dining hall and full kosher kitchen. Campers can choose from more than 80 activities, including waterskiing, sailing, sports, rock band, organic farming, arts and crafts and challenge course. We pride ourselves on our intimate size and professional staff — with only about 330 campers per session and a low camper-to-counselor ratio. Come and experience the magic of Beber Camp!

Camp Moshava of Wild Rose

(847) 674-9733, ext. 6

Camp Moshava of Wild Rose’s mission is to model the ideals of Modern Orthodox Judaism and religious Zionism through a safe, engaging and nurturing co-educational summer sleep-away camp experience. Camp Moshava inspires children and young adults to become future leaders and to pursue extraordinary lives through a deep commitment to Torah, Avodah (Service) and Israel.

In addition to daily prayers and study groups, the theme of the summer is interwoven throughout daily activities that include sports, swimming, boating, drama, arts and crafts, overnights, color war and special trips.

Camp Moshava offers two sessions for campers completing third through 10th grades with a special Mini Mosh beginners program which available for first-time campers completing second and third grades. Our second session will focus on specialties. Campers are encouraged to attend both sessions. Our older campers (9th and 10th grades) both experience a session on “the hill” – where they are separate, unique programming focusing on that grade.

Session dates for 2019 are as follows: Session 1-Thursday, June 27 – Tuesday, July 22. Session session Wednesday, July 23 – Thursday, August 15 and Mini Mosh on Monday, July 29-Thursday, August 1.  

Camp Nageela Midwest

(773) 604-4400

Situated on 500 acres in rural Indiana, Camp Nageela Midwest offers campers completing grades 3-10 a three-week experience of fun and unforgettable memories.

Camp Nageela is an ACA accredited, overnight camp with separate boys and girls sessions, giving your child the opportunity to enjoy an all-around camp program while making many new Jewish friends. Campers in Camp Nageela identify with all Jewish affiliations. All meals and snacks are kosher.

Our extensive daily schedule is a camper’s dream, including sports, trips, theme parks, hiking, horseback riding, boating, biking and enjoying the benefits of our expansive grounds including the Olympic size pool, lake, indoor and outdoor gym, scenic trails and waterfall, paintball courts, rockwall and ropes course.

Our 3:1 camper-to-staff ratio ensures safe, caring, individualized attention and relationships that embrace and encourage. Counselors at Nageela are full of life and haven’t forgotten what it’s like to be a camper. 

Camp Ramah in Wisconsin 

(312) 690-8321

Camp Ramah in Wisconsin is the place where fun and friendship build Jewish lives. A full range of fun activities integrates Jewish values and observances into the daily camp experience. Activities include sports, swimming, high and low ropes courses, climbing wall, sailing, stand up paddle boarding,kayaking, cooking, archery, music, dance, nature, photography, radio, arts and drama. Sports courts upgrades enable campers to play softball, basketball, tennis and volleyball both during the day and under the lights at night.

The camp is located 15 miles north of Eagle River, Wisconsin, on beautiful Lake Buckatabon. Ramah Wisconsin offers two five-day sessions for campers entering 3rd grade (June 16-20 or July 24-28), two two-week sessions for campers entering 4th grade (June 24-July 8 and/or July 10-22), a four-week session for campers entering 5th grade (June 13-July 8), a four-week session for campers entering 6th grade (July 10-August 5), and an eight-week session for campers entering 7th-11th grades (June 13-August 5). All meals are kosher and Shabbat is observed. 

Camp Young Judaea Midwest

(224) 235-4665

Located in Waupaca, Wisconsin (about 3 hours from Chicago), Camp Young Judaea Midwest has provided a Jewish camp experience for children ages 7-14 for over 40 years. Our beautiful 80 acre lakefront property provides the opportunity to explore, take on new challenges and make friendships that last a lifetime. We offer a camp program that grows with our campers; they get to experience our wide range of land and water activities including waterskiing, tubing and sailing, arts and crafts, rock climbing, biking, digital photography, archery, dance and more.  Our pluralistic approach allows for campers and staff to learn together to make informed choices about their connections to Judaism and Israel. We focus on an individualized approach, while teaching campers to work in a group setting that fosters mutual respect, friendship, leadership, and development.

CYJ Midwest has a community of 130 campers per session from across the spectrum of Jewish backgrounds and geographic areas; they join us from all over the United States, as well as from France, Mexico and Israel. Our kosher, Shomer Shabbat facility allows for all campers to feel comfortable joining our summer experience.

Habonim Dror Camp Tavor

(269) 215-1399

Camp Tavor is an inclusive and nurturing community, where campers cultivate self-confidence, a strong sense of social and environmental responsibility, a connection with Israel, and a positive personal Jewish identity. Through Kibbutz-style cooperative living, Camp Tavor seeks to instill compassion, creativity and confidence in all of our campers. We seek to nurture the next generation of Jewish leaders through experiential programming and education, timeless camp traditions, and enriching Jewish cultural programming. Campers sharpen critical thinking skills, engage in experiential education, and develop their Jewish identity through games, creative adventures, storytelling, and lively conversation. We engage in spirited learning about our world’s greatest challenges and work together to imagine and work towards a more just and peaceful world. We are located in Three Rivers, Michigan, halfway between Detroit and Chicago.

Camp Tavor belongs to campers. We have 1 – 7 week programs for 3rd through 11th graders, as well as a counselor-in-training program for 12th graders. Campers have opportunities to shape camp programming and everyone takes responsibility for the camp community through “avodah” and “kupah”. While campers live in tents and cabins according to their age/grade, many camp activities provide a chance to interact and learn from older and younger friends. In our family-like atmosphere, everyone is family.

Camp Tavor is committed to provide accessible and enriching summer camp experiences for Jewish youth. New campers maybe eligible for up to $1,000 off of camp tuition.  In addition, Camp Tavor offers needs based scholarships.

JCC Camp Chi

(847) 763-3551

For nearly 100 years, JCC Camp Chi has transformed children’s summers. We unplug them from their daily lives and connect them to life-changing moments. At Camp Chi, we create an atmosphere where campers feel safe, comfortable and accepted for who they are. Soccer players take the stage, artists reach the high ropes and everyone becomes fluent in kindness and friendship. Over 40 activities including tennis, horseback riding, water skiing, swimming, ceramics, music production, outdoor cooking, aerial adventure, basketball, archery, boating, theater and more. Our warm, welcoming Jewish community provides campers entering 3rd-11th grades with engaging ways to connect to culture, traditions and identity. Lake Delton, WI. 2, 3, 4 & 8 week sessions and 4 day Try Chi in August.

JCYS Camp Henry Horner

(847) 740-5010

Located on 180 wooded acres just an hour outside of Chicago and Milwaukee, Camp Henry Horner offers a north woods experience in Illinois for campers entering grades 3-10.

A beachfront on Wooster Lake provides boating, fishing and water play. Inland features include a high ropes course with zip line, swim lessons in our heated outdoor pool, sports fields, and archery. Campers enjoy weekly field trips, outdoor education programs, arts and crafts, cooking, and community building around a campfire. A friendly atmosphere encourages campers to enjoy new adventures while building self-esteem and developing interpersonal skills. Living spaces are air-conditioned, clean and comfortable, and meals are nut-free.

Make your child’s next summer one to remember and join us at Camp Henry Horner!

URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute

(847) 509-0990

The Reform movement’s overnight camp in Wisconsin offers a unique environment for campers in grades 2 -12. OSRUI combines creative and innovative Jewish experiences with all the fun of summer camp. Sessions run from 5 days to 7 weeks and focus on specific areas of interest, including kibbutz living, the arts, Hebrew language, biking, adventure camping and more.

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