Jewish Overnight Camps Bay Area

Jewish Overnight Camps in the Bay Area offer a range of wonderful experiences for kids and teens. Camps are found all around the Bay Area, from the East Bay, to the Peninsula, San Francisco and surrounding counties. These overnight camps may have different areas of focus. Many of them include the all-time traditional activities like swimming, hiking, archery, arts and crafts, drama and numerous sports. Others might have multicultural celebrations of diversity. And some provide specialty programs like ocean exploration and performing arts. Being out in rural settings, beautiful meadows and hilly terrain offer city kids a way to experience the outdoors in grand fashion! The Jewish Overnight Camps also provide nature-based Jewish traditions. People may not think of Judaism as being nature-based but much of Jewish tradition can be found in interactions with the natural world. Many camps combine Jewish content along with the regular camp activities.  These include challah baking and other cooking for shabbat, Jewish music and crafts, and Israeli dancing.  Some camps combine Jewish values into their offerings to teach concepts of repairing the world, charity, honesty and other values along with fun and play. So the Jewish Overnight Camps provide real-world examples to kids of how Jewish values impact their daily lives, making the values come alive for them. Many Jewish overnight camps provide shabbat and sometimes holiday celebrations.  And Bay Area Jewish camps promote fun and relaxation for campers, along with intellectual stimulation and experiences with peers that campers would not have access to otherwise. As a result, kids come away with a very well-rounded experience, which will serve them well as they mature. Skill-building in social environments can help kids learn how to navigate without technology pulling their attention away.
Santa Cruz / Monterey
North Bay

Camp Tawonga

Independent residential Jewish summer camp on the Tuolumne River near Yosemite National Park. Offering 1-3 week summer camp sessions and adventure quests, plus teen programs, weekend family camps and adult retreats. Generous financial assistance available.
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URJ Camp Newman

Overnight summer camp in Santa Rosa for grades 1-11, where youth are welcomed into an inclusive, joyfully Jewish community to form friendships, proud Jewish identities and develop confidence through sports, arts and adventure/nature experiences.
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San Francisco
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