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Specialty Camps Incubator

The Specialty Camps Incubator provides funding to new Jewish specialty camps during their planning, start-up and first three years of operation, and evaluates the progress of each camp’s development. With support from the Jim Joseph Foundation and the AVI CHAI Foundation, Incubator I, II, III have successfully established new business models for Jewish camps and created a forum to pilot new educational models by integrating Jewish learning with activities that kids are passionate about – the environment, performing arts, sports, and outdoor adventure. Over 75% of campers selected the camp strictly due to the specialty offered. To date, the Specialty Camps Incubator has touched thousands of lives in an intentional, outcomes-based model of building news camps. These six camps have provided a meaningful Jewish and specialty camp experience to over 6000 unique campers. With the support of both foundations, a cohort of 6 new camps joined to form Incubator III in the fall of 2016.  These new camps will open in 2018.

For questions, please contact Michele Friedman, Director New Camp Initiatives,  michele@jewishcamp.org.

Incubator III Camps

To Launch Summer 2018

JRF Arts 

Will provide campers with high level arts programming within a Jewish, values-based, and magical community to become better artists—and better people.  Based in Southern California, JRF Arts will focus on the film arts with other supporting modalities. Campers will learn from professional artists, build deep and lasting friendships, and be part of the inclusive, diverse, and welcoming JRF family. This will be the second camp for the Reconstructionist movement.

Moshav Eden

On the West Coast, will cultivate a diverse Jewishly-rooted community of children, teens, and young adults who learn to steward the earth and strengthen our food systems. Campers will emerge from immersive Jewish farm-to table experiences empowered to promote a more environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually connected world. Moshav Eden is an outgrowth of Eden Village Camp, a part of the Specialty Camps Incubator I cohort.

Ramah Sports Academy

Will be a high level sports specialty overnight camp in the Northeast, emphasizing skill development, within a caring summer community infused with the traditions and values of Judaism. The vision behind RSA is the creation of a sports camp run by elite coaches and counselors, designed to enhance skills, encourage teamwork and sportsmanship, and instill confidence in every aspect of our campers’ lives. The program will go beyond sports instruction to instill a deeper love for Judaism, Hebrew language, and the land and people of Israel, while challenging campers to grow intellectually, athletically, and spiritually.

Sababa Beach Away

Will inspire a diverse group of Jewish campers of varying ages, levels of Jewish affiliation and all types of observance to experience a relaxing, noncompetitive and fun environment while building relationships, self-¬knowledge, balance, and critical life skills through the exhilaration of ocean activities and the wisdom of Jewish spirituality. Sababa Beach Away Camp looks to capitalize on the setting of one of the East Coast’s top surfing locations, the exciting, spiritual nature of surfing/beach activities, and the growing popularity of Jewish mindfulness to provide Jewish teens and tweens a unique camp experience that combines friends, fun, and physical challenge with profound Jewish content.

URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy

Will be a unique environment fully dedicated to the pursuit of visual, performance and media art, building an immersive experience where creative expression permeates every aspect of their day – from meals, to cabin time, to Jewish learning. This innovative specialty camp, envisioned to be in the Mid-Atlantic region, will not only engage campers’ creativity through hands on exploration of music, visual arts and theater, it will connect them to and immerse them in a vibrant Jewish community filled with Jewish celebration, Shabbat experiences, and living connections to Israel.

URJ 6 Points SciTech Academy West

Will expand the highly successful Incubator II model to the West Coast.  The exciting camp environment addresses the whole child. This innovative specialty camp will not only engage campers’ curiosity about the world through superior hands-on scientific and technological exploration, experimentation, and reflection; it will immerse them in a vibrant Jewish community filled with Jewish music, Shabbat experiences, and living connections to Israel. Jewish values, ethics and tradition will be woven together with the spirit and excitement of open scientific inquiry. The camp will be located in California.

The Specialty Camp Incubator II is made possible by a grant of $12,639,737 jointly funded by The Jim Joseph Foundation and the AVI CHAI Foundation.

Accelerator I Camps

Due to the success to-date of Incubator I and II, FJC created a similar model, the Specialty Camp Accelerator, to support the creation of two new Jewish specialty camps that opened in 2016.  URJ 6 Points Sports Academy California and Ramah Northern California. These camps are receiving mentoring and training from the same FJC team of experts that helped launch the two Incubator cohorts. All of which has been funded by the AVI CHAI Foundation.

Camp Ramah in Northern California 

Camp Ramah in Northern California is an innovative Jewish summer camp located along the beautiful shores of Monterey Bay, California. We offer a coed overnight camp experience that combines the excitement of specialty programming in ocean exploration, performing arts, and adventure sports with the cherished traditions, nurturing environment, and community-building of a traditional Ramah Camp.

URJ 6 Points Sports Academy West

URJ 6 Points Sports Academy California, North America’s premier Jewish Sports Specialty Camp, welcomes young Jewish athletes entering 4th-11th grades. Located in beautiful Los Angeles, CA, 6 Points Sports Academy is housed on the 120 acre, state-of-the-art, athletic and camp facilities of the Occidental College. At 6 Points Sports, young Jewish athletes participate in a unique camping experience that offers top-level sports training and all the beloved traditions of Reform Jewish camping. In California our 2-week sessions include intensive training in Basketball, Baseball, Soccer and Tennis.

Incubator II Camps

Launched Summer 2014

Camp Inc. Business Academy

Camp Inc. Business Academy has transitioned from an overnight camp to offer summer day camps & after-school programs for the 2017 season.

Camp Zeke

Camp Zeke is the first Jewish camp where 7 to 17 year-olds celebrate healthy, active living. Campers can put on an apron and cook gourmet dishes with a professional chef. They can also choose from action-packed fitness electives, like running, yoga, strength training, dance, sailing, and krav maga. Camp Zeke also offers arts, music, sports, and nightly all-camp evening programs (like dances and talent shows).

JCC Maccabi Sports Camp

JCC Maccabi Sports Camp is for campers who love sports and want to advance their skills in a fun and supportive camp environment. During our two- or four-week sessions, campers focus on developing athletic skills and improving as teammates in the sport of their choice – baseball, basketball, soccer, or tennis. In addition to receiving high-level individualized instruction in sports, our campers gain life skills as well. Guided by Jewish values, we place a lot of emphasis on sportsmanship, ethics, and community. In fact, when you add the community and character building nature of team play, we find that sports and Jewish values go hand in hand.

URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy

URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy will create an exciting camp environment that addresses the whole child. This innovative specialty camp will not only engage campers’ curiosity about the world through superior hands-on scientific and technological exploration, experimentation, and reflection; it will immerse them in a vibrant Jewish community filled with Jewish music, Shabbat experiences, and living connections to Israel. Jewish values, ethics and tradition will be woven together with the spirit and excitement of open scientific inquiry. URJ 6 Points Science Academy, the 14th in the Union for Reform Judaism’s camp system, will be located in the Boston, MA area.

The Specialty Camp Incubator II is made possible by a grant of $8.6 million jointly funded by The Jim Joseph Foundation and the AVI CHAI Foundation.

Incubator I Camps

Launched Summer 2011

Eden Village Camp

Eden Village Camp is a pluralistic, co-ed camp focused on Jewish environmentalism. Rooted in the Jewish vision of an environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually connected world, EVC is a compassionate community where each camper develops leadership skills, explores new passions, and awakens their sense of purpose and joy. The EVC experience includes organic farming, wilderness trips, natural building and service projects, art, music, sports and spiritual practice. Campers have fun while deepening their appreciation for themselves, their communities, and the natural systems sustaining us.

Ramah Outdoor Adventure

From the thrill of rock climbing, hiking, or whitewater rafting to the peace of Shabbat, Ramah Outdoor Adventure offers teens inspiring outdoor adventures while living in a joyful, supportive Jewish community. Participants experience the pristine wilderness of the Rocky Mountains as they face new challenges, developing leadership skills and strengthening their sense of self. Part of the Ramah family of camps, Ramah Outdoor Adventure provides a unique opportunity to explore Jewish identity in the context of environmentalism and outdoor living.

URJ 6 Points Sports Academy

URJ 6 Points Sports Academy offers young athletes intensive sports training in a vibrant, fun, Jewish community. Talented girls and boys come here to train with the athletic elite in a state-of-the-art facility. Part of the Union for Reform Judaism, 6 Points provides a unique opportunity for these athletes to explore their Jewish identity in relation to their sport. 6 Points offers core training in basketball, soccer, baseball and lacrosse, plus other sports electives. Each day is intense, challenging and fun.