Now that the summer’s halfway over, what better time to regret what you can’t change? 😛
When I was a pre-teen, I spent two 2-week sessions at Camp Moshava in northern Maryland. I only remember small details, but when I started getting interested in my Jewish heritage as a young adult, it helped ground me in a common experience. 😛
Jewish summer camps seem to be a shared experience for much of American Jewish youth throughout these past several decades. It gives kids the chance not only to connect with their peers, but with cultural, religious, and/or Israeli shared heritage. Here is a list of camp options for kids in the DC area.
Located in Waynesboro, Pa., this overnight camp accepts kids from 2-7 weeks. Their “village” system groups allow for special, age-appropriate programming. Standard activities include everything from arts and crafts to athletics. Kids between 3rd and 12th grade are welcome, with the older teens being counselors-in-training. The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington often holds seminars here year-round!
Largely a day camp, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington offers both traditional camp experiences on it’s Rockville campus and specially tailored ones, including creative arts, sports, and the new MITZVAH Corps for social service.
The Washington Jewish Community Center opens its Dupont facility to Jewish and non-Jewish kids for a bevy of summer fun in programs like Ruach (Spirit) Camp, Karate and Yoga programs, and field trips to other attractions in DC.
For more information on Jewish camps in North America, check out The Foundation for Jewish Camp.