Camp Gesher is a unique, truly youth-led community. Our staff and campers develop lifelong skills and become Jewish community leaders and activists. We create a space for campers to explore themselves on their own terms and engage with friends in unstructured free play - an incredibly important skill for today's children. We take pride in offering outstanding programs, which include waterfront, tiyul (travel), hiking, nature, sports, and arts all while building a vibrant and inclusive community. Camp Gesher has an international flair, welcoming campers from Israel, France, Mexico, the UK, Switzerland, the US and Canada.
Our camp welcomes Shabbat with a special mifkad (camp gathering) that includes a story related to the weekly Torah portion, followed by singing songs as a community on our Lake Pringle beachfront. We engage in a spirited Shabbat Shira (Shabbat Song) with Hebrew, English, traditional and folk songs. Each week, a kvutsah (group) leads the Shabbat table blessings, starting with Shalom Aleichem and ending with Hamotzi. A highlight of the week is rikud (Israeli dance)! On Saturday evening, we enjoy Havdallah (ending Shabbat) together.
Session 1 (Sunshine Weekender)
Friday July 10 - Sunday July 12
Grade 2 & 3
Session 2 (Adventure Weekender)
Friday July 24 - Sunday July 26
Session 3 (Kind of Weekender)
Wednesday August 5 - Friday August 7
Camp Philosophy: Camp Northland is a true interdenominational Jewish overnight camp embracing the entire Jewish community in a celebration of Jewish culture, traditional values, building Jewish identity, and inspiring connections to Judaism and Israel. Every camper and family will find their comfort and 'summer family' at Camp Northland because we are inclusive, warm, and nurturing of all that join our community.
Shabbat Experience: Shabbat at camp is a magical experience beginning with our 'shabbos shuk', where kids make their own challah, write shabbat o' grams to make others feel good leading into shabbat, have snacks, and play games. At the shabbat meal (all meals are certified COR kosher with a masgiach on site), campers bring in shabbat with a small oneg, an inspirational story connecting us to each other and our Jewish values, followed blessings, and a traditional shabbat meal. Shabbat ends with a waterfront havdallah service with the entire camp.
Shabbat Experience: Shabbat at Ramah is community-focused. Shabbat includes pre-Shabbat stories, Kabbalat Shabbat, delicious Shabbat meals, and singing and dancing. On Shabbat afternoons, cabin groups choose from a wide variety of special Shabbat activities, including two free swims. Shabbat ends with a camp wide unique Ramah-style Havdalah.
Shabbat Experience: The Shabbat experience in camp focuses on a cultural approach to Jewish tradition and ritual, offering our campers opportunity for self-exploration and reflection, as well as participating in our full camp Shabbat ceremonies.
Tuesday August 4 - Thursday August 6
Friday August 7- Sunday August 9
Camp Philosophy: Camp Shalom welcomes Jewish campers aged 7-13 from all backgrounds to a memorable and formative camp experience. In a caring and supportive camp community, we pride ourselves on specialized activities, experiential Jewish & Zionist programming and unparalleled RUACH (camp spirit).
Shabbat Experience: Shabbat is a time to connect with your cabin and fellow campers in celebration of this special day. Through camper-led prayer services, a yummy dinner and one-of-a-kind Shira (singing) and Rikud (dancing) the Shabbat festivities kicks off on Friday and continue all day on Saturday with fun & engaging Shabbat activities in the fields, at the lake, and some special programming led by our Israeli counsellors.
Friday August 21 - Sunday August 23
Camp Philosophy: J. Academy Camp is a 12-day specialty camp for kids and teens ages 8-16 from Jewish Russian-speaking families. Every day, we explore a Jewish topic in a way that is relevant and interesting to our campers including Israel, Tikkun Olam, languages, Jewish culture, history and tradition. We believe camp is an opportunity to develop and learn new skills through our chugim: art, theatre, media, science, robotics and more. We enjoy spending time in the outdoors taking part in hiking, swimming, tubing and archery on the beautiful grounds of Camp Northland. Throughout the year, we continue engaging our campers through our year-round offering of programs, camp reunions and volunteering events.
Shabbat Experience: For Shabbat, all of our campers and staff dress up in white and blue. Our campers receive ‘Shabbatograms’ from their parents, fellow campers and their staff. The day is centered around the theme of gratitude: campers and staff use the day at camp to appreciate each other and their camp experience. We have a special Kabbalat Shabbat with a Shabbat story, songs and a ‘Show-bat’ with performances prepared by different groups. As many of our campers do not experience Shabbat at home, they look forward to this special day at camp.
Friday July 31 – Sunday August 2
SK - Grade 3
Camp Philosophy: Your child’s happiness and well-being are our primary considerations at CBB of Ottawa. With that in mind, we provide a safe, nurturing environment where each child can participate, learn and achieve at his/her own pace. We believe that through recreational group activities children learn to work and play cooperatively. Under the supervision and care of our highly qualified staff, our campers not only develop a broad range of personal, athletic, artistic and other skills, but also are encouraged to take on tasks which will enable them to become more responsible and self-confident.
Shabbat Experience: We have a pre-Shabbat sing-a-long, with some traditional Shabbat songs, and some English, feel good songs. Then we have a traditional Shabbat dinner, followed by Israeli dancing (dancing to some fun Israeli songs). Saturday morning we have an abridged Shabbat service (about 20-25 minutes). During the day, we have some Shabbat and Israel focused programming periods planned and run by our Shabbat Experience leader and our Israeli staff. Then, after dinner, we have Havdallah. All very campy - not overly religious and intended for everyone to feel included even if you have no prior knowledge coming into camp … goal is feel good community based.