We are actively planning for an in-person summer at Westtown, while mindful of the evolving considerations due to COVID-19. We are working in partnership with our colleagues across the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), and have had numerous conversations with medical advisors, with residential camps that operated in Summer 2020, and with partners at the Foundation for Jewish Camp and American Camp Association. We will continue to work closely with these partners over the next several months and into summer, to offer a safe camp experience for our community.
Bonim (current Grades 3-7), Olim (current Grades 8-10) and Gesher (current Grade 11) focus on one major per 12-day session in which they spend time in instruction and application with our Arts Mentors. Arts Mentors supply packing list items for each discipline. Click the Art Discipline to learn more.
Classical + Contemporary Theatre
Instrumental Music Ensemble
Chuggim are an opportunity for camp to come together based on evolving interests. Chuggim give campers an opportunity to explore a new arts area each day that may compliment a major or be new or unfamiliar. Chuggim are often cross discipline collaborations and have included:
|A capella||Baking||Hip Hop||Instrumental Music||Musical Theatre|
|Playwriting||Songleading||Song Writing||Poetry||Technical Theatre|
Kinesthetic Arts (Sports)
Our campers choose from fun, non-competitive options for recreation. KinArts like yoga, Israeli dance, jogging, swimming, 9 Square-in-the-Air, Ultimate Frisbee, and kickball give us a chance to stretch our minds and bodies outside of our studios for approximately one hour each day.
Campers participate in nightly activities with their age unit and the entire camp community. Evening programs entail a variety of camp style programs that encourage campers to move around campus, think creatively, practice teamwork, have traditional camp-like fun. Past programs have been mystery scavenger hunts like Case of the Missing Birthday Banana to exploring the summer theme with low ropes activities.
Shabbat at Camp
Shabbat is a completely collaborative experience at the Creative Arts Academy. Each week, campers have a choice of activity area in which to help prepare for Shabbat. While some choose challah-baking, others wish to be in the Shabbat Band, while others opt to prepare art or dance pieces. The community comes together and offers Shabbat to one another through these artistic expressions, allowing us to take a deep breath and shift gears from the busy week.
Saturdays are a break from our normal routine, with a late wake-up and, on the first Saturday of each session, leisure activities that find us at yawn-on-the-lawn, on a nature hike, the ropes course or on the lake, canoeing. Our second Saturday is a flurry of activity as we simultaneously tech for our evening Showcase performance and pack for the end of the session.
While a great deal of our time is spent in skill building, Creative Arts is committed to the balance of process and product. Our Bonim and Olim campers have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in Showcase on the second Saturday evening of each session. Health and safety permitting, Showcase is open to our families and the community by reservation. We do recognize that not all families can attend, nor should they feel obligated to do so. Copyright laws prevent us from live streaming the event, and we are looking into alternatives for those who cannot join us in West Chester.