6 Points Creative Arts Academy and all URJ camps are proud of our open, supportive and inclusive environments. The make-up of the URJ and our programs is as diverse as our population, therefore our communities represent that vibrant and colorful fabric that makes up the Reform Jewish population. We hope that our campers and staff strengthen their self-esteem, Jewish identity, and connection to the Jewish community through the supportive nature of our people, staff, and programs.
With the care of our community is our highest priority, we recognize that campers may need varying levels of support while at camp. It takes great intentional, active and thoughtful planning to put systems in place to ensure that each child is given the chance to enjoy the most positive experience. Our counselors, mentors and leadership work with community care specialists to meet this goal on-site.
Parents are our invaluable partners in ensuring the success of each camper. Together we work to set up each camper with the backing they need to be the best version of themselves. It is critical that parents provide us with all the information necessary to determine what supports will be needed, and can be provided, in the camp environment. Changes in medication, treatment, health and/or family circumstances must be shared with camp leadership prior to your camper’s arrival. We will be equally forthcoming if camp is unable to make the accommodations needed for a camper to thrive in our program and will work with families to identify other potential placement options.
6 Points Creative Arts Academy embraces the diversity of life experiences and Jewish journeys. In alignment with our mission and Reform Jewish values, we welcome and support gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender campers, staff, faculty, and all members of our community who are between and outside of those identities.
What does it mean to be transgender? Is that person a boy or a girl?
Some children are born into the body of a boy, but in their hearts and minds they are girls. Others are born into the body of a girl, but in their hearts and minds they are boys. Those raised as boys for the first few years of their lives make it increasingly clear at a very early age that they understand themselves to be girls. Likewise, those that are raised as girls for the first few years of their life made it increasingly clear at a very early age that they understand themselves to be boys. Their social development and patterns are aligned with other children of their age.
Where will a transgender camper or staff member sleep?
What about privacy?
Will my child be scared or confused?
What does the Reform Movement say about transgender people?
How do I explain transgender people and gender variance to my children?
Loved the natural flow of inclusivity throughout camp and how concepts that may have been unknown were beautifully shared.
All campers are recognized as full members of the Jewish community whether they have one or two Jewish parents. This is a no-stress environment, where learning the levels of Jewish living is an enjoyable and natural process with which campers engage.
The Creative Arts Academy is committed to racial diversity, equity and inclusion. With an estimated 12-15% of the North American Jewish community identifying as people of color, CAA creates a space that fosters and celebrates this diversity. Partnering with the URJ, the 6 Points Creative Arts has initiatives in place to ensure that from our hiring practices to our artistic choices, our campers of color and their families know they are seen, embraced, and welcomed.
We strive to provide inclusive and accessible experiences for our campers, and we realize that, just as no two campers are alike, no two disability experiences are alike. Our goal is to empower young people to thrive in the best camp environment possible for them. We recognize that participants may need varying levels of support while at camp and that parents are our partners in ensuring the success of each camper. Each camper is considered on an individualized basis, with input from parents, teachers and other professionals, to determine a path to success in our program and the types of accommodations needed to meet that expectation.
Once a camper is registered, families work in partnership with our Community Care team to ensure the camper’s success for the summer. This may include a more comprehensive intake, collaboration with professionals who work with your child, and maintaining regular communication throughout the off season as we prepare for the summer. Please contact us and let’s start the conversation! If it is determined that CAA is not the best fit we will connect you to other programs which might be options.