Summer 2022

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Our campers experience all that the Creative Arts Academy has to offer in our 12-day sessions. From arts majors, chuggim (electives), and kinesthetic arts (recreational activities) to all-camp programs that build community, a session of camp helps campers advance their skills, discover new passions and make friends that could last a lifetime, while also growing as individuals. Camp is a fast-paced, communal living environment and campers are encouraged to fully participate in all programming.

Join us for 2, 4, 5, or 6 weeks of Summer 2022!

Summer 2022 Dates:

Session Dates Opening Day Closing Day Tuition
Session 1 June 28 July 10 $3,595 $3495 thru Nov. 11
Intersession A July 10 July 12 *included with multi-session tuition
Session 2 July 12 July 24 $3,595 $3495 thru Nov. 11
Intersession B July 24 July 26 *included with multi-session tuition
Session 3 July 26 August 7 $3,595 $3495 thru Nov. 11
Musical Theatre Intensive (current 8th-10th grades) June 28 July 31  $8995 includes NYC trip $8,895 thru Nov. 11
Two Sessions* $7,040 $6,940 thru Nov. 11
Full Summer* $10,485 $10,385 thru Nov. 11

Gesher (current 11th grade)

participants choose camp sessions 1 and 2 or 2 and 3

June 28

OR

July 13

July 24

OR

August 7

$5,400 for 4 week program

*includes intersession and multi-session discount

for 2022 we are operating with four Units (age groups).

Bonim – Builders (Current 3rd-5th grades):  Building foundational skills in the art discipline of their choice.

Shoreshim – Roots (Current 6th and 7th grade):  Rooting those skills and continuing to expand options.

Bonim and Shoreshim attend majors together with the exception of Instrumental Music Ensemble and Photography, which are only open to Shoreshim.  Bunks will be comprised of only campers in each unit and some specific programming will be offered for each.

Olim – Next Level (Current 8th – 10th grade):  Olim take their skills to the next level with more specific choices in majors and higher-level skill building in each.

Gesher – Bridge (Current 11th grade): Our staff-in-training bridges the camper experience and staff experience.  As part of this 4 week program, participants experience skill building within the arts discipline of their choosing, as well as professional development in key areas of camp: residential life, programming, and logistics. Gesher participants shadow staff of all camp areas while participating in Arts Majors, Showcase, and Shabbat.

Olim and Gesher attend majors together with the exception of Musical Theatre Intensive, which is only open to Olim.  Olim and Gesher function independently in almost all other ways.

Each day our campers experience a variety of immersive arts activities:

Majors
Bonim (current Grades 3-5), Shoreshim (current Grades 6-7), 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. Click the Arts Discipline to learn more.

Contemporary Theatre

Musical Theatre

Creative Writing

Photography

Dance

Visual art

Instrumental Music Ensemble

Vocal Music Ensemble

Musical Theatre Intensive

Shakespeare

Chuggim (Electives)
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.

Evening Programs
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.

Showcase
While a great deal of our time is spent in skill building, Creative Arts is committed to the balance of process and product. 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.

One Happy Letter

My daughter LOVED camp and the people there! And the last letter she sent to me was what I consider every parents dream letter. She mentioned the things she was involved in and ended it with, “Can’t wait to see you but sad to leave!!”

Supportive Community

I was impressed that the arts mentor reached out to us before the session. I felt very embraced by leadership in my communications outside of camp dates. Very impressive responses back via email or phone. Our temple was visited by camp team, and they were wonderful to my daughter, who they remembered. Campers build a sense of community. The campers seems to really love each other!

Artistic Focus

The arts focus is key! Also the camp staff is excellent. My child really liked the counselors, rabbinic staff, and leadership.

Jewish. Arts. Camp.

This camp is great for kids at almost all levels of artistic skill because the arts mentors are so ready to build unique experiences. The Jewish experience is unique because it is so integrated into the arts education, so kids of varying Jewish knowledge have so much to gain. The culture is so inclusive and loving, especially for kids who might not be successful at “typical” overnight camp. The leadership is so integrated into camp life and the kids feel connected with everyone.