In their chosen discipline, campers practice and perform in a dynamic, challenging and FUN environment. Participants set personal goals, increase skills, and work toward portfolio/audition quality pieces.

Major Workshops – Currently in Grades 3-6
For our artists currently in grades 3-6 we offer two major workshop options of approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes each.  Participants may choose 2 each session from the following:

  • Creative Writing
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Vocal Music
  • Visual Arts

Majors – Currently in Grades 7-10
Artists currently in grades 7-10 spend 4 hours each day in one Major Studio from the following:

  • Creative Writing
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dance
  • Music - Instrumental Ensemble
  • Music - Vocal Ensemble
  • Classical/Contemporary Theatre
  • Musical Theatre
  • Visual Arts

Staff-in-Training – Currently in Grade 11
Gesher, meaning bridge, focuses on the development of young individuals as participant and role model within the camp community for current 11th grade students. 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. A select group is accepted into this program based on their Gesher applications (separate from CampMinder application), personal interviews, and references. Artists currently in grade 11 spend 4 hours each day in one Major Studio from the following:

  • Creative Writing
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dance
  • Music - Instrumental Ensemble
  • Music - Vocal Ensemble
  • Classical/Contemporary Theatre
  • Musical Theatre
  • Visual Arts

Minors – Currently in Grades 3-10
In addition to their major concentration, participants select a session-long or week-long minor in an area that is of interest to them, yet not their primary area of concentration. Minors include options like:

  • Instrumental Music for all ages
  • Introduction to Guitar
  • Baking
  • Musical Theatre
  • Painting
  • Play Writing
  • Songleading

No experience is necessary for the culinary arts major.  Artists currently in grades 7-10 are expected to have foundational experience if choosing a major in dance, music, theatre, or visual art.  For artists currently in grades 3-6 foundational experience is expected in our dance major.

Creative Writing ~ Writer’s Craft
Writers strive to use their words to share the depth and breadth of emotion, experience, and the limitless realm of imagination. With attention to technique in character development, plot, theme, point of view, rhythm, setting, form, and structure, budding authors explore their craft through fiction, play-writing, poetry and essays. The writing major is a safe space for exploring and sharing ideas, as well as giving and receiving feedback, where work is treated objectively rather than as any reflection of the writer personally. Work will be compiled and shared at the end of the session.

Culinary Art ~ A Recipe For Success
The Culinary Arts major nurtures a passion for food, provides the technique to properly handle, store, and prepare each component, and fosters an understanding of regional and cultural ingredients. Our young chefs work at our on-site farm, learn and sharpen skills in food preparation and safety, work with proven recipes, and experiment with original creations.

Dance ~ Body, Mind and Soul
Our program reinforces a well-rounded understanding of theory, technique, and performance.  Through the development of their own choreography in the dance genre of their choice, and the development of skills that push their creative and technical limits, we foster intelligent dance artists. With an emphasis on self-directed learning, collaboration, and the great diversity of expression that exists within dance, our dancers are immersed body, mind and soul.

Instrumental Ensemble ~ Collaboration is Key (Only offered for grades 7 - 10)
We create an environment in which theory and methodology are highlighted as foundational skills through collaboration and teamwork.  Our instrumentalists compose in pairs, trios and large groups, while individual goals are supported and reinforced.  Existing work in various genres is interpreted and orchestrated through a new lens.

Vocal Ensemble ~ Evolving Musical Ideas
Our vocalists explore the power of the human voice while embracing evolving musical ideas.  Vocal artists develop their musicianship, performance technique, vocal range, and interpretation through a variety of musical styles, in multiple languages, and across time periods.  Participants focus on new arrangements of familiar songs and original creations through both solo and ensemble work.

Theatre ~ Actors’ Arsenal
Character development, breath and vocal techniques, improvisational methods, comedic timing, physical awareness, audition skills, stage combat – all are tools in the actors’ arsenal. Our performers have the opportunity to employ these elements in previously mounted works, as well as to unique productions that are crafted at camp. Our thespians also review techniques in makeup, costume, lighting, and set design, and leave with tangible takeaways that can help them continue their work outside of camp.

Olim (Grades 7-10) Theatre majors choose between:
•Classical/Contemporary ~ From Shakespeare to Shephard, Moliere to Miller, players apply foundational technique to monologues and scene-study.
•Musical Theater ~ Using these building blocks, actors focus on solo, duet and group pieces, fusing movement and voice with the key skills developed in drama.

Visual Art ~ A Critical Eye
Beyond technique and experimental approaches, visual art takes critical thinking to a whole other level.   Visual artists have access to studios in drawing, painting, and clay work. They derive inspiration from pieces by fellow artists, and from the natural world around us, to develop a critical eye to design and execute unique works.

Sample Daily Schedule Currently in Grades 3-6

7:30a.m.             Wake Up

8:10a.m.             Mo Moments - Morning Ritual

8:30a.m.             Breakfast

9:20a.m.             Nikayon - Clean-Up

10:30a.m.           Kinesthetic Arts

11:35a.m.            Snack

11:45a.m.            Major Workshop I

1:00p.m.             Lunch

1:45p.m.              Rest Period

2:35p.m.             Minor Workshop

3:40p.m.             Major Block II

4:50p.m.             Erev Prep

6:00p.m.             Dinner

7:00p.m.             Evening Program

8:30p.m.             Siyym - Wrap Up

9:00p.m.             Laila Tov Activity

9:30p.m.             Laila Tov - Lights Out

Sample Daily Schedule Currently in Grades 7-10

7:30a.m.             Wake Up

8:10a.m.             Mo Moments - Morning Ritual

8:30a.m.            Breakfast

9:20a.m.             Major Block A

11:35a.m.            Snack

11:45a.m.            Kinesthetic Arts

1:00p.m.             Lunch

1:45p.m.              Rest Period

2:35p.m.             Minor Workshop

3:40p.m.             Nikayon - Clean-up

4:50p.m.             Major Block B

6:00p.m.             Dinner

7:00p.m.             Evening Program

8:30p.m.             Siyym - Wrap Up

9:00p.m.             Laila Tov Activity

10:00p.m.           Laila Tov - Lights Out