What Jewish backgrounds to campers come from?
Our campers come from diverse Jewish backgrounds and all levels of observance. Our dynamic program emphasizes the unity of all Jews. Our camp is right for all Jewish girls that wish to express their Jewish self through fun, adventure, creativity and the arts. Our campers learn to accept one another in a loving and non-judgmental atmosphere.
Who are our staff?
Our staff have years of experience as counselors and as leaders in their communities around the world. They are so devoted to each campers and truly make our camp the “happiest place to be.” They are role models for our campers in every way.
What are the accommodations?
Girls stay in the comfortable Russel Sage College dorms, with 2-3 girls per room. Every room has a sink, and bathrooms are dormitory style near each set of bedrooms. Visit our accommodations page for more information about the location of the Retreat.
How much learning do you have at camp?
After prayer in the morning, we have a 45 minute GROW Learning workshop, which is divided by level, and focuses on the theme for the day using icebreakers, discussions, creative writing, stories and songs. Our learning is also integrated into the activities and trips and we learn through action and hands-on activities. We conclude camp with a Movie that we producte that brings out the lessons from the summer theme.
What is the security on the college campus?
The Russel Sage College Campus is empty during the summer, but we still have college security at all times. Buildings are locked and you need a special card to enter the buildings.
What is the kashrut supervision?
Kashrut will be supervised by Rabbi Avraham Laber, Chabad of S. Rensselaer NY. All meals are glatt kosher and Chalav Yisrael. Our chef, Michoel Caras is also a Rabbi and ensures the highest standards of Kashrus are kept.
Can I come for just one week?
The retreat is designed for girls to attend the entire time, but in special circumstances girls can come for part of the time. Please contact us for more information.
Do I have to pay all at once for camp?
You can have a payment plan that must be paid up before camp ends.
Are there scholarships?
We have a limited amount of scholarships. We run a very expensive and top notch program and can only give a limited amount of discounts when absolutely necessary. You can fill out the scholarship application. It’s a good idea to see if your local Jewish Federation offers scholarships.
We try very hard not to turn any Jewish girl away for lack of funds.
What happens after I register?
Once we receive your registration and payment, we will e-mail you a few days later to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the retreat (if not you will be refunded). Then you will receive e-mail updates and a parent handbook.
What is your refund policy?
The Retreat payment may be 50% refunded if a camper that was enrolled is ill (G-d forbid) and therefore cannot attend. A doctors letter attesting to such illness must be sent with a request for a refund of payment. In all other cases that a camper does not attend the retreat, to an illness or for any other reason, no refund will be issued.
Why do you need my e-mail address?
After you register we will be sending important information about the retreat to the e-mail address you provide. Please give a valid e-mail address that you check often.
What should I pack?
See the packing list on the site.
Where do I drop off my daughter for camp?
Drop-off is at the camp dorms – Russel Sage Hall. You’ll be able to help your daughter bring her luggagge to her floor and you can have a bit at the meet and greet. This is your opportunity to talk to staff and say goodbye to your daughter. Your daughter will unpack after dinner with the assistance of her counselors.
Is there visiting day?
Being that many of our campers come from throughout the USA, and many parents live too far to visit, we don’t have an official visiting day but you can request to visit on a day that is not a trip.