Frequently asked questions

Who owns Camp Hatikvah?

Camp Hatikvah is owned by the Camp Hatikvah Foundation, a registered charitable organization in Canada.

What are your cabins like?

Campers in our Giborim (grades 1 & 2), Chaluztim (grades 2, 3 & 4) and Gesher (grades 5 & 6) units live in large cabins that typically house 14 - 16 camper and 3 staff. These cabins include toilet and sink facilities. Shower facilities are just a short walk away. Campers in Kochot (grade 7 & 8) and SITS (grade 9) live in small cabins that hosue between 4 to 6 campers. Washroom & shower facilities are just a short walk away. Please note: In August, we sometimes house grade 6 campers in our smaller 4 -6 person cabins as well
COVID NOTE: As the government has created housing limits of 14 people total, we have reduced our Giborim, Chalutzim and Gesher cabins to 11 campers or less.

How are your cabin groupings made?

We happily collect cabin-mate requests by asking for the names of five children that your child would enjoy being grouped with. We will then do our utmost to make sure that your child gets to be in a cabin with at least one of those five requests. Beyond that, campers should expect to be in a cabin with friends old and new. Please encourage your children to be open and excited about the opportunity to build new friendships; after all this is a huge part of what camp is all about.

How many counsellors does Camp Hatikvah have during the summer and how are they selected?

The counsellors at Camp Hatikvah are comprised of approximately 60 Jewish youth from across Canada, the United States and Israel. Most were campers with us or in our Young Judaea sister camps across Canada and all have a rich love for Jewish Camping. Each counsellor was selected based on their compassion, intelligence and leadership ability, and while they come to us with an array of exceptional skills, we train each one on issues of child-care, programming, sensitivity and first-aid every year.

How many counsellors will be in my child's cabin with them?

Campers in our Giborim, Chalutzim and Gesher units will live in a cabin with two or three counsellors. Campers in our Kochot and SIT units are given a little more independence and do not live with their counsellors. Instead, each cabin is assigned a tent “mom” or “dad” who supports and supervises them by checking in with them regularly.

Do you have an infirmary?

We have a very well-equipped infirmary on site that is staffed by a professional Registered Nurse (RN) who is there to promote good hygiene and health in our participants, distribute medications and deal with any medical issues that arise during Camp. Our nurse will be supported by volunteer doctors practising telemedicine and, from time to time, an onsite doctor.

My child needs to take daily medication, can you accommodate this?

Many of our campers come to us with medical routines including medication regiments. We can happily and safely accommodate these campers. In order to ensure the safety of all our campers, all all prescriptions, over the counter medications and vitamins sent to camp must be stored in the infirmary. If your child takes daily medication, please ask your pharmacist to prepare these meds in “7 day card” bubble packaging. Any non-daily medications as well as creams, inhalers etc. can be sent up to camp in their original packaging with your child’s name labelled clearly on it.

What if my child is not feeling well at camp (non-COVID related)?

When a child is not feeling well, he or she will be seen by the RN and, if necessary, administered over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, Advil, cough medicines or mild Laxatives (if you have a concern about the nurse administering over-the-counter medication to your child, please inform our Vancouver office in advance at 604-263-1200). If a child requires further medical attention, they will be seen by the Doctor. Parents will not be contacted when their child is seen by the doctor unless the child is prescribed medication. Please note: Canadian residents will have their MSP plan billed every time they see a Doctor. U.S. and International residents will have their credit card billed when they see a Doctor and we will send you documentation so you can claim it under your insurance plan.

What is the weather like at Camp Hatikvah?

Camp Hatikvah is in one of the most beautiful regions of the country, the Okanagan valley. Temperatures on an average summer day range from 28 to 35 degrees Celsius (80-100 Fahrenheit) and the sun is almost always shining!

What do kids do all day at Camp Hatikvah?

Campers attend several one-hour periods throughout the day. About half of these periods are spent at the waterfront where campers swim, ski, sail, canoe and kayak. The other half of the day is spent on land where campers participate in sports, drama, crafts and Jewish programming.

Do you offer structured programming where campers can earn levels?

No. Camp Hatikvah takes a recreational approach to its programming where the focus is on building confidence and relationships. While skill enhancement is supported, we do not offer structured levels in any of our program areas except for swimming.

How are Jewish themes woven into the daily schedule at Camp Hatikvah?

Many of our programs involve some level of informal Jewish or Zionist learning. Additionally, campers engage in special Jewish programs such as Shabbat, Israel hours and daily Mifkad.

How are you handling COVID while at camp?

Please refer to our parent handbook under the "Summer 2021" heading.

Under what circumstances will you contact me while my child is at camp?

We view you as our partners in your child's care and we will absolutely contact you in the following circumstances: • If your child is experiencing serious medical/dental situations you will be contacted by the Camp Nurse or Doctor, and/or the Camp Director. • If your child is being placed on prescription medication by a Physician you will be contacted by our Camp Nurse or Doctor. • If your child is experiencing significant social or behavioural concerns, (including serious homesickness) you will be contacted by the Camp Director. If you do not hear from us, your child is likely having a wonderful and successful experience with us. Please remember, no news is good news.

How do I contact you while my child is at camp?

If you have a question, comment or concern please fill out the following form and someone will get back to you as soon as possible:

Should I let you know if I receive a concerning letter from my child?

Absolutely! If you receive a letter from your child that indicates that they are unhappy or had a negative experience please let us know so that we can check in on them. It is very important to us to have this information and we are grateful for your partnership in their care.

How do I write my child at camp?

Families are invited to send emails to their children using the following form: We are delighted to be able to offer this service on a complimentary basis.

How does my child write me while at camp?

Campers can send letters home via Canada Post. Please make sure that you provide them with pre-addressed and stamped envelopes. Please note: Receiving letters from you is a very important part of your child’s camp experience and we encourage you to write your child regularly. The amount a child chooses to write home to you, however, is left entirely up to them. Some children write home daily while others choose not to write home very often or at all. We recognize that not hearing from your child can be very difficult but we hope that you will come to appreciate that letting your child dictate if and when they communicate with you is all a part of the important growth experience they are having while with us.

Can I send a package to my child at camp?

To reduce the amount of delivery people coming and going from our site, campers are NOT PERMITTED to receive packages this summer. Please do not send anything to them from home or have online shopping delivered to them as the packages WILL NOT be accepted. If your child is celebrating a birthday while at camp, please feel free to leave a birthday present for them with us when you drop them off. If your child is NOT celebrating a birthday at camp, we will NOT be accepting packages for them...

I can't find the camp's address. Why is it not posted?

For security reasons, we have not posted our camp's physical location on our website or our electronic Parent Handbook. If you need the camp address, please complete our contact form and we will email it to you.