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Family Camp

The goal of Family Camp is to give members of our community with younger children access to all the wonder that Camp Hatikvah has to offer. In a typical year, we welcome over 250 people to this program. This year, due to COVID, we have reduced capacity to about 200 participants. 

While at Family Camp, participants spend most of their time in “Free Rotations” where the following activities are available:

  • Swimming & Climbing at our A-Dock

  • Canoeing & Kayaking at our Y-Dock

  • Skiing/wakeboarding, sailing, paddle boating and peddle boating at our U-Dock

  • Arts & Crafts

During the evening, participants will engage in fun family programming. Normally, our evening programs are very interactive with the goal of brining families together so that they can connect and build community. This year, our programming will be geared more towards the specific family unit in order to respect the various comfort levels our participants will have due to COVID. 

Below you will find our tentative schedule for Family Camp 2021.

Friday, August 20th


1:00 – 2:00: Check in & unpack

2:00 – 5:00: Free rotations

5:00 – 5:30: Rechitzah (wash-up)

5:30 – 6:15: Oneg Shabbat

6:15 – 7:30: Dinner

7:30 – 8:30: Evening program - KIBBUTZ NIGHT (together with their families, children will engage in fun activities to learn about what life on a Kibbutz was like for Israel's early pioneers)


Saturday, August 21st

Morning Ski

8:00 – 9:00: Breakfast available

9:00 – 12:00: Free rotations

12:00 - 12:15: Rechitzah (wash-up)

12:15 – 1:15: Lunch available

1:00 – 2:00: Menucha (rest)

2:00 – 5:00: Free rotations

5:00 – 5:30: Rechitzah (wash-up)

5:30 – 7:00: BBQ 

7:00 – 9:00: Evening program - SELFIE CHALLENGE (families will compete in a series of special challenges)


Sunday, August 22nd

Morning Ski
8:00 – 9:00: Breakfast available

9:00 – 12:00: Free rotations
12:15 – 1:15: Lunch available
1:00 – 2:00: Menucha (rest)

2:00 – 5:00: Free rotations

5:00 – 5:30: Rechitzah (wash-up)

5:30 – 6:30: Dinner available 

6:30 - 9:30: Evening program - It's a surprise :)


Monday, August 23rd

8:00 – 9:00: Breakfast available

9:00 – 12:00: Free rotations
12:00: Departure



General Clothing:
- 4 T-shirts/tank tops per person
- 2 sweatshirts per person
- 2 pairs of shorts per person
- 2 pairs of pants per person
- 2 bathing suits per person
- 3 pairs of underwear person
- 3 pairs of socks per person
- 1 casual Shabbat outfit per person
- 1 hat per person
- 1 kippah for each male
- 1 set of rain gear per person
- 1 pair of PJ’s per person
- 1 bathrobe for walking to/from showers per person
- 1 pair of flip flops per person
- 1 pair of runners per person
- 1 pair of water shoes with rubber bottoms for toddlers & preschoolers (so they can comfortably play on the beach)
- 1 single sheet set per person
- 1 sleeping bag/blanket per person
- 1 pillow per person
- 1 beach towel per person
- 1 bath towel per person
- 1 pack and play per baby/toddler

- Soap (in a closable dish)
- Shampoo/Conditioner
- Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
- Deodorant
- Hairbrushes (and hairdryers if desired)
- Sun-tan lotion
- Bug Spray
- Diapers & Wipes (if applicable)
- Razors & Shaving Cream
- Other products you use for your care

Participants may want to carry their toiletries to and from the showers in a shower pail/bucket with holes

- Refillable water bottlers
- Sippy Cups/Bottles/Formula (if required)
- Baby Monitors (if required)
- Portable high chairs if your child requires one for meals
Please bring a proper PFD lifejacket for each child under age six
Please do not bring any nut products on to Camp.

Frequently asked questions

How structured is the day at Family Camp?

Upon arrival at camp, you will be given a very detailed schedule of activity options we are offering over the course of the weekend. We encourage you to take full advantage of your time at camp by trying everything we have to offer but ultimately how much or how little you do is entirely up to you. You are welcome to come and go from all activities as you please.

Do you provide childcare?

The schedule at Family Camp has been designed to allow you a chance to try everything Camp Hatikvah has to offer WITH your children. It is an excellent family bonding experience.

What are my childcare responsibilities?

Parents are expected to accompany and directly supervise their children at all times during Family Camp. NO CHILD IS ALLOWED AT THE WATERFRONT WITHOUT A PARENT WHO IS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR SAFETY AND CARE.

How are meals offered at Family Camp?

Due to COVID, our approach to meals will be a little different this year. The Chadar (dining hall) will be open for families to come in and get their food but we will be encouraging families to eat outdoors instead of in the Chadar. To make this easier, meals will be served take-out style. More details will be sent a few weeks before the program.

Can I bring my own food to Family Camp?

While it is not necessary, you are welcome to bring snacks to keep in your cabin provided they are nut free. To prevent rodents, please store this food in a sealed container. We are unable to store any of your personal food in our Chadar. A special note about COVID: we typically allow families to store their drinks in the SNIDER kitchen each summer. This will NOT be possible this year as that kitchen will remain locked the entire weekend.

I have a baby/toddler, is there anything special I need to bring?

Yes. Please bring a pack and play for them to sleep in to ensure their safety (our bunk beds are high off the ground), a portable high chair for meal time and a proper PFD lifejacket.