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OUR PROGRAM

Camp Haitkvah is surrounded by water on three of its four sides and, as a result, we pride ourselves on focusing on lakefront fun. Every day, campers rotate to each of our three docks for things like waterskiing, wakeboarding, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, inflatable fun, swimming lessons and more. When not on the lake, campers have access to equally fun land activities in athletics and the arts.

During the evenings, campers participate in active programs that often have Jewish themes woven into them. The goal of this is to help the campers learn of their shared shared culture, values and history through exciting experiential learning. 

 

While Camp Hatikvah offers campers an opportunity to improve their skills sets in many areas, our main focus is on helping campers develop "life skills". Specifically, through creative and engaging programming, we teach leadership, adaptability, responsibility and problem solving. We focus on the importance of teamwork and community and our campers leave camp feeling more confident, competent and enriched. This, we believe, is what makes our program so meaningful and impactful. 

JUST A FEW OF THE ACTIVITIES WE OFFER....

A TYPICAL DAY AT CAMP HATIKVAH

8:00:

Wake-up

8:30:

Mifkad (flag raising)

9:30:

U-Dock (waterskiing, wakeboarding, paddle-boarding, sailing, corcling)

10:30:

Chug 1 (campers choose a land activity that is of specific interest to them)

11:30:

Y-Dock (canoeing and kayaking)

12:30:

Rechitzah (campers change for lunch)

12:45:

Lunch

1:30:

Menucha (rest period)

2:30:

A-Dock (swimming lessons)

3:30:

Popsicle Fun

3:45:

Chug 2 (campers choose a land activity that is of specific interest to them)

4:45:

Sports or Crafts

6:00:

Mifkad (flag lowering)

6:15:

Dinner

7:30:

Evening Program

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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, Kochavim, Chaluztim and Gesher units live in large cabins that typically house 14 - 16 campers and 3 staff. These cabins include toilet and sink facilities. Shower facilities are just a short walk away. Campers in Kochot and SITS live in small cabins that house between 4 to 6 campers. Washroom & shower facilities are just a short walk away. Please note: In Second Session, 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, Kochavim, 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 80 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, Kochavim, 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 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?


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.