CAMP SHOMRIA: "THE KIBBUTZ IN THE CATSKILLS"
Camp Shomria is a co-ed kibbutz-style, summer camp located in the Catskills. We believe that learning should be hands-on, youth-centered and cooperative; and we strive to provide that kind of experience. What makes us unique is our culture, which allows campers to create their own world, get a sense of ownership, and become empowered over their lives and education. Whether it’s drama games or interactive discussions about social issues, our programming lets campers grow into independent, critical thinkers.
Campers participate in swimming, sports, and arts & crafts, in addition to progressive Jewish programming and community involvement. Campers also actively participate in raising organic vegetables in our garden and feeding the chickens, goats, and sheep on site.
Camp Shomria is supervised and directed by an adult team of experienced educators from the United States and Israel. We provide flexibility by offering a one week session for campers who need to test the waters first. In addition, we offer our common three-week and a full six-week session. "MiniMosh" is our shortest program for campers entering 3rd and 4th grades. For more information about our sessions and pricing click here.
ABOUT OUR PROGRAM
Camp Shomria is a humanistic Jewish camp whose values are clearly evident in the activities run for the campers. Campers live in bunks (Tzrifim), that are part of units (Machanot) based on the camper’s grade in school. Grade-based units group together children who are on a similar level socially, physically, and developmentally to optimize everyone’s experience. The ratio of campers to counselors ensures that each camper receives plenty of individual attention and learns to be an active part of our community.
The structure of the six weeks is usually divided into different categories that all relate to a theme. The activities are then written to reflect this theme while simultaneously relating to our ideology. Besides these educational activities, we have several games that have turned into a tradition at our camp. Lucille Ball is a camper favorite that allows friendly competition to prove which region is better: New Jersey, New York, or Miscellaneous. Whether the activity is educational, fun, or a creative mix of both, the counselors at Camp Shomria plan and execute amazing activities guaranteed to promise your camper a great summer!
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"Camp Shomria and Hashomer Hatzair have impacted every single aspect of my life as an adult - from the profession I chose, to my continued pursuit of social justice, to the way I have raised my daughters. One of things I am proudest of is the privilege of being involved with Hashomer Hatzair for more than five decades, as a chanicah, madricha, rosh ken, mazkirat tnuah, member of a garin to Kibbutz Harel and parent of three shomrot. The vision of the first shomrimot is still being realized - working for socialism, ZIonism and a strong humanitarian connection to Judaism, and above all, continuing to honor the power of youth to achieve these ideals."alum and parent
"I have been sending my children to Camp Shomria for the past four years. They absolutely love it! My kids tend to be on the shyer side and I was concerned about them making friends. They not only made friends, but I am pretty sure these are going to be life-long friends. They attend each other's Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, they have activities all through the year including the weekends away in the winter and in the fall. I am so excited that I found a camp where they feel comfortable, learn, and have lots of fun. Sending my children to Camp Shomria was one of the best things I could do for them."parent