Camperships & FAQ

Camperships

We strive to provide every child with the opportunity to experience Camp Be’chol Lashon. Below you will find information about several camp scholarship opportunities.

National Camperships

The goal of One Happy Camper” is to incentivize participation in Jewish camps. Eligibility criteria varies from community to community.

Click here to see if your community offers a One Happy Camper program.

PJ Library offers camperships to offset camp tuition for PJ Library participants, siblings, and alumni.

More info

Regional/Local Camperships

The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco provides need-based and need-blind camperships  in the Federation’s service area to attend any Jewish overnight summer camp.

Click here for more info.

The Jewish Federation of the East Bay provides needs-based financial assistance for Jewish children from the East Bay (Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano and Napa Counties) to attend any Jewish overnight summer camp.

Deadline: February 14, 2019

More info

JFSC supports youth as well as families, who want their children to benefit from Jewish experiences. To learn more about funds available for summer experiences for Jewish youth, click here or contact Michelle Lamphere, Financial Aid Center Director for JFCS, at 415-449-1226.

Jewish Free Loan provides interest-free, fee-free loans for Jewish summer camp. Families must live in LA or Ventura Counties.

Click here for more info.

Your local Jewish organizations, such as synagogues and Federations, may provide needs-based camperships for Jewish children to attend any Jewish overnight summer camp. Please reach out to them directly to inquire about opportunities.

Dates

Session 1: July 21 – July 28, 2019

Session 2: July 28 – August 4, 2019

Rates

One week: $1,300

Two weeks: $2,450

CBL Checklist

  • Register and pay the $300 deposit (or the entire fee)
  • Fill out the Medical Info form
  • Have your camper fill out the Camper Info form
  • Review the CBL packing list and cell phone policy [PDF]
  • Get ready for camp!

FAQ

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Camp Be’chol Lashon. Please contact us if you have other questions.

Why CBL?

Our diverse staff foster global Jewish identity development in a safe, nurturing environment. A more expansive vision of the Jewish people coincides with the world-view of younger generations of Jews who have increasing access to technology, and for whom being Jewish is one of many identities. Campers develop Jewish friendship circles and build a deeper connection to Jewish life through diverse programming that reflects the multiple identities of contemporary Jews. We see all of our campers as future leaders. Since some are in the position of being spokespeople and educating others about their Jewish journey, we want them to be prepared and feel supported. We encourage all campers to see multiple identities as an asset, allowing them greater tolerance and understanding of complexity. Our goal is to foster cultural competence, giving children the skills to successfully navigate life as proud Jews and global citizens.

Who is CBL for?

While ALL children are invited to be part of a global Jewish community, Camp Be’chol Lashon is the only summer camp focused on Jews as a multicultural people. CBL expands the borders of the Jewish community, allowing ethnically and racially diverse Jews to see themselves as an integral part of world Jewry. CBL brings kids of diverse experience and backgrounds together and facilitates deep and lasting friendships.

Are out-of-state campers welcome?

Yes! CBL is located in the San francisco Bay Area, but campers come from around the country and around the world. We personally accompany children to and from the airport

What do campers do during the day?

In addition to activities like kayaking and canoeing, the success of Camp Be’chol Lashon has been in large part due to its innovative curriculum “Passort to Peoplehood” that focuses on the vision of Jews as a global multicultural people. Each day campers use their ‘passports’ to ‘travel’ to a different country to encounter the culture of different Jewish communities through art, music, dance, and cooking.

Click here to view a sample schedule.

What should I do if my child has never been to camp and is on the fence about signing up?

We are happy to schedule a Skype call with you and your child to ask questions and discuss any concerns. In our experience, this is a great way to get to know the counselors, make a reassuring connection, and generate excitement.

My child has never been to camp and doesn’t know anyone. Is this typical?

Yes! Every session has a mix of new and returning campers. Camp Be’chol Lashon is a welcoming place for everyone. We are a relatively small camp which allows us to pay careful attention to the emotional experience and identity development of each camper.

I’m worried my child will be homesick. How will you handle this?

We regard “homesickness” as a normal, healthy occurrence for children and refer to this as “missing home” to help differentiate the feeling from a sickness. Our staff members and veteran campers provide appropriate support.

What if my child already goes to another summer camp?

Many of our campers attend multiple camps during the summer. We see CBL as a supplemental leadership camp focused on positive identity development in a multicultural Jewish context.

Is camp kosher?

No. Walker Creek Ranch offers kosher-style, vegetarian, and vegan food options. We do not serve bacon or shellfish, nor do we mix meat and dairy.

What if my child wants to go for more than one week?

Many campers come for two weeks, as the programming is different during each of the sessions.