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ABOUT US

Camp Bob Waldorf is a nonprofit residential camp that provides a safe, nurturing environment where children learn to be creative, responsible and thoughtful individuals.

Each year more than 1200 youth from the Greater Los Angeles area participate in one of Camp Bob Waldorf’s summer or weekend camp programs.

Activities and experiences are grounded in four important values–Community, Inclusion, Identity, and Respect–which campers put into practice each day while they learn new skills, develop their interests and make lasting memories.

Camp Bob Waldorf is nestled on 112 acres in the Verdugo Hills of Glendale, just 15 miles from Downtown Los Angeles.

KIBBUTZ CAMP BOB WALDORF

Kibbutz Bob Waldorf is a pluralistic camp for Jewish children

CAMP BOB WALDORF

Camp Bob Waldorf is a non-sectarian camp for children in underserved communities

Camp Bob Waldorf is accredited by the American Camping Association, which verifies our compliance with over 300 nationally recognized standards for operation. Camp Bob Waldorf is owned and operated by Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, a 100-year-old nonprofit organization that provides a range of innovative, impactful programs to assist youth in achieving their full potential.

STAFF

Dale Decker Jr.

Dale Decker Jr.

Camp Director
Rose Levenson

Rose Levenson

Assistant Director
Javier Cervantes

Javier Cervantes

Program Director
Alba Arzu

Alba Arzu

Camp Registrar
Sofia Varona

Sofia Varona

Office Manager
Anthony Moore

Anthony Moore

Executive Chef
Lynn Duston

Lynn Duston

Facilities Manager
Edward Martinez

Edward Martinez

Assistant Facilities Manager
Brian Sapp

Brian Sapp

Facilities Assistant
Rick Vargas

Rick Vargas

Registration Intern

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Alexandria House group

Camp Bob Waldorf is honored to partner with a wide variety of social service agencies, charter schools, and nonprofit organizations, all of whom help us provide unparalleled camp experiences for children.

Our partners include:

  • Abode Communities
  • A Place Called Home
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles
  • CASA
  • Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Child & Family Guidance
  • Child Birth Connection
  • Cleveland Elementary
  • Didi Hirsh Mental Health
  • East Valley Youth and Family
  • El Centro Del Pueblo
  • Green Dot/Animo JBT
  • Green Dot/Animo Mae Jemison
  • Green Dot/Animo Westside
  • Imagine LA
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Los Feliz Charter
  • Neuwirth Leadership Academy
  • Operation Progress
  • Penny Lane*
  • San Fernando Mental Health
  • Shields for Families
  • Stuart House
  • St. Francis Center
  • Thomas Safran & Associates – TSA
  • Ties for Families
  • United Friends of the Children
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FOUNDATION FOR CBW

“Camp Bob Waldorf changed my life when I was 8 and 9 years old and had no idea what direction my life would take. The Foundation ensures that the camp is here for kids like me forever.”
Sandy Sigal, VP of the Foundation for Camp Bob Waldorf and former camper

The Foundation for Camp Bob Waldorf was established in 1962 to provide ongoing operational funding for Camp Bob Waldorf and guarantee its existence for generations to come. Over the past 80 years, thanks in part to The Foundation for Camp Bob Waldorf, more than 60,000 underserved children have benefited from attending our Camp.

The Foundation for Camp Bob Waldorf is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Tax ID 95-6127224) that operates as a restricted endowment fund. Its board of directors approves monthly allocations to cover camp operating expenses, and also raises money to fund camp programs.

For more information on The Foundation for Camp Bob Waldorf, please contact Lauren Rosenblum at (323) 456-1148 or lrosenblum@jbbbsla.org.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HEALTH & SAFETY

Q: Is there medical staff at camp?

We have a registered nurse on our campsite at all times to administer medication and provide care for our campers and staff, as well as a local physician on call who serves as our medical advisor. It is camp policy for the nurse to contact the parents/guardians of a camper in the event of physical injury, fever over 100 degrees, or if the camper needs to spend the night in the nurse’s office. The nurse will also contact the parents/guardians if a camper needs to be transported to urgent care or the emergency room. The nurse may also call to check in about medications or medical information in their files.

Q: How will my camper take his/her medication?

All medication must be controlled and administered by the camp nurse. Campers may only keep epi-pens, inhalers, and certain topical creams, but only after they have checked them in with the nurse.

EMOTIONAL CARE

Q: What happens if my camper experiences temporary moments of sadness (ex: misses home)?

Sleeping away from home is one of the most important growth experiences provided by a residential summer camp. But we recognize that most children miss home at some point. That’s why we train our staff members to help children through this challenge by creating a personalized plan for each camper who needs our support.

Q: How does the camp approach bullying?

We do not tolerate bullying at Camp Bob Waldorf. Our core values of community, inclusion, and respect require that members of the Camp Bob Waldorf family treat each other with kindness and compassion and honor each other’s differences. We train staff members to be proactive in creating a bully-free environment and responsive to campers who exhibit any signs of bullying or being bullied. Additionally, campers are encouraged to be “upstanders,” serving as advocates for each other. Campers who bully others – verbally, emotionally, or physically – will be asked to leave.

FOOD

Q: What’s the food like at camp?

Our Executive Chef and dining staff prepare three healthful meals and three snacks each day. Food is plentiful and well-balanced, and menus are designed to appeal to the palettes of our campers. Examples of what we serve include:

  • Breakfast: Cereal, Scrambled Eggs & Hash Browns, Bagels, Pancakes, French Toast, Fruit, Juice, Milk
  • Lunch: Tuna/Egg Salad/Sunbutter & Jelly Sandwiches, Turkey/Chicken/Veggie Wraps, Pizza, Grilled Cheese, Taco Bar, Spaghetti, Salad Bar
  • Dinner: Grilled Chicken, Meatloaf, BBQ Turkey Burgers & Hot Dogs, Stir Fried Chicken & Veggies, Tortellini, Grilled Veggies, Salad Bar, Rice, Fruit

Q: Is the food kosher?

All Kibbutz programs adhere to a level of kashrut that reflects our pluralistic approach to Jewish living and is based on a needs assessment conducted among our families.

  • Animal products considered treif are never served – pork/pig products, shellfish
  • All beef and poultry products are purchased from a kosher provider
  • Meat and milk products are never combined in a meal

Please note that our kitchen is not under rabbinic supervision and that we use one set of cooking utensils and dishes. We encourage you to contact our office with any questions.

Q: What if my camper has dietary restrictions or food allergies?

We regularly offer alternatives for vegetarians and vegans, as well as gluten-free and dairy-free options. Our chef can also accommodate a range of other food allergies when given proper notice.  Our staff communicates about food allergens so that campers know what they can and cannot eat. Camp Bob Waldorf is a nut-free environment.

TRANSPORTATION

Q: How do kids get to and from camp?

Campers are dropped off and picked up at our facility in Glendale by a parent or guardian. We do not offer bus transportation.

CELL PHONES & TECHNOLOGY

Q: Will my camper have access to his/her cell phone?

Camp provides the opportunity to unplug and take a “screen vacation”. Campers may bring a digital camera or non-internet iPod, but all other technology, including tablets and Apple Watches, is prohibited and will be confiscated.  In cases of an emergency, parents/guardians can always reach a director on an emergency line.