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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

Assistant Director

Rose Levenson

Rose has been involved in various camps for over a decade, and comes to Camp Bob Waldorf from the sweet town of Hershey, Pennsylvania! Most recently, Rose is grateful to have worked for six summers at URJ Crane Lake Camp as both a counselor and Unit Head. Rose graduated with an MBA in Non-Profit Management and an MA in Jewish Professional Leadership from Brandeis University as a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar. She is proud to be an alumna of Mount Holyoke College, where she earned her BA in Psychology and Education. As an undergraduate, she was a member of the pioneer cohort of the Nachshon Project. Rose enjoys re-reading Harry Potter books, and teaching indoor cycling and Zumba classes.

Favorite breakfast food: French toast sticks!!!

Quote to live by: “You don’t have to be perfect. Just prepared.” – Mary Lyon

Phone:(818) 658-7156

Camp Registrar

Alba Arzu

Alba has a passion for working at camp. She began her journey at Camp Bob Waldorf in 2002 and worked for another non-profit camp for 6 years prior where her devotion for “The Happy Campers Business” was born.  Alba immigrated from Guatemala City after she finished her AA Business Degree and made Los Angeles her new home. She loves frogs of all shapes and colors.

Favorite breakfast food:
Hot cereals

Quote to live by:
“Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.”

Officer Manager

Sofia Varona

Sofia is a native Angelino who is passionate about helping youth find resources and opportunities that will help them thrive now and in the future. She received her B.A. in Liberal Studies at Cal State LA with an emphasis in Directed Elementary Subject Matter. She began her career at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock where she was a summer art camp counselor, and most recently worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles where she helped youth get linked to mentors. She is happy to come full circle at CBW and looks forward to helping families access the wonderful experience camp offers.

Favorite breakfast food:
Pancakes!

Quote to live by:
“Though we tremble before uncertain futures, may we meet illness, death and adversity with strength. May we dance in the face of our fears” -Gloria Anzaldúa

Registration Intern

Rick Vargas

Rick is a CBW alumnus excited to be return to his camp family as a member of the team. When not at camp he is as student at California State University Los Angeles studying business and finance. Rick loves baseball, music, and food, and values his family and friends above all else. He is a very big believer of making things happen rather than waiting for things to come to you.

Favorite breakfast food:
Steak and Eggs

Quote to live by:
“Destiny is not written, destiny is created through one’s actions.”

Chef and Hospitality Manager

Anthony Moore

Phone:(818) 658-7155

Assistant Facilities Manager

Edward Martinez

Phone:(818) 658-7152

Facility Assistant

Brian Sapp

Facility Manager

Lynn Duston

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.