Programs at Camp Bob Waldorf
on the Max Straus Campus
Camp Bob Waldorf on the Max Straus Campus offers a variety of camp programs for youth 9-15 years old.
Camp Bob Waldorf (CBW) is a non-denominational program for campers ages 9-15, offering six, 5-day sessions for campers ages 9-10, and three 10-day sessions for campers ages 11-15. Kibbutz Bob Waldorf (KBW) is a pluralistic Jewish program offering two 15-day sessions for campers ages 9-15.
During both Camp Bob Waldorf and Kibbutz Bob Waldorf campers live in a cabin with 10 of their peers, and two to three trained adult counselors, spending the majority of their day experiencing exciting new camp activities together, as one cabin group. Camp activities include swimming, horseback riding, archery, ropes course, hiking, cooking, ranch animal care, arts and crafts and so much more! In the evenings, campers come together with other cabins in their age group for fun, engaging evening programs. Previous evening programs have included events such as a Gold Rush Scavenger hunt, movie night, science fair night, CLUE, and a Lip Sync. Through these activities and the camp experience as a whole, our campers learn to be inclusive, creative, responsible and thoughtful individuals.
Exclusive to Kibbutz Bob Waldorf is a special Shabbat t’filah on Friday nights, a unique, experiential Shabbat experience Saturday mornings, Havdallah, Israel education, Israeli dancing, and so much more! These programs aim to weave Jewish values, traditions and culture into the very fabric of camp, allowing campers to connect to their own Jewish identity and to the larger Jewish community. Additionally, Kibbutz Bob Waldorf offers a 15-day program for campers 12-15 called Kibbutz Explorations. This program is designed for campers looking for a unique a challenging experience that will allow them to learn skills in a specific area of camp, while also experience camp activities, Shabbat programming and much more!
As campers progress through the camp system more activities become available to them. At the age of 14 through the age of 17, returning campers may be invited to attend Witherbee Wilderness Camp a challenging, character-building backpacking trip, offered in partnership with Outward Bound. Invited campers 14-17 can choose between two different trips lasting for 5 days, while campers 16-17 have the additional option of a longer, 7-day trip. Campers who participate in Witherbee become eligible for the Arnold S. Nelson College Scholarship. Any youth ages 16 or 17 may apply to be a volunteer Counselor-in-Training where they will gain hands-on leadership and counseling skills.
And finally, returning campers ages 9-15 are invited to attend Team Bob Waldorf (TBW), a weekend retreat program occurring during the school year. This program provides potential campers with the opportunity to “try camp out” and returning campers to stay connected to their camp friends, participate in their favorite camp activities, and continue to growth and learning that occurs during the summer sessions.
We believe that all children should have the opportunity to participate in camp programs regardless of their family’s financial ability. We believe camp is a rite of passage, a transformative experience that can greatly affect a child’s self-esteem and character. We invest in our campers’ futures.