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CAMP BOB WALDORF

Camp Bob Waldorf is a sleepaway camp for kids currently in 3rd – 9th grade that fosters growth and development in a fun, safe and nurturing environment. Our program is built upon four core pillars—Community, Inclusion, Identity, and Respect—which campers put into practice each day while they develop new skills and interests, learn to be responsible and thoughtful individuals, and make lasting friendships.

SPORTS

SPORTS

basketball, soccer, football, Ga-Ga, archery, and more

CHALLENGE COURSE

CHALLENGE COURSE

team building exercises, climbing wall, high ropes course

ARTS

ARTS

arts and crafts, drama, singing, dance, video

RANCH

RANCH

horseback riding, hiking, animal care, nature, farm-to-table cooking

SWIMMING

SWIMMING

AND LOTS MORE!

AND LOTS MORE!

2019-20 SESSIONS & RATES

Join Camp Bob Waldorf for the fun and friendship of camp, either a traditional summer session or one of our weekend retreats.

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Summer Sessions

This summer Camp Bob Waldorf hosts four sessions for children currently in 3rd to 9th grades. The cost to attend a summer session is $400. Financial assistance is available! Our 2020 sessions are:

Session 1: July 1st-10th, 2020

Session 2: July 12th-21st, 2020

Session 3: July 23rd- August 1st, 2020

Session 4: August 3rd-12th, 2020

Weekend Retreats

Weekend retreats are held from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon during the school year. Each retreat specifically caters to students within a specific age range. The cost to attend one of these retreats is $45. For the 2020 school year, we offer the following retreats:

CBW Retreat     

Grade: 3rd-8th

January 3rd-5th, 2020

Deadline to apply for the CBW Retreat is Friday, December 13th. 

Social Justice Camp   

Grades: 8th-10th

February 28th-March 1st, 2020

Deadline to apply for Social Justice Camp is Monday, February 10th. 

Financial Assistance

We don’t want cost to prevent any child in our community from experiencing the transformative power of Camp Bob Waldorf. Financial assistance is available to qualified families. We also offer a 10% sibling discount.

If you need help affording to send your child to our camp, or you have any other questions, please contact Alba Arzu at alba@campbobwaldorf.org or 323-456-1152.

Eligibility Criteria*

Camp Bob Waldorf is a residential camp for campers currently in 3rd-11th grade that fosters growth and development in a fun, safe and nurturing environment. Camp serves low-income families with the goal of providing campers with enriching activities during the summer. Our program is built upon four core pillars (values): Inclusion, Community, Identity, and Respect. Campers live out these values through their daily interactions with other campers, learning new skills, and making lasting memories.

Campers live in a cabin with their peers and two to three trained counselors.  They spend most of their day experiencing exciting new camp activities together. Camp activities include swimming, archery, a high ropes course, a climbing wall, hiking, cooking, ranch animal care, arts and crafts, and so much more! Through these activities and interactions, our campers learn to be responsible and thoughtful individuals.

The following criteria are provided to assist you in determining if your camper will be successful at Camp Bob Waldorf at this time.  Our top priority is the physical and emotional safety of all members of the camp community.  Children who exhibit the following behaviors are evaluated further to ensure they are ready to take part in a residential camp experience.

Types of Needs and Behaviors that Camp Bob Waldorf Evaluates

  1. A child who requires medical attention beyond the capacity of our health center and whose participation in the overall camp program would be harmful to their medical condition.
  2. A child who requires one-on-one supervision in a school setting.
  3. A child who has difficulty blending into, cooperating, and following rules in a living or classroom situation with children their own age.
  4. A child who has displayed physical, emotional, or verbal aggression and has harmed (or attempted to harm) another person or their property during the past year.
  5. A child who has displayed self-destructive or suicidal tendencies within the past 6-12 months.
  6. A child who has been hospitalized for psychiatric care within the past 6-12 months.
  7. A child who is involved with illegal substances (drugs, alcohol) and/or cannot respect that we are a drug, alcohol, and smoke-free community.
  8. A child who cannot respect boundaries around sexual behavior and compromises the safety of others.
  9. A child who has any history or tendencies to set or play with fire.
  10. A child who has been suspended from school in the last 12 months.
  11. A child who walks or runs away from the classroom or other space.

If you have any questions regarding any of the criteria for camp, please contact our Assistant Director, Rose Levenson at 818-658-7156 or at Rose@campbobwaldorf.org

*Si necesita la información en español, contáctenos al 818-957-4900 o registration@campbobwaldorf.org

TEEN CAMPS

Campers currently in grades 8-9 will participate in teen-specific activities as well as programs with the larger camp community.  Teen Camp highlights values such as social action and advocacy, leadership skills, and identity.  Teen campers spend the majority of their day as one large group in order to establish a unique bond.

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TEEN CAMP (8th-9th grade)

July 1st-10th, 2020 and August 3rd-12th, 2020

Campers currently in grades 8-9 will participate in teen-specific activities as well as programs with the larger camp community. Teen Camp highlights values such as social action and advocacy, leadership skills, and identity. Teen campers spend the majority of their day as one large group in order to establish a unique bond.

Performing arts camp

CAMP BOB WALDORF EXPLORATIONS (6th-9th grade)

July 12th-21st, 2020 and July 23rd-August 1st, 2020

Campers currently in grades 6-9 can participate in Explorations, where they choose a specialized “core program” for half of each day. In addition to their core program, campers participate in all our typical camp activities, as well as camp-wide programs and special days.  Core programs may include: Farm-to-Table Cooking, Outdoor Adventure, Visual Arts, Video Game Design, Athletics, and Music & Dance.

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COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING

Are you currently in 10th or 11th grade? Do you want a unique and rewarding summer experience? Our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program might be for you!

Being a CIT gives teens the opportunity to see camp through the eyes of a staff member, while also still enjoying time with their peer group. Program highlights include:

  • Learn valuable skills in leadership through formal training sessions with camp staff
  • Grow to be a role model as you work and play with younger campers
  • Benefit from the fun and friendship-building with peers that is the hallmark of our camp

Our available sessions are:

CIT Session 1: June 17th-July 10th, 2020

CIT Session 2: July 12th-August 1st, 2020

CIT’s have the option to apply during Camp Bob Waldorf sessions, our non-sectarian program or they can apply to our CIT program that runs during both our Kibbutz session, our Jewish camp program, and during a Camp session (non-sectarian program). While CITs do not need to have any religous affiliation to attend, we ask that they are respectful of our campers’ religious beliefs and camp’s practices at that time.

The deadline to apply to the CIT program is Friday, December 13th.

CIT

Questions?

Feel free to reach out to Rose Levenson, Assistant Director.

SAMPLE SUMMER SCHEDULE

A day at camp is packed full of activities that encourage campers to discover their interests and unique abilities. We strike a careful balance between structured programs and supervised free play, along with time as a full community and time spent in smaller groups according to grade level.

  • Cabin Rotations enable campers to sample the full range of activities we offer and promote cabin cohesion.  Campers rotate daily among sports, arts and crafts, nature, dance, ropes course, film/media, animal care, cooking, archery, and lots more!
  • Electives provide campers the opportunity to take a deeper dive into an activity they most enjoy.  Options might include drumming, water polo, yoga, football, painting, and more!

Here is what might happen on a typical day:

  • 7:15am Good Morning
  • 7:50am Fire Circle (full camp assembly & announcements)
  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00am Cabin Clean Up
  • 9:30am Cabin Rotation
  • 10:30am Cabin Rotation
  • 11:30am Cabin Rotation
  • 12:30pm Lunch
  • 1:30pm Rest Hour
  • 2:30pm Elective Rotation
  • 3:30pm Elective Rotation
  • 4:30pm Free Play and Snack
  • 5:30pm Shower Hour
  • 6:30pm Dinner
  • 7:45pm Evening Activity
  • 8:45pm Closing Circle & Snack

CAMP MAP

Camp Map

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: 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.