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KIBBUTZ BOB WALDORF

Kibbutz Bob Waldorf is a non-denominational Jewish sleepaway camp for kids entering grades 4 – 12 that fosters growth and development in a fun, safe and nurturing environment. Our program is built upon four core pillars—Community (Kehillah), Inclusion (Keshet), Identity (Atzmi), and Respect (Kavod)—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.

JEWISH IDENTITY

Campers in our Kibbutz program also enjoy our spirited Shabbat celebration and strengthen their Jewish identity.

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

SPORTS

SPORTS

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

SWIMMING

SWIMMING

AND LOTS MORE

AND LOTS MORE!

2018-19 SESSIONS & RATES

Join Kibbutz 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

Every summer, Kibbutz Bob Waldorf hosts three sessions for students entering 4th to 10th grades. The cost to attend a summer session is $800*. Our 2019 sessions are:

  • Session 1: June 20 – July 1, 2019
  • Session 2: July 3 – July 14, 2019

Financial Assistance

We don’t want cost to prevent any child in our community from experiencing the transformative power of Kibbutz Bob Waldorf. We offer a 10% sibling discount. First-time campers are also eligible for the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s “One Happy Camper” Grant of $250 for summer sessions.

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.

KIBBUTZ TEEN CAMPS

Campers entering grades 7 – 10 participate in many typical fun camp activities, and also have opportunities to develop new skills in leadership, independence, and critical thinking.

Teen Camp

TEEN CAMP (9th – 10th grade)

Available During Session 1 (June 20 – July 1, 2019)

Campers come to understand the difference they can make in the world and the importance of tikkun olam (repairing the world) as they learn about social justice and leadership and participate in community service projects.

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EXPLORATIONS (7th – 10th grade)

Available During Session 2 (July 3 – 14, 2019)

Campers focus their energy on learning new skills in a specific area of their choosing. Core programs are taught by program specialists with expertise in farm to table, outdoor adventure, film and media, athletics, or performing arts.

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KIBBUTZ COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING

Are you in 11th or 12th grade? Do you want a unique and rewarding summer experience? The 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.

CITs can apply for this program during Camp Bob Waldorf or Kibbutz Bob Waldorf, our Jewish camp program. While CITs do not need to be Jewish to attend, we ask that they are respectful of our campers’ religious beliefs and camp’s practices at that time.

The application deadline for Summer 2019 was February 14th. For more information please contact Rose Levenson.

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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 Israeli dance, 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

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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.