learning a new dance or song with friends, playing any number of sports, jumping around on the trampoline in our lake, swimming in the pool, and more, the fun at Camp Havaya never ends! While every day is a little different, and schedules vary based on age group, here’s how a “typical” day looks….
We work hard to make sure that each camper can play hard. Every detail is in place so that they can have the time of their life—every single day.
Some mornings we share a song and a story. Other mornings we have a short musical service. Once a week, campers choose their own ways into prayer. Some days there are morning games where general silliness is the rule and other days we do Zumba. Whatever happens, it’s a great way to get the blood flowing and prepare everyone for a fun and exciting day.
Campers sit together with their cabin to begin the day with a delicious and healthy breakfast.
Clean-up contests (with prizes, of course!) help make daily “chores” more fun and rewarding.
Campers focus in fun and engaging ways on values, tikkun olam (social action), Israel, and “hot topics” that impact their lives throughout the year. From choosing values through jelly beans and ice cream to board games about living in two civilizations with dice the size of your head, we encourage each camper to explore our traditions and today’s world to discover what being Jewish means to them.
Soccer, basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, street hockey, ga-ga, volleyball, softball, lacrosse, kickball, and more.
During the course of the week, campers learn from visiting artists-in-residence, cook amazing food (often with vegetables from our garden), sing new songs and old favorites, create works of art in one of our studios, try out Israeli dances, and find their creative side.
With open seating, campers can sit with friends from home, older siblings, or a favorite counselor.
All campers are given funds to “purchase” Camp Havaya gear such as sweatshirts, stuffed animals, and water bottles, along with toiletries and any other needed items. No food is sold at the shuk!
With such a busy day, we all need a rest!
Swimming lessons in our heated pool, boating on the lake, jumping on the water trampoline and blob, standup paddle boarding, and more fun in the water.
Campers of all ages choose from nearly 30 different activities. From archery to sewing to Magic the Gathering, from journalism to Zumba to swim team, from lacrosse to Quidditch to painting, there’s something for everyone. After two weeks, campers choose new electives for the second half of the session.
All of camp gathers together to hang out, swim, play ga-ga, or just sit under a tree and read … and, of course, to have a snack.
Like before, campers choose from nearly 20 different activities each week. Harim campers (entering freshmen and sophomores) spend this time hanging out in the Eco-Village.
Campers sit together with their cabin for another delicious meal – and for weekly theme nights.
Just like in the morning!
There’s always more fun to be had, whether at a pool party or a talent show, running around for capture the flag or a scavenger hunt, performing in the Camp “Sing” or singing your heart out at a concert.
At the end of each day, campers check in with friends and counselors in their cabin, share great experiences from the day, and begin to look forward to another great day tomorrow….
Campers go tubing during morning pontoon boat rides, participate in inter-camp sports tournaments, sleep under the stars on overnight camping trips, dress up for Pirate Night and other theme nights, perform in the Camp “Sing,” build team spirit for Maccabiah (Olympics), and travel the world on International Day. They go on fun field trips (can you say waterpark?), sing their hearts out at amazing concerts, learn from skilled artists-in-residence, have late night pool parties, and perform in “Shabbat Unplugged” (our weekly all-camp talent show).
With so many things going on, the biggest challenge at Camp Havaya is figuring out what’s the most fun!
Camp Havaya is a truly extraordinary place—your kid will feel part of something bigger than themselves, and they’ll want to experience that magic year after year.