Usually I would say I want to go to camp to see all my old friends, but to be honest they are not friends. They are FAMILY! Every summer I count down the days until I go to camp because it's that exciting. Every year I learn something new about myself. Camp Be'chol Lashon is my second home, and I can't wait to go back this summer. I am always making new friends that I will probably know for a lifetime.
--Camper, Age 12
Ndashi had a unique, marvelous, transformative summer. She couldn't stop raving about camp. She says, "Mom, you HAVE TO send me back next year!" With all of Ndashi's many opportunities, she's never had an opportunity as special, and as needed for her, as Be'chol Lashon. It really made her feel a sense of belonging and pride. So, if there's a day that you ask yourself if it's worth it, please know that it most definitely is. And I'm very grateful.
--Alysha Beyer, Nadashi's mother
Camp Be'chol Lashon
Camp Be'chol Lashon is a new multicultural Jewish overnight camp in the San Francisco Bay Area for campers from all over the United States, ages 8-18, with special leadership opportunities for ages 15-18. It teaches about global Jewish diversity, builds community leaders, and inspires a love of Judaism.
What are the dates?
There are three week-long sessions -- July 17th - August 7th.
Session 1: July 17th - July 24th; Session 2: July 24 - July 31; Session 3: July 31 - August 7th. You have the option of attending any or all of the sessions.
What if my child wants to go for more than one week?
Many campers come for 2 or 3 weeks as the programming is different each of the sessions.
Why Camp Be'chol Lashon?
Our diverse Camp Be'chol Lashon staff foster global Jewish identity development in a safe, nurturing environment. A more expansive vision of the Jewish people coincides with the world-view of younger generations of Jews who have increasing access to technology, and for whom being Jewish is one of many identities. Campers develop Jewish friendship circles and build a deeper connection to Jewish life through diverse programming that reflects the multiple identities of contemporary Jews.
We see all of our campers as future leaders. Since some are in the position of being spokespeople and educating others about their Jewish journey, we want them to be prepared and feel supported. We encourage all campers to see multiple identities as an asset, allowing them greater tolerance and understanding of complexity. Our goal is to foster cultural competence, giving children the skills to successfully navigate life as proud Jews and global citizens.
Who is Camp Be'chol Lashon for?
While ALL children are invited to be part of a global Jewish community, Camp Be'chol Lashon is the only summer camp focused on Jews as a multicultural people. CBL expands the borders of the Jewish community, allowing ethnically and racially diverse Jews to see themselves as an integral part of world Jewry. CBL brings kids of diverse experience and backgrounds together and facilitates deep and lasting friendships.
Out of state campers
Although CBL is located in the San francisco Bay Area, campers come from around the country and around the world. We personally accompany children to and from the airport
Summer camp feels out of reach financially. Do we qualify for financial assistance?
You should definitely apply. We recognize that the expense of summer camp may be a barrier to participation. There are both incentive and need-based campership options. Call us at 415.386.2604, or click here for more information.
What do campers do everyday?
In addition to activities like kayaking and canoeing, the success of Camp Be'chol Lashon has been in large part due to its innovative curriculum "Passort to Peoplehood" that focuses on the vision of Jews as a global multicultural people. Each day campers use their 'passports' to 'travel' to a different country to encounter the culture of different Jewish communities through art, music, dance, and cooking.
My child has never been to camp and is on the fence about signing up?
We are happy to schedule a Skype call with you and your child to ask questions and discuss any concerns. In our experience, this is a great way to get to know the counselors, make a reassuring connection, and generate excitement.
My child has never been to camp and doesn't know anyone. Is this typical?
Yes! Every session has a mix of new and returning campers. Camp Be'chol Lashon is a welcoming place for everyone. We are a relatively small camp which allows us to pay careful attention to the emotional experience and identity development of each camper.
I'm worried my child will be homesick. How will you handle this?
We regard "homesickness" as a normal, healthy occurrence for children and refer to this as "missing home" to help differentiate the feeling from a sickness. Our staff members and veteran campers provide appropriate support.
Is camp Kosher?
No. Walker Creek Ranch offers kosher-style, vegetarian, and vegan food options. We do not serve bacon or shellfish, nor do we mix meat and dairy.
What if my child already goes to another summer camp?
Many of our campers attend multiple camps during the summer. We see CBL as a supplemental leadership camp focused on positive identity development in a multicultural Jewish context.
Have a another question? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 415.386.2604 to get an answer from a Be'chol Lashon staff member.
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