August 4 – August 6, 2017
Do you want a great family vacation idea for the end of the summer? Come for a Jewish summer camp experience at the JCC Ranch Camp. Leave the cooking and cleaning to us, as you and your children fall in love with our beautiful 400-acre site in the Black Forest.
Enjoy a JCC Ranch Camp style Shabbat with singing, dancing and community celebrations. Activities for all ages will include horseback riding, crafts, hiking, ropes course, archery, an evening campfire and more. This weekend-long session will be jam-packed with family fun! Space is limited, so register early!
2017 Family Camp Rates – Register HERE!
Shared Cabin Rates – Adult ($160), Child 5 & Up ($125), Young Child 3-5 years ($50) and Children Under 3 are free.
Platform Tent Rates – Adult ($140), Child 5 & Up ($105), Young Child 3-5 years ($50) and Children Under 3 are free.
Private Cabin – Add $150 to your family total to ensure a private accommodation.
Your stay at Ranch Camp will be in either a cabin or platform tent depending on your preference and desired level “rustic”!! Your cabin will either be a beautiful, historic cabin in our south village or you will reside in one of our north village cabins which are complete with large porches with built in seating. Each village has its own flavor and both are a very short walk from the dining hall, our central meeting place. Villages have family-style bathrooms with double curtained showers (with changing areas). Cabins all have bunk beds, shelving and cubbies.
Shared vs Private: Depending on enrollment you may be put in a “Shared Cabin”. Our cabins can accommodate up to 16 people and we would match you with a family with children of a similar age OR you can request to share with a family of your choice. If you are wanting private accommodation you can add $150 to your total and we will reserve your cabin as “private”.
If platform tents are more your style you will be living in what we call TASC village which is home to our teen backpacking program during the summer. Tents can accommodate 4 people in single (not bunk) beds and the tents have shelves to store your belongings. You will be surrounded by trees as you sleep and your view of the stars will be unparalleled! Keep in mind that the bathhouse is a short walk away (200 yards) so bring a flashlight to guide your way.
Families with very young children or who need close access to a bathroom can request housing under our Dining Hall which are dormitory style cabins with bathrooms across the hall.
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- Friday, August 4th – Plan to arrive in the afternoon and take advantage of a few early bird arrival activities such as swimming, tours, art and Teva Farm. You can un-pack and hike around the property and learn about the site from one of our staff members. We will then gather as a group for introductions, rules, weekend overview and some group time! Next, Shabbat dinner!! Celebrated as the best meal of the week during camp, this Shabbat dinner does not disappoint. Sit back and relax while our staff bring out the matzo ball soup, challah, brisket, roasted veggies and potatoes, babka and more. After dinner we will offer a family friendly, camp-style Shabbat service. Then we cap of then night with optional story time for younger campers before they head off to bed! Once you put your younger children to sleep one of our summer staff members will arrive at your cabin to watch over them while you head out for some adult time where we will continue to mingle and get to know each other. Older campers will have options to go one a night hike or play night basketball!
- Saturday, August 5th – We will have staggered breakfast times to accommodate early risers and those who like to sleep in just a bit. Breakfast is varied with with cereal, fruits, yogurts and, our favorite, bagels and lox! We will then offer a family friendly hiking Shabbat service followed by…..Camp Activities!! Throughout the rest of the day with breaks for lunch and rest you can expect to participate in tie-dye, ropes course (zip line and high elements), adult horseback trail rides, children’s riding lessons, children’s rodeo (a Family Camp favorite!), art project, Teva Farm, swimming and archery. We close out the day with dinner, Havallah and a classic campfire. We provide the entertainment and campfire snacks but you are welcome to bring a guitar and play along! After campfire we will again offer older children programming, staff to monitor cabins and adult programming.
- Sunday, August 6th – It is almost time for good-bye! We meet together for a hot breakfast with cereal, fruit and all the trimmings. After breakfast we will move out of cabins and meet for your closing good-bye circle. But the fun does not have to end! Stay for some “last minute” activities such as swimming, Teva Farm, archery or climbing wall.
Questions about Family Camp? Contact Rachel Baum (Program Manager, Early Childhood Engagement) at 303.316.6332 or firstname.lastname@example.org.