Registration for B’nai B’rith Camp’s 100th summer is open. BB Camp has worked since spring 2020 to read the community’s pulse to create safe and inclusive programming consistent with the changes and uncertainties of the pandemic.
Jewish summer camp experiences impact children’s growth, independence and journey into their Jewish identity. Now more than ever, BB Camp will offer an invaluable space for kids in summer 2021.
“Despite our overnight campus’s mandated closure in 2020, BB Camp staff and lay leadership pivoted, creatively adapted and persevered, using our Jewish values and inclusivity as our guide,” says BB Camp Executive Director Michelle Koplan. “BB Camp found resilient, new and forward-thinking approaches to serve our community under these unprecedented circumstances. We look forward to welcoming our BB Campers back to our BB Day Camps and our beloved BB Overnight Camp in 2021.”
Next summer, BB Camp plans 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-week sessions starting June 19 through Aug. 17. BB Overnight Camp’s programs for rising second- through 12th-graders are at the campground on Devil’s Lake near the Oregon coast.
“This past summer, we experienced firsthand that COVID-19 could not stop the incredible joy and growth that our Jewish summer camp experience offers,” says Bette Amir Brownstein, B’nai B’rith Overnight Camp Director. “From our BB Day Camps’ COVID-19 mitigating protocols, we know that no matter the restrictions in place, BB Camp is innovative and creates meaningful Jewish summer camp experiences. BB Camp staff continue to learn from medical and mental health experts to ensure that BB Camp is a safe and healthy space for campers and staff to navigate these uncertain times.”
The 2021 summer also will feature the second year of BB Surfs (bbcamp.org/bbsurfs), an integrated curriculum that combines the Jewish camp experience with surfing, standup paddleboarding and wakeboarding for middle schoolers.
In addition, BB Camp has received grant funding from RootOne through The Marcus Foundation, powered by The Jewish Education Project, to provide a BB Camp teen trip to Israel next summer. The trip will run from June 21-July 19, beginning in Israel and ending at BB Camp.
Camp fees start at $1,296 with several options for scholarships, financial aid and other assistance including incentive grants for all first-time campers.
Information: bbcamp.org/summer-camp, firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-452-3443.
BB Day Camp Portland also returns next summer. Eight one-week sessions begin June 28. For details and early bird registration, visit bbcamp.org/portland or contact email@example.com or 503-496-7447.