B’nai B’rith Camp strives to be an all-inclusive community.
In 2009 BB Camp developed the Kehila summer camp program to acknowledge the need of having a place that includes everyone. Kehila is Hebrew for the word “community.” BB Camp follows an inclusive model for the Kehila program, led by a trained Inclusion Specialist, who is dedicated to children with special needs. Kehila campers are fully integrated into cabins and activities with additional counselors for increased supervision and support. Several campers have graduated from the one-week session to attending multiple weeks and even the 15 day wilderness camping outdoor teen adventure in subsequent summers with tremendous success.
BB Camp has worked hard over the years to integrate children of varying abilities into the community. We have found that campers with the following diagnoses can be very successful at camp, with the right supports: autism, deaf-blindness, deafness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment traumatic brain injury, or visual impairment (including blindness).
Each camper is carefully considered, with input from parents, teachers and other professionals, on an individualized basis to determine their placement in our camp according to their needs. Families work in partnership with our Inclusion Specialist to ensure the camper’s success for the summer. With modification and accommodation BB Camp strives to meet the individualized and diverse need of every camper.
We support including everyone in all of our camp sessions – click here for more info on camp sessions.
Financial Assistance Available – more info.
For more information about our Inclusion Program, please contact Associate Camp Director Ben Charlton, firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-452-3443
The Kehila program is run in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp Ruderman Inclusion Initiative
and with the National Inclusion Project.