Summer Camp FAQs
Is everyone at camp Jewish?
Most campers and staff are Jewish. However, B’nai B’rith Camp welcome all without regard to race, color, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, religion, sexual preference or other protected status. We hope that all who come to camp discover things about Judaism, Jewish culture, and Jewish traditions that they never knew before. Camp is a diverse and strong community that embraces songs, languages, traditions, and teaching from our Jewish heritage.
What are camper to staff ratio?
We use the American Camping Association standards of 6:1 for ages 6 to 8, 8:1 for ages 9 to 14, and 10:1 for ages 15 to 18. We also have extra staff on any trips or hikes out of camp.
What about special diets?
B’nai B’rith Camp serves a kosher menu. Special diets can often be accommodated if discussed ahead of time with the Camp Director.
How much money should I send with my child to camp?
The recommended amount of money for a camper to bring is $25.00 – $50.00 per week spent at camp. We put all camper money in a bank account, and refund balances by check at the end of the session. Campers do not need spending money for any off-site trips. The only exception is for Teen Village and Leadership units where they have the option to eat in town one night. Spending money will be withdrawn from the camp bank and given to the participants on the trip. We cannot stress enough that campers should never keep money in their possession.
How do I contact my child at camp?
Everybody loves to get mail! It is recommended that parents write to their campers at least every 2 or 3 days. For first time campers, parents may want to send a letter or card before camp begins to be sure something is waiting for them. We also offer bunk1, a one way email program where you can email your campers. For more information on bunk1 please link through to the bunk1 website from our home page. You can write to your camper at:
(Camper’s Name / grade in fall)
B’nai B’rith Camp
P.O. Box 110
Neotsu, OR 97364
What kinds of packages are best to send my child at camp?
All campers like to receive packages from home. These can contain anything except items that are considered contraband (see list below). Suggested items for care packages include: magazines, clothing, stickers, postage stamps, sunglasses, and disposable cameras. Packages are opened at the camp office with a staff member present. Contraband includes, but is not limited to: gum, beverages, herbs, vitamins, over the counter medications, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, matches, lighters, candles, incense, fireworks, pornography, television, any electronic communication devices, water balloons, aerosol spray cans of any type, shaving cream, squirt guns, skateboards, weapons, knives of any kind. Items such as vitamins and over-the-counter products may be brought to camp if they are turned in on the first day of camp to the Health Care Manager.
How can I check to see how my child is doing at camp?
No need to worry! You will receive at least one letter per session from your child’s camp counselor informing you of the activities in which your child has participated, any especially fun times they have had, as well as how well he/she is doing at camp. In addition, campers are encouraged to write home at least once per week. If you have any concerns, you may contact the B’nai B’rith Camp office at :
(541) 994-2218 during regular office hours.
What happens if my child gets hurt at camp?
A full-time health care provider resides at B’nai B’rith Camp in the Health Center during all summer camp sessions. Treatment at the Health Center operates on a basis of Standing Orders reviewed and approved annually by a physician. Standing Orders detail approved treatment for ailments, injuries, and illness. This results in quality and consistency in medical care. Medical situations that cannot be handled by the Camp Health Center, will be referred to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. The hospital is located two miles from camp. Parents will be notified as soon as possible in cases of emergency.