SUMMER PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
First Grade Shabbat
Rising first graders get a taste of BB Camp for the weekend! Leaving Portland Friday morning and return Sunday afternoon $180 per camper.
Maccabee: 2nd – 8th
Our one week Maccabee Camp offers a taste of the programs, sports activities, and facilities featured during the three-week BB Camp sessions. Campers enjoy a wide spectrum of camp activities while exploring their identity. Includes a beach day trip and sleeping under the stars.
Younger Unit: 3rd- 6th
Campers enjoy a wide spectrum of popular camp activities that encourage new skills. Includes a beach day trip, an overnight under the stars, and a trip to the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
BB SURFS (3 week program for rising 7th & 8th graders)
BB Surfs provides rising 7th and 8th graders an immersive Jewish experience with the perfect blend of everything campers love about BB Camp, plus professional instruction in surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and wakeboarding!
Older Unit: 7th – 8th
Campers enjoy a wide spectrum of camp activities while exploring their identity. Includes a 3-day overnight, whitewater rafting, and discovering the great outdoors.
Teen Village: 9th
Teen Village Unit focuses on social development and self-esteem building using a blend of fun trips and leadership training. Includes a trip to Southern Oregon, the Redwood Forrest, and a wild animal park.
L.I.T.- Leaders in Training: 10th
Teens acquire leadership skills while learning middot (Jewish values) and performing mizvot (good deeds). Includes a rock climbing trip to Smith Rock.
O.J.A. – Outdoor Jewish Adventure: 11th*
Through experiencing Judaism in the wilderness, teens will discover spirituality and the wonder of nature in a Jewish context. Campers will spend their time backpacking, camping, sea kayaking, mountain biking, learning primitive skills, tracking animals, identifying edible plants, and so much more. Locations are currently scheduled to include the Wallowa Mountains area, paragliding, NW Washington Coastal region, the Ape Caves and a summit attempt.
O.J.A Israel Trip, June 21-July 19, 2021, Grades 10-11
BB Camp is thrilled to be a recipient of the RootOne Teen Israel Initiative, powered by The Jewish Education Project, through the Marcus Foundation. The Project understands the amazing impact that a trip to Israel can have on teens, especially one that is rooted in Camp values. The foundation awarded BB Camp with vouchers that will allow us to run an Israel trip for nearly the same cost as our 4-week BB Camp session. We have spoken to some campers and parents, and we hear loud and clear that a teen trip to Israel is something that our community would like us to provide. As we finalize details, we want to make sure you SAVE THE DATE for the first annual BB Camp Outdoor Jewish Adventure (OJA) In Israel!
*BB Camp staff are launching new and valuable summer experiences for rising 11th and 12th graders in summer 2021. As we enter into BB Camp’s 100th anniversary, summer 2021 will be even more impressive than ever before! Information and registration details coming soon!
Judaism is an important part of B’nai B’rith Camp and is included in all aspects of our programming. The core Jewish values we teach at camp are Simcha (joy), Kehila (community), Chaverut (friendship), Ometz Lev (courage), Shalom (peace), Tikkun Olam (repairing the World) and Dor L’dor (Heritage). Every Friday night all campers and staff come together to celebrate Shabbat. Jewish Enrichment offers campers the opportunity to learn about Israel, Jewish tradition and culture in an enjoyable way. The Jewish Enrichment Director also provides time for tutoring or assistance to campers preparing for their Bar, Bat, or B’nai Mitzvot.
Arts and Crafts
B’nai B’rith Camp includes art in many aspects of camp. Arts and Crafts is offered as Cabin activity, club and Individual (elective). We have options for arts at various skill levels and Some of the activities offered include: candle-making, tie-dyeing, painting, garbage art, fimo clay, mask-making, and ceramics. Also, campers are given the opportunity to design and paint group murals throughout camp.
B’nai B’rith Camp utilizes its wonderful location on Devils Lake by featuring an array of water activities. These activities include canoeing, water-skiing, sailing, wake-boarding, paddle boarding and inner-tubing. Surfing on the nearby coast is offered to middle school campers taking part in BB Surfs.
B’nai B’rith Camp Sports aims to teach campers the importance of physical activity and movement to take care of their bodies. Campers participate in many types of sports such as archery, softball, soccer, basketball, field hockey, ultimate frisbee and so much more! B’nai B’rith Camp has two outdoor tennis courts, a ball field, outdoor and indoor basketball courts, a full-size gym, and a heated swimming pool, all of which are utilized by the campers.
Ropes Course, Zipline, and Climbing Wall
Cabin groups utilize the ropes course to build unity and cabin spirit. Campers are encouraged to participate in all elements, but are not required to challenge themselves beyond what they are comfortable with doing. The ropes course consists of three elements: the flying squirrel, the cat walk, and the trapeze. In cabin groups, older campers are encouraged to attempt the high ropes course. Our 30 ft climbing wall and a Zipline that provide additional challenges and excitement for our campers. Located at the entrance to camp, these activities also provides a breathtaking view of the camp grounds and Devils Lake.
Teva (Nature) and Garden
Hands-on experiences at B’nai B’rith Camp give campers the opportunity to learn about the world around them. These experiences range from environmental education to nature hikes at Cascade Head to working in the B’nai B’rith Camp Amir Garden.
Music (both singing and instruments), dance, creative writing and drama are all part of B’nai B’rith Camps creative arts program. Following every lunch and dinner campers join in a community Song Session. Our Creative Arts program allows campers to positively express themselves and push themselves in creative ways.
Every year Israeli staff come to share their experiences and wisdom with B’nai B’rith Campers. Our Israe!i Culture Director teaches about Israeli culture, music and history through arts and crafts, songs and dances.
Campers at B’nai B’rith Camp participate in off-camp overnight and day trips. Trips range from fun-filled days at the beach to exciting white-water river rafting. All trips are age-appropriate, well-supervised, and packed with fun!