Join Our Seasonal Family Camp Weekends!
Camp Tawonga’s six weekends for families include four days of relaxation for adults and fun for kids in the beauty of the Sierra Mountains.
Campfires, paddleboats on the lake, arts and crafts, archery, hiking to the river, curling up with a book, stargazing, delicious food and free-flowing Peet’s Coffee…get a taste of all that Tawonga has to offer. Families will have time to enjoy camp together, and adults will have time on their own while our amazing counselors provide fun activities for children—ranging from playing on the field, to swimming in the heated pool, to entertaining the babies. Celebrate Shabbat in our joyous community with singing, a delicious Friday night dinner, and participatory, kid-friendly services in our beautiful outdoor amphitheater. Fresh mountain air, a warm community, fun for kids, and relaxation for adults make Tawonga’s weekend programs the ultimate family vacation.
Family Camp Weekend Programs
Spring Family Camp: Memorial Day Weekend
End: Monday, May 30, 2016
Spring Family Camp is a perfect way to ring in the summer. Spend Memorial Day weekend in the Sierras: enjoy delicious food, “ruach” (spirit) and tons of fun!
End: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Join our amazing LGBTQ community! “Keshet” means rainbow in Hebrew, and this innovative program draws a true rainbow of participants from all over the country. Now in its 18th year, this program was the first of its kind in the Jewish camping world, and offers a truly incredible community. This program brings renowned educators from across the country who lead specialized workshops for the LGBTQ community. This is a weekend you don’t want to miss!
Also, this year, we are thrilled to share that Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco is partnering with us for Keshet.
We offer a significant discount to single-parent families who are from San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin or Sonoma counties. Call us to discuss at (415) 543-2267!
- Be sure to check out our events calendar and Keshet Facebook page for year-round opportunities to connect with this amazing community!
Summertime Family Camp: Labor Day Weekend
End: Sunday, September 4, 2016
Soak up a little more sun before summer’s end! Summertime Family Camp over Labor Day Weekend is the perfect family vacation!
September Family Camp Weekend
End: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Due to popular demand in 2015 we added “August Family Camp” mid-season. We are thrilled to announce we will continue to have this weekend in 2016, however, this year it falls in September, hence the name “September Family Camp.” Join us for a wonderful weekend with all the same wonderful programmatic elements that our families have come to love – swimming, hikes, yoga, campfires, amazing programs for kids while adults enjoy adult-only activities, and more!
Fall Family Camp
End: Sunday, September 18, 2016
Enjoy fall in the Sierras! Cool mountain air, warm community, fun for kids, and relaxation for adults make this a great fall getaway!
Harvest Family Camp – NEW in 2016!
End: Sunday, September 25, 2016
Due to popular demand, we are delighted to offer Harvest Family Camp – a brand-new addition to our Family Camp Weekends, added mid-season in 2016. Experience this final Family Camp Weekend of the year and the epic beauty of Tawonga in the fall. While the weather is still glorious, take this family get-away together!
A Typical Day at Family Camp
Weekend Family Camp Schedule
|7:30AM||Good morning!||Peet's Coffee is ready! Adults have the option to wake up early for yoga or a morning walk while Tawonga staff takes care of the kids.|
|8:00AM||Buffet Breakfast||At Camp Tawonga, “food is king!” Breakfast features eggs, English muffins, bagels, and cream cheese—as well as hot and cold cereal, fresh fruit, and other delicious favorites. Vegan, gluten-free, or other dietary needs? We’ve got you covered.|
|9:30AM||Morning activities||Each morning, kids hang out with Tawonga staff and with other kids their age in day groups - playing games, swimming, doing art projects, and exploring all the fun activities Tawonga has to offer. Even newborns are taken care of here, giving new parents time to relax and enjoy camp.
Meanwhile, adults choose from:
|12:30PM||Barbeque lunch followed by rest hour||Hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, and veggie options, as well as delicious salads and other sides! After lunch, families enjoy rest hour. After a busy morning, everyone gets some down time.|
|2:30PM||Family time!||Participate in an organized activity like a softball game, climb the ropes course, or "float" through camp at your own pace. Take a paddle-boat out on the lake, prepare an act for the talent show, visit Tawonga's organic garden, make candles at Arts and Crafts, shoot a bullseye at archery, hike down to the river, or relax at the pool. Also, for families needing an extra hand with the kids, Tawonga staff is available for childcare or "nap-sitting."|
|6:00PM||Blessings & Dinner||Blessings and a delicious dinner - followed by songs and dancing!
Join other families from your geographic region for a delicious family-style meal while you discuss the highlights of your day.
|7:00PM||S’mores and a Campfire!||The entire camp community comes together at our stage for a group-participation campfire, complete with shticks, songs, and stories.|
|8:00PM||Pre-bedtime snack||Pre-bedtime snack for kids—followed by bedtime.
Parents put kids to bed; Tawonga staff watches over all children's cabins from 9 to 11 p.m.
|8:30PM||Teen Time||Teens hang out with Tawonga staff until 10 p.m. for nighttime games and other fun activities.|
|9:45PM||Adult-only activities||Adult late-night snack features an incredible spread of delicious food, beer, and wine. Sing or chat by the campfire, play board games, participate in a night hike or workshop, or shake it on the dance floor.|
|11:00PM||Good night!||We'll see you tomorrow morning . . .|