Join our seasonal family camps that includes 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.
Weekend Family Camp Programs
Spring Family Camp: Memorial Day Weekend
End: Monday, May 25, 2015
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!
Keshet LGBTQ Family Camp
End: Sunday, August 23, 2015
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!
We are also providing a special offer this year: first-time LGBTQ families at Keshet will receive an automatic $200 discount. Be sure to check out our events calendar and Keshet Facebook page for year-round opportunities to connect with this amazing community!
NEW! August Family Camp Weekend
End: Sunday, August 30, 2015
Due to popular demand, we’ve added this weekend to our post-summer schedule! 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!
Summertime Family Camp: Labor Day Weekend
End: Sunday, September 6, 2015
Soak up a little more sun before summer’s end! Summertime Family Camp over Labor Day Weekend is the perfect family vacation!
Fall Family Camp
End: Sunday, September 20, 2015
Enjoy fall in the Sierras! Cool mountain air, warm community, fun for kids, and relaxation for adults make this a great fall getaway!
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 . . .|