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Weekend Family Camps

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

Start: Friday, May 27, 2016
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!

Keshet LGBTQ Family Camp

Start: Thursday, August 25, 2016
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!

We are also providing a very special offer this year! First-time LGBTQ families at Keshet will receive an automatic $200 discount. In addition, a significant discount will be applied for any first-time families to Keshet who are also single-parent families from San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin or Sonoma counties. Call us to discuss at (415) 543-2267!

September Family Camp Weekend

Start: Thursday, September 8, 2016
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!

Summertime Family Camp: Labor Day Weekend

Start: Thursday, September 1, 2016
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!

Fall Family Camp

Start: Thursday, September 15, 2016
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!

A Typical Day at Family Camp

Weekend Family Camp Schedule

7:30AMGood 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.
8:00AMBuffet BreakfastAt 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.
9:30AMMorning activitiesEach 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:

  • Workshops with fabulous educators: Jewish learning, parenting, cooking, and more

  • Spending time at Arts & Crafts, the lake, or the pool

  • Climbing high into the trees on the Tawonga challenge course high elements or participating in a group-building challenge through low elements

  • Hiking through the beautiful forest to breathtaking locations on the Tuolumne River

  • Lounging in the shade to catch up on some reading

  • Yoga or massage

12:30PMBarbeque lunch followed by rest hourHamburgers, 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.
2:30PMFamily 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."
6:00PMBlessings & DinnerBlessings 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.
7:00PMS’mores and a Campfire!The entire camp community comes together at our stage for a group-participation campfire, complete with shticks, songs, and stories.
8:00PMPre-bedtime snackPre-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.
8:30PMTeen TimeTeens hang out with Tawonga staff until 10 p.m. for nighttime games and other fun activities.
9:45PMAdult-only activitiesAdult 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.
11:00PMGood night!We'll see you tomorrow morning . . .