Family Camp FAQs

We are thrilled to offer family camps and weekend programs in the spring, late summer and fall of 2023! All our programs follow safety precautions for COVID-19 which are dependent on state and local guidelines. Our policies and practices will relax or tighten based on the COVID-19 landscape.

What is Family Camp?

Our weekend family programs are designed to combine all the best parts of a summer session at Tawonga into an extended three or four day weekend for the whole family! We welcome infants through grandparents for a unique blend of classic Camp activities, campfires, song sessions, a festive Shabbat celebration, family bonding and fun!

What is the difference between the different weekend offerings?

We offer a variety of weekend programs in the spring, late summer, fall!

Some weekends are themed and are targeted for specific groups. Family Camp 2 is our Jewish Families of Color Weekend and is an intentional affinity space for families that have at least one person in their immediate family who identifies as a person of color or JOC+.
Family Camp 3 is our Keshet LGBTQ weekend, and is an intentional affinity space for LGBTQ parents and their families.
Family Camps 5, 7 and 8 are JFAM weekends. These weekends are generously funded by the Foundation for Jewish Camp and the Maimonides Foundation. JFAM weekends are for families who are newer to Tawonga and who have at least one child under eight. Any family who is brand new to Tawonga gets an automatic $50/per person discount on their family weekend.
At Family Camps 1, 4, and 6 – everyone is welcome!

We are also thrilled to offer Women’s Weekend again in 2023! Women’s Weekend is for woman-identifying adults over the age of 21 (some exceptions made for infants).

What activities are offered?

All Family Camp programs features a similar schedule where kids two and older spend their mornings in groups with similar aged kids participating in traditional Tawonga activities while adults have the opportunity to choose from a variety of programmatic options such as hiking, river dipping, yoga classes, workshops, classic camp activities, or relaxing and reading under a tree. In the afternoons, families participate in activities all together and can choose to swim in our Olympic-sized pool, paddle boat on the lake, create at Arts and Crafts, climb between trees on our adventure Challenge Course or participate in family team activities like softball games and “Chopped” cooking competitions! All our activities are outside and are modified to be safe for COVID-19.

Evenings feature campfires with traditional staff-led shticks and a family talent show and songs led by our talented songleaders. Once the kids go to sleep, our staff keep watch on the cabins while parents can enjoy a glass of wine and snack followed by crafting or a dance!

Where do we sleep?

Each family will be assigned to their own cabin unless you already let us know that you would like to share a cabin with another family. As a result of COVID-19, children will be housed with their families, rather than in a separate kid cabin. Our cabin spaces include individual rooms in shared spaces, large camper cabins, small cabins and yurts, and housing is spread all over the grounds. The majority of our cabins do not have electricity and are a short walk to a shared bathhouse. We have minimal housing with private bathrooms – these spaces are set aside for families with children under 2 years of age and families in need of specific accommodations for medical reasons. We cannot guarantee a specific type of housing and make every effort to accommodate each family’s needs. Families will learn about housing specifics upon arrival to Camp. If you have a question, please email sfdirectors@tawonga.org.

We do have a small number of cabins with electricity available for our youngest and oldest campers, and those needing heightened accommodations for medical reasons.

We know that for some, the adventure of sleeping in a cabin without electricity or a bathroom is fun and exciting, and for others it might seem daunting. We are happy to talk you through it and see how we can best accommodate your family to ensure your stay at Tawonga is comfortable.

What is meal service like?

Our state of the art kitchen produces scratch-made delicious meals for our 400 person Family Camp community, taking careful consideration of the dietary needs and restrictions among our participants.

We serve meals that are kosher-style, meaning we won’t serve meat and milk in the same meal and strive to create menus that are simultaneously delicious for adults and children, and also make additional “kid friendly” alternatives. We aim to source foods locally when possible – even as local as our own organic garden – and can accommodate most dietary needs, restrictions and allergies. If you have a severe allergy please contact us and we will make a plan with you!

What do we pack?

A few weeks before the start of your program, we’ll email you a welcome packet including a packing list, driving directions and tips and tricks for a fun weekend! We provide the housing, the food and the fun – you bring everything else!

Is childcare provided?

We are thrilled to be able to offer morning childcare/day groups to kids ages two and older. The children will participate in fun camp activities that are mostly outside and will follow COVID safety protocols. For those with little ones under two, we will have some fun baby/toddler and parent activities to enjoy!

We also offer night time coverage for all children regardless of age. You put your kids to bed and our loving staff will watch them while they sleep from 9-11pm!

What are the COVID-19 precautions?

Tawonga’s COVID-19 policies are aligned or slightly more conservative than state and local guidelines and guided and approved by our COVID Task Force. . Tawonga requires all Family Camp participants to be up to date on their vaccinations. This includes anyone 6 months+ having completed the primary series of the COVID-19 vaccination and those who are eligible to be boosted. Please email ashley@tawonga.org with questions about our vaccination policy.
All Family Camp participants, regardless of age and vaccination status, need to take two rapid antigen tests before arriving at Tawonga (the day before the program starts and the first day of the program)

Almost all Tawonga programs are outside and depending on the COVID-19 situation closer to the time of the program, we may require masking and distancing. We will follow state and local guidelines as well as recommendations from our COVID Task Force.

Questions?

Please reach us at 415.543.2267 or at info@tawonga.org – we’re happy to help!

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