Family Camp FAQs

What is Camp Tawonga Family Camp?

Our weekend family programs are designed to combine all the best parts of a summer session at Tawonga into an extended 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 do we do at Family Camp? Can adults participate in activities?

Yes! Each Family Camp features a similar schedule where kids 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!

Evenings feature campfires with traditional staff-led shticks and a family talent show, s’mores 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 in the Dining Hall followed by crafting or a dance!

What do you serve for meals? We have picky eaters in our house!

Our state of the art kitchen produces scratch-made delicious meals for our 400 person Camp community, taking careful consideration of the dietary needs and restrictions among our participants. All meals at Family Camp are served family-style in our recently expanded Dining Hall.

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.

A note on nuts:

We recognize that the needs of our Family Camp community is continually evolving, particularly in the area of allergies and dietary needs. At the forefront of this is the increase in campers with severe nut allergies. We make every effort to be “nut aware” by not introducing nut products into our kitchen, not cooking with nuts and reading food labels carefully.

Additionally, we ask that campers and program participants refrain from bringing nut products into Camp. However, we cannot guarantee that items have not been exposed to cross-contamination prior to arriving on our site and are therefore not a 100% nut-free environment.

Where do we sleep? What are your accommodations like?

Our Family Camp weekends are designed to simulate summer camp, from the ways we welcome you, to the activities we feature, to the accommodations. Typically two families will share one of our summer camp cabins, which house fourteen people during the summer and have single twin beds and bunk beds, and are located near one of our large bathhouses. If you are coming to Camp with friends or family, you can request a cabin together, and we’ll do our best to accommodate that request! If you don’t know others coming, don’t worry – we’ll assign you to a cabin with another family with similarly aged children.

We do have a small number of private cabins 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 camp cabin with another family is exciting, while for others it causes some anxiety or trepidation. 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 do we bring to Family Camp?

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!

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


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