Family Camp FAQs

We are thrilled to offer family camps and weekend programs in the spring, late summer and fall of 2022! 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 and brand new this year, in December for Hanukkah!

Some weekends are themed and are targeted for specific groups. Family Camp 2 is our Keshet LGBTQ weekend, and is an intentional affinity space for LGBTQ families. Family Camp 3 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 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. At Family Camp 8, families get to experience Tawonga in the winter and celebrate Hanukkah!

At Family Camps 1, 4, and 6 – everyone is welcome!

We are also thrilled to offer Women’s Weekend again in 2022! 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, 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 followed by crafting or a dance!

Where do we sleep?

Most families will have their own cabin and be assigned a bathroom and shower. The cabins have twin beds and are clustered near bathhouses but do not have electricity or a bathroom in the cabin. If you are coming to Camp with friends and want to share one of our big camper cabins, please let us know by emailing

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 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 takes COVID-19 safety incredibly seriously. Tawonga requires all Family Camp participants to be up to date on their vaccinations. This includes anyone 5+ having completed the primary series of the COVID-19 vaccination and those 12+ who are eligible to be boosted. Tawonga strongly encourages all children 5-11 who are eligible to get the booster, and all children 6 months to 5 years to get the primary series.

All Family Camp participants, regardless of age and vaccination status, need to show proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arriving at Camp. In addition to the PCR test, participants must also take an at-home rapid antigen test the morning of Camp.

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. Learn more about program adaptations and COVID related requirements here.


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