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A Day at Camp

“A Day In The Life” At Camp Tawonga

A typical day at Camp Tawonga is designed by the cabin group along with their counselors. This means that every child has the opportunity to try new activities and to revisit old favorites too. No two bunks have the same schedule, and all campers have days packed with fun, bonding and adventure!

For A Taste of Camp, our amazing counselors design a well-balanced schedule to provide a taste of the most popular activities at Camp. For our longer sessions (II, III and IV), bunks of campers help to design their schedule of activities. For all sessions, cabins experience Camp together as a unit, which is an integral part of our mission-based group-focused philosophy of building a cooperative community.

What a Typical Tawonga Day Looks Like

7:15AM Boker Tov - Good morning campers! The wake up bell rings, and campers roll out of their sleeping bags and get ready for a fantastic day! They start the morning by brushing their teeth, grabbing hats, slathering on sunscreen and filling water bottles before heading out the door.
8:00AMBreakfastCampers and counselors gather around their breakfast table, say the blessing, and dig into a wholesome family-style meal, followed by a rousing song session.
9:30AM Cabin ActivitiesAs a cabin group, campers participate in activities such as gaga, arts & crafts, basketball and archery.
12:30PMLunchOur great fresh food menu typically includes parent-pleasers with a good balance of protein, vegetables and fresh fruit as well as classic kid favorites like mac ‘n' cheese and pizza.
1:30PMRest HourA great time to rest, write letters, read, or play cards with bunkmates.
2:30PM More Cabin ActivitiesCampers enjoy more mellow activities during the warmer part of the day, such as paddle boating, making friendship bracelets on the riverbank, playing ping-pong or Israeli dancing in the shade-covered gazebo.
4:00PMFree SwimCampers have this time to enjoy our Olympic-sized pool. They may choose to participate in lap swim, start a game of Marco Polo, or just relax and float around in an inner tube.
6:00PMDinnerWe say at Tawonga, "Food is king!" Your child will never go hungry with our delicious, nutritious meals and healthy alternatives that meet most dietary needs. Dinner is followed by another exciting song session.
7:30PMFloatsCampers have the opportunity to explore camp individually. Specialists lead activities such as drama games, Frisbee golf, boating on the lake and candle-making.
8:30PMNight Time ActivitiesCampfires. Storytelling with the Jewish Programmer. Star gazing. S’mores. Now we're camping!
9:30PMSweet Dreams – Lilah tovCounselors bring closure to the day by leading a bedtime ritual, such as asking each child to share the best part of his or her day. Younger bunks may read a chapter of a book each night, and teenagers may participate in a discussion about issues they face growing up.
10:00PMLights Out!Campers have a big day tomorrow. Some days at Camp include extra special things, like theme days, day trips during A Taste of Camp, and backpacking and the Challenge Course during two and three week sessions. Note that younger campers have a slightly earlier bedtime.*

*A Taste of Camp campers have an earlier evening schedule.  There is an all-Camp Hashkiveinu (a prayer for restful sleep) from 8:15pm – 8:30pm where all campers gather to hear a story and listen to music before heading off to bed.