Summer Sessions

With nearly 100 years of experience bringing children into nature to discover the outdoors, their Jewish identity, a warm community and their best selves, no summer is complete without a summer session at Camp Tawonga! Our traditional summer camp sessions are available for campers ranging from entering 2nd through 10th grades and include a wide range of activities in a group-centered environment.

Unfortunately, after careful consideration, we have determined that it is not yet safe to re-open our site for programs from July through October. The known and unknown risks of transmission conflict with Tawonga’s fundamental commitment to the health and safety of our families. We will reopen as soon as we are ready to do so.

All families canceled from 2020 programs will have a priority registration period beginning on November 18. Click here to view 2021 programs. Please note that programs and dates may change as a result of COVID-19.

To read more about our response to COVID-19, click here. You are also invited to join our virtual summer programming, “Tawonga at Home” for all ages!

For your reference, you can read below to learn about our summer sessions for future seasons.


June 14 – 19, 2020

Total Duration

6 Days

Entering Grades

2nd – 7th

This is a great introduction to sleep-away camp! Most campers joining A Taste of Camp are new to Tawonga, and many are new to overnight camp. Our counselors are prepared to support campers through this transition.

Campers participate in traditional camp activities led by trained specialists. Activities include arts and crafts, cooking in the garden, swimming, campfires, day hikes into Yosemite or the Stanislaus National Forest and festive banquets. We set the schedule for each bunk to ensure that campers have an opportunity to rotate through our most popular program areas.

All-gender cabins are being offered during A Taste of Camp for rising 3rd through 6th graders.  Click here to learn more.

Two boys swimming in the pool

Two boys dancing at Taste of Camp


June 21 – July 3, 2020

Total Duration

2 Weeks

Entering Grades

3rd – 8th

Situated perfectly in the middle of the summer, Session 2 includes all the great activities of “A Taste of Camp” plus Shabbat, an overnight backpacking trip that includes sleeping under the stars and a day on the adventure challenge course.

On their first full day of Camp, campers participate in a tour of all our program offerings before determining a shared schedule of activities for the session with their bunkmates and counselors. This means that all children have the opportunity to participate in their favorite activities, as well as try those they may otherwise never have tried.

Kids cooking outdoors

Girls by campfire


July 5 – 24, 2020

Total Duration

3 Weeks

Entering Grades

5th– 10th

Our longest session features all opportunities from Session 2, plus a second Shabbat, one and two-night backpacking trips, optional day hikes, a day on the adventure challenge course and additional elective activities. Three weeks at Camp is the perfect blend of fun, friendship and independence for our oldest session of campers.

Two girls beading at arts and crafts

Boys playing frisbee


July 26 – August 11, 2020

Total Duration

2.5 Weeks

Entering Grades

3rd – 10th

Session 4 offers the same program as Session 3 and concludes just in time for the start of school. With two Shabbats, a backpacking trip, a day on the adventure challenge course as well as elective activities, Session 4 is packed with fun!

An all-gender cabin is being offered during Session 4 for rising 7th through 9th graders. Click here to learn more.

Girls covered in paint

Three young girls smiling

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