Supporting Tawonga

Tawonga creates transformative experiences for children, teens, young adults and families. Our programs foster compassion, resilience and positive self-esteem – attributes that serve all of us, at every age. Your gift will help keep all that is Tawonga strong.

Why Give?

An investment in Camp Tawonga is an investment in…

The Individual

Camp’s focus on the core Jewish value of B’tzelem Elohim, the belief that each of us is created in the divine image, leads campers, adult participants and staff to embrace their unlimited potential and ultimate worth.

Boy swimming in pool

The Community

Tawonga programs build enduring community. Friendships that begin at Camp develop into lifelong connections to a deep-rooted family.

Tawonga community

Our Jewish Future

Living, learning and celebrating Jewish customs and culture teach children to associate their Jewish identity with all that is right in the world: friends, family, laughter, curiosity and love. And it doesn’t stop there. Children with pivotal Jewish camp experiences become the most Jewishly engaged adults. They are more likely to value their Jewish heritage, support Jewish causes and step up to leadership roles in their communities.

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Our Planet

Shared space means shared responsibility – it’s a core Tawonga value that shapes the Camp experience and cultivates a lasting commitment to Tikkun Olam, our collective commitment to repairing the world.

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Campers say the impact of Tawonga is transformative:

The atmosphere is just a wind that soaks into you as soon as you see the ridge side field from the bus. The integration of kids and nature and freedom creates an air that is impossible to replicate.

– Camper

Honestly, the philosophy is just genius. I love the way that Tawonga focuses on the cabin. I love that Tawonga is a Jewish summer camp. At the same time I love that Judaism is not the only focus. Most importantly: I love the staff. Many of my counselors have been so influential on my development as a young woman.

– Camper

Parents say their children are more confident and self-aware when they return from Camp:

I just wanted to say how happy I am about the Tawonga experience both my children had. Both of them had a fabulous time and came home unbelievably dirty and quite happy with themselves, full of all manner of stories. Thank you for giving both my kids a terrific experience complete with frogs, new songs, blessings, questions, one bear and lots of new friends. There is no doubt they will remember their Tawonga experience their whole lives.

– Camp Parent

Our daughter gained so much confidence. Her emotional growth and maturity was noticeable upon her return. It is wonderful to see her so connected to the Jewish community again.

– Camp Parent

Staff members say Tawonga makes a profound difference in their lives:

Working at Camp Tawonga is the most rewarding experience a person can have. Every day I felt blessed to be in such a beautiful place, surrounded by the most inspiring people, changing the lives of children for whom I genuinely care. It’s hard not to be in love with Tawonga. I believe it brings everyone’s strengths together to form a strong community of staff members who love and support each other in the spirit of creating the best camp experience possible. Back at school, I still share what Camp Tawonga has given me with those around me. I know my experiences have shaped me for the best.

– Melanie: Camper, Counselor

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