December 6, 2022 ()

Summer Opportunities

Temple Emanuel is committed to engaging our youth throughout the entire year as a foundation for lifelong engagement in Reform Judaism. In this vein, we are pleased to offer a $500 scholarship to any of our members looking to attend a URJ summer camp for the first time – $250 from the Temple and $250 from the Brotherhood. We are grateful to all of these pieces of our Temple community who have made this possible.

The URJ offers 11 wonderful traditional camp experiences for campers entering grades 3-10, a sports specialty camp, a science and technology camp, and a new creative arts specialty camp. Within our region, URJ Camp Harlam is a traditional comprehensive camp, which includes bus transportation from the DC area. Temple Emanuel students may also be interested in the URJ’s three specialty camps: URJ 6-Points Sports AcademyURJ 6-Points Sci-Tech Academy, and URJ 6-Points Creative Arts Academy.

Nestled in the foothills of the magnificent Pocono Mountains in rural Pennsylvania, URJ Camp Harlam provides the finest in recreational and educational activities for Reform Jewish youth. Established in 1958, Camp Harlam has developed a strong tradition of success and excellence based on a highly skilled staff dedicated to the spiritual, physical, social and psychological well-being of each child. We’re particularly proud of our open and inclusive communities that are sensitive to the needs of interfaith and diverse families.

Six Points Sports Academy is where young athletes are trained for life. We offer our campers intensive, high quality athletic instruction, and individual attention. Our athletes live in state-of-the art facilities, under supervision of positive role models while learning life lessons on and off the playing fields in a Reform Jewish setting.

At URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, scientific inquiry meets fun! Girls and boys entering grades 5-10 develop hypotheses, perform experiments, and test out new technologies in a supportive, vibrant Jewish community. Our campers ask big questions, and discover real answers.

At 6 Points Creative Arts, the program staff, campers, and site work together to create a holistic, meaningful experience for artists in a living laboratory for learning and performing. Our program focuses on the whole child, fostering personal advancement and resilience while creating an aspirational arc of growth and possibilities.

Click here for an overview of all of the URJ’s great summer camp programs.

If your child would like to try a URJ summer camp experience for the first time, you may be eligible to claim your $500 scholarship. If you have any questions or want to double-check if you qualify, please email executive director Dianne Neiman.

Temple Emanuel has many congregants who send their child(ren) to other regional Jewish summer camps outside of the URJ, primarily Camps Airy & Louise and Capital Camps. 

Camps Airy & Louise are two camps, one legacy. Built upon 100 years of experience and tradition, Camps Airy & Louise provides Jewish children with a fun, creative, and adventurous summer experience that promotes self-growth, leadership, and a positive sense of Jewish identity – all while making friendships that last a lifetime.

Capital Camps is all about providing children a fun, safe, experience. We utilize the best practices of informal Jewish education to strengthen identity, to instill values and to build community. Every summer, children and staff create a community that touches hearts, souls and minds. Village life is where friendships are formed and individuals become a “cabin family.” We are proud of our sports, arts, aquatics, and outdoor adventure, nature and farm programs. The combinations of typical days and special programs equal a fun packed summer experience!

Your kid isn’t quite ready for sleepaway camp? Check out great local day camp options at CampJCC at Bender JCC. 

If it is your first time sending your child to any Jewish summer camp, you also qualify for an additional $1000 scholarship through the Jewish Federation. Click here for more information on the One Happy Camper scholarship fund.

See you next summer!