Considering Kingswood

What is the Kingswood program like?

The Kingswood program is mostly elective based, allowing campers to create their own experiences depending upon their interests.

Daily bunk activities help campers form deep bonds, while camp-wide activities create a sense of community.

When can I see the camp?

If you are considering camp for your child, the best time to visit is during the summer, while we are in session. In the off-season, we invite you to attend an open house or camp fair. We would also be happy to visit you, in your home, at your convenience. For more information, please contact us at info@kingswood.org.

Is financial assistance available?

Thanks to the support of generous individual and foundation donors, the JCC makes every effort to offer financial assistance to campers in need. For more information and a confidential conversation, please contact Leslie Zide, Camp Director, at info@kingswood.org.

 

Camp Life

How big is Kingswood?

About 300 boys and girls attend Kingswood each summer. They are supervised by a staff of about 75.

How are campers supervised?

Every child lives in a cabin with eight to twelve campers and two to three counselors, who undergo an intensive week-long training seminar prior to camp. At least one of the bunk counselors is with the campers during bunk clean-up, free-time, rest hour and in the evening as they get ready for bed and once lights are out. Many counselors and junior counselors are former campers. We also recruit staff from around North America and Israel.

Experienced specialists lead each program area of camp. American Red Cross-certified lifeguards supervise the swim area and boating programs. All sailing and canoe instructors participate in a rigorous water safety-training program at camp. Specialists who are appropriately trained and certified also staff the ropes course, climbing tower and archery.

All Kingswood staff members are carefully screened, and background checks are completed prior to camp.

What are the cabins like?

All cabins and bath/shower houses have either been renovated or newly built over the past few summers. The youngest and oldest girls live in bunks with lavatories. Showers and additional lavatories are only a short walk on a well-lit path. All boy's bunks have lavatories, and they share one large, centrally located shower house.

How are campers placed in bunks?

In general, they are assigned to bunks based on age.

Can I request for my child to be in the same bunk with a friend?

You are welcome to make a request on the camp application. We make every effort to accommodate friends who want to be together—it’s part of the fun!

What is the camp’s Jewish content?

At Kingswood, campers join together to celebrate Jewish life in a warm and  welcoming environment where Jewish values are an integral part of camp. Positive Jewish identification, a connection to Israel and Jewish spirituality are integrated into each camper's summer experience.

Campers actively participate in Jewish life by contributing to creative Shabbat celebrations, reciting blessings at meals, observing Havdalah (the service that ends Shabbat and greets the new week) and displaying amazing ruach (spirit).

Campers and staff come from all over the world with different backgrounds and levels of Jewish observance. Everyone is welcome at Kingswood.

Next Steps

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