The Grossman program is designed to be fun for campers of every age, from the youngest to the oldest. Campers are assigned to units, based on their age and upcoming grade in school. They spend most of their day with the children in their unit, participating in scheduled group activities.
Each unit has a different daily schedule based on their age and level of development. Unit schedules change daily and weekly to keep camp exciting!
As campers get older, we add more types of activities to their schedules – and they enjoy more opportunities to customize their day with electives. As a result, every year at Camp is a new experience!
Campers in our Moshav unit and older, participate in Maccabiah, a Camp Grossman tradition. It’s a summer-long, friendly competition that includes athletic and non-athletic challenges. Maccabiah builds self-esteem and encourages cooperation as each camper earns points for their team. Many of our older campers tell us Maccabiah is the highlight of their summer—they remember the final songfest and skit for many years to come!
Read on to learn more about each of our age-based programs and see a sample schedule for your child.
Carmel (mixed gender, pre-K to the youngest 1st graders)
Camper/staff ratio: 4:1
Our youngest campers get to experience almost all the activities we offer – at a level and pace that works for children their age. Their days include arts & crafts, boating, climbing wall, cooking, dance, gymnastics, archery, music, nature, sports, street hockey, basketball, drama, games, soccer, t-ball, ropes and challenge course, jewelry making, photography, and tarboot (Jewish culture). Every day children participate in back to back instructional and free swim periods. They also enjoy unstructured play at the Carmel playground. A rest period is included. We welcome children who can handle a full day of outdoor activity and who are totally independent and successful in toileting (please call us if there is any question about your camper’s needs in this regard).
Galil (mixed gender, grade 1)
Camper/staff ratio: 5:1
The Galil experience is similar to Carmel, without the rest period. Galil campers have choice periods (chugim) twice a week, when they can explore activities that interest them the most.
Negev (mixed gender, grade 1 and 2)
Camper/staff ratio: 6:1
Negev campers enjoy a well-balanced program similar to Galil. Negev campers have choice periods (chugim) four times a week, when they can explore activities that interest them the most. This is two more periods than in previous years.
Moshav (mixed gender, grade 2)
Camper/staff ratio: 6:1
In the Moshav unit, we continue to introduce new activities to campers’ schedules. Moshav campers also have choice periods (chugim) four times a week, when they can explore activities that interest them the most. Moshav campers participate in Maccabiah, a summer-long, friendly competition.
Aravah (choice of mixed or separate gender bunks, grade 3)
Camper/staff ratio: 7:1
Aravah campers enjoy a full schedule of camp activities, broadened to include Senior archery (with real arrows), wrestling, video production, sewing, mountain biking, funyaking, paddle boating and surf biking. They have choice periods (chugim) five times a week, when they can explore activities that interest them the most. Aravah campers participate in Maccabiah activities twice a week.
Golan (choice of mixed or separate gender bunks, grade 4)
Camper/staff ratio: 10:1
Golan campers continue to enjoy a full schedule of camp activities, broadened to include one optional late night at camp. Their choice periods (chugim) increase to five times a week, when they can explore activities that interest them the most.
Golan campers participate in Maccabiah activities twice a week.
Kinneret (choice of mixed or separate gender bunks, grade 5 and 6)
Camper/staff ratio: 10:1
We keep Kinneret campers engaged with choice periods (chugim) seven times a week and one optional overnight. They participate in Maccabiah two or three times a week, with more activities to choose from as part of the competition.
Kfar (choice of mixed or separate gender bunks, grade 6 and 7)
Camper/staff ration: 10:1
Kfar campers enjoy eight to ten weekly activity choices (chugim), when they can explore activities that interest them the most. Maccabiah increases to three or four times each week, and campers are on teams with Kibbutz and CITs as well.
Kibbutz (mixed gender, grades 8 and 9)
Camper/staff ratio: 15:1
The Kibbutz program is a unique opportunity for campers to experience greater independence and responsibility. They enjoy what feels like a partial overnight camp experience within Grossman.
Kibbutz campers are no longer separated into bunks. Rather, they form one special community and have the opportunity to sleep at camp two nights each week (only one night weeks 1 and 2), help cook their own meals, handle daily work assignments and participate in community service projects. They also participate in all camp activities, including Maccabiah. In addition, Kibbutz campers enjoy special off-site trips during both day and evening hours. Informal learning about Israel comes naturally as part of the Kibbutz Grossman lifestyle.
Counselor in Training (boys and girls, grade 10)
The Grossman Camp Counselor in Training (CIT) program prepares high school students for counselor positions. More than 50% of CITs are eventually hired to become counselors. CITs participate in their own recreational and non-recreational activities, skill-building sessions, discussion groups and overnights. With guidance from our CIT Director, they are assigned to supervised work with a group of campers or at a specialty activity. CITs are able to fulfill community service commitments for school.