J-Camp Values and Traditions

As part of the OFJCC mission to be the architects of the Jewish future and re-imagine Jewish life, J-Camp cultivates confidence (בטחון), compassion (רחמים), curiosity (סקרנות), social responsibility (אחריות), mindfulness (זהירות) and gratitude (הכרת הטוב) throughout our camp community. At J-Camp, we build a spirited community where campers are immersed in joyful camp activities and develop meaningful relationships with others while engaging in individual personal growth.

Chavurah

Every morning we start camp with a ruach (spirit) filled song and cheer session to start our camp day! We sing traditional J-Camp songs and introduce new songs each year from our campers and staff. The most important part of chavurah is pumping up our energy and enthusiasm for an awesome day at camp. There is no better way to start a day than with camp chavurah session!


Gratitude and L'hitraot

We conclude every day with a few more games and songs to send everyone home with the same camp spirit we welcome our campers with! We also sit in a circle and share something we are grateful for as a way of practicing one of our awesome camp values and allowing everyone a chance to reflect on the day.

Shabbat 

On Friday afternoons, we end J-Camp with a fun closing to the week and Shabbat celebration. Shabbat allows J-Camp the opportunity to come together, reflect on the week we have spent, sing some classic Shabbat songs, and enjoy the community we have built.

As we did last summer, in accordance with the best practices for prevention of COVID-19, all our classic J-Camp, traditions will be done individually in each camper group. We know how important these traditions are for creating a community and feeling of belonging and how much joy and enthusiasm they bring across camp.