J-Camp Values and Traditions


"In a world full of unknowns, J-Camp has been an island of stability. The environment that was so thoughtfully curated to provide both safety and fun is invaluable these days. I feel lucky to have such a resource available for my kids!
~Michal, J-Camp Parent


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

At the end of an exhausting and fun camp day, we conclude with a few more games and songs to send everyone home with the same camp spirit we welcome our campers with! Lastly, we take a few minutes to reflect on the day and share something we are grateful for as a way of practicing one of our awesome camp values and cherishing all our favorite camp moments.


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.


This summer, we are planning to bring back our all-camp shabbats with families if public safety measures allow. 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.