2018 Jewish summer camp guide | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

2018 Jewish summer camp guide

B’nai B’rith Beber Camp

Director: Becky Altman

Winter address:
8833 Gross Point Rd., Ste.312,
Skokie, IL  60077

Summer address:
W 1741 Hwy J
Mukwonago, WI  53149

Sessions: 2, 4 & 8 weeks

Ages: 7-17, Co-ed

Beber Camp has created life-changing summers for Jewish children from around the country for more than 40 years! Campers, ages 7-17, can explore and experience a stimulating, enriching summer where wonderful memories and lifelong friendships are created on a daily basis. The 380-acre, co-ed residential camp has a kosher kitchen and is located only 90 minutes north of Chicago. The private campsite enjoys a wonderful shoreline on the beautiful Lake Beulah, affording a fantastic variety of activities. Beber offers two, four or eight week sessions. Campers can choose from over 90 different activities, including waterskiing, sailing, ceramics, canoeing, climbing, horseback riding, and swimming just to name a few!

For more information, visit: BeberCamp.com.


Director: Avremi Schapiro

Winter address:
8825 N. Lake Drive,
Bayside WI 53217

Summer address:
Oriole Lane Elementary School,
12850 N. Oriole Lane,
Mequon, WI 53097

Gan Israel Primary Program
Days and Hours:
Mon.-Fri., 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Session 1: June 18-July 6
(3 weeks) *note: no camp on July 4th

Session 2: July 9-August 3
(4 weeks)

Extended Care: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  (Early Care is $18 per week; Late Care is $18 per week)

Ages: Boys and Girls K5-7th Grade


Scholarships are available. Please call 414-228-8000 ext. 201 for more information.

This summer we have added a number of nature trips to our schedule and brand new choice activities. We will be enjoying camping, hiking, canoeing, treehouse building, and more! Not only will your children enjoy everything a day camp has to offer, they will also get an extra taste of the outdoors all in a warm Jewish environment.

Camp Ramah in Wisconsin

Director: Jacob Cytryn
312-606-9316, ext. 221

Photo of emissaries from Israel provided by Camp Ramah in Wisconsin.

Winter address:
65 E. Wacker Place, Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60601

Summer address:
6150 E. Buckatabon Road
Conover, WI 54519

Sessions: Camp Ramah in Wisconsin offers:

Five-day session
for campers entering
3rd grade • June 24-28

2-week sessions
for campers entering
4th grade • July 10-23 or July 24-August 6

4-week session
for campers entering
5th grade • June 12-July 9

4-week session
for campers entering
6th grade • July 10-August 6

8-week session
for campers entering
7th – 11th grades
June 12-August 6

Ages: Grades 3-11, Co-ed

Fees: Entering 3rd grade: $175; Entering 4th grade: $1,880; Entering 5th grade: $5100; Entering 6th grade: $5100; Entering 7th-11th grades: $8150

Camp Ramah in Wisconsin is a magical place where fun and friendship build Jewish lives. A full range of fun activities integrate Jewish values and observances into the daily camp experience. Activities include sports, swimming, high and low ropes courses, climbing wall, archery, sailing, kayaking, music, dance, nature, photography, radio, arts and drama. Meals are kosher, and Shabbat is observed. The camp is located 15 miles north of Eagle River, Wisconsin, on beautiful Lake Buckatabon.

For more details, including scholarship information, go to RamahWisconsin.com.

Habonim-Dror Camp Tavor

Director: Amit Weitzer
(269) 215-1399

Winter address:
4444 Second Ave.,
Detroit, MI, 48201

Summer address:
59884 Arthur L. Jones Rd., Three Rivers, MI 49093

Sessions (Early Bird Rates):
Session 1:
June 18-July 8 • $3,573

Taste of Tavor June:
June 18-24 • $883

Explore Tavor:
June 18-July 1 • $2,385

Session 2:
July 11-August 6 • $4,608

Taste of Tavor July:
July 11-17 • $883

Explore Tavor Plus:
July 11-July 29 • $3,177

Full Season:
June 18-August 6 • $6,090

Madatz Counselor
in Training Program:
June 17-August 7 • $2,050

Ages: 3rd-10th grade, Co-ed

Habonim Dror Camp Tavor is a one-of-a-kind pluralistic Jewish youth community focused on leadership, social justice, stewarding the environment and connecting to Israel. Camp Tavor serves kosher meals, and much of the food grown is from the camp organic farm. In addition, we are peanut free and nut sensitive. We can also accommodate gluten free, vegetarian, and other special diets.

New campers may be eligible for up to $1,000 off of camp tuition.

Camp Young Judaea Midwest

Director: Robin Anderson

Winter address:
60 Revere Drive, Suite 800, Northbrook, IL 60062

Summer address:
E989 Stratton Lake Road Waupaca, WI 54981

First Session
June 18-July 12, 2018 (for new and returning campers entering grades 2-9) $4200

Noar Aleph:
June 18-July 2, 2018 (for new campers entering grades 2-4) $2350

Taste of CYJ:
June 18-June 25, 2018 (for new campers entering grades 2-4) $1000

Bonim :
June 18-July 12, 2018 (for campers entering grades 10-11) $4200

Second Session:
July 16-August 9, 2018 (for new and returning campers entering grades 2-9) $4400

Noar Bet:
July 16-July 26, 2018 (for new campers entering grades 2-4) $2050

Bonim 2 :
July 16-August 9, 2018 (for campers entering grades 10-11) $4400

Ages: 7-16, Co-ed

Camp Young Judaea Midwest is for children in grades 2-11 from all Jewish backgrounds and from all over the United States. Our lakefront property provides the opportunity to explore, take on new challenges and make friendships that last a lifetime. Our campers experience a variety of activities including sports, waterskiing, cooking, sailing, mountain biking, rock climbing and zip lining, swimming, digital photography and much more.

DANCEWORKS creative arts camps

Studio Manager: Teresa Drews
414-277-8480 x6006

1661 N. Water St.,
Milwaukee, WI  53202

Sessions: June12-August19

Ages: 3.5-17 years, Co-ed

Fees: $125 for 1/2 day and $235 for full.

$20/week for before or after care and $30/week for both.

Please ask about multiple camp discounts!

Crank up your creativity with our week-long camps! Camps integrate dance and visual arts, music and creative drama into one fun-filled program taught by experienced professionals. Each week offers an age-appropriate theme that sparks imagination and showcases the week’s fun at a finale performance for family and friends!

For more information, visit: DanceworksMKE.org

Lynden sculpture garden camp: Summer Camps at the Intersection of Art & Nature

Director: Jeremy Stepien

2145 W. Brown Deer Rd.,
Milwaukee, WI 53217

Sessions: Multiple sessions, from 5 full days to 3 half days

Ages: 20 months to 15 years, Co-ed.

Fees: $86-$332; Lynden members receive a discount.

Lynden’s day camps integrate our collection of monumental sculpture with the natural ecology of hidden landscapes and unique habitats. Led by artists, naturalists, and educators, the camps explore the intersection of art and nature through collaborative inquiry and hands-on artmaking, using Lynden’s 40 acres to create an all-sens es-engaged outdoor experience.

Mequon Jewish Preschool Summer Camp

Director: Rivkie Spalter

11112 N. Crown Court, Mequon, Wisconsin 53092

Session: June 18th through August 10th  (No camp July 4th)

Ages: 6 weeks-5 years

We have created “JOURNEY”, a program where each child is invited to explore his or her interests in a Judaic setting.

Our offerings include arts, team sports, water activities, organic gardening, cooking, dance and music.

MJP Alumni leadership contributes to the success of our program.

A unique aspect of MJP Summer Camp is our community component in which a variety of local professionals share their careers, passions, and interests with our children.

Milwaukee Bucks Summer Basketball Camps

Director: Lance Foreman

1001 North Fourth Street
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Sessions: One week youth basketball camps are offered June – August

Ages: 7-15, Co-ed

Fees: $230.00

Each athlete attending a Bucks Summer Camp receives a ticket to a future Milwaukee Bucks home game, plus a camp give-away package that includes a Bucks camp t-shirt, basketball, bag and wristband! The camp will include skill development, competitive games and more!

Summer I.D.E.A.S. at University School of Milwaukee Camp

Director: Judy Bloch

2100 W. Fairy Chasm Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217

Half-day and full-day camps (ages 3–8), Week-long camps: June 19–July 28.

Workshops (age 4–grade 12) featuring a wide range of topics: one- to two-week sessions throughout summer.

Summer Institute for Academic Advancement (incoming grades 9–12) credit and Advanced Placement (AP) courses: most are three- to six-week courses.

Ages: 3-18 (grade 12), Co-ed

Fees: Varies by program offering

Summer I.D.E.A.S. (Investigate, Discover, and Explore Academics, Arts, and Sports) offers half-day and full-day camps, including wrap-around care options, for students ages 3-8, workshops for students age 4-grade 12, and a Summer Institute for Academic Advancement for motivated students entering grades 9-12.

Learn more at

OSRUI: URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute

Director: Solly Kane

Winter address:
1121 Lake Cook Rd., Suite D, Deerfield, IL 60015

Summer address:
600 Lac La Belle Drive, Oconomowoc, WI  53066

5 days, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 4 weeks and 7 weeks

Ages: Entering 2nd-12th grades, Co-ed

Fees: $360-$6,220

URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute, the Reform Movement’s camp in Wisconsin, offers a unique environment for campers in grades 2-12. We combine creative and innovative Jewish experiences with all the fun of summer camp — swimming, sports, drama, dance, archery, visual arts, horseback riding, waterskiing, photography, campfires, high and low ropes, boating, biking, adventure camping, and, most importantly, lifelong friendships.

For complete information, please see our website:

The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center Summer Camps

Resident Overnight

Steve & Shari Sadek Family Camp Interlaken JCC

Director: Toni Davison Levenberg

Winter address:
6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53217

Summer address:
7050 Old Highway 70,
Eagle River, WI 54521

Sessions: Begins June 20 and July 18; 2, 4, or 8 week sessions

Family Camp: August 14 – 19

Fees: Please visit CampInterlaken.org for fee information.

Located on 106 magnificent acres, this Jewish residential camp features complete waterfront activities, creative arts, athletics, and nature exploration. Our balanced program gives each camper the opportunity to develop his or her own skills, build self-esteem, and learn Jewish values within a safe, fun, and nurturing environment.

Visit CampInterlaken.org for dates and rates

Day Camps

Albert & Ann Deshur JCC Rainbow day camp in freedonia

Director: Lenny Kass

Winter address:
6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53217

Summer address:
Freedonia, WI

Sessions: June 11 – August 10 • 2 week Sessions or Build your own Week-by-Week

Ages: Entering K5-12th Grade, Co-ed

JCC Rainbow Day Camp is a traditional co-ed day camp located on 110 acres of wooded land in Fredonia, Wisconsin. Jewish values are modeled at camp by creating an inclusive environment where each child is valued as an individual and treated with respect. Campsite features include an aquatics center, pond, sports complex, climbing tower, garden, learning kitchen, and much more.

JCC Day Camps in Whitefish Bay

Director: Jess Lanke

6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53217

Sessions: June 11 – August 31 One week sessions, multiple options each week

Ages: Entering K5-8th Grade, Co-ed

Summer Unplugged at the JCC is the best way for your camper to connect with childhood and create summer memories. With more than 30 different specialty camp offerings, campers will have opportunities to Connect with Sports, Connect with the Arts, Connect with S.T.E.M., and Connect with Exploration. Many camps travel throughout the area, but all campers begin and end their day at the JCC.

Gan Ami Early Childhood Education Summer Session

Director: Stacy Synold Mitchell

Karl Community Campus 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53217

Linda & Fred Wein
Family Center 10803 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, WI 53092

Sessions: June 18 – July 13, July 16-August 10 • 4 week sessions

Ages: Two- Three- and Four-year olds

The excitement of summer in concert with the nurturing focus of our core faculty helps learning and play come alive for each child. Children entering K4 will have opportunities to go on field trips to area parks, farms, and local attractions, as well as a weekly trip to JCC Rainbow Day Camp in Fredonia, and Friday mornings spent at the JCC Water Park in Mequon for Shabbat Swim & Sing.