The Camp Life at Camp Sabra
The Camp Sabra family is made up of campers in third through tenth grades and our amazing staff. Together, we build a kind, tightly-knit community each summer as we create lifelong memories. Our campers and staff come from all over the world and bring their own experiences and perspectives on life that make each Camp Sabra summer unique and irreplaceable.
Our campers explore their creative sides through our music, art and theatre programs. Our excursions, river trips, water sports, high-ropes courses, zip line (and more) encourage our campers to discover their sense of adventure. Our activities aim to help campers build confidence and to discover what they enjoy. There are no video games or texting at Camp Sabra – just fresh air, sunshine and a chance to explore new experiences!
Our goals for our Campers
We want our summer campers to enjoy their time at Camp Sabra and to also have experiences that have a lasting impact on their lives. When our campers leave Camp Sabra, our hope is:
- They enhanced their connection to their Jewish identity.
- They heightened their sense of independence.
- They increased their personal resiliency.
- They created a personal Jewish community for themselves.
- They acquired physical and outdoor skills.
A Week at Camp Sabra
Our campers are divided into age-based units that have their own cheers, traditions and outdoor camping experiences. Each camper unit consists of roughly four to five cabins of campers, but all campers come together for all-camp activities such as plays, community events and more.
Campers choose from a menu of activity options. Campers select their top three choices, and our staff assigns focus areas based on these selections. Focus areas last for three days each, so each camper is assigned four focuses per week. One set might be sailing, arts & crafts and ropes course – while the next could be land sports, tarbut and ski. There are many, many activities from which to choose!
These activities are pre-assigned to cabin groups. Cabin groups participate in two cabin activities each day between lunch and dinner for a total of eleven activities each week. Some examples are: archery, human foosball, funyak and many more.
Held in the evenings, unit activities are fun, creative activities that an entire unit (or two) participates in. Examples are relay races, messy Olympics, outdoor movie nights, campouts and more.
On Friday afternoons, campers are encouraged to rest, hang out in their cabins and get ready for Friday night dinner. That evening, we eat as a camp (sit wherever and with whomever you like), enjoy a service overlooking the lake and then get rowdy at Shabbat Players (singing, Israeli dancing, cheering). On Saturday morning, after a late breakfast, we hold another service by the lake and then break out into chugim. Chugim are activities led by staff, and campers can go to whatever sounds great to them (i.e. discuss “Being British,” “Yoga by the Lake,” etc.).
Our Shabbat afternoon is spent doing either tournaments, swimming or a unit activity in unit groups.
These are our Saturday night programs, such as SabraFest (a 70s-style carnival), all-camp play performances and other community events.
*Masada campers follow a different schedule due to the location of the Masada Village and the nature of their camp activities. Please visit the Masada section for additional information about Masada.