For the past nine years, the mission of Camp Kimama has been to provide meaningful activities for Jewish young people ages six to seventeen from all corners of the globe during the months of July and August. One, two, and three-week sessions take place in two locations, at Camp Kimama on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea near Tel Aviv, or at Camp Kibbutz in the area of Galilee on the shore of the River Jordan.
Parents enrolling their children at either location are assured campers will experience an escape from the wired-world, since use or possession of laptops, cellphones, and hand-held devices is strictly forbidden. All activities adhere to Jewish culture and practices including kosher cuisine. Campers are divided by age grouping for educational activities with direction given in Hebrew and English. In addition to on-site, 24/7 medical care available at both locations, counselor to camper ratio is one-to-five.
On a mixed age group basis, all campers participate in water activities including boating, kayaking, surfing, and swimming in pools and open water. 2012 will debut special-interest programs ranging from horseback riding and nature enjoyment to hands-on workshops in film, music, and art. With instruction being given in Hebrew and English, many campers and counselors come away from their camping experience with a new appreciation for another language and the opportunity to become conversant in it.
During weekends throughout the year, sacred and secular activities surrounding the rite of Bar/Bat Mitzvah may be scheduled by prior arrangement at Camp Kibbutz.