Previously a privately-owned camp, Crane Lake Camp brings deep history and traditions to create a special community. Since joining the cohort of Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) camps in 1998, Crane Lake has become a second home to many. Children from URJ congregations across the Northeast join together each summer to experience the fun and magic of Jewish camping.
Our caring and committed staff members (many of whom were campers themselves) strive to enrich the campers’ experiences by helping them build lasting friendships. These relationships lay the foundation for our summer community, providing encouragement and support. Our intimate camp environment allows campers to embrace the challenge of learning new skills in athletics, aquatics, the arts, and adventure and nature programs. What’s more, campers also immerse themselves in a wide range of innovative Jewish educational pursuits and creative spiritual experiences.
From the youngest of our campers to the oldest of our Machon (Counselors-in-Training), every child who spends a summer at Crane Lake Camp returns home a little wiser, a little more self-confident, and a little more connected to the Jewish community. A summer at Crane Lake Camp is more than a summer of fun. A summer at Crane Lake is meant to last a lifetime.
Everything done at Crane Lake Camp stems from a good foundation. Campers and counselors alike strive every day to embody our mission statement, which we believe help us to be the best selves and community we can be.
Hineini – Here I am
… I am here to strengthen my own self-esteem and that of everyone in the camp community.
… I am here to strengthen my own Jewish identity and spirituality and that of everyone in the camp community.
… I am here to strengthen my connection to the Crane Lake community and the Jewish community and to help everyone around me to do the same.
… I am here to do as much as I can, in the time that I have, in the place that I am, and to inspire others to join me in this holy work.
לֹא עָלֶיךָ הַמְּלָאכָה לִגְמוֹר, וְלֹא אַתָּה בֶן חוֹרִין לִבָּטֵל מִמֶּנָּה.
For it is written: “Lo alecha hamlacha ligmor, v’lo ata ben horin, l’heebatel mimena.”
“You are not required to complete the work, nor are you free to ignore it.” Pirke Avot 2:16