The quality of the Crane Lake experience is second to none. Each camper receives personalized attention from enthusiastic counselors and expert instruction from passionate specialty staff in in a wide variety of athletic, recreational and creative activities.

Our activities seek to strike a balance between skill development and personal enjoyment, and constant effort is made to meet the needs and wants of the campers. Campers travel throughout the day with their bunk group on a preset schedule, occasionally mixing with other bunks. This ensures group bonding and a well-rounded summer.  All campers also get to choose one chug, elective, during the week, and campers 8th grade and up choose a second more intensive elective period called chugensive. This provides our campers with the opportunity to try something new, or pursue what they are passionate about with more time and instruction.

Crane Lake’s highly experienced staff work with campers to promote skill-building, teamwork, friendship, and fun. We constantly encourage campers to take on challenges, explore new interests, and develop talents. Participation in inter-camp games adds to the spirit of camp- Crane Lake participates in over 30 tournaments with a wide variety of sports represented.

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ADVENTURE AND OUTDOORS*Animal CareGardenHigh Ropes Course Israel Scouting & Outdoor Education Teva (Nature Program & Outdoor Cooking) Low Ropes CourseOvernight Campouts & hikes

ATHLETICS*ArcheryBaseball & SoftballBasketballBeach volleyballFitnessFlag footballGa-GaGymnasticsInter- and intra-camp gamesLacrosseRunningSoccer Street Hockey TennisUltimate FrisbeeYoga

ARTS*Arts and craftsCeramicsDrama, featuring one show per sessionGuitar and SongleadingIsraeli Folk DanceJewelry makingModern DancePotterySong SessionsTie-dye


JEWISH LIFE*Bar/Bat Mitzvah trainingCreative services led by campers Israeli Culture and HistoryJewish Culture and historyTikkun Olam (Community service projects on and off camp)Unique & inspirational Shabbat celebrations

OFF-CAMP TRIPS*Boston, MAHikingLake CompounceLake George, NYMontreal, QuebecNew York CityRamblewild Aerial Adventure ParkSix Flags New EnglandTanglewoodTournaments at nearby camps in a variety of athleticsWhitewater Rafting*Offerings may differ each summer and by age