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 Care Garden High Ropes Course Israel Scouting & Outdoor Education Teva (Nature Program & Outdoor Cooking) Low Ropes Course Overnight Campouts & hikes


ATHLETICS* Archery Baseball & Softball Basketball Beach volleyball Fitness Flag football Ga-Ga Gymnastics Inter- and intra-camp games Lacrosse Running Soccer Street Hockey Tennis Ultimate Frisbee Yoga


ARTS* Arts and crafts Ceramics Drama, featuring one show per session Guitar and Songleading Israeli Folk Dance Jewelry making Modern Dance Pottery Song Sessions Tie-dye



JEWISH LIFE* Bar/Bat Mitzvah training Creative services led by campers Israeli Culture and History Jewish Culture and history Tikkun Olam (Community service projects on and off camp) Unique & inspirational Shabbat celebrations

OFF-CAMP TRIPS* Boston, MA Hiking Lake Compounce Lake George, NY Montreal, Quebec New York City Ramblewild Aerial Adventure Park Six Flags New England Tanglewood Tournaments at nearby camps in a variety of athletics Whitewater Rafting *Offerings may differ each summer and by age