A Camp for Everyone!
URJ Crane Lake Camp is a camp where everyone feels at home. We strive to make every camper's experience nurturing and fulfilling, and we do so by making sure that every child feels welcomed and supported.

What happens at a URJ Camp?
Camp is fun! Our campers enjoy engaging activities and programs, develop life-long friendships, and live with a super-star staff that acts as role models, living Jewish values-not just teaching them. When you entrust your children to us, they will experience what it is like to live in an immersive Jewish community. This complete immersion allows children to see the world through a Jewish lens, giving them a fuller appreciation of the richness of Judaism and strengthening their Jewish identities along the way. They live the Jewish values of Rachamim (compassion), Kavod (honor and respect), Derech Eretz (civility), G’milut Chasadim (kindness), Tikkun Olam (repairing our world), and so many more! And we know they’ll take these values home with them at summer’s end.

What if my family isn’t very involved in Jewish life?
Campers come to us from a variety of Jewish backgrounds. Some children come from families who are very involved in their synagogues attending Shabbat services regularly, and some do not. Some children attend Jewish Day Schools, and some attend Religious School only once a month. And everyone in between! We help our campers learn what they don’t know, and embrace what they do know. Living in an immersive Jewish community offers all of our campers the opportunity to strengthen their Jewish identities while learning more about Judaism.

Crane Lake Camp is a welcoming community for interfaith families who have made Jewish choices for their children, including Jewish overnight camp. We welcome children from a variety of backgrounds, and know they will quickly mesh into one community.

What if my camper needs extra support while at camp?
Camp has inclusion staff on site to work with campers who might need extra support and with the staff who will be caring or them. Before campers arrive at camp, we ask any parent who anticipates that his/her child will need extra support to complete a Background Questionnaire. This way, we can being to prepare for the camper before he/she arrives. As necessary, our inclusion staff stays in touch with parents throughout the summer.

Click on the links below for even more information for new camp families!

New Camper FAQs

First Time at Camp by Bob Ditter

We want our prospective campers to spend a summer with us in one afternoon!

SEE THE MAGIC OF CRANE LAKE CAMP

Prospective campers entering grades 2-6 and their families are invited to Rookie Day on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Crane Lake Camp in West Stockbridge, MA from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. No matter how many photos or videos we post you still, "just have to be there" to get the real feeling of camp – the mountains, the lake and, of course, the spirit.

When you visit Crane Lake Camp, you feel the magic of the people, the place, and the experience. It's an amazing atmosphere – a diverse and welcoming community -  and we can’t wait to host you and your family so that you can see and feel it for yourself.

Rookie Day is a one-day program for prospective campers specifically designed to introduce them to the exciting world of overnight camp. Your child will have the opportunity to meet other prospective and current campers, and participate in many of our incredible activities. They will be taken care of by a hand-picked group of warm and caring counselors who will help make sure they have an amazing first Crane Lake Camp experience.

Together, you and your family will tour the camp and meet with our leadership team. After everyone is comfortable and familiar with our campus, campers head to lunch in the dining hall and to try-out their favorite activities with their counselors. Families are free to enjoy some time in town before they meet up with their happy rookie camper in the afternoon.

Before leaving, you’ll spend additional time with our Director so that any of your additional questions can be addressed. We want you leaving Crane Lake Camp feeling informed, prepared, and excited—to join our family.

The cost? Free!

Sign Up Here for Rookie Day 2018!

Questions?

For Crane Lake Camp Rookie Day questions, email Debby Shriber, Director of Crane LakeCamp at 413-232-4257.