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.
Come Tour Crane Lake!
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Interested in seeing our facility and getting a feel for Crane Lake Camp? Come join us for a tour and get a glimpse of what Crane Lake is like! During the year, we offer 4 facility tours to provide prospective families an insight into a summer at camp. For the 2019-2020 school year, we will be providing tours on the following dates (and some Sundays by appointment only):
Sunday, November 3 at 1:00 pm
Sunday, January 19 at 10:30 am
Sunday, March 22 at 1:00 pm
Sunday, April 19 at 1:00 pm
To join us for a tour, please fill out this form where you will indicate your desired date and other important information. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a tour on an alternate Sunday, please contact Eva Gruenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Experience camp in a weekend!
Saturday, October 19 – Sunday October 20, 2019
URJ Eisner and Crane Lake Camps are once again offering a fun and exciting weekend at camp for children currently in grades 2 – 5 who are considering a summer at either of our camps. This weekend is a great opportunity for new and prospective campers to get a taste of what a summer at Eisner and Crane Lake Camps will be like. We’ll play outdoors, enjoy exciting camp activities and make new friends. The cost for the weekend is $200* which includes all program fees, meals, linens, and lodging.
We’ll begin with parent and camper tours at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA and end our action-packed weekend with a 2:00 p.m. parent tour and a 3:30 p.m. good-bye at Crane Lake Camp in West Stockbridge, MA. This way, prospective campers can experience the magic of both camps! We’ll also have staff from our sister camp, 6 points Sci-Tech Academy East on site to share a bit about their amazing programs for children entering grades 5 – 10.
Come and meet the Eisner and Crane Lake Directors! See our superstar staff in action! Help us decorate our Sukkah! Join us!
*We will credit $100 towards Summer 2020 camp fees for any participant registered by January 1, 2020.