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!

Prospective campers entering grades 3-6 and their families are invited to Rookie Day:

Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Crane Lake Camp in West Stockbridge, MA from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Rookie Day will begin at 10:30 AM with family tours of camp where parents and their children will get the lay of the land and see what life at camp looks and feels like. After the tour, families will depart and the “Rookies” will stick around for a few hours of camp fun! They’ll have the chance to experience first-hand some of camp’s activities, from sports to swimming to arts and crafts and more. Their time at camp will include lunch in our dining room and an afternoon snack. Parents will return at 4:00 PM to pick-up their Rookie and meet with the camp director.

Rookie Day is a great way for prospective campers and their families to try camp on for size. Rookies can attend one or both—it’s up to you!

The cost? Free!

Sign Up Here for Rookie Day 2018!


For Crane Lake Camp Rookie Day questions, email Debby Shriber, Director of Crane Lake. After June 5, call us up at camp: 413-232-4257.