From 3rd Graders to rising seniors, Crane Lake Camp offers a variety of opportunities for campers and leaders-in-training. Varying session options are designed to fit into everyone’s summer – from two weeks to the full 7-weeks - come meet your lifelong friends.

Campers live in bunks based on the camper’s grade in school the following September. Grade-based units group together children who are on a similar level socially, physically, and developmentally to optimize everyone’s experience. Our bunks travel together throughout the day from activity to activity and participate together in everything that camp offers.

This style of programming gives everyone the chance to do things they love, and try new activities that they have never had the chance to explore. They support their bunkmates in their passions, creating an even stronger community. Campers have the opportunity to select a chug (elective) each week, exploring different areas of interest, building skills and honing their talents in an area they are passionate about. Our chugim are taught by trained counselors and sports coaches. As campers get older, the schedule allows for more intensives and choice.

Unit Name Hebrew Translation Entering Grades
K'TANIM (2 weeks) "Little Ones" 3rd and 4th
NITZANIM "Seedlings" 4th and 5th
BONIM "Builders" 6th and 7th
CHAVERIM "Friends" 8th and 9th
OLIM "Those who grow up" 10th
CRANE LAKE IN ISRAEL 11th
MACHON "Institute" 12th

 K’tanim is an introductory program perfect for our youngest campers, most of who will be away from home for the first time. Special attention is paid to teaching our K’tanim campers how to explore camp and enjoy all that camp has to offer. Our “little ones” form wonderful friendships and have a great time during what we hope will be the first of many summers at Crane Lake Camp.

Our K’tanim program is two weeks long. This introductory program is perfect for our youngest campers, most of who will be away from home for the first time. Special attention is paid to teaching our K’tanim campers how to get around camp and enjoy all that camp has to offer. Our “little ones” form wonderful friendships and have a great time during what we hope will be the first of many summers at Crane Lake. If K'tanim campers love camp, there is the opportunity for them to extend for the full session.

Olim, the 10th grade summer is the pinnacle of the camper experience. As the oldest unit, Olim campers have many privileges and experiences befitting their age, including a 4-day trip to Montreal. (More information about the trip will be available as we get closer to camp.) Olim campers are given the opportunity to take on real leadership roles throughout camp by participating in our big brother/big sister program with our youngest campers.  The summer culminates with the opportunity to help lead the camp in Maccabiah (color war).

For your Olim (10th grade) camper, this summer is the pinnacle of their camp experience. As the oldest campers, Olim have many privileges befitting their age, including a 4-day trip to Montreal. More information about the trip will be available as we get closer to camp. Olim also have the opportunity to take on a real leadership role. This includes participating in our big brother/big sister program with our youngest campers as well as the opportunity to lead the camp in our Maccabiah (color war) during second session.

Machon offers rising seniors the experience of Crane Lake Camp’s  Leader-In-Training program. Our Machon unit is a Counselor-In-Training program. During the first session of camp, our Machonikim participate in an intensive counselor training program, preparing them for all aspects of being a counselor. During the second session of camp, our Machonikim become junior counselors, moving into bunks for on-the-job training and mentorship from our experienced counselors. Enrollment is limited and requires an application, interview, and letters of recommendation. Applications are available in early November and participants are notified in late January. 

TEEN PROGRAMS (GRADES 9 TO 12)

Crane Lake's NFTY in Israel trip | entering grade 11
An unforgettable four weeks of personal discovery, hiking and exploration in Israel. Walk the corridors of the Old City of Jerusalem, float in the Dead Sea, hike Masada and be immersed in the warmth and uniqueness of Israel with friends from camp and NFTY.
URJ Kutz Camp | entering grades 10 to 12
Kutz brings together hundreds of the most talented and committed Reform Jewish teen leaders for a summer of fun and learning. Teens customize their own program focusing on developing skills in leadership, Jewish learning, social justice and the arts.
URJ Mitzvah Corps | entering grades 10 to 12
Expand your comfort zone and make a difference. Volunteer and immerse yourself in a new community in Central America, Israel and throughout North America as you learn about the people and culture of these communities. Be a change-maker through Mitzvah Corps’ unique hands-on experiences.