- What is Machane B’Yachad?
Machane B’Yachad (Camp Together) is an initiative of Friends of the Israeli Scouts — Tzofim with the Israeli-American Council (IAC) and NJY Camps. 12 days of fun in an overnight summer camp designed for Hebrew speaking children, here in the U.S. Our goal is that Machane B’Yachad will be a profound, meaningful and enriching summer camp. It will be a place to strengthen Hebrew skills, connect to Israel and the Jewish-Israeli identity.
Our goal is to provide a true Israeli experience in Hebrew, here in the US. An experience that will improve Hebrew speaking ability, not through classes but with activities, Hebrew guidance and Hebrew speaking friends.
The elective activities are diverse. Dozens of classes from banana boating to archery, basketball to dance – exactly what the children enjoy. Our staff adds activities about Israel, Israeli culture, connecting to Hebrew language and Jewish-Israeli roots. Although the camp is in Pennsylvania, our program is designed to feel like camp is in Israel.
- What are the dates of camp?
Machane B’Yachad will start on August 4 and will end on August 15, 2019.
- Where is the camp?
Milford, PA – less than two hours drive from Manhattan
Camp Nah-Jee-Wah and Cedar Lake Camp
570 Sawkill Rd, Milford PA
- Who can register?
The camp is designed for Israelis and Jewish American children who understand basic Hebrew and up, who lives in North America and next year they will start 4th grade throw 9th grade. If you are unsure of your child’s level of Hebrew proficiency is suitable, please contact us.
- Who staffs Machane B’Yachad?
Our staff are Tzofim alumni. The staff will present and lead the children through our unique program. Every cabin will be assigned three staff so there is 24-hour camper supervision.
- Where do the campers sleep?
Renovated wooden cabins with two toilets, two showers and two sinks. Each cabin will have 12 to 15 children with three staff members.
- What is the daily schedule?
After wake-up, the campers go to a Machane B’Yachad morning meeting with songs, raising the Israeli and American flags, hear announcements and review the daily schedule. The daily schedule is a mixture of elective activities (sport, science, art etc. – out of dozens of classes), cabin-group activities about Israel and Israeli culture and activities for the entire Machane B’Yachad (camping, sport competitions, kayaking etc.). After a busy day, there is evening program, showers, and then lights out.
- What do the campers eat?
At camp, each dining hall servers fresh, nutritious and kosher food. Three hot meals together with a large salad-bar, fruit and diverse side-dishes will be served daily. Fruit and snacks will be handed between meals. There is also canteen twice a week when campers may choose 2 to 3 snack items at no additional charge. There are vegetarian options at each meal and a gluten-free, GIG-certified kitchen. We are ready for almost any request concerning food sensitivities.
- What is the co-ed policy?
Boys and girls live in separate cabins. Elective activities are generally co-ed, except for most team sports.
- Is the camp accredited by the American Camping Association?
Yes! NJY Camps is an accredited camp, that meets or exceed the ACA standards.
- What are the medical services?
There are two health centers onsite staffed by medical doctors and RNs (nurses). In case of an emergency there is an urgent care facility located in nearby Milford, PA and a hospital 14 miles away.
- Is there transportation to camp?
Our bus can pick up your children from various points on the east coast. There may be an additional cost for transportation from some locations. You can arrive independently.
- Can the children bring a cellular device?
Campers are not permitted to have cell phones with them in camp. We storage any mobile devices brought to camp in a safe and return them to the campers at the end of the session. There is a contact person that will answer all of your questions! Parents may send emails to their children through the camp’s web site. The campers will be able to send you an email each week. Of course, if a child is injured or sick, we will be in touch with you.
- Can parents visit campers during Machane B’Yachad?
There is no visiting day during Machane B’Yachad.
- Can I schedule a tour of camp?
Yes. Please call (212) 390-8130 ext. 310 to schedule.
- What about discipline?
Campers and parents will be asked to agree to a Code of Conduct prior to the start of camp. The Code of Conduct includes consequences for infractions which may include dismissal from camp.
- Is the camp religious?
Machane B’Yachad is an Israeli camp. We will respect the Shabbat by lowering pace with fun activities. Our daily schedule does not include prayers, but children that want to pray will be given time so they won’t miss other activities. Campers participate in a Kabbalat Shabbat service, Shabbat morning service, culminating in Havdallah.
- What to bring to Machane B’Yachad?
Following registration, a suggested packing list will be available for the twelve-day stay at camp. You know your child better than anyone, so please adjust as needed.
- What is the registration process?
You can register online at NJYCamps.org/byachad
Download the registration form and send it with your deposit to NJY Camps, 21 Plymouth Street, Fairfield, NJ 07004
During March, registered campers will be asked to provide medical information and tell us elective and bunking preferences.