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OSRUI offers a variety of options for campers from as early as the summer before 2nd grade all the way through high school! Session options are designed to fit into everyone’s summer from five days to two, three, four and even seven weeks – come meet your lifelong friends this summer! 

All OSRUI campers have exciting days full of creative and fun programs. Campers can expect to horseback ride, try their hand at archery, learn Israeli dances, go on sunset pontoon rides, ride the waterslides, help plant our garden, and so much more.  Camp is also infused with opportunities to explore and build Jewish identity and learn Hebrew through topics and values that are age-appropriate and relate to the theme of the unit.   

Although each eidah (unit) has a unique focus and opportunities, everyone also gets to participate in the traditional fun activities at camp.  Check out our Day at Camp page to read about the activities that are included in every day at camp.    

Learn more by clicking on each session below.

Atid

2nd – 3rd Grade
Cabins

KALLAH

3rd – 6th Grade
Cabins

kibbutz hatzofim

4th – 7th Grade
Tents

Gesher

6th – 10th Grade
Cabins

moshavah

8th – 9th Grade
Tents

chalutzim

10th – 11th Grade
Cabins

tour la’agam

10th – 12th Grade

chalutzim ba’aretz

11th – 12th Grade

avodah

12th Grade

Atid (a taste of camp)

Entering Grades 2-3  |  5 Days  |  August 10-14

WHERE THEY LIVE 

  • Cabins with 8-12 other campers their age and 3-4 counselors. 
  • Bathrooms are either attached or a quick walk to a washhouse. 

WHAT THEY DO 

WHAT’S UNIQUE? 

  • Atid is great for campers who are away from home for the first time.  Our nurturing staff are ready to welcome each new camper and help them adjust in their own way to being in this new setting. 
Kallah (classic summer camp)
Aleph Bet   Gimmel
Entering Gr. 3-5
2 Weeks
June 20- July 3  
Entering Gr. 3-5
2 Weeks
July 4 – July 17
Entering Gr. 4-6
3 Weeks
July 19 – August 7 

WHERE THEY LIVE 

  • Cabins with 10-14 other campers their age and 3-4 counselors. 
  • Bathrooms are either attached or a quick walk to a washhouse. 

WHAT THEY DO 

  • Kallah campers get a thorough introduction to the overnight camp experience.   
  • The Kallah staff focus on helping campers make new friends, learn both independence and team work as a bunk, and develop confidence in trying new things at camp.   
  • To see an example of what all campers do during a typical day, click here. 

WHAT’S UNIQUE? 

  • Our counselors are trained to help our youngest campers navigate being away from home and learning to live in a group.   
  • Programming and activities for Kallah are created with attention to the developmental needs of elementary school age kids to ensure each kid has a successful summer at camp.  
kibbutz hatzofim (outdoor living)
Aleph Bet   Gimmel
Entering Gr. 4-7
2 Weeks
June 20- July 3  
Entering Gr. 4-7
2 Weeks
July 4 – July 17
Entering Gr. 5-7
4 Weeks
July 19 – August 14 

WHERE THEY LIVE 

  • Platform tents (with bunk beds) with 10-14 other campers their age and 3-4 counselors. 
  • The tents are a short walk to outdoor port-o-potties – and campers stop daily at a washhouse for showers. 

WHAT THEY DO 

  • Tzofim is modeled after Kibbutz-style living in Israel.  In this unit, campers help create their community – which includes preparing meals, tending a garden, and taking care of animals on our small farm.  
  • Throughout the session, Tzofim campers learn about communal living, problem solving, gaining responsibility, and taking care of each other.   
  • To see an example of what all campers do during a typical day, click here. 

WHAT’S UNIQUE? 

  • Tzofim is great for campers who are excited about the outdoors and will enjoy a chance for rustic living.  
  • In Tzofim Gimmel, the campers plan and host the camp-wide talent show, Oconomostock! 
gesher (focus, choice, and community)
Aleph Bet
Entering Gr. 6-9
4 Weeks
June 20- July 17  
Entering Gr. 7-10
4 Weeks
July 19 – August 14

WHERE THEY LIVE 

  • Cabins with 10-14 other campers their age and 3-4 counselors. 
  • Bathrooms are either attached or a quick walk to a washhouse. 

WHAT THEY DO 

  • Gesher is the Hebrew word for “Bridge”.  Along with all of the traditional camp activities, Gesher campers pick an intensive area of focus.  In these intensives, campers experience the journey of developing and practicing new skills.  By participating in session-long projects and games, campers in Gesher can see the progress they make, individually and with their peers, as they work together to create and prepare experiences for each other. 
  • To see an example of what all campers do during a typical day, click here. 

GESHER INTENSIVES 

All intensives will be offered in both Aleph and Bet sessions for summer 2022.

  • Making a Musical: Options for on & offstage artistic exploration and performance. Campers in this program will produce and star in a show. With content from some favorite Broadway musicals, there will be opportunities for singing, acting, set design, tech management, and more. 
  • Sports & Conditioning: For all current and future athletes – we know that demand is high to maintain fitness and conditioning programs for sports teams. In this intensive, there will be opportunities for individual conditioning, trying new athletic and wellness activities, and lots of time for playing both individual and team sports. 
  • Aquatics: This option is great for those who enjoy lots of time in the water doing all the aquatic activities camp has to offer with an option to complete a junior lifeguarding training. 
  • How Do They Do That?: Rocketry, Robots, Experimental Science, Technology, Engineering, and more. Participants in this intensive will explore how things work, what Judaism can teach us about science, and will get to create and do some fun experiments. 
  • Culinary Arts: NEW THIS YEAR: Campers will work alongside our instructors to develop cooking and food preparation skills, culminating in designing, creating, and presenting a special feast to share with members of the camp community.  Those who participate in the culinary arts program will come home with an understanding of healthy menu creation, basic cooking abilities, and some very yummy recipes. 
moshavah (outdoor adventure and challenge)
Aleph Bet
Entering Gr. 8-9
4 Weeks
June 20- July 17  
Entering Gr. 8-9
4 Weeks
July 19 – August 14

WHERE THEY LIVE 

  • Platform tents (with bunk beds) with 10-14 other campers their age and 3-4 counselors. 
  • Moshavah campers live in their own community village on the edge of camp.   
  • The tents are a short walk to outdoor port-o-potties – and campers stop daily at a washhouse for showers. 

WHAT THEY DO 

  • The Moshavah experience centers around developing independence, both individually and as a group.   
  • Moshavah camping trips are a beloved opportunity for campers to explore their Jewish connection to teva (nature), develop team building and group decision-making skills, and expand their own resilience. 
  • To see an example of what all campers do during a typical day, click here.

WHAT’S UNIQUE? 

  • Mosh campers prepare for and go on two overnight camping trips (a 2-night trip and a 3-night trip) in Southeastern Wisconsin.  The trips include backpacking, biking, canoeing, and rock climbing. 
chalutzim (hebrew immersion)

Entering Grades 10-11  |  7 Weeks  |  June 20 – August 7

WHERE THEY LIVE 

  • Cabins with 10-14 other campers their age and 3-4 counselors. 
  • Cabins are a quick walk outside to a washhouse. 

WHAT THEY DO 

  • Chalutzim is the capstone OSRUI experience – combining a full summer of fun, friends, and OSRUI favorites with the experience of being immersed in Hebrew language with Israeli counselors.  For over 50 years, this milestone program has been one of the most highly anticipated summers that OSRUI campers get to take part in.   
  • In one summer, campers typically achieve the equivalent of an entire semester of public high school language proficiency, while they explore their connection with the land and language of the Jewish people. 
  • This one-of-a-kind program also includes all of the fun of camp including daily choice activities, swimming and boating, and opportunities to make camp magic for younger campers. 
  • To see an example of what all campers do during a typical day, click here. 

WHAT’S UNIQUE? 

  • Alumni of this program, regardless of their Hebrew knowledge before the summer, report that their comprehension of, and connection to, the Hebrew language grows.  
  • The Chalutzim madrichim (counselors) are Israelis who are spending their summer at camp or OSRUI alum who can speak Hebrew fluently.  
  • We welcome campers of all ability levels – and have multiple programs available each year to help campers prepare for the summer.  
tour la'agam (biking around lake michigan)

Entering Grades 10-12  |  4 Weeks  |  June 21 – July 18

The only trip of its kind, Tour La’Agam (Tour to the Lake) is a spectacular bicycle ride along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Teens bike hundreds of miles as they explore the byways, forests, dunes, and the simple enormity and beauty of the lake. 

Tour La’Agam is a traveling community that builds itself a little more each day. The first several days will be spent in camp, training and preparing for the trip. Then the group sets off northeast, meeting the lake near Sheboygan. From there they ride north to legendary Door County, ferry over to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, head south through the Straits of Mackinac to the Lower Peninsula, and then ferry back to Wisconsin. On the last bike leg of the trip, the group pedals right back to OSRUI, and spends a final Shabbat together at camp.  

Services are part of each day and Jewish learning directed toward a better understanding of ecology and the land rounds out the experience.  Shabbat, the highlight of the week, will be a well-deserved day of rest and community. This remarkable ride will be a celebration of the power of the group traveling together as well as an exploration of each teen’s physical, emotional, and spiritual self.  

Tour La’Agam will be led by an experienced bicycle tour guide, along with other specially trained staff. Each night will be spent camping out in tents at campgrounds along the way. A van for support and gear will accompany the group. Bicycles will be provided by OSRUI, as will tents and cooking gear. Personal gear will be the responsibility of each participant. A separate gear list will be available in the Spring. 

Participants in this program must be prepared to ride up to 50-60 miles each day, and thus must be in very good physical condition with no medical limitations of back, leg, or ankle. 

Interview:  Applicants must be interviewed by one of the OSRUI directors.  You will be contacted to arrange an interview once we receive your application.  

chalutzim Ba'aretz (nfty in israel)

Entering Grades 11-12  

Chalutzim Ba’aretz is a unique, traveling Jewish community, immersing you in the language of the land as you explore ancient Jerusalem and modern Tel Aviv, the beautiful Galilee and the stunning Negev Desert. This exciting 3.5 week summer experience was created especially for teens who want to do more than just practice Hebrew. Unleash your language skills to converse and collaborate, debate and discover. You’ll finish your meaningful and exciting journey to Israel with new confidence, amazing memories, and friendships that will last a lifetime. 

Learn more at: https://nftyisrael.org/camp-trips/osrui/ 

avodah (internships, work, and study)

The Avodah program is a bridge between both camp and “the real world” as well the journey from camper to staff member. Overall, Avodah provides real work experience and an amazing summer with camp friends.  

In addition to the age-old favorite hallmarks of the Avodah program such as making the magic of opening and closing days, participating and helping to lead camp-wide activities, and finally earning a staff tshirt, each Avodahnik will get to participate in the three pillars of the program: Hitkadmut, Hakdamah, and Kadimah. 

Hitkadmut (to progress your own learning/leadership) – These leadership tracks provide training, experience, and confidence to prepare for leadership roles at camp and in home congregations: 

  • Songleading – We look to songleaders to lead us in singing many times each week – and to help us create meaningful prayer and celebration moments.  This track is for anyone who is songleading at their synagogue, tot Shabbat, or hoping to songlead at camp or for youth group.  Participants in this track will learn new skills and songs, practice leading groups, and build upon their current repertoire for leading Jewish music. 
  • Peer Leadership – This track is built for those who may already be a teen leader in NFTY, another youth movement, a temple youth group, a sports team – or for someone interested in becoming a leader in this space. Through a lens of peer-to-peer engagement models used in places like Hillels and Reform congregations, this program will teach the fundamentals of what it means to be a fantastic leader of your peers. 
  • Ivrit – Strengthen your own Hebrew – and help teach Ivrit to chanichim around camp!  Prepare yourself to be a superstar tzevet (staff) member during this track by working with our Rosh Ivrit (Hebrew Director) to help bring the joy of Hebrew to life.   

Hakdamah (Introduction to working at camp, Internship) – Internships are a way for each Avodahnik to be intimately involved with making the magic of camp come alive.  Each internship will include the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and learn from seasoned camp staff.  Internships will include: (These are examples, not necessarily an exhaustive list.  They are subject to change and adaptation.) 

  • Chaverim – Get a taste of creating daily programming and care schedules while working with our youngest “campers” as a junior counselor 
  • Admin – Get a behind the scenes look at OSRUI’s daily operations while getting a unique chance to work alongside the professional and admin staff.    
  • Site Team – The site team is responsible for the grounds, building upkeep, and general maintenance for all of OSRUI. Every day is different for the site team 
  • Program Team – This group will be assigned to one of the program department areas around camp (Arts, Sports, Ivrit, Stables, Etgar) to learn about and support the creation of daily activities for each eidah (unit). This team will have an opportunity to have a direct impact on campers’ experiences at OSRUI, all while developing one of the some of the most important staff member skills. 
  • Media Team – Help us capture and tell the story of camp. You’ll get to take pictures, make videos, and design graphics for social media while learning about how to share our story on multiple communication platforms. 

Kadimah (to move camp forward) – Kadimah Crews are responsible for a few essential functions that happen each day at camp and everyone on Avodah chips in together with their friends. Some of the functions are also internships during the day, and some are functions that only happen in the evenings. Your crew is a team that rotates together each day between tasks such as kitchen duty, trash run, grounds and maintenance, Chaverim, t’fillah/evening program prep for Avodah, and office.