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From entering 2nd graders to rising seniors, OSRUI offers a variety of opportunities for campers to participate in. Varying session options are designed to fit into everyone’s summer from five days to one, two, four and even seven weeks – come meet your lifelong friends this summer!

Each eidah (unit) at camp is geared towards different age groups and specific interests, while also participating in the traditional activities of camp.  This style of programming gives everyone the chance to do what they already love and try new activities that they have never had the chance to explore.  Campers can select different chugim (electives) during their session, exploring different areas of interest, building skills and honing their talents in an area they are passionate about. 

Learn more by clicking on each session below.

Atid

2nd – 4th Grade
Cabins

KALLAH

3rd – 6th Grade
Cabins

kibbutz hatzofim

4th – 7th Grade
Tents

Gesher

6th – 10th Grade
Cabins

moshavah

8th – 10th 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 2-4  |  5 Days  |  August 11-15

Atid is an introductory program perfect for our youngest campers, most of whom will be away from home for the first time.  Atid campers get a taste of many of the activities offered at OSRUI, including horseback riding, tubing, climbing our tower and more!  They also celebrate Shabbat with all of camp, a highlight for many!  They form wonderful friendships and have a great time during what we hope will be the first of many summers at OSRUI. 

Atid campers live in a cabin with 3 or 4 counselors and about 12 other campers of their grade. 

Kallah (classic summer camp)
Aleph AlephBet   Gimmel
Entering Gr. 3-6
2 Weeks
June 21- July 4  
Entering Gr. 3-6
4 Weeks
June 21 – July 18
Entering Gr. 3-6
3 Weeks
July 20 – August 8 

As a Kallah camper you will experience all the fun of summer camp! Your days will be filled with swimming, sports (baseball, basketball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, and lots more!), Hebrew, and electives (photography, dance, drama, visual arts, media, horseback riding, nature, sports and more).  Campers may sign up for waterskiing, too. And everyone gets a chance to climb our 5-story Alpine Tower and high ropes course! Kallah campers live in a cabin with 3 or 4 counselors and about 12 other campers of their grade. 

kibbutz hatzofim (outdoor living)
Aleph AlephBet   Gimmel
Entering Gr. 4-7
2 Weeks
June 21- July 4  
Entering Gr. 4-7
4 Weeks
June 21 – July 18
Entering Gr. 5-7
4 Weeks
July 20 – August 15 

In Tzofim, which is modeled after a Kibbutz, campers live in platform tents and help prepare meals, tend the garden, and take care of our animals in a tight-knit community. 

Every day in Tzofim is also filled with swimming, sports, electives (photography, dance, drama, visual arts, media, horseback riding, nature and more), Hebrew, and lots more! Campers may sign up for waterskiing, too. And you will get a chance to climb our 5-story Alpine Tower and high ropes course! Tzofim is designed for campers who are independent and really enjoy the outdoors and living in a rustic environment. Tzofim campers live in a large tent (sleeping on bunk beds) with 3 or 4 counselors and about 12 other campers of their grade. Our Tzofim Gimmel campers also produce and star in the incredible all-camp talent show, Oconomostock! 

gesher (focus, choice, and community)
Aleph Bet
Entering Gr. 7-10
4 Weeks
June 21- July 18  
Entering Gr. 6-9
3 Weeks
July 20 – August 8

Gesher is the unit at camp for 6th – 10th grade campers looking to enjoy everything that OSRUI has to offer. Gesher campers enjoy living in cabins, all our traditional camp programming and have unique counselor led activities like mad science, sign language and Krav Maga.

During a session, Gesher campers will choose many chugim (electives) to explore. Taught by our specialists, chugim include sports (basketball, archery, softball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, and lots more), nature, cooking, drama, photography, horseback riding, art, music and more.

NEW for 2021 we are offering intensives for Gesher campers! These 2 hour a day  intensives give campers the chance to dive deeper into an area of camp that speaks to them.

When you register you will choose one of these 2021 intensives:

    • Making a Musical (Aleph & Bet): 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 (Aleph & Bet): 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 general active play, working on individual training plans provided by coaches back home, and general skill development while playing sports with our coaches each day.
    • Aquatics (Aleph only): 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? (Bet only): 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.
moshavah (outdoor adventure and challenge)
Aleph Bet
Entering Gr. 8-9
4 Weeks
June 21- July 18  
Entering Gr. 8-10
4 Weeks
July 20 – August 15

Moshavah campers live in their own community village on the edge of camp. In Mosh, campers experience an intense and challenging summer featuring some of the elements of regular camp programming as well as taking two or three multi-day trips out of camp (backpacking, biking, canoeing, and rock climbing). Their trips will focus on exploring their Jewish connection to teva (nature), team building, group decision-making, and leadership training. When in camp, campers live in a platform tent (sleeping in bunk beds) with 10 or 12 other teens and 2 or 3 counselors, as well as participate in chugim (electives), swimming, boating, grill outs, and more!

chalutzim (hebrew immersion)

Entering Grades 10-11  |  7 Weeks  |  June 21 – August 8

Chalutzim campers live and learn in a dynamic and unique intensive Hebrew-speaking environment. The Chalutzim program is a total immersion Hebrew program. In one summer, campers typically achieve the equivalent of an entire semester of public high school language ability, while they explore their connection with the land and language of the Jewish people. The Chalutzim madrichim (counselors) are Israelis who are spending their summer at camp or OSRUI alum who can speak fluently. We welcome campers of all ability levels – and have multiple programs available each year to help campers prepare for the summer. This one-of-a-kind program also includes all of the fun of camp including daily choice activities, swimming and boating, a mid-session trip off camp, and opportunities to make camp magic for younger campers.

Note: Chalutzim campers traditionally plan a reunion immediately after the session ends. The reunion is called “3-Day” because it is held on Wednesday, three days after camp ends. While OSRUI is not the organizer of this event, we wanted you to know so you can make appropriate travel plans for those flying to/from camp.

tour la'agam (wheels 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 on 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, as well as visiting the Trek bicycle factory in Waterloo, Wisconsin. 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. Of course 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 lake and its vitality 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  |  4 Weeks  |  July 15 – August 9

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: www.nftyisrael.com/osrui

 

avodah (internships, work, and study)

We have taken the core Avodah program and elevated it with modern upgrades to give you an even more comprehensive experience. This Ultimate Camp Internship will bridge the gap between both camp and “the real world” as well the journey from camper to staff member – all while keeping the traditions and spirit of the program the same that we’ve loved for generations. Overall, Avodah will provide real work experience, practice translating the experience to college resumes and essays, 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 (which take place during the time formerly known as “limudim and Ivrit”) will give you the training, experience, and confidence for you to succeed in leadership roles at camp and in your home congregations. You can choose from:

  • Songleading – We look to our songleaders to lead us in singing many times each week – and to help us create meaningful prayer and celebration moments.  Whether you’re songleading at your synagogue, tot Shabbat, hoping to songlead at camp or for youth group, this track will allow you to make an individualized plan to improve on the skills you help identify as growth areas.
  • Action/Advocacy – With a focus on social justice through a Jewish lens, this program is built to teach you transferable skills so that you can take what you learn out into the world, while understanding how to use your own passion and story as a driver for change.
  • Peer Leadership – This track is built for you if you’re already a teen leader in NFTY, another youth movement, your temple youth group, a sports team, or you’re interested in becoming one. Through a lens of peer-to-peer engagement models used in places like Hillels and Reform congregations, you’ll learn 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 practicing your own Hebrew and helping bring the joy of Hebrew to life 
  • Torah Corps – This track is great for those who want additional opportunity to engage deeply and thoughtfully with Jewish text alongside our segel (faculty) educators.  The only requirement for this track is being excited for this unique opportunity to do meaningful Jewish study with our great segel!

Hakdamah (Introduction to working at camp, Internship) – Internships (formerly known as “rotations”) 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
  • Office – Get a behind the scenes look at OSRUI 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
  • Etgar – Etgar is about learning how to support and appropriately challenge every single chanich who comes your way!  Etgar interns help belay campers on the tower and ropes courses each day.
  • Program Team – This group will support the planning of eidah programs, limudim, and some specialty programs. This team will have an opportunity to have a direct impact on campers’ experiences at OSRUI, all while developing one 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 (formerly known as “night rotations”) 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.