- What does the Camp Shoshanim daily schedule look like?
Our day starts with line up and tefilla, followed by breakfast and nikayon (clean up). Lunch, dinner and mincha are part of our daily schedule, too.
Each girl will have an individualized schedule which includes instructional swim, instructional athletics, chinuch, a rec period and 2-3 daily electives. Electives include individual and team sports, a variety of waterfront activities , visual, dramatic, creative and culinary arts, adventure activities, high ropes, and a science, to name just a few.
Our day ends with a divisional night activity, shower time and layla tov.
Check out the Daily Schedule for more information.
- How does my daughter choose her activities/electives?
Every three days, our campers will choose and sign up for their electives. We encourage the girls to try new activities all the time, but also allow them to repeat activities they really like.
- How are campers bunked for the summer?
Our girls are grouped in bunks by grade. We take a lot of time to bunk our campers with others who we feel they will connect with and make lasting friendships with.
We ask all families to fill out a camper questionnaire as well as a bunking request form.
You are able to make bunking requests so that your daughter can be with one or two girls from your town or school, or bunked separately, if you prefer . Top or bottom bunks can be requested.
We will do our best to accommodate all requests.
- How many people are in each bunk?
Each bunk has ten to twelve campers with two staff members. The bunks have been newly renovated, and are equipped with full bathroom facilities, electrical outlets and cubbies for clothing.
All campers and staff sleep in solid wooden bunk beds and our counselors sleep amongst the campers in the cabin.
Our housekeeping staff sanitizes the bathrooms daily while the campers and counselors keep the main area of the cabin in order, which is maintained through daily cabin inspections.
- Where do campers come from?
Our campers come from all over the United States. We have large groups of children from New Jersey, the New York metropolitan area, Long Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Florida. We also have international campers from Israel, Canada, England and other locales.
It’s really cool to meet girls from all over!
- Are there a lot of choices at mealtimes?
Yes. Besides the hot meal (dairy for breakfast and lunch; meat for dinner) there is a salad bar, bread, and fruit available at every meal. There is also always a pasta option for lunch and dinner.
If a camper still can’t find something they like, they can also approach their counselor, division head or camp mother to help them find something in our fully stocked kitchen.
Check out the Health & Nutrition section for more information.
- Can you accommodate my daughter’s allergies?
We can accommodate most special dietary needs, including allergies and gluten free diets. For further information, check out the Health & Nutrition section or contact the camp director with specific questions.
- Do you have a doctor in camp?
We have a doctor and registered nurses in Camp Shoshanim at all times. Our overnight health center is staffed around the clock. Check out the Health & Nutrition section for more information.
- Are there any other expenses? Do campers need extra money?
Some parents choose to send in spending money for their campers. This money is kept in the office safe and will be given to the campers by their division head when needed.
Money might be used if campers go on a trip out of camp (varies by age of the camper and the session)
Camp tuition includes one canteen snack daily for each camper.
There are drink vending machines at camp that will accept quarters and dollar bills.
Some change (or even dollars) for tzedaka is brought by some campers.
- Do you offer horseback riding?
Yes, we offer horseback riding lessons for an additional fee.
You can sign up through your daughter’s account.
- Do you offer tutoring?
We do. 🙂
Please contact the camp director for more details
- How does the laundry work?
Laundry is done once a week by bunk at our onsite laundry facility. It is collected in the morning and returned that evening or the next day.
Bunk counselors help the campers move laundry from their own bags into larger bunk laundry bags. Counselors assist campers with sorting and distributing clean items.
Please label every item of clothing with your child’s name.
- Are there any out of camp trips?
Trips out of camp vary by year and by session.
Campers may go on a trip to an amusement park
There is also an overnight canoe trip for some of our campers, and sailing trips on Lake Wallenpaupak for others.
Our girls who are entering grades 9 and 10 have a 3 day and 2 night trip out of camp.
Campers may leave camp to compete in inter-camp games and tournaments . Campers have the opportunity to compete in sports such as basketball, soccer, softball, swim meets and more.
Our changeover day from 1st to 2nd session, our full summer campers go on a trip out of camp
- Do you provide a suggested packing list for the summer?
Once you have registered your daughter, you will have access to many online forms including the camp packing list.
Please pack in soft duffle bags for easy storage.
Please make sure your daughter’s clothing and equipment is clearly labeled with her name.
- How do campers get to and from camp?
There are three ways that campers get to and from camp.
On the first and last days of the 1st, 2nd and Full Season sessions…
-campers can take free buses provided by the camp from various stops in the tri-state area
– campers can fly into Newark Liberty International Airport and we will meet them there and bring them by bus to camp
-parents can drive their camper to and from camp
“Taste of Shoshanim” campers may take camp buses to and from locations in NY and NJ
- How do I get my child’s luggage to and from camp?
If you live in metropolitan NY, NJ, CT and parts of Pennsylvania, baggage can be picked up from your home and brought directly to camp via Camp Trunk Delivery, a camp baggage trucking service (information is available after registration). You can also arrange with UPS or FedEX to ship bags to camp. Luggage may be driven to camp and dropped off prior to the start of camp or brought on opening day with your camper.
Please make sure to contact them to arrange luggage pickup.
Please note: Only hand luggage may go on the bus with the campers (unless they are coming to camp from an airport).
- How do I keep in touch with my children once they are at camp?
You, your family members and friends can go to our camp web site as often as you’d like and email campers using our easy web form. The email system will open on the first day of camp.
Your girls also enjoy letters and packages sent by US mail. (Remember- no food in packages, please)
We do our best to post pictures daily. On occasion, technology issues and/or camp programs intervene and posting of photos may be delayed. We try our very best to capture pictures of many campers every day. You should expect to see your camper once every 3 days. If not, please let us know.
We also upload video clips from camp to highlight different activities and events.
Campers will have the opportunity to send emails once a week and we encourage letter writing too.
If you ever have any concerns during the summer, your point person is the division head of your daughter’s age group or the camp director. They can be reached by calling our summer office and will get back to you promptly to deal with any issues.
- What happens on the first day of camp?
First day- YAY!!!
Campers will be welcomed to camp by our very enthusiastic staff!
Before going to their bunks, all campers are “health checked,” which includes a lice check. Bunk counselors escort the campers to their bunks for introductions and unpacking. Camper orientation includes a tour of the grounds, icebreakers, lunch, swim tests, athletics and a divisional meeting (by age group) to kick off the summer of their lives!
- Where is the Camp Shoshanim campus located?
Our address is 119 Woods Road Lakewood, PA 18439.
- What airports can my daughter fly into?
Once your daughter is registered, please contact us regarding flights and times before making any arrangements. If at all possible, flight arrangements should be made through Newark Liberty International Airport.
Our staff meet and greet campers upon arrival and bring them to camp. For the return flight, we bring campers to the aiport, and if permitted by security, accompany them to the gate. Our staff does not leave the airport until the plane has departed. We give parents an emergency contact number and procedures to follow in case of unexpected delays.
- Do you provide linens for campers who are flying in?
We will happpily provide our campers who come by plane with bed linens (sheets, blankets, pillow, pillow case and towels) for use during the summer.