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About Camp Raanana



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June 16-20 and August 18-22
Summer Fun Days are two weeks filled with field trips and fun! Click below for details and Registration!



Camp Raanana, the JCC's outdoor summer day camp for children entering grades K-5, is the perfect place for campers to explore new interests, build Jewish connections, gain self-confidence, and have fun outside. 

Our camp is located on a beautiful, wooded site at Cedar Lake, with access to a private swimming beach, boating areas, nature trails, sports fields, an archery range and an amphitheatre for Shabbat celebrations. We provide daily round trip school bus transportation from the JCC. 

Programs for Campers Entering Grades K-8

Children will enjoy a variety of program offerings including arts, sports, music and a host of outdoor activities that take advantage of our beautiful 60 acre wooded campsite.  Raanana campers will also engage in age appropriate elective activities (chugim), from photography, dance to modern rocketry.  The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program, our 6-8 grade unit, will take full advantage of our beautiful camp site, as they learn orienteering skills, outdoor cooking and leadership skills as they are mentored by Junior and Senior Counselors.  

What makes Camp Raanana special?

 Our sandy beachfront is the perfect place for campers to work on their swimming skills and enjoy the fun in the sun! Our phenomenal aquatics staff brings years of experience and a passion for the water to our many waterfront activities.  We offer AMERICAN RED CROSS CERTIFIED SWILM LESSONS for campers in grades K-5 of all ability levels, including non-swimmers.  Campers also enjoy free swim time and opportunities to go boating.  We maintain a high staff-to-camper ratios in the water at all times and use our own Red Cross certified lifeguards.

Our program includes a wide variety of Judaic learning opportunities and experiences.  Campers explore Jewish values and connect with worldwide Jewish culture through engaging music and cultural activity sessions each week.  Campers also enjoy an annual visit by the Israeli Scouts Friendship Caravan.  On Friday afternoons, campers will gather for a Shabbat celebration, featuring songs, blessings, camper skits, presentations by special guests or local rabbis and our popular Friday snack of challah and grape juice.

The JCC camp staff are supervised by the Center's professional staff who have had years of experience working with children.  Our camp staff includes both male and female counselors who serve as outstanding role models.  All staff are CPR and First Aid certified.

Overnight camping and cooking dinner on the campfireWe offer overnight camping adventures for campers entering grades 3 and up.  Campers will set up tents, have a kosher hot dog or veggie dog dinner, enjoy a nature hike, make s'mores and tell stories around the campfire before settling in for the night.  Campers will be provided with breakfast and lunch the following day.

About Camp Raanana

Camp Eligibility & Scholarships: 
In the interest of objectivity and confidentiality, families interested in financial aid for the 2013 camp season are asked to complete an online application and submit the necessary supporting documentation to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment at  Click here to download the scholarship application and instructions.

Camp Sessions: 
We offer eight one-week sessions to provide families flexibility with scheduling.  Campers may register for two to eight weeks (not necessarily consecutive).  This year, we are offering three (optional) overnight evenings (Thursdays, July 11th, July 25th and August 8th), to serve as an introduction to sleep-away camp. 

Camp Site:
Our camp is located on picturesque Cedar Lake in Chelsea.  The facility includes a large covered pavilion, a swimming beach, boat-launch, fishing dock, amphitheatre, grassy fields, nature trails, and access to a low-ropes initiatives course and the Waterloo Recreation Area.  In cases of inclement weather, campers will enjoy a variety of activities in the JCC gym and lounges. 
Hours & Transportation:
We provide round trip school bus transportation from the JCC to Cedar Lake.  Morning drop off is at the JCC between 8:45 and 8:55 a.m. Buses will leave promptly at 9:00 a.m.  Afternoon pick-up is at 4:00 p.m. at the JCC.  Extended care is available (see below). 

Alternate Transportation Options: 
Campers may also be dropped off at Cedar Lake or at the west side pick-up site.  For west side pick-up, the bus will pull up at 9:15  a.m. at a designated location near the corner of Jackson and Maple Roads.  There will be no west side pick-up on field trip and inclement weather days (call the JCC to check).

Extended Care:
We offer morning care from 7:30-8:45 a.m. and afternoon care from 4-6 p.m. at the JCC. Families that do not need extended care every day can use the drop-in option. Morning care features reading, crafts, and games. Afternoon care includes snack and activities such as themed projects, outdoor recess, or gym time.

Lunches & Snacks:
Campers must bring a nut-free, meat-free lunch and a beverage with a cold/ice pack to camp each day (a list of lunch suggestions will be provided). Lunches are placed in coolers with ice packs upon arrival at camp (coolers are not used on field trip days ). 
Lunch will be provided to campers every Friday at a camp bar-b-que!

Campers should pack a water bottle. In addition, water is available for drinking at all times and campers are served a nut-free, kosher snack each afternoon.

For more information about Camp Raanana, contact Ethan Krasnow at or (734) 971-0990.

Click here to make a secure online donation to help us provide scholarships for campers so that everyone can take part in the Camp Raanana experience!  

You may also download our donation form here and submit a check made payable to the JCC.