While at any point during summer we host 400-450 campers, we provide each one with a meaningful and memorable experience personally catered to their needs. All of the activities and programs at URJ Camp Newman are age specific. Each session at camp has its own daily schedule that allows for our campers to have a unique programmatic experience that is designed exclusively for their age group. Each day, campers get to enjoy time at the pool, the field, two cabin activities, and an activity of their choice from a list of options.
We have a policy of 24-hour supervision: There is a staff member with our campers during every activity. From playing at the pool, to meals, to going to sleep at night, staff are always on hand to supervise, help and support our campers.
Our robust sports programs give campers a great sports experience along with the rest of Camp’s magic. Along with offering special sports tracks that will give campers the opportunity to hone their skills on specific sports, we also offer campers the chance to play Ultimate Frisbee, Beach Volleyball, softball, baseball, gymnastics, martial arts, yoga, basketball, archery and more.
Every day, campers get time to swim, lounge, and play pool games, like pool basketball and water polo. All campers are given a swim test to ensure the safety of all campers and four lifeguards are always on duty. Once per session, campers get to visit the pool at night for a special evening Pool Party.
All of our activities and programs incorporate the great outdoors and our beautiful “by the bay” surroundings. URJ Camp Newman operates on the campus of Cal Maritime. Nestled along the shores of the sparkling Carquinez Straits of the San Francisco Bay, Cal Maritime is the ideal setting for a summer camp – with superb facilities, grounds, and views. The outdoor programming spaces, as well as their athletic spaces and fields are the ideal setting for lots of outdoor play, campfires at their bayside fire pits, night programs, and more. We also have special overnight programs that include campfires, cookouts, stargazing, orienteering, and – of course – S’mores.
Performing & Visual Arts
Campers get to explore a wide range of visual and performing arts. In addition to traditional camp arts and crafts, like tie-dying and making friendship bracelets, campers can elect to participate in activities like drama, dance, music, singing, and more. All campers also perform their session songs to the entire camp every Saturday night, and have the opportunity to either perform in or cheer on their campmates in a camp-wide talent show called Newman Under the Stars (N.U.T.S.).
Every year, we hire two Israeli scouts who lead special Israel-themed cabin activities and other fun programs. We also have around 30 Israeli specialists and counselors each year who live in cabin and bring a taste of Israel to Camp Newman. Guided by our Israeli staff, campers get to celebrate and explore the traditions, culture, and geography of Israel.
Jewish prayers and traditions are interwoven into our daily schedule through blessings, closing circles, recognizing Jewish teachable moments, and creative t’fillah sessions, and magical Shabbat celebrations. A nightly highlight is when campers gather with their session to sing siyum, a comforting closing prayer that brings us altogether to reflect on our day and wish each other sweet dreams before we go to sleep each night.
We surprise the campers with top secret experiences—different every session! We’d say more, but we don’t want to give anything away!