Cal Maritime’s Facilities
URJ Camp Newman operates on the campus of California State University Maritime Academy. 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, dining service, and views. Our dorms, dining hall, programming spaces, and athletic fields are all within a few minutes’ walk from one another, creating an environment that is both safe and accessible for children of all ages.
Cal Maritime is located in an accessible yet private location. The campus is completely surrounded by northern California hills and beautiful shoreline. There is no through traffic, so campers will be surrounded only by the scenic trees and water.
Facilities at Cal Maritime include:
– Modern dorms (see more info below)
– LEED certified dining hall (see more info below)
– Indoor and outdoor programming spaces for services, song sessions, and other activities
– Olympic-sized swimming pool
– Expansive professional athletic field
– Indoor sand beach volleyball court
– Multiple waterfront lawns, benches, walkways, seating areas and fire pit
– Outdoor tennis & basketball courts
– Indoor basketball court
The campus is located about an hour from both the Oakland International Airport (OAK) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
More About Our Accommodations
Campers live in single-gendered halls in one of three dormitories with one roommate along with in-residence counselors (check out this virtual tour of two dorm rooms). While this housing style is new to Camp Newman, it’s how many of our URJ Specialty Camps, like 6 Points Sports in Los Angeles, accommodate their campers. Within each hall, campers are clustered into cabin groups based on age and session. Counselors’ rooms are interspersed among their campers’ rooms. We are pleased to offer the same excellent high staff to camper ratios as always.
Rooms are nestled together into “cabin groups,” and counselors live in residence to supervise, mentor, and engage their campers throughout the day, while in their tzrifim (cabins) or at activities. Each day, campers clean their personal living space, with the help of their counselors. Professional cleaning crews clean bathrooms daily and other public spaces (lounges, hallways, etc.) on a regular weekly basis.
Rooms are nestled together into “cabin groups,” similar to the cabin structure and supervision model used at our Santa Rosa home. Counselors are in residence to supervise, mentor, and engage their campers throughout the day, while in their tzrifim (cabins) or at activities.
All campers can request a roommate, and we do our best to honor roommate requests and make the best roommate pairings possible.
Each day, campers clean their personal living space, with the help of their counselors. Professional cleaning crews clean bathrooms daily and other public spaces (lounges, hallways, etc.) on a regular weekly basis.
How We Create Community
We begin community-building the second campers arrive. On the first day of camp, campers receive name tags designed to match their cabin group’s name and theme. They are then led to a space where they play getting-to-know-you games while they await for their entire group to arrive. Then, campers are led to their rooms, where they discover that their doors are decorated with posters displaying their group’s theme, their name and all of their fellow campers’ names. Each night, cabin groups gather to do a closing activity (hashkeivah) and counselors build community through group activities, ice breakers, and team-building games throughout the session.
More About Our Dining Hall – Chadar Ochel
Cal Maritime’s chadar ochel (dining hall) is a state-of-the-art and spacious dining facility with tables overlooking gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay. Food is prepared and served by Cal Maritime’s professional dining staff, who are experienced serving hundreds of students delicious meals on a daily basis, all year long. Featuring multiple lines and food stations for quicker service, we offer a large and varied salad bar and multiple food choices for kids throughout their two, four, or eight-week session with us. Campers attend meals by session and sit in designated locations on one of three floors of the facility.
Cal Maritime’s dining team has extensive experience with helping students and faculty with specific dietary needs. They even have a helpful system of displaying on TV monitors what daily food selections are vegetarian or gluten free. All meals are served kosher style, and there is always vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Campers with specific allergies are given direct and individual accommodations and support. Campers and staff who eat only kosher meat always have vegetarian options available and/or fish entrees, when served. We and the Cal Maritime dining team are committed to doing our absolute best to work with you on any specific food needs.
For photos of the Chadar Ochel, see below: