Porter Creek Adventure FAQ

What’s the Porter Creek Adventure?!

We are excited to announce that URJ Camp Newman’s Santa Rosa home will be clean, safe and READY FOR #NEWMANBYTHEBAY CAMPERS THIS SUMMER for one day of adventure! So with that great news, we are bringing our day-long outdoor adventure program to Porter Creek Road in summer 2019!


What does the Porter Creek Adventure include? What activities will my child engage in?

Hike to the Star – spring 2019

The Porter Creek Adventure will be a day-long excursion that allows all of our Newman by the Bay campers to immerse themselves in the great outdoors at our beloved Santa Rosa home. Among the redwoods on our 500-acre site, campers will enjoy all-time favorite adventures and activities, such as:

  • climbing the Tower at Adventure Mountain!
  • hiking to the Star – the ultimate Camp Newman rite of passage – and to other favorite camp spots
  • teambuilding activities and skill challenges
  • walking or frolf (frisbee golf!) tour of camp (with alternative options available)
  • playing field games, Ultimate Frisbee, and other fun group activities
  • campfires and s’mores
  • planting and gardening
  • hanging out at OKY – our Kibbutz
  • creating art to beautify camp (like art murals, mosaics, painting, etc.) and to take home
  • singing siyum, our nighttime ritual

Why are we visiting our Porter Creek home?

Avo Creek Site and campfire circle – spring 2019

We’re thrilled to give all of our Newman by the Bay campers access to beautiful hikes, campfire circles, space to be surrounded by trees, and opportunities to enjoy being in nature at our Porter Creek home in Santa Rosa. Our Porter Creek home gives campers that chance – to immerse themselves in the quiet, serene, beauty of nature.


We also believe that for many of our campers and staff, especially those who have spent time at our Porter Creek home, having the opportunity to tour camp will be a powerful experience and one that begins a new stage of healing and growth – and an incredibly important way to move forward together in our journey of rebuilding camp.


What does this mean for camp’s rebuilding process?

Betty the Bear can’t wait to hike to the Star with you!

We have an amazing group of leaders in the community working on planning the rebuilding of URJ Camp Newman. Michelle Tandowsky, Advisory Board Chair, URJ Camp Newman, and Rabbi Doug Kahn, Executive Director Emeritus of the Jewish Community Relations Council, San Francisco, are leading a Master Planning Task Force made up of experts, lay leaders and community stakeholders who are creating the vision and master plan principles for the rebuilding of the year-round community center and summer camp at Camp Newman.

Plans and designs are in progress aiming to have the community center up and running by the end of 2020. We are grateful to the state of California for the grant enabling the construction of the community center. With tremendous thanks to all those who have helped support and strengthen us, we will continue to provide updates as the process continues. Our driving force is to take the best of our past 71 years and make it even better for the next seventy+!


If you have any further questions, please contact ayoakum@urj.org.