Family Camp FAQ

Family Camp Weekend Frequently Asked Questions

If you don’t see your question answered below, please contact Kim Press, Camp Newman Registrar, at kpress@urj.org. Thank you!

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Arrival, Departure & Accommodation Info

What time should we arrive and depart?

Arrival begins at 5:00pm on Friday, 3/24 and the weekend will end at 10:00am on Sunday, 3/26.

Where do we park cars for the weekend?

Once you unpack your car near your cabin, you will be ask to move your car to a designated parking lot, where it will stay for the weekend.

What happens when we arrive at camp?

Upon your arrival at camp, you will be greeted by a friendly face who give you for name tags and schedules, then direct you to your camp to settle in before programming begins.

What are the accommodations like?

Our group will be staying in several cabins that are located near the dining hall and our activity areas. Your family will be staying in a shared cabin and will be using shared bathrooms. They may be inside or outside of the cabin building. Accommodations are rustic. Towels and bedding are NOT provided. You will be notified of your cabin assignment and bed configuration a week prior to the camp weekend.

What special equipment do I need for me children?

Families with infants and young children, we recommend bringing a portable crib (such as a Pack and Play), a durable stroller for non-paved trails and roads, a baby bjorn or other similar item, portable high chair, and other necessities for caring for infants away from home.

Do the cabin doors lock?

No.

What to Bring

What should we pack?

See RECOMMENDED PACKING LIST, which will be sent to you prior to the event.

Will we have to pay for anything additional once we get there?

No, your fees for the weekend include all of your meals, activities, and lodging.

Do we need to bring linens and towels?

Yes. In the days prior to the event, you will receive a detailed packing list with the exact bed sizes for linens.

Should we bring cell phones and/or electronics to camp?

There is NO Wi-Fi/Internet connectivity at the camp, and cell reception is extremely limited. We will provide the camp’s phone number for those participants wishing to leave a number at which they can be contacted. This phone has a voicemail that is checked approximately every two hours.

Can we bring our pet?

Only licensed service animals are allowed at camp.

Weekend Schedule of Events

What is the weekend schedule?

As the weekend approaches, a detailed schedule will be released.

How will we be observing Shabbat?

Family-friendly, engaging and musical Shabbat services will be offered on Friday night and Saturday morning led by URJ Camp Newman Director, Rabbi Allie Fischman.

I have a baby, a toddler and a grade schooler. Will there be activities that each will enjoy?

Absolutely! Programming will vary from full family to age appropriate programming throughout the weekend.

How much open vs. structured time is there?

The weekend will offer a wide variety of fun, campy, engaging programs, but there will also be time to relax and play throughout the schedule.

Is there adult only time?

Definitely! Grown-ups deserve a little fun too. Each evening will include time for adults to relax and schmooze while camp staff keep a close eye on their kids back at the cabin.

Do we have to participate in all activities?

No. You know your family and your children best, so if you need a break, quiet time or nap time at any point throughout the weekend, please feel free to do so.

Food & Drink

How will meal time work?

Meal times will be set in the schedule and all meals will be served buffet style. Snacks, fruit and cold water are available throughout the day in a designated location that we will show you upon arrival.

Who should I speak to if we have a dietary restriction?

Please contact Martee Fischman (mfischman@urj.org) and she will pass along all information to the camp kitchen staff.

What kind of foods are served?

All meals are included and prepared by professional camp kitchen staff. Snacks and drinks will be available throughout your stay. The entire camp as well as all meals and snacks be peanut- and nut-free. We will be able to accommodate most dietary restrictions per request. Jones Gulch is not a Kosher camp, but all meals are “Kosher-style.” We not serve meat and milk, nor do we serve pork or shellfish. Vegetarian options are available by request.

Do we need to bring our own food?

There is no need to bring food, as we’ll feed you around the clock!

Can we keep food in our cabins?

Food is not allowed in cabins because it can attract pests. If there are a couple food items that you or child cannot be without, we will provide communal space for those items.

Other Questions

Do you provide a babysitting service?

We will have the weekend fully staffed with both senior and junior level camp staff to assist families and provide the necessary supervision for your children to assure a safe and comfortable experience.

Will a doctor be available during the weekend?

Yes. We will have a physician or registered nurse at camp and on call during the entire weekend.

Is smoking allowed at camp?

No.

What is the weather typically like at camp?

The average forecast for our weekend is usually sunny/partly cloudy and mid-60 degrees during the day and down to about 50/40 degrees at night but that might change. We recommend bringing clothes and wet weather clothing that can be layered so you can easily adjust to the changing temperature throughout the day.

Cancellations

What is the cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel, the registration fees you paid will be refunded as follows:

Through March 27, 2020 – 90% (4 weeks before event)

Through April 3, 2020 – 75% (three weeks before event)

Through April 10, 2020 – 50% (two weeks before event)

After April 10, 2020, we will not be able to issue any refunds for cancellation. If you have a documented medical emergency and must cancel after April 10, 2020, you will be refunded 75% of the registration fees you paid. Please note that we cannot offer credits in exchange for refunds.

All cancellations must be in writing. We will accept cancellations by email to campnewman@urj.org. We’re sorry, but we cannot accept cancellations over the phone. Please allow up to six weeks after the conclusion of the event for your refund to be processed.