Camp Young Judaea: Israel Program

    Camp Young Judaea: Israel Program


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Destination: Israel
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Length: Other
    • Entering Grade: 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Faith-Based
    • Sub-Categories: Jewish
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 16, 17, 18, 19
    • Minimum Cost: > $3,000
    • Accreditation: American Camp Association
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    Camp Young Judaea offers a five-week trip to Israel followed by an in-camp Leadership Training Program to all campers who have completed 10th grade. A Counselor Aide program is available the following summer. 

    As one of the oldest teen trips to Israel (more than 25 summer trips!), Camp Young Judaea offers a unique and memorable Israel Experience program to children completing 10th grade. Open ONLY to campers who have spent at least their 9th grade summer at CYJ, the program is a multi-faceted learning and social experience, combining touring and sightseeing with a mifgash program involving Israeli teenagers and opportunities for seminars and workshops with Israeli officials. Following the program in Israel, campers return to CYJ for a 10-day Leadership Training program. The CYJ Summer Israel Experience (popularly called the “Gadna” program), is operated in conjunction with the Israeli government’s Jewish Agency for Israel.


    Participants in our Israel Trip program are eligible to apply to our Counselor Aide program the following summer. Participants must have gone on our Israel Trip AND returned to camp for the mandatory 10-day Leadership Training program at camp and must have completed 11th grade in order to be eligible for the CA program. Counselor Aides live in the bunks with campers and are considered full staff members. During the summer, they will meet routinely with head counselors, department heads and other administrators for extra training and supervision. Since we typically have many more applicants than positions, those who are not accepted the first year are strongly encouraged to re-apply the following year.

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