Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the most commons questions about camp can be found here.

Q. If my child is staying for both sessions, what happens in between?

A. For campers staying all summer, parents are welcome to take them out for the changeover day or Camp will provide a full day of programming.


Q. Is there a visiting day during the session?

A. Parents are welcome to visit camp on opening and closing days of each session - Camp tours will be provided on both occasions. more...


Q. Are scholarships available for Camp?

A. Our goal at Camp JRF is to try to make sure that no camper is turned away from camp for purely financial reasons. We therefore strive to make camp financially accessible to all camper families. All scholarship applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2016. Unfortunately applications received or postmarked after January 31, 2016 cannot be honored as there will not be funds available after this date. For more information, please contact us.


Q. Are travel subsidies available for Camp?

A. As the only Reconstructionist camp, we realize that some families may incur significant additional costs for travel. more...


Q. What about travel to Camp JRF?

A. Transporting your child to Camp JRF is ultimately the responsibility of the parents. more...


Q. What if my child is homesick?

A. Homesickness is normal; particularly if this is the first time a camper has been away from home. more...


Q. How can I keep in touch with my child?

A. We want parents and campers to be in frequent communication during the Camp session. Parents can send letters by mail and by email, and can call in the case of a family emergency. more...


Q. What is the health care like?

A. The Camp has a complete Wellness Center. A registered nurse is on the Camp grounds and available at all times; many weeks, we also have a doctor on-site. The nurse will distribute all medications and is available to assist campers with their individual health needs.


Q. Where will my child live?

A. Most campers live in wooden cabins. Located throughout Camp, cabins sleep 10 to 12 campers plus two counselors in comfortable bunk beds. All cabins have more...


Q. What is Shabbat observance like?

A. Reconstructionism is based on the framework of innovation growing out of knowledge. Shabbat at Camp includes spirited services, lively singing and dancing, time for rest and relaxation, and a change from our regular daily schedule.


Q. Who are the Camp staff?

A. There are two madrikhim (counselors) in each cabin; each is a high school graduate or older with extensive training in counseling skills and techniques. Some members of our senior staff more...


Q. What is the staff / camper ratio?

A. While the ratio between cabin counselors and campers is approximately 1:6, with senior staff, faculty, and specialists, the total staff to camper ratio is close to 1:3.


Q. Where is the Camp located?

A. The Aaron and Marjorie Ziegelman Campus of Camp JRF is located in South Sterling, Pennsylvania, in the Pocono Mountains, more...


Q. What facilities does the Camp have?

A. On 120 acres of wooded lands and field, the Aaron and Marjorie Ziegelman Campus is a full-service camp facility. The site includes: more...


Q. What are meals like at Camp?

A. Every meal at Camp provides variety so that campers will always find something to they like to eat. Camp meals include more...


Q. Who is the Camp Director?

A. Rabbi Isaac Saposnik, the Executive Director of Camp JRF, has served the Jewish community for more than ten years more...


Q. What is Reconstructionism?

A. Reconstructionist Judaism is a progressive, contemporary, community-centered approach to Jewish life that integrates more...


Q. Why sleep-away camp?

A. Research has found that the camp experience promotes and enhances a child's self-esteem, self-confidence, more...


Q. How many campers will be at Camp JRF in 2016?

A. We are planning for more than 400 youth from across North America and the world.


Q. What activities are offered at Camp JRF?

A. Here are some of the activities that await you at Camp JRF this summer: more...


Q. What is a typical day like?

A. During the day, you will have the chance to enjoy all that Camp has to offer: swimming in the lake and pool, playing more...


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