Explore, Create, Taste – It’s Summer on the Farm!
At Camp Urban Adamah, we offer campers a taste of organic farm life through fun and dynamic hands-on programs at our urban farm. Our camp sessions are inspired by children’s natural curiosity and innate connectedness to the earth. Whether they are planting, harvesting, building mud forts or preparing farm-to-table meals, camper explore the wonders of the natural world right here in the city.
Camp Urban Adamah draws inspiration from Jewish wisdom and tradition. In a vibrant and progressive atmosphere, campers learn about Judaism’s deep relationship to farming, food and environmental stewardship, and how these values apply to our world today.
Location: New Site!
We are thrilled to be on our new site at 1151 Sixth Street in Berkeley. In addition to animals and garden beds, our new site features expanded opportunities for learning, including a dedicated Children’s Garden area, a larger yurt, a dry creek bed designed for exploration and play, proximity to a restored urban creek (on our northern border), and indoor bathrooms (no more porta-potties!) Please note that parking is limited and be prepared to use street parking when dropping off and picking up your child.
What Happens at Camp?
At Camp Urban Adamah, we play and work together. We get our hands dirty in the field and enjoy the fruits of our labors—fresh, delicious organic produce! Through group-building challenges, singing, games, art, and fun science activities, we learn about the natural world and explore community, teamwork and the interconnectedness of all things. During their day, campers enjoy time with their own age-specific groups, choose their own afternoon free-choice activities, and experience all-camp games. Circle time opens and closes each day.
Daily Activities Include
• Feeding chickens and collecting eggs
• Music and stories
• Community-building games
• Farm-to-fork food preparation
• Arts and crafts
• Nature connection activities
• Making snacks with a bicycle-powered blender and solar oven
A Day at Camp Urban Adamah
9:00 am – Free-Choice Games and Activities
9:20 am – Opening Circle
9:30 am – Kvutsah (Small Group) time
10:00 am – Earth Care (plants & animals) / People Care (snack-making) / Fair Share (harvesting for free farmstand)
10:30 am – Snack & Farm Skit
11:00 am – Morning Activity Rotation
12:00 pm – Handwashing & Lunch
12:30 pm – Storytime and Free Play Options
12:50 pm – Song Session in the Big Tent
1:10 pm – Floats (Afternoon Free-choice Activity Options)
2:25 pm – Kvutsah (Small Group) time & Afternoon Snack
2:45 pm – Closing Circle
3:00 pm – Departure
3-5:00 pm – After-Camp (additional fee)
Summer 2017 Dates
New this summer: In 2017, in addition to our standard one week programs, we are also offering two two-week sessions. There sessions are designed to give campers more relational continuity (same camper groups and same counselors for both weeks) as well as provide more in-depth programming that builds one week to the next.
June 12 – June 16: Farm Helpers
June 19 – June 30: Farm Helpers (two-week session) – CLOSED
Teen Fellowship Week
July 30 – August 4
July 10 – July 14: A Taste of Farm Life
July 17 – July 21: Earth Builders
July 24 – July 28: Farm Detectives*^ – ONLY SEVERAL SPACES LEFT!
August 7 – August 11: Garden Chefs* – CLOSED
August 14 – August 25 : Global Village (two-week session)
*Transportation to and from San Francisco available
^Co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Israel, offers strict kosher food option
WAITLIST: To be added to our waitlist for a closed camp session, please use the registration button below and add yourself to the waitlist for your desired session.
Camp: $435 per week*, $850 per two-week session*
$415 per week*, $810 per two-week session* if you register before January 15th
After-Camp: $150 per week*
CIT Session: $250 per week*
Teen Fellowship Week: $500*
Urban Adamah is committed to making camp accessible to families with all levels of income. Please click here to apply for a scholarship.
*There is a 3% non-refundable credit card processing fee.
Summer camp runs Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am–3 pm. Campers may arrive as early as 8:45 am with prior arrangement. The After-Camp Program runs from 3–5 pm, and is available for an additional fee for all camp weeks.
Main camp weeks are open to children entering 1st–5th grades. Sprouts weeks are open to children entering pre-K and Kindergarten (at least age 3 and potty trained).
Camp Urban Adamah also welcomes CITs (counselors-in-training) who are rising 7th and 8th graders and encourages older youth to apply as Camp Interns or Junior Counselors.
In 2017, we are also running our first Teen Fellowship Week for rising 10th through 12th graders.
Please visit our Teen Programs page to learn more.
Location and Camp Size
Each camp week takes place at our urban farm campus in Northwest Berkeley. Campers are divided into age-appropriate groups on their first day of each camp week, and enjoy a low counselor to camper ratio of 1:5 for regular camp and 1:4 for Sprouts camp.. Space is limited to 55 campers for regular camp weeks and 32 campers for Sprouts weeks.
Returning This Summer! Transportation for San Francisco Campers
Daily transportation to and from the Urban Adamah Farm will be available during the weeks of July 24th and August 7th for $50/week. Note: San Francisco campers must register for the After-Camp Program.
For more information about the shuttle, contact Ariela at ariela (at) urbanadamah.org or (510) 649-1595 ext. 105
A core staff of experienced Jewish environmental educators, led by Ariela Ronay- Jinich and Zach Friedman, have the pleasure of running Camp Urban Adamah. Counselors have extensive experience in outdoor and experiential education, and a passion for sharing their love of Judaism and the natural world with children.
Each year we recruit fabulous camp staff. Want to be one of them? Please refer to our Camp Urban Adamah Job Opportunites page.
Camp Urban Adamah takes very seriously the safety of your children and all visitors to our working farm. All staff are background checked, and there are always staff onsite trained in First Aid/CPR. Please note that our programs take place on a working urban farm. Campers will engage in outdoor exploration and activities, move about on uneven ground, and work closely with farm animals.