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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, campers 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 to apply ancient Jewish values in our world today.


Location: Urban Adamah’s Sixth Street Campus

We are thrilled to be spending our second summer at our new home at 1151 Sixth Street in Berkeley. Our site features animals, garden beds, a dedicated Children’s Garden area, a large yurt, a dry creek bed designed for exploration and play, proximity to a restored urban creek (on our northern border), and indoor bathrooms. 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

• Gardening
• 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

8:30 am – Drop off
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
3-5:30 pm – After-Camp (additional fee)


Summer 2018

New this summer: In 2018, we have expanded our morning drop off time to begin at 8:30am and for our After-Camp Program to run until 5:30pm. In addition to our standard one week programs, we are also offering 3 two-week sessions. These 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.

Sprouts 
June 11 – June 15: Farm Helpers
June 18 – June 29:  Farm Helpers  (two-week session)

Teen Fellowship Week
July 30 – August 3

Main Camp
July 9 – July 20: A Taste of Farm Life • (two-week session)
July 23 – July 27: Earth Builders*
August 6 – August 10: Garden Chefs*
August 13 – August 24 : 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.


Rates
Camp: $460 per week*, $920 per two-week session*
Early bird discount for all registrations made before January 22nd: $435 per week*, $870 per two-week session*

After-Camp: $175 per week*
Single days of after care: $40 per day* (single days not available for SF shuttle option)

SF Shuttle Option: $225 per week*

CIT Session: $250 per week*
For more information and to apply for our CIT sessions, please visit our Teen Programs page.

Teen Fellowship Week: $500*

Scholarships
Urban Adamah is committed to making camp accessible to families with all levels of income. Please click here to apply for a scholarship.

Fees
*There is a 3% non-refundable credit card processing fee.


Times

Summer camp runs Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am–3 pm. Campers may arrive beginning at 8:30am. The After-Camp Program runs from 3–5:30 pm, and is available for an additional fee for all camp weeks.


Ages

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.

Our Teen Fellowship Week welcomes 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 60 campers for regular camp weeks and 40 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 23rd and August 6th for $225 per week. Daily transportation to and from San Francisco includes After-Camp.

For more information about the shuttle, contact Ariela at ariela (at) urbanadamah.org or (510) 649-1595 ext. 105


Our Staff

A core staff of experienced Jewish environmental educators, led by Ariela Ronay- Jinich, 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 Opportunities page.


Safety

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.


 

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