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Explore, Create, Taste, Wonder – It’s Winter 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.


2017 Winter Camp Dates

Winter Camp is open to campers who are 4 to 6 years old and are fully potty trained.

December 18 – December 22: Winter Wonder
December 25 – December 29: Winter Wonder


Location: 1151 6th St. in Berkeley!

In addition to animals and garden beds, our site features opportunities for learning, including a dedicated Children’s Garden area, a 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 Winter Camp?

Join us during our cozy winter time on the farm as we spend our days crafting and cooking our fall harvest, and exploring the wonders of winter. Campers enjoy their day in project-based explorations that integrate the natural elements as we cook with fire, turn old crop parts into art, and explore rain and water during daily walks along Codornices Creek, which runs adjacent to our farm. With Jewish teachings and stories guiding their experience, Winter Wonders Camp introduces young children to Judaism’s deep connections to the natural world, and their creative place in it.


Daily Activities Include

  • Celebrating Hannukah together on the farm and exploring it’s many seasonal themes: light/dark, courage, and resilience.
  • Farm-to-fork harvesting and cooking for young chefs
  • Caring for animals: goats, chickens, and worms during the colder months
  • Sensory-rich activities including seed-saving, inquiry into water, and nature crafts
  • Relaxation time with stories, movement and music in the yurt
  • Exploring and caring for our watershed along Codornices Creek

A Day at Urban Adamah Winter Camp:

8:30 am – Morning Free-Choice Activities (rolling arrival until 9:15 am)
9:30 am – Opening Circle
9:50 am – Kvutsah (Small Group) time and Snack
10:00 am – Farming & Animal Care
10:30 am – Winter Crafts/Cooking Projects
11:30 am – Handwashing & Lunch, Afternoon Free-Choice Activities
12:45 pm – Music and Storytime
1:15 pm –  Kvutsah (Small Group) Afternoon Creek Time and Snack
2:40 pm – Closing Circle and Hannukah Lighting
3:00 pm – Departure
3-5:30 pm – After-Camp (additional fee)


Rates
Camp: $460 per week*
Early Bird Price: $420 per week* if you register before October 31st.

After-Camp: $150 per week*

Scholarships

Urban Adamah seeks to provide financial assistance to those who cannot afford the full cost of camp. Please note that financial aid awards may vary from year to year, even if the applicant’s financial situation has not changed, based on the total pool of financial aid funds, the relative need of others who apply, and the total number of applicants.

Please click here to apply for a financial aid. Applications must be received by November 6th in order to be considered.

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


Times

Winter Camp runs Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am–3 pm. The After-Camp Program runs from 3–5:30 pm, and is available for an additional fee for all camp weeks.


Ages

Winter Camp is open to children who are 4 to 6 years old and are fully potty-trained.

If you’re in 9-12th grade, and interested in developing your skills supporting young children to have enriching farm experiences, apply to be a Camp Intern. Application deadline is November 1st.


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.


Our Staff

A core staff of experienced Jewish environmental educators, led by Ariela Ronay- Jinich and Rachel Binstock, 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.

If you’re in 9-12th grade, and interested in developing your skills supporting young children to have enriching farm experiences, apply to be a Camp Intern. Application deadline is November 1st.


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.


Additional Questions?

Feel free to email Camp Director, Ariela Ronay-Jinich at ariela (at) urbandamah.org if you have any additional questions.


 

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