This page includes general FAQs – please don’t hesitate to be in touch with us should you have questions that aren’t answered here at email@example.com! Please note that our Health and Safety protocols are still in formation; however, you can read our updated Vaccination Policy for Year-Round Experiences and Summer 2024.
Registration & Payment Info
Will Priority Registration be available for this summer?
Yes! We encourage you to register as soon as you can to ensure that your child will have a spot in their desired session. Here are the important registration dates you need to know:
- October 29, 2023: Returning camper families
- November 5, 2023: New campers from URJ Congregation member families
- November 19, 2023: Anyone may register on or after this date
I have a credit from a previous summer. Will I need to pay a deposit when I register?
No. As long as the amount of your credit is equal to or above the enrollment deposit ($300 per session), those funds will be counted as your 2024 deposit and you will not need to pay an additional deposit fee when you enroll.
What will the cancellation policy be for 2024?
- Cancellation by 90 days or more prior to the first session start date (by 3/25/24) – 100% of tuition paid is refundable, except for the non-refundable deposit.
- Cancellation between 90 days and 45 days prior to the first session start date (between 3/26/24 – 5/10/24) – 25% of tuition fee is non-refundable.
- Cancellation by 45 days or less prior to the first session start date (5/11/24 or later) – no refunds will be given unless stated below.
- Camp reserves the right to refund any eligible refund in multiple installments as determined by Camp. Credit card refunds will generally be processed on the fourth Monday of the month and can take up to ten business days to clear your bank account.
Refunds will be given without penalty (including Non-Refundable Deposit) under the following conditions:
- for campers on a “Waiting List” (those not able to be placed in their desired session at Camp) upon request if at any time they choose to be removed from the list, or if they are ultimately unable to be placed;
- if Camp is unable or elects not to open because of government regulations, orders, or guidelines;
- if Camp is required to cancel the session of a child with a pre-existing health condition;
- if Camp is unable or chooses not to open at their own discretion.
Refunds will not be made if Camper has attended any portion of the session at Camp. This covers all circumstances, including, but not limited to:
- Camper missing home
- Camper’s refusal or inability to participate in the normal activities at Camp
- Camper’s violation of any rules, regulations, or policies at Camp for which Camper has been provided notice, and as described in “Camper’s Participation and Camp Program Expectations” section of the terms and conditions
- Parent/Guardian’s decision to remove Camper from Camp for any reason
Change of Session
- If Camp is required to make a change to Camper session prior to summer, You will be notified by Camp in writing. Camp will provide an opportunity at that time for You to cancel Camper’s session without penalty (including return of any deposit). You will also be eligible for this change of session refund for all children in Your household who are registered at Camp regardless if the sessions of the sibling(s) were not changed.
- A change to the Camper session is defined as one or more of the following: a change of session dates, session cost, or, for regional camps, a camp geographic location change.
Where can I find information on travel insurance?
Please visit this page https://campkalsman.org/travel-insurance/ for information on Program Protector insurance. You have 20 days from the time of your first payment (typically your deposit paid during registration) to purchase a Program Protector plan. The option to purchase a policy is built into the registration system but is not administered by Camp Kalsman or the URJ in any way. If you have questions or want to purchase coverage by phone, please call the Customer Service Specialists for Program Protector at 1-833-297-2258 the code you will need to provide for Camp Kalsman is URJKAL14WA and refer to plan #’s F530S or F530E.
Will 2024 tuition be higher due to extra costs brought on by the pandemic?
Every year the tuition at camp increases due to rising operating costs and ongoing improvements and upgrades to our program. We have seen an increase in operating costs across the board – goods, shipping, labor, etc. We have kept the rate increase as minimal as possible and will continue to fund scholarships.
Will there be scholarship money available?
Yes! We strive to make camp affordable for all families. Please click here for more information about our camp scholarship program. We know the financial realities of COVID-19 have changed the financial picture for many families and we have been actively fundraising to support this. We are here for you, and we are expecting to hear from many families who will apply for scholarship for the first time for Summer 2024, so please don’t hesitate to reach out!
When will camp tuition be due for this summer?
All the URJ camps, including Camp Kalsman, now have standardized payment and cancellation policies and schedules that have been created to ensure that families feel confident registering for camp.
The standard payment schedule is as follows:
- 25% of tuition is due by January 25, 2024
- An additional 50% of tuition (75% of tuition paid) is due by March 25, 2024
- Final payment is due by April 25, 2023
We also offer a monthly pay plan and for those who are applying for financial assistance or are in need of a custom payment plan we are here and ready to work with you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trying to decide whether Kalsman is right for your child?
According to the American Camp Association, the best way to proceed with choosing a camp is:
- Involve your child in the selection process. Review your child’s preferences and let your child ask questions.
- Review brochures, videos & websites with your child. (And, if you’ve found this page, you’ve already begun that process!)
- Get answers to some key questions – which we’ve taken the liberty of giving you our answers below!
- Speak to the Director or a camp representative – by phone, online, or when they come to your community.
- Ask for references of families who have had their child attend the camp. Speaking with these families can give you valuable insight about the camp and the families that send their children there.
We’ve tried to respond many of the questions we are asked most frequently. If you have a question that is not covered below, please email us and we’ll get back to you with a response. (And, who knows, maybe your question will make the “frequent questions” page!)
TELL ME ABOUT THE CAMP DIRECTOR - Rabbi ilana mills
Rabbi Ilana Mills joined the Kalsman team after spending three summers in senior leadership roles at Kalsman. She brings a passion for camp and learning everywhere she goes. Rabbi Ilana is a true product of the Union for Reform Judaism, having worked at four of the URJ summer camps, worked for the Religious Action Center, served as a NFTY regional advisor and was on NFTY North American board a hundred years ago. Rabbi Ilana served as a congregational rabbi in Paradise Valley, AZ after being ordained from HUC-JIR for four years. At her congregation, she spear-headed creating a new high school program and innovative programming for the religious school.
Rabbi Ilana grew up in Sherman Oaks, CA, but moved East for college. She received her B.A. in Religious Studies from Franklin and Marshall College. She received her Masters in Hebrew Letters, Masters in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR. Rabbi Ilana currently lives in Sacramento with her husband and three kids. She loves to hike, ride bikes and cook. Nothing is sweeter to her than leading services in her hiking boots with over 200 campers and staff.
WHAT ARE THE CAMP’S GOALS AND PHILOSOPHY?
Campers from across the Pacific Northwest – Oregon, British Columbia, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, and Washington – call Camp Kalsman home. We are committed to our six core values: friendship, kehilah kedoshah (sacred community), Reform Jewish identity, chesed (kindness), connection to Israel, and our relationship to teva (nature). Camp Kalsman’s 300 beautiful acres offer a great balance of education and recreation. We practice active Jewish education, which incorporates Judaism into many different activities. Our campers learn new skills and hone existing ones in athletic, aquatic, artistic, and nature programs. Camp Kalsman is the premiere Jewish camp in the Pacific Northwest. Join us for a summer of fun, friendships of a lifetime, and an unparalleled Jewish experience. We can’t wait to welcome you home this summer.
WHERE WILL MY CHILD LIVE? HOW ARE CABIN ASSIGNMENTS MADE?
A camper cabin sleeps 15 campers and 3 counselors in bunk beds. All top bunks are equipped with bed rails. Every camper is assigned a set of cubbies for storing personal items. Each cabin has a bathroom that has 3 sinks, 3 showers, and 3 toilets. Bunk assignments are made based on religious school grade and/or chronological age, geographic distribution, gender identity, and social & emotional maturity. We will honor at least one mutually matching bunk request.
HOW WILL I STAY IN TOUCH WITH MY CHILD WHILE THEY'RE AT CAMP?
Camp offers kids and parents the chance to develop a rarely practiced skill – letter writing. We strongly recommended that parents write to their campers at least every-other-day. A card, letter or e-letter through your CampInTouch account (instructions provided later), arriving regularly, does more for camper morale than anything else. If a camper receives no mail from a parent for five days, we will call home. The camp tries to ensure that campers write letters or postcards to their parents at least twice each week. It is a required activity. Your letters or cards from Camp may be short, but they will be regular. CampInTouch has also launched the Campanion App! This allows you to be notified when your camper is tagged in a photo and is updated with daily photos.
We also launched the CampMinder integrated app called Campanion! This has everything for summer integrated in one place for Kalsman families. It includes photo recognition with free photo downloads, API connected Texting service reminders, and a Form Uploader within the app (no longer need scanners of fax machines!).
WHAT IS THE CAMP’S POSITION ON ELECTRONICS?
Camp provides our children with a break from “the real world” in favor of the natural world. That is why we forbid campers to have mobile phones, pagers, portable televisions, etc. – these items may be part of the day-to-day life of your child, but they have no place at Camp.
That does not mean camp is technology-free. We sometimes use videos and PowerPoint presentations to complement our programs, and we believe that music can provide a great soundtrack to camp life.
Please see our electronics policy for more information on the types of devices we allow and don’t allow at camp.
DO CAMPERS TAKE FIELD TRIPS while at camp?
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WEATHER IS BAD at camp?
If the weather gets extreme, we have detailed protocols in place to make sure all campers are kept safe until the weather passes.
If there is a heatwave or extreme heat, we try to maximize our time in the pool and in our air-conditioned facilities. We ensure all campers are properly hydrated.
We recognize wildfires are happening more often and we check air quality everyday and adjust plans as necessary.
HOW DO YOU SELECT, TRAIN AND SUPERVISE YOUR STAFF?
Kalsman maintains a 1:5 staff-to-camper ratio.
WILL MY CHILD BE SAFE WHILE AT CAMP Kalsman?
WHAT IF MY CAMPER REQUIRES ADDITIONAL SUPPORT OR ASSISTANCE?
Camp Kalsman ensures an environment of inclusiveness for kids with a wide variety of abilities and support needs. Our staff work with parents and campers to support them before and during camp.
In order to participate in the Camp Kalsman program a child must:
- Be able to meet their own personal care needs with (if needed) some assistance or reminders
- Be able to control their own actions most of the time, to follow instructions from adults, and to interact safely and cooperatively with peers.
We are not staffed to support campers who are unable to control violent or disruptive behavior, or who need significant help with toileting, bathing, or dressing.
WHAT KIND OF CLOTHING SHOULD MY CHILD BRING TO CAMP?
WILL MY CHILD NEED LOTS OF SPECIAL EQUIPMENT FROM HOME?
HOW CAN I GET A KALSMAN CAMP T-SHIRT FOR MY CHILD?
HOW WILL MY CHILD'S LAUNDRY GET DONE?
HOW WILL MY CHILD GET TO AND FROM CAMP?
CAN PARENTS CALL THE CAMP TO CHECK ON THEIR CHILDREN?
CAN I VISIT MY CHILD WHILE THEY ARE AT CAMP?
HOW'S THE FOOD?
ARE CARE PACKAGES ALLOWED?
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD GETS SICK WHILE AT CAMP?
WHAT IF MY CHILD'S BIRTHDAY OCCURS DURING CAMP?
DOES MY CHILD NEED TO BE IMMUNIZED?
The URJ Camping system considers camp safety and public health as matters of utmost importance. The vaccination of all members of the camp community ranks as a key component in maintaining a safe environment and in decreasing the risk of transmission of contagious illness. Accordingly, the URJ Camping system requires that any member of the camp community in residence receive up-to-date, age-appropriate immunizations. Please see our most up-to-date Vaccination Policy here.