WHERE WILL MY CHILD LIVE? HOW ARE CABIN ASSIGNMENTS MADE?
A camper cabin sleeps 12-15 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 on the basis of religious school grade and/or chronological age, geographic distribution, and social & emotional maturity. We will honor at least one mutually matching bunk request.
HOW DO YOU SELECT, TRAIN AND SUPERVISE YOUR STAFF? WHAT IS THE STAFF-TO-CAMPER RATIO?
At Camp Kalsman, we take a great deal of pride in our staff members who provide a stable and caring home for campers. The staff is comprised of high school graduates, college students, graduate students, and professionals in various fields. Each year, we look for competent and energetic young adults to fill our staff positions. While many have grown up in the Pacific Northwest, others join us from across the country & around the world – all bringing their own special gifts to share. All staff members go through an interview process, reference checks, and background checks prior to the camp season. An extensive training program is provided before Camp begins, and is ongoing throughout the summer. Staff members are supervised by members of our senior staff, all of whom have proven experience in camp leadership. Kalsman maintains a 1:4 staff-to-camper ratio. For more information on being a Camp Kalsman Staff Member, please contact our office.
WILL MY CHILD BE SAFE WHILE AT CAMP?
The health and welfare of our community will always be our top concern. All of the URJ Camps are dedicated to providing safe and secure environments for our campers and staff. We work closely with law enforcement officials to make sure our safety standards and practices are the best they can be. During the summer, we maintain a 24-hour-a-day security presence.
WHAT KIND OF CLOTHING SHOULD MY CHILD BRING TO CAMP?
We dress informally at Camp, and it is not necessary to buy new clothing for your child. Simple and modest clothing is the most appropriate. Girls usually wear T-shirts or blouses with casual shorts, pants or skirts, or sundresses. Boys usually wear T-shirts with shorts or pants. High-heeled shoes, designer clothes and expensive jewelry are neither necessary nor encouraged. We strongly discourage campers from wearing “inappropriate attire”: Clothes that are intentionally tight or revealing should be left at home. All clothing and personal belongings should be clearly marked with the camper’s full name. One of the most distinctive times at camp is our observance of Shabbat. In keeping with our tradition, we ask that our camp community dress in white tops, and either white or khaki bottoms for Friday evenings. After your camp registration has been processed, you will find detailed packing lists in the Forms & Documents section of your online camp account.
WILL MY CHILD NEED LOTS OF SPECIAL EQUIPMENT FROM HOME?
At Kalsman, your child will have many opportunities to learn and develop new skills. In almost all cases, the Camp supplies the necessary equipment and supplies to participate. In particular instances where your child is seeking mastery of an activity, he/she may desire his/her own special equipment; be selective, and remember that the Camp is not responsible for loss or damage of personal items.
WHAT ABOUT LAUNDRY?
Campers should have enough clothing with them to last at least 10 days. At least once every 10 days, cabins will have a scheduled laundry day. Staff will pickup laundry bags from the cabins, wash and dry the contents, and return the clean clothes and linens at the end of the day.
HOW WILL MY CHILD GET TO AND FROM CAMP?
Parents are encouraged to bring their campers to camp on opening day, and pick them up on closing day. Bringing or picking up your camper provides an opportunity to see the Camp, meet the Director, the staff, and your camper’s bunk counselors. If there is enough interest, the Camp will offer charter bus service to and from Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, and Vancouver, BC.
HOW WILL I STAY IN TOUCH WITH MY CHILD?
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. Parents can also choose to send their camper an e-mail, which will be printed once per day and delivered to the campers with the mail. Campers can also reply to their parents via email, where they will write a letter and it will be scanned to their parents. More information and instructions will be available in the Family Manual. 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.
CAN I VISIT MY CHILD WHILE THEY ARE AT CAMP?
While parents and other family members are welcome and encouraged to bring campers to camp and to pick them up at the end of the session, parents and other visitors are not allowed to come to camp during the Camp sessions.
HOW’S THE FOOD?
Kalsman’s kid-friendly menu offers campers plenty to eat. Almost all meals are served family-style in the dining hall, with bunks eating together at assigned tables. Breakfast includes a hot item and cereal. Lunch and dinner include a hot entrée, as well as our salad bar. Whenever meat is served, a vegetarian option is offered. We make accommodations for campers on special allergy- or health-related diets. Consistent with the policies of other URJ camps across North America, Camp Kalsman is a kosher-style facility. We do not serve pork or shellfish, or products containing them, and do not permit such products on camp grounds. Milk and meat dishes are not served at the same meal.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD GETS SICK WHILE AT CAMP?
It is our hope that every camper will remain healthy and fully able to participate in all aspects of camp life all summer long. Just in case, though, Camp Kalsman has a range of systems in place to manage health care issues that may arise. The Camp’s modern, well-equipped infirmary is staffed by medical professionals all summer long – usually a doctor and a nurse. We supervise the dispensing of medication four times a day. A medical form with comprehensive information will be all we need to take care of your child while at Camp.
WHAT IF MY CHILD’S BIRTHDAY OCCURS DURING CAMP?
When birthdays occur during Camp, the observance is not only a treat for the camper, but a lot of fun for everyone. Ever had a birthday party with 150 friends in attendance? We even provide a cake big enough to share!
DOES MY CHILD NEED TO BE IMMUNIZED?
Yes, the Union for Reform Judaism requires that all camp and travel program participants, staff and faculty must be immunized. For more information, read the URJ Policy Statement on Vaccine Status.