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Celebrate Shabbat at Camp

Community members, alumni, prospective families and donors are invited to camp on Friday, June 28 and Friday, August 9 to experience the magic of Shabbat at Camp Kalsman. We ask that families who have campers in sessions Aleph or Gimmel not attend during the time their camper is in session. 

Past Events

 

Kalsman Fall Fest

October 15, 2023 | 1:30-4:00pm

Everyone is invited for an afternoon of fall fun at camp and the grand opening of our new Little Free PJ Library book box! Climb the tower, cruise on the lake, create arts and crafts, Israeli dance and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. This FREE event is in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and PJ Library and open to the community – new and returning camp families, alumni and lovers-of-camp.

 

WRJ Women’s Retreat

October 27-29, 2023 

In partnership with WRJ Pacific District, this will be a fun weekend of connection, relaxation, ruach (spirit) and sisterhood. There will be a camp-style Shabbat, lay-led Saturday morning service, workshops and camp activities, Havdalah and s’mores! And wine, games and lots and lots of laughter.

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Camp Kalsman Visioning Sessions

May 1 | May 9 | *NEW* May 16
Are you ready to be part of something extraordinary? Join us and people from across the PNW Jewish community in shaping the future of URJ Camp Kalsman! With two in-person sessions in the Greater Seattle Area on April 28th and three virtual gatherings May 1st, May 9th and May 16th, we invite everyone ages 13+ to share your hopes, dreams and ideas for the future of our beloved camp.

Camp Mitzvah Day is Sunday, May 19 from 1-4pm and is for alumni, staff and currently enrolled families to come help get camp ready for the summer!

Camp Mitzvah Day

Join us Saturday, May 18 from 1-4pm! Help prepare camp for the arrival of staff and campers at our first-ever Mitzvah Day! This day is perfect for alumni, summer staff, donors and current camp families with their campers to make a meaningful contribution toward creating that Kalsman magic. Current campers of any age are welcome to come for Mitzvah day and should be accompanied by an adult.

Prospective camp families are encouraged to join us on SUNDAY, May 19 for our Tours & S’mores Open House.

 

Kalsman Family Camp

September 29-30, 2023

Join us for Camp Kalsman’s second annual family camp! Perfect for families with young children through early elementary interested in experiencing the joy of camp for the very first time! Celebrate Shabbat and Sukkot with us, enjoy classic camp activities, and tons of fun programming for the whole family!

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Park Day on Mercer Island

Enjoy an afternoon of Kalsman Fun on May 5th from 1-4pm on Mercer Island (register for exact location) with art, sports, teva (nature) and more! Perfect for campers already registered AND for families still making summer plans. Bring a friend who isn’t registered yet and get a special piece of camp swag!

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Portland Parent Info Session

Join us for a morning of camp on Sunday, April 21st at 10:30am – we’ll meet with parents first and then at 11am lead some super fun, campy activities for all 4th & 5th graders at CBI – Portland. Let us know you’ll be there!

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Tours & S’mores Open House

New and “not-yet-registered” campers are invited to join our amazing staff for an afternoon of fun at camp on Sunday, May 19th from 1:30-4pm! Take a tour, try out some of our favorite camp activities and get excited for another summer of magic at Camp Kalsman. Pre-registration is required for planning and security purposes. We can’t wait to welcome you home!

HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROTOCOLS

 

Among our most cherished Jewish values is the imperative for preserving life and maintaining health. We embrace this value specifically by taking preventive measures to protect the public health of our URJ communities. Parents entrust the URJ and have high expectations for their children’s experiences in our programs. All the fun, friendship building, Jewish identity affirmation and character development can only happen if we are confident that individual safety and public health remain at the center of our decision-making.

WELLBEING and BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS

    • We expect that participants will be willing to participate in program activities.
    • We expect that participants will be able to communicate their needs.
    • We expect that participants will not threaten harm to themselves or others or engage in self-injury.
    • We expect that participants will be able to understand and follow multi-step directions.
    • We expect that participants will not wander or elope from their group.
    • We expect that participants will eat while at camp so that they can stay nourished and healthy.
    • We expect that participants will be able to manage their own self hygiene.
    • We expect that participants will be able to manage any challenges they may have with the tools and skills that have been successful in their home and school settings.
    • We expect that participants will be nonviolent and will not be physically aggressive toward others.
    • We expect that participants will not require ongoing one on one supervision or “shadowing”.
    • We expect that participants will take individual responsibility for upholding and embodying the values of our communities of belonging.

Are you concerned about your child’s ability to meet these expectations? If so, please email campkalsman@urj.org. 

 

INFECTIOUS DISEASE GUIDELINES

    • All participants and staff are strongly recommended to stay up to date with annual flu and COVID vaccinations. See most up-to-date 2024 URJ Immunization Policy.
    • All participants and staff are strongly recommended to conduct an at-home rapid antigen (RA) COVID-19 test prior to traveling to URJ camps and programs, and not attend if COVID+ or feeling unwell.
    • If you begin to feel unwell during a short-term program, depending on the severity of symptoms, you will be taken for evaluation at an urgent care facility at the discretion of program leaders, or evaluated on site if medical staff are present.

IMPORTANT NOTE
We will continue to evaluate the current infectious disease conditions (including COVID and flu conditions) as we look ahead. The health and wellbeing of our communities has always been and will remain our top priority as we work to prepare for our programs. This information is based on what we know today. We are deeply committed to open, ongoing, and honest communication with our camp and program communities. All guidelines and protocols in this document are subject to change based on the evolving infectious disease landscape, and do not represent protocols for URJ long-term immersive programs.

Interested in holding a retreat or event at camp?

Winterized facilities are available at Camp Kalsman during the Fall, Winter and Spring for congregational Retreats for adults, families and youth. Visit our Facility Rentals section to learn more.