Summer Youth Experience

Summer Youth Experience

Campers with their arms around one another and their backs to the camera during an outdoor Shabbat service

We're celebrating more than 20,000 youth, teens, and young adults immersed in a Reform Jewish experience. Here are a few other numbers that have us excited for summer.

    Elena Paull
    Happy teens posing together at summer camp

    While your youth may physically leave the building during the summer, the sense of community you’ve built all year long will stay with them as they venture across the globe. Here are some suggestions for how to stay connected this summer.

    Elena Paull
    Group of teen campers holding hands in a circle as if participating in a group activity

    Camp Harlam is healthier because we opened ourselves up to and held ourselves accountable for making a change. We would never go back to the way it was before. 

    Aaron Selkow
    Three campers in mid-air jumps on a grassy field

    Even as the cold creeps in and the new year begins, summer 2019 is on the horizon! We are already excited about the new opportunities available for Reform Jewish teens.

    Four smiling, laughing teens passing a Torah scroll from one to the next

    Results of our latest impact study indicate that Reform Movement youth experiences translate into greater Jewish engagement in college and throughout life.

    Miriam T. Chilton
    Campers sit on a bench with their arms around one another and their backs to the camera as they sit in a circle with camp in the background

    It is not often I get to visit one place that holds all the best parts of what the Reform Movement has to offer – but Kutz is certainly such a place.

    Rabbi Rick Jacobs
    Campers at URJ Jacobs Camp

    Even though summer’s just starting, there’s much to look forward to when kids and teens return from their adventures. Here’s what to expect at the end of the summer.

    Miriam Chilton
    a group of kutz campers smile

    For 53 summers, URJ Kutz Camp has trained the teenage leaders of the Reform Movement. Much of our congregational leadership, both professional and lay, attribute Kutz as having played a pivotal role in where they are now. Now, perhaps more than ever, sending the teens in your congregation to Kutz for the deep learning, purposeful skill-building, and leadership development that takes place in Warwick, New York, will set your teens and your congregations up to flourish, now and in the future.

    Melissa Frey
    Man slacklining between two palm trees on green grass in view of the ocean

    This coming summer, the Camp Newman community will gather at California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) on the shores of the San Francisco Bay in Vallejo.

    Ruben Arquilevich & Rabbi Erin Mason
    Charred remains of the physical location of URJ Camp Newman beneath hazy skies with mountains in the background and a painted Star of David still visible on them

    The Jewish star on the hill that overlooks Camp Newman has survived. What a fitting symbol for this moment. 

    Alaina Yoakum