Dates & rates - Camp Zeke

Looking Forward to Summer 2021!

Dear Friends: Camp Zeke is a small family-like community in which most campers come back some after summer. For this reason, we tend to fill up long before camp starts. We always encourage our families to register early for the coming summer while we still have space available. If we do not have space in your age group, we will gladly recommend another program with more availability. As of June of 2020, all bunks still have space for the summer of 2021. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. We would love to welcome your family into the camp community. For an update on the summer of 2020, please click here.

-Lisa and Isaac

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Summer 2021 Dates and Rates

Session

Length

Dates

Tuition

Full Season

6 Weeks

June 28 - August 8

8570

Session 1

3 Weeks

June 28 - July 18

4810

Session 2

3 Weeks

July 18 - August 8

4810

Taste of Zeke/Rookie Camp

1 Week

July 18 - July 25

1710

Camp tuition includes all in-camp activities and trips. It does not include our totally optional horseback riding program or bus transportation to camp (everyone takes the bus and it costs about $50 each way).

Save $1,000 With One Happy Camper

One Happy Camper is a Foundation for Jewish Camp program that takes $1,000 off in each family’s first summer at Zeke. The funding is guaranteed to every new family.

Email us at isaac@campzeke.org or call 212-913-9783 to learn more.

Does Camp Zeke offer scholarships?

Thanks to some very generous supporters, we have a limited number of scholarships available based on financial need.

Much like space in camp, our scholarship funding runs out quickly, so please contact us early in the year to apply.

What Happens Once We Register?

Once you register for camp, you will receive a confirmation that your spot is reserved. In the lead-up to camp, we will send a parent handbook, which has all the details about preparing for the experience. You can also head over to current families to see our packing list, various articles with advice about camp, and other info for enrolled families.

Not quite ready to decide?

To learn more about the camp experience before registering, request more information. You can also call us anytime at 212-913-9783 or email questions@campzeke.org. We’d be glad to answer your questions and tell you all about camp!

Group of smiling campers holding a sign made at camp, reading 'strength'

Enrollment FAQs

  • What’s the most common session length?

    The vast majority of our campers attend a three or six week session. About 40% of our campers stay for the full season.

  • What are the drawbacks of the one week session?

    Our short answer is that a three week session is a much more complete camp experience, and we recommend the three week option over the one week option. To understand why we make this recommendation, please read on!

    The Challenge of One Week

    The appeal of the one week session is also its challenge: It’s just a week!

    By the time a camper becomes fully comfortable in the camp community, the one-week experience is already nearing its conclusion. Here’s what we mean: For all campers, the first day can be a bit awkward. We organize countless ice-breakers and group bonding activities, but campers still arrive without knowing anyone, and they have to take a big step out of their comfort zones to meet new people and establish their first friendships. Of course, learning to overcome challenges is part of the value of camp!

    By the second day of camp, they start to form bonds with their bunkmates and begin learning the camp routines, such as where things are located, the words to camp songs, our many traditions, and the names of their favorite staff members. It’s only by day three or four that kids get into a rhythm and start to feel truly comfortable in their new environment. Just as things become really fun and campers first glimpse the magic of camp, it’s almost time to go home.

    Three Days of Joy for Every One Day of Transition/Packing

    Three week sessions are often harder on parents, but they are much better for campers. When campers stay for a three week session, they spend a much larger percentage of their time being fully immersed in camp. The first days of transition become distant memories that are replaced by deepening friendships, new experiences, “secret” cookie raids, campfires, and lots of camp songs and traditions. The experience is then capped off with color war, lazy day, many of the most popular all-camp programs, and finally, a beautiful, song-filled banquet as a final send-off for the campers. The kids go home at the same time as everyone else, they immediately engage with friends after camp, and the experience lives on after the summer. Campers who stay for a shorter time tend to be among among the only ones to leave early, which can also be an isolating experience for them.

    As one camp expert, Steve Baskin, puts it: “A camper in a one-week session is only fully integrated for a couple days of the seven (roughly one-fourth) versus 15-16 out of 21 (three-fourths) of three week session.” This is why three week campers are more likely to gain the most from camp; they simply have more fully-integrated days of the camp experience. As Baskin explains, “I like for campers to have three days of joy and comfort for every one day of disorientation/packing, which is essentially assured in a three week session.”

  • How do you ensure a smooth transition for new campers?

    We do a few things before camp starts to make sure new campers feel totally at home once they arrive to camp. In the lead up to camp, parents of new campers can contact us for an introduction to another camper or two in the same bunk. That way kids will already have a familiar face when they arrive to camp.

    We also encourage new families to attend an orientation at camp, which normally takes place on one of the first Sundays in June. That’s an opportunity to meet new and returning families, get to know some of our amazing staff, and take a guided tour of our 500-acre summer home! We love showing our new families the special spaces where our campers gain fitness and cooking skills, make amazing memories, and form lifelong friendships in a warm, Jewish community.

    By the time campers meet another person in their bunk, meet some staff at the June orientation, and tour camp, they’ll come fully prepared to dive into the experience! Read details about the June orientation for new families.

  • Is the deposit refundable if our plans change?

    Yes! We ask that families let us know of changes in their plans before the first day of March. We’ll gladly refund your deposit if anything changes between now and then.

To read more Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the main FAQs page.

Our campers have made thousands of friendships, millions of memories, and lifelong skills in athletics, cooking, and joyful Judaism. We are proudly supported by:

  • Jewish Camp
  • Jim Joseph Foundation
  • Avi Chai
  • UJA Federation
  • The Jewish Education Project

We are fully accredited by the American Camp Association