FAQ - Camp Zeke - Sleepaway Summer Camp

FAQ

Is there an age minimum for kids to attend Family Camp?

Campers of all ages are welcome at Family Camp! Our JFAM Family Camp weekends are specifically designed for families with children under 8.

Is the facility stroller friendly?

Yes, everywhere you need to walk is paved and all buildings are ramp accessible.

Should I bring my own pack-n-play or can you provide a crib?

While you are welcome to bring your own pack-n-play, we want to make the weekend hassle free and thus are able to provide either cribs or pack-n-plays for your room upon request.

Is childcare provided?

Throughout the day there will be program offerings that are for the whole family to enjoy together, and other times we will offer activities for kids and adults separately. Our experienced counselors will provide age appropriate activities for your child, while you partake in fun and thought provoking activities for adults only. We also offer night time coverage for all children regardless of age. You put your kids to bed and our wonderful staff will watch them while they sleep from 9-11pm!

Will there be quiet hours during Family Camp?

Yes! In order to maintain a peaceful environment here at Camp Zeke, Quiet Hours are from 8:30 pm to 7:00 am. During this time, we ask that you keep voices and music low and be respectful of other families.

What will you provide in the rooms?

All rooms will be set-up according to your family’s specific needs. We offer a choice of single beds, bunk beds and limited king beds for parents. All rooms are individually air conditioned and centrally heated and feature private bathrooms. Rooms will be made-up prior to arrival with bed linens, blankets, towels and soap. Please bring your own toiletries and washcloths.

Where can I see the price?

Please visit the page for your host organization to learn more about pricing details.

Is the price all inclusive?

Yes, the discounted rate includes accommodations, all meals and snacks, linens, towels and soap, as well as all activities.

What’s the food like?

At Camp Zeke we are known as a “foodie” camp. We use locally sourced fresh ingredients, and are able to accommodate most allergies and special dietary needs — just let us know ahead of time. We also know that the little ones may have certain food preferences, and we will be more than happy to provide kid friendly options, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. Our meals are served buffet style with many tasty options to accommodate most food preferences. In addition, we will offer a selection of healthy and fun snacks throughout the day.

All food served will be Kosher. We are a nut-free and sesame free facility. You are welcome to bring your own snacks to Family Camp, but we ask that all food bought onto camp be nut and sesame free.

What is your policy on COVID?

Knowing that our Family Camp weekends are happening at different times during the year and that the COVID landscape is rapidly changing, we will adapt our COVID protocols so that we provide the safest environment possible. Outdoor dining under a tent will always be an option. We will determine our specific pre-weekend testing and masking procedures as each weekend gets closer, based on the CDC guidelines, Pennsylvania regulations, and other important public health guidance.

How “Jewish” is JFAM?

Our goal is to create a joyful and music-filled Jewish experience that’s the perfect fit for every family. JFAM weekends give families the opportunity to create rich and meaningful Jewish family traditions that work for them. We are open and welcoming to everyone, no matter where they are Jewishly. The purpose of the weekend is to gather Jewish families in a camp setting with no expectation of prior knowledge or Jewish practice at home. We will celebrate Shabbat together with kid-friendly and inclusive songs, stories, foods, crafts and games.

Is there WiFi at the camp?

Yes, WiFi will be available in our main program areas. Cell service is limited at the camp. You may use your phones, tablets and laptops; however, we strongly encourage you to unplug this weekend and enjoy nature and the many wonderful programs.

Will we be able to drive to our cabins? What is the parking situation at the camp?

Yes, you may drive to the cabin to unload, and then park in one of our designated parking areas. There is more than ample parking onsite just a short walk from your living quarters.

Can I bring my pets to the JFAM weekend?

While we love our furry friends, we respectfully ask that you not bring pets to this weekend.

How far are you from NYC?

We are about 2.5 hours from New York City and 2 hours from Northern NJ. Your GPS should easily find us at our official address – Camp Zeke, 31 Barry Watson Way, Lakewood, PA 18439.

What time should we plan to arrive on Friday?

We welcome you to arrive as early as 2:00 pm. We plan to start some of our introductory programs in the late afternoon around 4:00 pm and encourage you to join us at that time. Can’t get there that early? No worries – just let us know if you plan to arrive after 7:00 pm and we’ll hold dinner for you and your family.

Who are the JFAM Coordinators and how do we reach them if we have questions?

Your hosts are Laurie Epstein and Andrew Liebowitz. They can be reached by email at jfam@campzeke.org or by phone at 212-913-9783. For questions about registering for the JFAM weekend, please contact Barbara Lichter at the same email and number.

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