Who goes to Camp Zeke? - Camp Zeke - Sleepaway Summer Camp

What types of kids come to Camp Zeke? Great question!

When we look across our camp community, we see that families are drawn to us for a few key reasons:

Many families like our elective program. Our youngest campers have a rotation among all the different activities we offer. As they get older, campers love creating their day based on their interests!

Whether they want to cook, make art, hike, swim, lift weights, play sports against other camps, or join a circus show, our schedule let’s them choose!

See all of our activity options


Campers Who Want to Choose Electives

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Campers who want to be active without playing sports all summer

Photo of a female camper on a high-wire within trees

While we offer all the team sports, some of our campers want to have an active summer without playing sports all summer. Because we have so many fitness electives (along with performing arts, fine arts, and cooking), our campers can dance, run, swim, zen out in yoga, hike, train in martial arts, lift weights, perform in circus, and choose from countless other options without having to play team sports.

See our program areas

Other campers love sports and want to build skills and play games in a laid back environment that isn’t overly competitive.

Since it’s all about electives, they can do that too! We offer soccer, basketball, baseball/softball, volleyball and tennis. We also play against other camps all around us!

See our sports program


Campers who love sports and want to play all day

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Aspiring chefs who love to cook

Campers making food in the kitchen

Of course, many of our campers are aspiring chefs who love to cook. With three teaching kitchens, they’ll be able to gain cooking skills and make some amazing dishes.

Read about our cooking program, and make sure to check out our cookbooks, which show everything our young chefs made in culinary arts over the past few summers.

Many of our campers love the idea of joining a newer camp. The vast majority of our camp families return each summer, and we’ve also been growing every year.

Last year, we welcomed 100 brand new campers, and this year we are welcoming 100 more brand new campers. Since so many campers are new or were new very recently, everybody remembers what it’s like, and that makes for a very welcoming community.

The nicest part is that we have about 300 campers per session, which means that every camper knows every other camper and every staff member by the end of the session. It’s like a big family!


Campers who want to join a new community and build a camp's culture

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Campers whose families connect with our values

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Many of our campers want to join a values-based, like-minded community of new friends. Our families tell us that our campers are down to earth and camp is a kind and gentle environment that’s very welcoming of campers with a wide variety of interests and skills.

Read about our values and mission

Some of our campers really like that our bunks are heated and air conditioned, and a bit less rustic than bunks at other camps. Of course, camp is a very campy place and we’re on 500 acres in the spectacular Pocono Mountains. Our bunks are just a little…different…than what some parents might remember from their days of walking to the camp shower house. (Yes, our private bathrooms and showers are inside each bunk!)

See more about our facility


Campers who want a campy experience without the rustic facility

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Campers who love farm-to-table gourmet food

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And of course, many families are drawn to our delicious, ridiculously good food! We’ve completely redefined the concept of camp food.

Our families eat healthy foods and value healthy living at home – why shouldn’t campers do the same at camp?

Read more about our food

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
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We are fully accredited by the American Camp Association