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URJ Eisner Day Camp

53 Brookside RoadGreat Barrington, MA 01230
Phone: (413) 528-1652Email: LGurvis@urj.orgWebsite: Visit Website Google Map

The Day Camp at Eisner is located on the grounds of URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. Our Day Camp has its own building and spacious enclosed playground with plenty of room for games, exercise, exploration and fun. However, our Day Campers also spend much of the day around camp enjoying the facilities of our overnight camp: two heated swimming pools, numerous athletic fields, tennis courts, indoor theater, arts and crafts center, Teva (nature program), gardens, animal farm, indoor sports center and lake. 

Our youngest campers are 4 years old (by July 1, 2022) and our oldest campers are rising 2nd graders whose families live year-round or seasonally in the southern Berkshire region of Massachusetts and New York. Transportation to and from camp is available at an additional cost for families in Lenox, Stockbridge, West Stockbridge, New Marlborough, and Great Barrington. (We must have at least four campers on each van route to run the van.)

To attend our  Day Camp, all campers must be up to date with their immunizations (DTaP, HiB, HepB, IPV, MMR, PCV13, Varicella, etc.),  as required by the Massachusetts Board of Health and the Union for Reform Judaism.To ensure the health of our entire camp community, all staff and vaccine-eligible campers must be vaccinated against Covid-19. If by summer, the vaccine is not available for 4-year old’s, unfortunately, they may not attend. We await direction from the URJ, the CDC, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Berkshire County Health Department about any testing and masking protocols prior to and during the summer.

Our staff is carefully selected based on their maturity, understanding of young children, and their commitment to the Jewish values central to our camp program. Along with our overnight camp staff, they receive on-site training from our camp directors, outside professionals, and industry experts as well as training specific to working with our young campers. Many of our counselors are college students and former Eisner campers. Our specialists, who work each day with our Day Camp, are both college and graduate students who hail from all over the world. Swim staff receive American Red Cross lifeguard training. Our professional Health Center is staffed by caring nurses and a physician. Local and federal background checks are certified for each staff member.

Our day at Day Camp begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Each day, except for trip days, campers enjoy a Kosher-style, kid-friendly, and nutritious lunch in our air-conditioned Dining Hall. Special attention is paid to our campers with allergies and limited diets. Our entire camp is peanut and tree nut-aware. An afternoon snack is enjoyed daily as well as a weekly visit to our canteen for a sweet treat. Most weeks, campers enjoy trips out of the camp to local attractions for a special day of fun. In the past, we’ve traveled to Bousquet Water Park, Windy Hill Farm, The Cove, Seuss in Springfield, Berkshire Museum and Theater, and other fun-filled local venues. On trip days, campers wear a special Day Camp T-shirt and enjoy a picnic lunch. Jewish discovery is an integral part of our Day Camp program. Age-appropriate, hands-on activities are included weekly to teach our campers about working and playing together in a Jewish community that is inclusive, caring, and kind. Hebrew words are used throughout the day, blessings are recited before and after each meal, Hebrew songs are a part of our music program and we “travel” to Israel each summer as well. On Friday afternoons, we encourage our Day Camp families to join us for a Shabbat celebration which includes song and prayer led by our campers. Our celebration concludes with an Oneg Shabbat of cookies, juice, and fruit. Our campers return home with freshly-baked challah they baked earlier that day. 

We are offering seven week-long sessions for Summer 2022. Registration for Summer 2022 will open in mid-January.  

Session 2022 Dates 

Week 1: June 27- July 1

Week 2: July 4- July 8

Week 3: July 11- July 15

Week 4: July 18- July 22

Week 5: July 25- July 29

Week 6: August 1- August 5

Week 7: August 8- August 12

The cost per week per child is $450. We are proud to offer a $100 per week, per child discount to our local families whose children are enrolled in a Berkshire school district year-round. This discount will automatically be credited after registering. Upon enrollment, you will be charged a $350 deposit per child, regardless of how many weeks you’ve chosen, and then you’ll be billed monthly through April 15th. If you apply after April 15th, payment will be charged in full upon enrollment. 

Financial assistance is available. 

The cost for optional van transportation to and from camp is $100 per week. Families must provide their own safety seats. We must have at least four campers on each van route to run the van. Here are our 2022 pick-up and drop-off locations: Wyndhurst Pro Shop, 55 Lee Road, LenoxTrain Station, just past Red Lion Inn on Route 7, StockbridgeCrane Lake Camp, 46 State Line Road, West Stockbridge, Old Inn on the Green, 134 Hartsville Road, New Marlborough, Barrington Plaza, 334 Stockbridge, Great Barrington, CVS, 362 Main Street, Great Barrington.

Join us at our 2022 Day Camp Open Houses for the whole family. You’ll see our Day Camp facility, tour the campgrounds, play in our playground, meet our directors, and enjoy a camp snack! Sunday, June 12th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.Sunday, June 26th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Laura Gurvis at (201) 419-6552 or lgurvis@urj.org

As a partnership with the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires additional discounts may apply to local families who send their child to our camp.  More info to come after Feb. 1.

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