We get it. Tweens don't want to hang out with the little guys all day! That’s exactly why we created our Tween Camp for rising 6th-8th graders. Limited to 20 campers each week, this group enjoys its own dedicated Jewish counselors, programming, and weekly overnight field trips.
While participating in sports, art, cooking, swimming, community service, and traveling on weekly overnights, your tween will:
- Strengthen 21st century skills like communication, teamwork, and problem solving
- She will practice patience and collaboration while working with fellow campers and staff to build a fire, cook dinner, and pitch a tent on an overnight campout
- He will strengthen social and communication skills while connecting with Jewish tweens from all over Atlanta – and not via text!
- She will exercise creativity and critical thinking skills during team-building activities and while volunteering with community organizations
- Form lifelong Jewish friendships
- Connect with positive Jewish role model counselors
- Gain self-confidence and discover personal strengths
- Understand the importance of giving back
- Feel pride in his/her Jewish heritage
Our tween camp program encourages tweens to grow as individuals, try new things, ask questions, and enjoy the perks of being the big kids at camp. In contrast to Kid Camp which employs a choice-based activity schedule, tweens share most experiences as a single mixed-gender, mixed-age group to create tight bonds and form strong group memories.
A week at Tween Camp
While we do follow a schedule, there’s no such thing as a typical week at Tween Camp. We can never anticipate the eruption of spontaneous laughter, moments of personal accomplishment, and bursts of sheer joy that happen every day. Take a look at what a typical week at Tween Camp might look like.
Mondays and Tuesdays
These two days include a variety of on-and off-site activities designed to strengthen connections among Tween campers and their staff. Tweens enjoy time at the pool and participate in team building activities, art, and sports. Mondays and Tuesdays also often include guest speakers from the community. Leaders from the Anti-Defamation League, BBYO, and the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival engage tweens in thoughtful conversations and fun projects.
Wednesdays and Thursdays
It's time for the weekly Tween Camp overnight trip! Tweens arrive at camp Wednesday mornings with their bags packed for an exciting overnight adventure. They may camp out at Lake Lanier, visit a Jewish overnight camp, or hike Stone Mountain and watch the Laser Show. On Thursdays, they may volunteer at the Atlanta Food Bank or go tree climbing before heading back to camp. These overnight trips create strong bonds and lasting friendships among campers and staff. You'll receive trip details the Friday before each week begins.
Tweens are back at camp on most Fridays and may start the day with a volunteer project followed by a game of handball and a cooking competition! They finish the day at Shabbat oneg with the rest of camp - participating in the Shabbat talent show, receiving awards, enjoying challah, and watching a slideshow of photos from the week.
Though not mandatory, we encourage tweens to participate in at least 2 weeks of camp to get the most out of the program.
Tween Camp runs for 8 weeks at our intown location June 5 - July 28 and for 4 weeks in Sandy Springs July 10 - August 4. View locations, dates, and rates.