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    Hi all-I have a question about girls sleepaway camp. I myself went to Bnos like a hundred years ago, now my 8th grader wants to go and I dont know where to send her. We are a MO family, they go to a co-ed school in the community. I was educated in the finest girls yeshiva, however my husband is not from NY, and he wanted the kids to be with “community people”, hence the reason for thier school. We are nice, religious people, with TV and internet,of sephardic descent. I cover my hair and we are regular,normal people! Im getting very descriptive because when you hear they go to a co-ed yeshiva, you may think us a certain type.

    Anyway, with all that info, I wanted to know about camps. Ive been out of the camp circle since I was a teenager and from what i hear, camps are different these day-as in girls have to wear nude stockings-all day,every day,not just on shabbat?! Anyway, can you reccomend a nice camp for a nice girl? I would like to hear what everyone thinks about Raninu,Sternberg,and Girlzone in particular, as these are what I am seriously considering.

    Thanks all for your help!

    #871468

    Sacrilege
    Member

    I’d recommend Sternberg. There is a huge mix of girls from all backgrounds.

    Girlzone is a Kiruv camp with girls who have little to no background to Yiddishkeit…. not sure you want that.

    #871469

    squeak
    Participant

    I myself went to Bnos like a hundred years ago

    Was it exactly 100 years ago, or more like 95 years? Because if it was, you might remember me- I was a staff member back then.

    I’m a bit surprised that you have a daughter in 8th grade, though. I tried googling for a story about a woman giving birth at age ~90 (assuming you were 6 years old then, and your daughter is 14 now), but I guess you kept it out of the news (ayin harah?).

    #871470

    sacrilege-i know,i was thinking about sternberg. I also heard from a previous camper of Girlzone that there is also a mix of campers there even though technically it is considered a kiruv camp. I heard that it is built brand new and its quite nice in the way of sleepaway camps go. So Im thinking about it from that end. I also heard that Raninu is pretty clean and kind of luxurios, but it is very expensive. The other 2 camps are much cheaper. Help!!!

    Squeak-your sense of humor is too cute for me…

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    #871471

    I don’t think girlzone is for you at all. From what I know only kiruv kids go as campers there. Some ideas I can think of are Chedva, Sternberg, Raninu and Dina. I can’t say they’re all for you because I didn’t go to any of them but you can definitely check into them.

    #871472

    raninu and chedva are more jappy,while sternberg is a mix of diff types,but wherever she goes she’ll have the most fun if shes w/ her friends

    #871473

    Poster
    Member

    Raninu is supposed to be a fantastic. I heard the staff members are very warm and friendly.

    Just out of curiosity, why wouldn’t you consider putting your daughter in an all girls school? Are there any other mothers in that school that cover their hair? I can think of a lot of MO -all girls schools that have mothers that don’t cover their hair…

    #871474

    sms007
    Member

    camp esh would have been a great option for you, but I don’t think they are opening this year 🙁 its pretty much the crowd your looking for. its boys and girls (seperatly, same campus sort of, of course separate bunkhouses). I’ll let you know if they do open!!

    #871475

    deiyezooger
    Member

    i would recommend {ranninu} bais yackov or bnos they sound more your description. and good luck! when those girls want to go to camp, they usually choose where they want to go not you choose.sorry might sound not fair, life isn’t fair. hatzlachah again.

    #871476

    its new but i would suggest shoshanim

    #871477

    There is a new camp opening this summer- It’s called Camp Kaylie. It is being run by Ohel, nd the theme of the camp is acceptance. each bunk will be a mixture of children ho are typically developing and children who have special needs. The children with special needs will obviously be very high functioning and will be able to participate in the same activities as the typically developing children. There was a one week trial camp last summer, and the typically developing children did not lose out at all! It’s a novel idea and it’s bound to work out really well. The reason I am suggesting this camp is , as I mentioned earlier, the theme is acceptance. Everyone will be accepted by their peers as they are, despite their different abilities and dfferent backgrounds. The camp is seperate for boys and girls- one month each. The grounds are beutiful! Theres a huge lake with water activities, an outdoor heated pool, a rock climbing wall, a go carting course, a zipline, nature trails, and much much more. The bunkhouses and the grounds in general are in really good condition. you can find out more about the camp at Campkaylie.org . It might be a good idea for you…

    #871478

    Rabbi rock-she cant be with her friends in sleepaway campo because in our circle the kids go away for the summer with their parents.

    Poster-she is in this school because that is my communitys school and that is my husbands request. there are some moms who do cover their hair,all in all,they are respectful even if they dont cover their hair.

    sms-keep me posted on that!thanx!

    moving-i will check into shoshanim!thanks! and iheard about kaylie but didnt think my daughter would appreciate that type of camp. no reason really,just figured i would go with a camp thats been doing their thing for alot of years as opposed to starting up brand new.

    thanks everyone-keep the suggestions coming!

    #871479

    bygirl93
    Member

    definitely RANINU!!!! you background doesn’t matter!! it is seriously AWESOME!!! the grounds are gorgeous! the food is great! the activities and trips are spectacular! and the people are warm and friendly!! i was there for 5 years as a camper and 1 year as staff!!! i cant wait to go back!!!

    #871480

    brotherofurs
    Participant

    oh btw camp esh is closed.

    #871481

    ReenJeens
    Member

    I don’t think Raninu would be for you. I come from the same background as it sounds like your daughter comes from and it wasn’t for me. I would recommend Camp Dina. I went there for 2 years as a staff member and wish I had known about it when i was a camper. I had so much fun. The programs are great, there are such great girls there and the staff are really caring and loving individuals. It is an amazing atmosphere with girls from all different background: bais yaakov girls, MO girls and everything in between. It is so much fun. I know many girls of all different types (both personality-wise and yidishkeit-wise) who went/go to Camp Dina and they love it year after year. The Head Counselors are such a wonderful and caring women. It is really a great place to be. They are actually moving this year to a new bigger location which from the looks of the pictures on the website, the new camp grounds look unbelievable! Also as regards to the question that the camps have changed, most camps that I know of require you to wear nude tights or knee highs. I don’t believe though that Camp Dina requires the campers to wear them. As staff I had to, but I honestly don’t think the girls had to.

    #871482

    Raninu!!!!!

    #871483

    flyer
    Participant

    I would also recommend shoshanim. I live in such a community and many girls go there and some community members work there. It is the right type of camp for what sounds like your crowd.

    #871484

    I think we are doing sternberg…..

    #871485

    tomim tihye
    Member

    Sternberg my sunshine…

    I miss it!

    #871486

    ReenJeens
    Member

    i have many friends who went to sternberg for many years each and loved it! sounds like a good choice

    #871487

    yolk
    Member

    does anyone knoww any more similar camps to this?

    #871488

    GumBall
    Member

    Camp Bnos is the best camp!!! i LOVE it!!!

    #871489

    student
    Participant

    You sound as if you have a similar lifestyle to me. My son has gone to Dora Golding, so you might want to check out the girls camp Dina. It has a mix of children from all different types of backgrounds. Good luck.

    #871490

    fan of pd
    Member

    RANINU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #871491

    love
    Member

    My girls went to camp sternberg for many years and they still do one is 17 and one 19 they love it and i thing its a great place for girls!

    #871492

    GumBall
    Member

    Camp Bnos is the best!! 🙂

    #871493

    yolk
    Member

    the child i am convincing to go to camp does not wish to go to sternberg for whatever reasons and isn’t raninu type. She’s not into her clothing and the like but more of a simple child.

    thank you though!!

    #871494

    fan of pd
    Member

    there are some very simple girls in Raninu…..as i am 1 & the married and older staff are amazing people—-it might be worth it to go -just for them 🙂

    #871496

    GumBall
    Member

    Noooo go to CAMP BNOS!!

    #871497

    yolk
    Member

    the girl is not camp bnos type- she doesn’t enjoy rules and too much structure!!! but thanks

    #871498

    GumBall
    Member

    hey!! i would not go to a camp with 2 much rules!!theres not more rules in bnos than any other camp!!

    #871499

    dancinggirl
    Member

    i would reccomend maarava, its very sweet and fun

    #871500

    GumBall
    Member

    Hey yachad is also good i heard!!

    #871501

    chickpea
    Member

    IF U WUD LIKE THE MOST AMAZING SUMMER IN THE WORLD GO TO CAMP SIMCHA!

    #871502

    GumBall
    Member

    Uh chickpea….u 4got 2 add as a staff member!!

    #871503

    saralastein
    Member

    Camp Malka!!!!!!

    #871504

    happiest
    Member

    @saralastein, is that the camp run by Rabbi Hiller?

    #871505

    GumBall
    Member

    Camp Bnos!!????

    #871506

    rankee2
    Member

    i would say camp dina, ive been going there as a camper and now staff for many years and its a great place, there are girls from all over, and from all types of schools, from co -ed to bais yaccov. the head staff is very warm and caring and are always there to help with whatever the problem is if one arises. the staff its self is always a staff who loves to have fun and are extremely caring and love their campers. this summer for a fact i know that the staff coming are amazing nice, caring people who would look out for their camper and always be there for them.also the new campus that Dina has is a beautiful campus with lots of room and gorgeous bunk houses.

    #871507

    supergirl613
    Member

    CAMP CHAVIVA!!!!! It is a really warm camp because i’m a camper there andi know whet it is like. All girls of all types fit in, there is no one left out, it doesn’t exist. Every girl is included in every project, in every activity, in every everything. Girls have a blast, they go on fantastic trips, they have fantastic things come to them. Al the counselors care for their campers like a sister and they’re always willing to help out their campers if they need it. The director is extremely sweet and so is his wife. The camp mother- You won’t find anyone like her!!!! Everyone looks out for each other and everyone loves each other like one big happy family.

    #871508

    bekitzur
    Participant

    Sternberg is awesome.

    #871509

    my sister went to CHAVIVA she loved it and she’s going bak this year!!! GO CHAVIVA!!!

    #871510

    Shopping613 🌠
    Participant

    Hate to break it to you but RANINU IS THE GREATEST R-A-N-I-N-U! I went for 2 years and i loved it, unfortunately because of different reasons i cannot go back, but i assure antyone else to go there

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