The informal Jewish camp atmosphere at YCC is the ideal place for campers and counselors to become actively involved with the different aspects of Judaism in meaningful, fun, and creative ways.
Shabbat is a very special experience, beginning with the camp-wide “Friday Bandshell” sing-a-long and Israeli dance with the entire camp dressed in white. Campers are actively involved in the preparations for Shabbat – Helping to decorate the dining hall with beautiful centerpieces from Arts & Crafts, and participating in the creative Saturday morning services held at the outdoor amphitheater or at the Koby Mandel Centre on rainy days.
One of the most memorable elements of camp is the Saturday Havdallah ceremony, where campers and staff gather under the stars to acknowledge the end of Shabbat with traditional twisted candles, spices, grape juice, and unique melodies.
Israel day, organized by our Israeli and Canadian staff, gives campers the opportunity to learn about life in Israel. The day includes Israeli food and music in a “Bedouin” tent, anecdotes, an “army obstacle course”, letter writing to Israeli kids, and a chance to attach personal wishes at our own “Kotel”.
Jewish programming at YCC takes into account the pluralistic nature of our camp community. Creative Jewish programs on Shabbat, Israel day, or Tish B’Av revolve around the theme of Jewish values, and we welcome the opportunity to help inspire our campers and staff to become the future leaders of our Jewish community.