Camp Be’chol Lashon

We do Jewish different

Camp Be’chol Lashon is a multicultural Jewish leadership camp that teaches about global Jewish diversity, builds community leaders, and inspires a love of Judaism.

The camp is held at beautiful Walker Creek Ranch in West Marin, an hour north of San Francisco.

Camp Be’chol Lashon is for campers ages 8-18, with special leadership opportunities for ages 15-18. Campers come from all over the United States and around the world.

Camp Be’chol Lashon is the only summer camp focused on Jews as a multicultural people. While ALL children are invited to be part of a global Jewish community, Camp Be’chol Lashon provides ethnically and racially diverse Jews with an opportunity to see themselves as an integral part of the Jewish people.

2019 Dates & Rates

Session 1: July 21 – July 28

Session 2: July 28 – August 4

Enjoy an early-bird 10% discount now through the end of the year!

Single session: $1,300 $1,175

Both sessions: $2,450 $2,205

Camp Be' chol Lashon

Camp Be’chol Lashon is for campers ages 8-18, with special leadership opportunities for ages 15-18. Campers come from all over the United States and around the world.

Camp Be’chol Lashon is the only summer camp focused on Jews as a multicultural people. While ALL children are invited to be part of a global Jewish community, Camp Be’chol Lashon provides ethnically and racially diverse Jews with an opportunity to see themselves as an integral part of the Jewish people.

2019 Dates & Rates

Session 1: July 21 – July 28

Session 2: July 28 – August 4

Enjoy an early-bird 10% discount now through the end of the year!

Single session: $1,300 $1,175

Both sessions: $2,450 $2,205

Outdoor Fun

The success of Camp Be’chol Lashon is due to its innovative curriculum, Passport to Peoplehood, that raises awareness about the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of Jews around the world, highlighting inclusion, diversity and connection as hallmarks of Judaism.

Two girls kayaking on the lake.
Two boys playing basketball.
Girl playing tetherball.
Campers standing on the dock and holding pool noodles.

FAQ

Are out-of-state campers welcome?

Yes! CBL is located in the San francisco Bay Area, but campers come from around the country and around the world. We personally accompany children to and from the airport

Summer camp feels out of reach financially. Do we qualify for financial assistance?

You should definitely apply. We recognize that the expense of summer camp may be a barrier to participation. There are both incentive and need-based campership options. Call us at 415.386.2604, or click here for more information.

What do campers do during the day?

In addition to activities like kayaking and canoeing, the success of Camp Be’chol Lashon has been in large part due to its innovative curriculum “Passort to Peoplehood” that focuses on the vision of Jews as a global multicultural people. Each day campers use their ‘passports’ to ‘travel’ to a different country to encounter the culture of different Jewish communities through art, music, dance, and cooking.

Click here to view a sample schedule.

Is camp kosher?

No. Walker Creek Ranch offers kosher-style, vegetarian, and vegan food options. We do not serve bacon or shellfish, nor do we mix meat and dairy.

What if my child wants to go for more than one week?

Many campers come for two weeks, as the programming is different during each of the sessions.

What is your poison oak and tick protocol?

While Walker Creek Ranch in West Marin is an ideal summer camp location, it is not without various challenge that exist in all California country settings including poison oak and ticks. Therefore we adhere to the following protocol: 1. Identifying and being aware of situations that include greater proximity to poison oak and ticks such as walking in heavily wooded areas, high grass, etc. In anticipation of hikes, campers are required to wear protective clothing like long pants and closed shoes. 2. Campers are advised to conduct a “tick check” every day, with the assistance of staff when requested. 3. Staff are trained on how to identify and remove a tick. If exposure to poison oak is suspected, campers shower with Tecnu and their clothes are washed. 4. There are a variety of insect repellents available including Permethrin, that campers can bring to camp. Natural insect repellents will be available like Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus will be available at camp. We will also engage in making our own natural repellent that repels ticks: In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of water, with the addition of 20 drops of Eucalyptus oil, peppermint and/or citrus oils. It can be sprayed onto clothing, skin, and hair and is safe to reapply frequently.

Making Friends

Camp Be’chol Lashon brings campers of diverse experience and backgrounds together and facilitates deep and lasting friendships. We focus on individuals’ stories and their value to the collective, encouraging conversations and celebrating differences between people as an asset, providing the ability to see oneself as part of a complex multi-faceted community where race is one of many distinguishing factors.

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Future Leaders

We see all of our campers as future leaders. Since some are in the position of being spokespeople and educating others about their Jewish journey, we want them to be prepared and feel supported. We encourage all campers to see multiple identities as an asset, allowing them greater tolerance and understanding of complexity. Our goal is to foster cultural competence, giving children the skills to successfully navigate life as proud Jews and global citizens.

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Smiling campers

Global Jewish Identity

Our diverse Camp Be’chol Lashon staff foster global Jewish identity development in a safe, nurturing environment. A more expansive vision of the Jewish people coincides with the world-view of younger generations of Jews who have increased access to technology, and for whom being Jewish is one of many identities. Campers develop Jewish friendship circles and build a deeper connection to Jewish life through diverse programming that reflects the multiple identities of contemporary Jews.

Camp counselors

Passport to Peoplehood

The success of Camp Be’chol Lashon is due to its innovative curriculum, Passport to Peoplehood (P2P), that raises awareness about the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of Jews around the world, highlighting inclusion, diversity and connection as hallmarks of Judaism. P2P centers on the vision of Jews as a global multicultural people, engaging in the history and traditions that define each unique culture, as well as recognizing the shared values that connect all Jews.

Each day campers use their “passports” to “travel” to a different country to encounter Judaism through the history and culture of the Jewish community in that region. Using text, dance, music, film, art, and cooking, the Camp Be’chol Lashon travel-the-world approach allows campers to learn experientially.

Arts & Crafts

In addition to learning about geography, history and traditions, P2P contextualizes Jewish diversity through engaging, hands-on experiences. Using dance, music, art, and cooking, along with a variety of media, the Camp Be’chol Lashon travel-the-world approach allows campers engage creatively with the sights, sounds, flavors and textures of other cultures.

Our art room is the heart and soul of Camp Be’chol Lashon, a place where we not only experiment with a variety of materials and techniques representing Jewish cultures around the world, we also often listen to music, talk about popular culture, and explore questions about identity.

Cooking

Jewish communities around the world may be hard to distinguish from the larger communities in which they live. Just as is happening in the United States today, from their earliest days Jews around the world married local people, and, as a result, they came to resemble the people around them. Still, they retained their Jewish identities and religious observances, only they did so with a local accent and flavor. As would be expected, the cuisine of these diverse Jews reflects the regions in which they live. According to the Book of Jewish Food by Claudia Roden, an Egyptian Jew who lives in London:

“Jewish food tells the story of an uprooted, migrating people. …There is really no such thing as Jewish food. …Local regional food becomes Jewish when it travels with Jews to new homelands. …The main influence on the development and shaping of their cuisine was their mobility. …Jews moved to escape persecution or economic hardship, or for trade. …The vehicles of gastronomic knowledge were merchants and peddlers, traveling rabbis, preachers and teachers, students and cantors, professional letter carriers, beggars (who were legion), and pilgrims on their way to and from the Holy Land. …It is possible, by examining family dishes, to define the identity and geographical origin of a family line.”

Music & Dance

Students tend to learn more quickly and retain more information when the subject matter pertains to them personally, and the act of doing makes learning extremely personal. Our experiential activities offer each learner the chance to engage in the manner that suits them best. In addition to enhancing their knowledge and skills, the personal nature of experiential learning engages the students’ emotions, so it becomes real to them and they are better able to relate, in this case, with the sites, sounds and smells of Jewish cultures around the world.

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The success of Camp Be’chol Lashon is due to its innovative curriculum. Passport to Peoplehood (P2P) expands children’s awareness of the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of Jews around the world, highlighting inclusion, diversity and connection as hallmarks of Judaism.

Questions?

Feel free to email us or call 415-386-2604 with any of your questions.

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