Give your kids the gift of a meaningful, joyful and relevant Jewish camp experience… in the great urban outdoors!
As we explore the incredible urban wild spaces of Tkaronto, Camp Shoresh will be guided by campers’ natural enthusiasm and curiosities. We will explore Jewish wisdom, holidays, cycles, mitzvot and rituals, while being active, building community and cultivating a deep connection to nature. Camp Shoresh is pluralistic and open to the many ways that our community members live and learn Jewishly.
Camp Shoresh is designed as short sessions (with the option to participate in just one or both weeks of the 2-week session), where each of the two weeks has a different theme. Through songs, stories, games, and nature observation, campers will explore the themes of Bereishit and Bamidbar.
The Bereishit (in the beginning) Week focuses on the different elements of the creation of the world. Campers will explore based on themes of the day, including plants, insects, birds, and mammals.
The Bamidbar (in the wilderness) Week focuses on the Israelites journey through the wilderness following the Exodus from Egypt. Campers will develop survival skills and look for resources, including water, shelter, fire, and wild edibles.
Read about a week in Camp Shoresh from a camper’s perspective below!
SUMMER 2023 PROGRAM DETAILS:
- Session 1 (Cedarvale): July 4 – July 7 and/or July 10 – July 14
- Session 2 (Riverdale): July 24 – July 28 and/or July 31 – August 4
- Session 3 (Cedarvale): August 21 – August 25 and/or August 28 – September 1
We are excited to be transitioning to a sliding scale pricing model to enable all of our community members to access our programs. In the spirit of the value of Tzedakah (justice/wealth redistribution), you will now have an opportunity to choose to pay the standard price, a subsidized price, or to choose a “pay-it-forward” price to support your fellow campers’ participation.
- Standard “Honey Bee” Rate: $460 per week ($865 for a full two-week session)
- Financially Accessible “Digger Bee” and “Sweat Bee” Rates (limited amount): $230-$345 per week
- Pay-it-forward “Bumble Bee” and “Squash Bee” Rates: $575-$690 per week
Campers: 4-11 years old (entering SK-entering Grade 6 in September 2023)
*information coming soon* Leaders in Training/Shorashim Program: 12 to 15 years old (grades 7-11)
If you have questions, please see our FAQ below, and if your question isn’t there, email Ellis at email@example.com.
I cannot thank you enough for this beautiful educational and super fun experience. I love that [my child] came home filthy, tired and full of wonder for the natural world everyday. Every evening she regaled us with stories about the plants and animals that live in our parks and wanted to share what she had learned about taking care of them and our planet. I could not ask for a better summer experience! -Parent
Outstanding. I was impressed by the way you seemed to strike just the right balance between flexibility (particularly regarding weather) and adhering to a routine. I was impressed by all the ways you created ritual/routines around each day, including frequent use of song, and differentiation of each day’s theme by song. I was impressed by the inclusion of adults into very specific parts. -Parent
It was really touching as a parent, knowing the richness of their day… beautiful values nature lessons. Heartwarming actually- just knowing this was the content they were taking in 🙂 -Parent
[My child] says to share that she learned that “everyone should be theirselves.” -Parent
For a camper’s perspective, click here to read Adi’s blog post!
Frequently Asked Questions: .
What does a typical day look like at camp?
Each session will be a bit different, as we are guided by the participants’ natural enthusiasms, energies, and curiosities, as individuals and as a group, as well as by changing weather. Families are welcome at our Opening and Closing Circles, though there is no obligation to join. On Friday, families are welcome to join at 3:00 PM for a final celebration.
|9:00AM||Opening Circle (families welcome until the end of Opening Circle)|
|9:15AM||Morning Activities in Groups (games, forest exploration, snack)|
|12:00PM||Afternoon Activities in Groups (crafting, nature-journaling, water play)|
|2:00PM||Whole Camp Game|
|3:15PM||Closing Circles (families welcome from the beginning of Closing Circle)|
|4-5PM||Extended After Care|
What do you do about rain or extreme weather conditions?
Shoresh programs happen outside, every day, rain or shine! We do not have any indoor programming space. Campers should come prepared with appropriate rain gear, and we recommend extra socks and a change of clothes. Campers should also come with sunhats, sunscreen, water bottles, and light, comfortable clothing. A sample packing list can be found below.
In the event of rain, our educators will make use of naturally sheltered areas in the ravine. Rainy days are often great opportunities for working on our shelter building skills! On very hot days, we also make use of the natural protection and cooling effects of the forest and green spaces, as well as water play and frequent hydration reminders.
In the event of extreme weather, such as lightning storms, extreme cold or extreme heat alerts, or any other situation that the Shoresh staff deem unsafe for Shoresh participants and staff to be outside, we will move to an emergency indoor location (the neighbouring school, public washroom, or public library, depending on where we are) and inform parents of any change to the pick-up spot.
What should campers bring with them each day?
- A filling nutritious lunch and plenty of snacks (please keep in mind that campers are responsible for carrying their own litter out of the park)
- A full water bottle!! (we will have the opportunity to refill water at lunch time)
- Closed-toed shoes, ideally somewhat waterproof for muddy days
- Rain coat, rain pants, rubber boots for rainy days
- Medications, inhalers, epipens, etc.
- Comfortable backpack to carry their food and personal items
- Hand sanitizer
- Face mask (for going inside public washrooms or in case we need to go inside any other public buildings)
*Please remember that Camp Shoresh is an outdoor nature program and your child will be spending time playing outside rain or shine. Please dress your child in weather appropriate clothing that can get dirty.
Is there a washroom on site?
There are public washrooms available in each of our camp locations.
What is your cancellation policy?
Click here to read our cancellation policy.
What is Jewish pluralism?
The Shoresh Outdoor School is a pluralistic program that welcomes Jews of all different backgrounds and affiliations. While learning about Jewish ethical teachings, holidays celebrations, rituals, and prayer, we will be open to the many different ways that our community members interpret these traditions and how they choose to live and learn “Jewishly.” As well, we create space for honouring the other cultural, religious, and spiritual identities that participants may be bringing to our programs.
Who are the staff?
The Shoresh Outdoor School is staffed by an all-star team of educators! All staff have undergone hands-on training in outdoor Jewish environmental education and are truly gifted at communicating the awe and wonder they experience relating to the natural world. At the Shoresh Outdoor School, our staff:child ratio is 1:6. All staff are first aid trained and certified.