While our programs vary according to focus, length of sessions and lifestyle, the daily schedule is similar for most camps and seminars. The following schedule is designed to give you a general idea of what your child’s day will be like at Betar. Keep in mind that activity times vary depending on the camp and many other logistical and ideological factors.
Wake-up: Everyone wakes up in the morning for a fresh start to camp. All participants have breakfast as well as other meals all together. On Shabbat, campers have the opportunity to sleep later.
Meals: Betarim have all their meals in the well-kept Cheder Ochel (Dining Hall). On the last day and sometimes other meals, campers have the opportunity to eat outside in the fresh air al fresco. All campers get one or two healthy snacks each day. On Shabbat, everyone has Shabbat dinner together in the Cheder Ochel. Please click here for Betar’s Kashrut policy.
Activities: Campers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports, discussion-based and arts/cultural activities everyday. Most camps have a special sports session each day as well as a chug (elective) period. Chugim can include photography, media, dance, drama, teva (nature), sports, cooking, and visual art.
Campwide Activities: Once every day or so, the whole camp comes together for big “campwide” activities. This helps all the kids from all ages to bond and also allows for activities with greater scope. These tend to be the activities that kids remember for many years to come.
Clean up: Every cabin is to be cleaned every second day. The purpose of this is to keep our living conditions sanitary and “livable” as well as to teach the value of taking care of ones’ self and property. Responsibilities for this activity lies with the campers under the supervision and with the help of the leaders. Jobs are usually rotated among members of the bunk and there is a set of standards to be reached. The health and safety of the campers is contingent on a clean bunk. Inspections are made regularly by the leaders. Cabins that receive a perfect score get a special treat.
Hafsaka (Free Time): Free time is limited during the day. Although the camp program is very structured, campers do have ample time during the day with their friends for additional games and fun together.
Tuckshop: During some Hafsakot (free time periods), additional snacks can be bought if kids so choose. This is in addition to regular fruit snacks as well as meals throughout the day. The frequency of tuckshop is chosen under dietary considerations while keeping in mind that a lot of kids come to camp to party.
Ivrit (Hebrew): Hebrew is infused throughout the day at Betar Camp. Leaders use songs, games, and fun activities to teach campers.
Evening Programs: Evening programs are always creative and exciting. They generally run along a few general themes where leaders plan activities for all the campers or for small groups.
Special Events: Several special events are scheduled throughout each camp according to the theme. A creative team has been especially delegated to make sure each camp will be unforgettable.
Lights Out – Campers go to bed at times appropriate to their age. Lights out is based on all campers getting a minimum of eight hours of sleep a night. Leaders have rotating overnight duty and the medic is always on standby from lights out until wake-up the next morning.