What if I am not a member of Betar?
Not a problem. Betar welcomes new and old faces at all its events. The family atmosphere of our camps is what makes Betar so special and we make sure everyone has a great time and a rewarding experience on all our camps.
What is a typical day like at Camp?
While each camp is very different in terms of the different activities done, there is a general routine that accompanies each camp to make sure that all campers feel settled and comfortable from the very beginning. A list of activities that may occur on camps include but is not limited to; swimming, sports and physical fitness (including but not limited to basketball, soccer, archery, volleyball, football), evening recreational programs, ruach (song) sessions, horseback riding, drama, dance, media, photography as well as a thorough informal education on Zionism, Judaism, Israel and other contemporary topics.
How Jewish is Betar?
One of Betar’s aims is to instil in each of its members a sense of pride in their Jewish identity and a unique and personal connection to the State of Israel. While campers do not sit in classrooms and study, Jewish culture and ideas as well as Hebrew are incorporated into all of our activities. All campers have the freedom to Shabbat and Festival observance on camp. On Shabbat, we have orthodox and cultural services as well as reform services when logistically viable. Campers come home from Betar with a renewed energy towards their Jewish identity.
Is the Camp Kosher?
Betar uses only certified Kosher meat and does not mix milk with meat. You can expect that no milk or milk derivatives will be used at a meat meal. We use separate dishes, cutlery and serving pieces for meat and milk meals. Vegetarian options are always available.
How does Betar address food allergies?
Betar has welcomed many campers with food allergies. We are peanut free. Nuts or nut oil are never used in cooking or baking. For campers with celiac disease or who are sensitive to gluten products, we provide a range of gluten free food (including bread, pasta, cereal and desserts). We can accommodate other food allergies as well. When registering for camp, please indicate that your child has a food allergy with relevant details and we will cater accordingly.
Who are the leaders at Camp? What is the leader/camper ratio?
Betar prides itself on Dugma Ishit (setting a personal example). Our leaders are quality role models who have strong Jewish, Zionist and social values. All leaders have completed a Betar approved leadership course. A majority have also graduated from Betar Shnat, a year long advanced leadership program held in Israel. Over two-thirds of our leaders have grown up at Betar as campers and leaders. A First Aid Officer is onsite for the entire duration of camp and on most camps we have a Shaliach (Israel Emissary) onsite as well. For more information on Shlichim, click here.
A campwide photo from one of our recent camps
Is financial assistance available for Camp?
It is Betar’s policy that no child should be excluded due to finances. Many arrangements are available to accommodate all needs. If payment poses a problem, please contact the person indicated on the brochure for the relevant camp.