March 2019

Jewish Summer Camp Update


Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp, the camps of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, will operate their full summer program on the scenic campus of CSU Channel Islands, the newest campus in the Cal State system. “We are energized to keep fostering life-changing experiences in this new chapter of our camps’ history,” said Camp Director Seth Toybes.

The announcement assures campers and families that the 67th season of summer camp will open on time in a modern location in Camarillo, just fifteen minutes north of the camp grounds that were devastated by the Woolsey Fire in November 2018. Registration for Summer 2019 is open, and sessions are starting to fill up! Go to for details and Open House dates!

The scenic, warm and inviting site enables the camps to retain their outdoor programs and traditional activities while also embracing the state-of-the-art facilities that a college campus offers. “A combination of private access living and activity spaces and large-scale natural settings gives the camps an exciting opportunity to bring the magic of camp to a new, yet similarly coastal home,” said Toybes.

The camps will bring all the classics to create unforgettable summers in a new home. The choice-based structure of the schedule will, for the most part, look the same, with chuggim (electives) and age-specific experiences that have defined this camp for decades.

Camp is a place where lifelong friendships grow, kids can discover who they really are, and a community that loves each individual for their true self is built.


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