“Let us take up our oldest traditions; let us once more become deep-chested, sturdy, sharp-eyed Jewish men.” – Max Nordau, Address to the Zionist Congress, 1898
Join us for Mens’ Retreat at Greene Family Camp for a weekend of outdoor pursuits, spirituality, fun with friends, and the chance to leave camp better than you found it. Mens’ Retreat began with a group of camp dads who wanted to help improve the camp property, and over the years has evolved to include all kinds of camp fun and community just for those who identify as male. Whether you are a camp dad, an alum of our program, or totally new to Jewish camping, Mens’ Weekend is for you. We’ll play poker in the annual GFC tournament (all proceeds benefitting camp’s scholarship fund), drink beer, and explore the wilds of Bruceville together with Josh Lake, founder of Outdoor Jewish Adventures.
Camp isn’t just for kids! We hope you’ll join us for a great weekend of food, fun, and friends!
In 2004 Josh founded Outdoor Jewish Adventures (OJA), a company specializing in outdoor experiences, education and adventures for Jews. Josh’s education includes a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary, completion of the Informal Jewish Education seminar at Brandies University, Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and many years of hiking and outdoor experiences. Josh also completed the Guides Track in Leadership Seminar, a 4-week seminar in Jewish Wilderness Spirituality.
Josh has spent the last 20+ years leading Jewish nature programming for children and adults throughout the United States, Canada, England and Israel. Jewish traditions come alive as a hike through the forest becomes a walk through the six days of Creation. Protection of the natural world takes on new meaning when mitzvoth (commandments) inform us of how we can behave in Creation with more kavannah (intention). Wilderness skills allow us to more fully be partners in Creation and to explore the beauty and fullness of our world.
Josh has hiked and climbed in many parts of the world. Some of the notable places include: Climbing to Tilicho Lake in Nepal, hiking the Kalalau Trail (HI), John Muir Trail (CA), Summiting Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, and Gilbert Peak (all WA), Mt. Whitney (CA), Sea-to-Sea (Israel), summiting 3 Munroe Peaks (Scotland), and many other mountains, places and hikes. Josh also interned with Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) and hiked extensively around Israel.
Josh lives in Portland, OR with his wife, 2 daughters and dog, Stanley.
- Beautify camp
- Enjoy beverages with fellow participants
- Celebrate Shabbat
- Ropes course
- Hike, forage, pray, and learn outdoor survival skills with outstanding outdoor Jewish educator Josh Lake
- Poker tournament Campfire
- Other camp activities