Welcome to URJ Greene Family Camp!
At URJ Greene Family Camp, we give both the young and the young at heart an opportunity to grow and learn at the same time. It is an unforgettable religious, cultural, recreational and emotional experience. Greene Family Camp’s natural setting provides each camper the fullness of unsurpassed beauty and charm. Here, nature, community, Judaism and fun are in tune with one another.
Activities include: the arts including creative arts, dance, guitar, media, performing arts and photography, team sports including basketball, flag football, ropes course, soccer, tennis and ultimate frisbee, unique physical activities like archery, fencing, gaga, gymnastics, mountain biking, self-defense and horseback riding, and our personal favorite during the hot summer months, water sports, including lakefront activities, swimming and diving. Through these activities, campers gain new skills, improve upon their strengths and build community with fellow campers and our exceptional staff.
There is never a dull moment at GFC: Conquering the Alpine Tower as a team. Seeing the final point scored in Ultimate Frisbee. Dancing together on Shabbat. Performing in the camp play. Learning a new stroke at the pool. Making more close friends in a week than they could have all year.
We believe that these transformative experiences inspire kids to bring camp home to their daily lives, applying what they learn here to better themselves, their communities and the world.
Four Core Values
At GFC, we believe that everything we do is connected to four main values that are ever-present in Judaism and in life. We hope that by bringing these four values to the forefront of our minds as a full staff, we will be better able to create and maintain a safe, fun, and Jewish environment and community for our campers from summer to summer.
- Myself-Hineni-הנני: This value pertains to the individual. It reminds us to remember to always look out for ourselves. It also symbolizes us, as individuals, actually doing something and saying, “Here I am!” rather than “Hey everybody, look at me.” The “doing something” part is doing something meaningful, impactful, and significant for the camp community. Being an individual first allows us to give more to the community.
- Friendship-Reut-רעות: At camp, one of the very first words that comes to everyone’s minds is “friends.” Camp is where we make friends, whether for that summer only or for our lifetime. Regardless, reut is more than just “saying” you have tons of friends at camp, it means you have made meaningful and worthwhile relationships with people you feel connected to at some level. This connection often goes beyond camp’s gates after the summer season has come to an end.
- Respect-Kavod-כבוד: A basic life value, and Jewish value, is respecting your peers no matter the differences between you and them. To respect yourself, too, will then allow you to be respectful of those around you. At GFC, we build much of our camp culture on the value and tenant of respect. It just makes sense. Without respect, what would we be?
- Jewish People-Am Yisrael-עם ישראל: We are a community of Jewish people. More deeply, our personal identifications as being Jewish contribute to an innate atmosphere that we have here at GFC—a safe, common space that is nothing like what our campers and some of our staff experience when they are not at camp. To be a member of a Jewish community is rare. For many campers and staff who attend GFC during a summer, that is something to be valued, respected, and continued.