2021 Updates

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Health and Safety in 2021

We are excited to be planning for an in-person program for Summer 2021! The health and safety of our families has always been and will remain our top priority as we work to open camp safely. Living with the new reality of COVID-19, elements of camp life will look different, but we are committed to delivering the same level of excellence in programming and camper care as we always have. 

We know that the best practices surrounding COVID-19 are continually changing. We will remain responsive to ever-evolving standards and protocols both within the camping industry and as required by our federal and local governing bodies and will be as transparent as possible as our summer plans continue to take shape. 

As we meaningfully consider every aspect of our program and operation, we have created the following FAQs to answer some of the questions you may have.  We will continue to update this information as it becomes applicable as we work to welcome us all back to Bruceville for Summer 2021. 

Will there be scholarships available for campers this summer?

Yes! We strive to make camp affordable for all families. Please be in touch with Ethan elane-miller@urj.org for more information about our camp scholarship program. We know the financial realities of COVID have changed the financial picture for many families and we have been actively fundraising to support our families, many of whom will apply for scholarship for the first time for the 2021 summer.

find out more about our campership process here

Will campers repeat their 2020 unit?

No. We know that missing out on a whole summer at camp was challenging. While much was missed, campers should register for the unit that they should be in based on their current grade for the 2020/2021 school year. Every camper will move up to their appropriate unit this summer regardless of missing out on last summer.

What are some of your major considerations as you plan to open camp in-person?

We are working to open camp safely and will be as transparent as possible as we further develop our summer plans. We anticipate that elements of camp will look different this year. Areas that are currently under examination include dining hall and health centre procedures, hygiene protocols, capacity and spacing, programming, supply and equipment needs, PPE availability, limiting individuals coming and going from camp, physical distancing requirements, housekeeping protocols, staffing, etc. 

We know that the best practices surrounding COVID-19 are continually changing. We will remain responsive to ever-evolving local standards and protocols. We are working with a team of medical experts, including infectious disease doctors, to guide our decisions and revamp our protocols and procedures. We are also working in close coordination with the American Camp Association and Foundation for Jewish Camp to gather learnings and insights from the field. We continue to closely monitor CDC guidelines. 

I noticed that the payment schedule on the website looks different than the payment plan. What’s the difference?

The website articulates payment deadlines, which may look different than payment plans. Your payment plan will meet the deadlines, but your payment schedule will reflect the option you choose during registration.

Why have rates increased since Summer 2020?

Every year the tuition at camp increases due to rising operating costs and ongoing improvements and upgrades to our program.

This year, we also anticipate additional expenses related to COVID-19 around staffing, equipment, testing, and more. 

What is the payment schedule for Summer 2021 tuition?

We have standardized payment deadlines across all URJ camps, to create more uniform policy.

-150 days prior to Camp’s first session start date (January 14), 25% of tuition payment is due


– 90 days prior to Camp’s first session start date (March 15), an additional 50% of tuition payment is due (75% of tuition paid)


– 60 days prior to Camp’s first session start date (April 14), final payment is due.

If your family registers after one or more of these deadlines have passed, you will be responsible for the tuition percentage that reflects the current date.

If you have any challenges with this schedule please be in touch with Linda Matthews lmatthews@urj.org

What are the 2021 Cancellation & Refund policies?

Cancellation by 90 days or more prior to the first session start date – 100% of tuition is refundable except for the administrative deposit.

Cancellation between 90 days and 45 days prior to the first session start date – 75% of tuition is refundable.

Cancellation by 45 days or less prior to the first session start date – no refunds will be given unless stated below.

Camp reserves the right to refund any eligible refund in multiple installments as determined by Camp.   

Full refunds will be given without penalty (including deposit): for campers on a “Waiting List” (those not able to be placed in their desired session at camp) if at any time they choose to be removed from the list or are ultimately unable to be placed; if camp is unable or elects not to open because of government regulations, orders, or guidelines;  if camp is required to cancel the session of a child with a pre-existing health condition;  if Camp is unable or chooses not to open at their own discretion.

Refunds will not be made if Camper has attended any portion of the session at Camp. This covers all circumstances, including, but not limited to:

  • Camper’s homesickness
  • Camper’s refusal or inability to participate in the normal activities at Camp
  • Camper’s violation of any rules, regulations, or policies at Camp for which Camper has been provided notice, and as described in “Camper’s Participation and Camp Program Expectations” section of the terms and conditions.
Why isn't Shorashim an option this summer?

We know that the best practices surrounding COVID-19 are continually changing. One thing that was consistent with camps who ran successfully last summer was that everyone arrived on the same day, there were not any embedded sessions like our 10-day programs used to be. In order to give our youngest campers a 10-day option, 3rd-4th graders will all attend summer 2021 for the same length of time. 

We are grateful for the trust and support you have offered us, especially during this turbulent time. While we could not have imagined a year ago what 2020 would look like, there is no doubt that our community proved its steady strength and resilience. You supported camp, you supported each other, and you took care of yourselves! We can’t wait to leverage our communal power as we come together for a summer like none other – see you in Bruceville for Summer 2021.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the year and please be in touch any time with any questions you may have.