GFC Fun Doesn’t Stop in the Summer
URJ Greene Family Camp takes the magic of camp, translates it into a year-round experience, and brings it you in a variety of dynamic events, trips and activities!
We connect children, youth and adults to an expansive menu of fun, immersive Jewish experiences inside and outside of Texas and Oklahoma, all year long. Along with our local synagogue youth groups and NFTY, we present everything from family fun days to high school parties to middle school outings.
Come get a taste for camp and a love for Judaism at our fun & exciting day-long family events and mini retreats for 2nd through 5th graders.
We give 6th to 8th graders lots of options to experience the magic of camp at super fun events all year throughout Texas and Oklahoma!
URJ Greene Family Camp & NFTY partner all year long to present high schoolers fun and enriching programs and unforgettable teen events.
Join us every month!
- August: Summer Camp
- September: Summer Palooza (9th-12th grades)
- October: Women’s Retreat (Ages 21+), NFTY678 in Houston, DFW and San Antonio Areas, NFTY-TOR Fall Conclave in Houston
- November: GFC Fall Camp (2nd-12th grades)
- December: URJ Biennial in Boston, MA
- January: GreeneSki, NFTY TOR Winter Conclave (Dallas Area)
- February: Family Retreat, L’Taken Seminar in Washington D.C. (9th-12th grades)
- March: Men’s Weekend (Ages 21+)
- April: NFTY678 Even in Houston area, DFW, Austin, GFC Spring Camp (2nd-12th grades)
- May: Young Adult Weekend
- June-July: Summer Camp and other Summer Programs
“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
Our biggest event of the year returns combining Spring Camp Retreat (1st-5th Graders), Spring Fest (6th-7th graders), and NFTY-TOR’s Spring Kallah (8th-12th graders). For our teens, this event is a highlight of the year where we come together for regional elections, celebrate our seniors and welcome our incoming Freshman class! Send all your campers to GFC for a weekend of camp fun, and special programming.
This is also a great opportunity for children to try out camp for the first time or reunite with old camp friends!
SENIORS, JOIN US FOR SENIOR DAY APRIL 11th (begins at 8PM)!
Join us for a fun extra day at camp just for YOU! We will have our own space and special campfire on the Kibbutz Eco-Village, a pool party, time to reminisce, and complete a beautification project on camp so you can leave your mark! We will also have programming on Jewish life after high school with some special guests! Make sure you have your own transportation to get to camp on Thursday night, but you can always sign up to take the bus home!
$155 early bird, $180 after March 25, $45 for optional round trip bus
$50 for senior day (April 11th)
Online SCHOLARSHIP form and information available HERE. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, scholarship applications due by Friday, March 18thPreview the Grades 1-7 Schedule Preview the Grades 8-12 Teen Schedule Register Now!
FRIDAY NIGHT Bus Itinerary Dallas Bus 2:00 PM Temple Emanu El 8500 Hillcrest Ave. Dallas, TX 75225
North Dallas Bus
2:00 PM Grapevine Stop Between Bass Pro Shops & Fuddruckers at approx. 2000 Texas 26, Grapevine, TX 76051 3:15 PM Ft. Worth 100 East Altamesa Blvd. Houston Bus 2:00 PM South Houston Stop JCC Houston (5601 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77096) 3:00 PM North Houston Stop Sam’s Club (19091 I 45, Conroe, TX 77385)
Austin Bus 3:30 PM Austin Stop Congregation Beth Israel (3901 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78756)
San Antonio Bus 2:15 PM San Antonio Stop Barshop JCC (12500 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78231
SUNDAY Bus Itinerary
North Dallas Bus 12:30 Fort Worth Stop 100 East Altamesa Blvd.
1:00 PM Grapevine Stop Between Bass Pro Shops & Fuddruckers at approx. 2000 Texas 26, Grapevine, TX 76051
Dallas Bus 1:30 PM Temple Emanu El 8500 Hillcrest Ave. Dallas, TX 75225
Houston Bus 1:45 PM North Houston Stop Sam’s Club (19091 I 45, Conroe, TX 77385-8748)
2:30 PM South Houston Stop JCC Houston (5601 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77096)
Austin Bus 12:30 PM Austin Stop Congregation Beth Israel (3901 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78756)
San Antonio Bus 2:00 PM San Antonio Stop Barshop JCC (12500 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78231
Join us this May in Bruceville, Texas for our first ever Young Adult Retreat! This weekend has been designed for young adults over the age of 22. Our weekend was conceived to allow Jewish young adults and couples an opportunity to re-connect with old friends; make new friends; and experience a reJEWvinating weekend at Greene Family Camp.
Relive your summer camp experience – or experience camp for the first time. Zip down our zipline, paddle in the lake, play a rousing game of kickball, roast s’mores, sing songs around a campfire, all while getting to know young Jewish adults from around Texas and Oklahoma.