At Camp Kadimah, Jewish and secular programming is combined to foster Jewish identity and overall confidence and self-assurance in an active, fun environment. Camp offers a wide variety of specialties including land sports, instructional swimming, water skiing, sailing, canoe and kayaking, drama, arts and crafts, scouting, a challenging ropes course, Israeli song and dance, and other cultural programming.
Campers also choose another program either taught by a skilled instructor or played in smaller groups. Some of the many choice activities offered include: music/singing, dance, various sports, wakeboarding, archery and more.
Wide Ranging Activities
Qualified staff run a variety of sports such as softball, basketball, soccer, tennis, outdoor volleyball, outdoor and indoor ball hockey, tetherball, mini-putt, badminton, archery, and ping-pong. Click here to see a great video (hosted by a special guest) that provides an overview of our sports program and facilities.
At the end of each week, after Kabbalat Shabbat (Friday evening prayers), certificates are presented to campers who have given their all to a particular area of camp and, at the end of the summer, awards are given out to campers who excelled in a specific specialty.
Special camp wide theme days at Camp Kadimah include Maccabiah (an intensive four-day Olympiad of athletic and cultural events), hockey marathon, and carnival day as well as different themes introduced each summer, and within each section. On Saturday afternoons there are softball and basketball house leagues which conclude in the last week of camp.
Celebrating Shabbat at Camp
Shabbat is a very special day beginning with services every Friday evening at the camp’s amphitheatre. All sections come together for prayer and are lead by campers and staff from a given section. The leaders alternate every week.
There is an incredible, long-standing tradition at Kadimah that occurs every Friday night, after Shabbat dinner, called Oneg Shabbat. It involves the entire camp dancing and singing a series of songs and performing the same moves. The energy level is incredible. There is no Oneg like it anywhere else!
Talent Abounds at Camp Kadimah
In order to showcase the many talents of our campers and staff, there are 4 plays presented throughout the summer: the Junior camp play is typically the first production followed by the Machar Section play, The CIT play, and the Staff play that is presented in the last week of camp.
There is also a camp-wide talent show held during the summer that showcases the variety of talents from campers. Performances include singing (even some original songs written and composed by our own campers), dance, gymnastics, theatrics, and much more.
Tripping Program and Out Trips
Every unit travels out of camp for at least one overnight during the summer. Campers experience the beautiful natural surroundings of camp with trips to provincial campsites in the region.
With so many campers coming from outside the Maritimes, one of our mandates is to run out-trips to local seaside towns like Lunenburg – a UNESCO heritage site – and to the Atlantic Ocean. All sections will have a chance to get immersed in local culture.
Additionally, Machar (age 14-15) enjoy their annual MDO (Machar Day Off) while the CITs (age 16) participate in a 5 day trip through the Maritime provinces.