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Camp Sababa

Camp Sababa is the best and only Reform Jewish day camp in Portland! We welcome all children entering grades Kindergarten through 5, with a special leadership program for teenagers entering grades 8 and 9. Camp Sababa features creative and fun morning activities at our home of Congregation Beth Israel with afternoon field trips exploring the greater Portland area. We are thrilled to return for another summer of adventures and fun. The Camp Sababa office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30AM – 4:30PM.

Camp Sababa is proud to feature:

  • Age appropriate themes and games
  • Madrichim-In-Training (MIT) led activities
  • Specially trained and experienced staff
  • Fully equipped art room and blooming garden
  • Daily field trips
  • Locked and secure campus
  • Financial assistance available
  • And much more!

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Camp Sababa 2017 Rates and Dates

Dates

Sessions

Member Rate

Non-member Rate

July 31st - August 4th Madrichim In Training (MIT) Week
For students entering 8th -9th Grade
$550 MIT Flat Rate for training week and all weeks after $600 MIT Flat Rate for training week and all weeks after
August 7th - August 11th Session 1
For students entering Kindergarten-5th Grade
And our MITs entering 8th -9th Grade
$250 for 1st child
$200 for Siblings
$275 for 1st child
$225 for Siblings
August 14th - August 18th Session 2
For students entering Kindergarten-5th Grade
And our MITs entering 8th -9th Grade
$250 for 1st child
$200 for Siblings
$275 for 1st child
$225 for Siblings
August 21st- August 25th Session 3
For students entering Kindergarten-5th Grade
And our MITs entering 8th -9th Grade
$250 for 1st child
$200 for Siblings
$275 for 1st child
$225 for Siblings

*All rates include a non-refundable $50 registration fee.

MIT Week, July 31st - August 4th, is reserved for campers entering 8th or 9th grade. During this session, campers will build friendships, go on adventures throughout Portland, and develop leadership skills through our Madrichim-In-Training (MIT) program. This exciting program will take campers all over from rock climbing to local amusement parks! This will lead to their eventual role as MITs for the younger campers in Sessions 1-3.

Sessions 1-3, August 7th-August 25th, welcomes campers entering kindergarten through 5th grade! During this week, campers will play games, create art projects and enjoy the sunshine! Campers will also go on field trips to places such the Oregon Zoo, swimming, gymnastics, and much more. Join us and be a part of the magic as we embark on this summer of fun!

 
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Camp Sababa

FAQs

Are there scholarships available?
Yes. Aid will be issued to Congregation Beth Israel members based on need and availability of funds. Prior to your child’s first day of camp, please submit request with Camp Directors and on registration materials.

How do my children get to and from the field trips?
Camp Sababa provides transportation arrangements for all field trips. These vary from parent drivers, Director drivers and public transportation. If your child needs a car seat or special accommodations for the car, please be sure to bring that each day to camp.

What are the hours of camp?
Incoming K-5 campers arrive at CBI at 9:00AM and should be picked up at 3:00PM. The office is open beginning at 8:30AM and is available for contact. Incoming 8th and 9th grade campers arrive at 8:45AM and should be picked up at 4:00PM.

What should my child bring each day?
Hat/sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, lunch, closed toed shoes or sandals with backs. *If going to the pool: swimsuit, towel and change of clothes.

If there’s an emergency or I need to get in touch with my child during camp, who should I contact?
Please call Beth Israel’s main office: (503) 222-1069. To reach a Camp Director directly, please call (971) 339-2084.

My child has never been to Camp Sababa and/or doesn’t know anyone. Will your counselors help make a positive experience?
OF COURSE! We have many first-time campers and families who are new to Portland. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming community ready to help build life-long friendships.

How Jewish is Camp Sababa?
We focus on Jewish values such as community and acts of loving kindness. Camp Sababa integrates the traditions of Congregation Beth Israel and welcomes those of all levels of observances and backgrounds.

We aren’t Jewish. Can we still go to Camp Sababa?
Absolutely! While our activities revolve around Jewish values and traditions, we welcome anyone who wants to have a great summer experiencing many of the joys of Portland.

If my child is sick, what should I do?
If your child is feeling sick before they come to camp, please keep them home and let us know. We look forward to welcoming them back 24 hours after their first symptom. Children who become ill during the camp day, will have their temperatures taken and parents will be notified. Depending on a case by case situation, children will either be sent home or symptoms will be treated by staff.

What if I need to cancel my registration?
Any changes or cancellations before July 25, 2017 will receive a partial refund. We will retain the $50 registration fee. Cancellations after July 25, 2017 will forfeit all fees.

Camp Sababa

Meet the Directors

Sarah R and Shoshnna
The Camp Sababa Directors when they were campers!

shoshanna16Shoshanna Pro, Co-Director

Shoshanna is so excited for another great summer on Camp Sababa’s director team! In addition to be one of the Camp Sababa directors, Shoshanna is also the Director of Youth Engagement at CBI. She has a lifetime of wonderful camp memories that helped lead her to be the Jewish educator she is today. She loves everything from the music to the lifelong friends. She believes that camp is a great way to discover more about yourself, make powerful friendships, and learn about your passions. Shoshanna thinks the magic of camp is that is helps people step outside of their comfort zone. Shoshanna hopes to share her love of camp with the campers of Camp Sababa and help them find their own reasons for loving camp. Contact Shoshanna anytime This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (503) 222-1069.

 

SarahSarah Reiter, Co-Director

Sarah has been attending summer camp since second grade. She has made some of her fondest memories as both a camper and counselor. After graduating the University of Oregon, she spent a few years on the East Coast. It was not long before the forests of Oregon started calling her name. Sarah moved back to Oregon in November of 2015, and took on the role of Education Administrator at CBI. Sarah loves that camp allows you to discover more about your true self. She hopes to guide campers on their journey to find why they love being Jewish. Sarah can’t wait until the campers get here! Contact Sarah anytime at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (503) 222-1069.

A Day in the Life at Camp Sababa

Curious what your camper will be doing this summer while at camp? Here are the answers!

7:45 am (Wishful thinking?) – Wake up.

7:50 – Shower. (They do that, right. Right?!)

8:15 – Eat breakfast consisting of granola, low fat yogurt and fruit. Maybe some spinach for good measure.

8:30 – Leave for Beth Israel.

9:00-9:15 – Arrive at Beth Israel.

9:15-9:30 – Greeted by counselors and MITs.

9:30 – Mifkad Boker (Morning Activity); Introduce theme of the day with skits and songs. Think of it as Sababa’s version of a Broadway Musical.

9:45 – Ohmanoot (Art); Creative art project.

10:15 – Z’man Sport (Sports time); Outdoor/Indoor games.

10:30 – Miznon Boker (Morning Snack).

11:00 – More fun activities, games, and songs!

11:30 – Shira (Song); Song session and dancing ensues.

12:00 pm – Aruchat Tzohorayim (Lunch)

12:45 – Z’man Eidah/Tiyulim (Time together/Trips)

2:15 – Head back to Beth Israel.

2:45 – Snircle. Snircle is a magical time/word that is the combination of snack and the closing friendship circle. Fancy food such as Veggie Straws, Pretzels and Goldfish will be served.

3:00 – Say goodbye to their new, lifelong friends as they get picked up from Beth Israel and tell their parents that they “didn’t do much”, despite having an awesomely fun day.

3 - 4:00 - MITs plan and prepare for the next, amazing day!

5:00 – Go to sleep because they are exhausted and filled with happiness. Dream about art projects, theme days, and field trips.

*Times in red are things that we hope happen at home, not at camp.

 

Sample Field Trips:

  • Oregon Zoo
  • Audubon Society
  • Oaks Park
  • SCRAP
  • Clackamas Aquatic Park
  • Sky High/G6 Air Park
  • Rock Climbing
  • Bicycle Tour
  • Swimming Pool
  • Portland fountains
  • Pump It Up
  • Wunderland
  • Bullwinkle Fun Center
  • Sauvie Island
  • Wolf Lodge
  • Washington Park
  • OMSI