Who goes to Camp Zeke? And some winter updates!

Who goes to Camp Zeke? And some winter updates!

February 23, 2018 8:18 pm

New families can get up to $1,400 off the 1st summer.
Email us, call 212-913-9783, or schedule a call on Calendly (we’ll call you).


Dear friends:

All year-round, our staff is dedicated to the camp’s mission of celebrating healthy, active living through fitness, cooking, sports and delicious food made from scratch. We spend the entire winter planning all the little details of our amazing summers. It’s been a busy few months!

Lucy, our Program Director, has been putting the finishing touches on this summer’s program, including color war, nightly evening activities and visiting performers, and field trips; George, our Director of Facilities, has been working on some exciting new additions to our beautiful site, including two new teaching kitchens; Laurie, our Executive Manager, has been putting together the most amazing menu our campers have ever seen; Rachel, our Operations Director, has been making lots of introductions between new campers, so they’ll already know a friendly face before the summer starts; and we (Lisa and Isaac) have been meeting with some wonderful families all over the country.

Although it’s only February, we already have several hundred campers enrolled for 2018! That means a number of closed bunks, and many others with only a spot or two left. So if you’re planning to join Camp Zeke this summer, please let us know soon!

Feel free to email us, call 212-913-9783, or book a call using Calendly.

Warmest regards,
Lisa and Isaac

p.s. Want to know more about the people mentioned above and the rest of our dedicated staff? Just visit the Leadership page of our website where you can read everyone’s bios.


What types of campers attend Camp Zeke?

When we came up with the idea for Camp Zeke back in 2010, we wanted to start a camp that reflected the way we live our own lives. We cook delicious, organic foods together, find unique ways to stay fit and active, and love being part of a joyful Jewish community.

While those values are the thread that weaves the whole program together, families come to us for so many different reasons:

  1. Many campers are drawn to our elective program. They love the idea of creating their day based on their interests! Whether they want to cook, make art, hike, swim, lift weights, play sports against other camps, or join a circus show, our schedule let’s them choose! 
  2. Some of our campers want to have an active summer without playing sports all summer. Because we offer so many fitness electives, they can dance, run, swim, zen out in yoga, hike, train in martial arts, lift weights, perform in circus, and choose from countless other options without having to play team sports. 
  3. Other campers love sports and want to build skills and play games in a laid-back environment that isn’t overly competitive. Since it’s all about electives, they can do that too! We offer soccer, basketball, baseball/softball, volleyball and tennis.
  4. Of course, many of our campers are aspiring chefs and love to cook! With three teaching kitchens in the coming summer, they’ll be able to gain cooking skills and make some amazing dishes. To see everything our young chefs made in culinary arts last summer, check out our latest cookbook.
  5. Many of our campers love the idea of joining a newer camp! Here’s the deal: About 80% of our families return each summer. We’ve also been growing every year. Last year we welcomed 100 brand new campers, and this year we are welcoming 100 more brand new campers. Since so many campers are new or were new very recently, everybody remembers what it’s like, and that makes for a very welcoming community. The nicest part is that we have about 280 campers per session, which means that every campers knows every other camper and every staff member. It’s like a big family! 
  6. Many of our campers want to join a mission-aligned, like-minded community. Our families tell us that our campers are down to earth and camp is a kind and gentle environment that’s very welcoming of campers with a wide variety of interests and skills.
  7. Some of our campers really like that our bunks are heated and air conditioned, and a bit less rustic than bunks at other camps. Of course, camp is a very campy place and we’re on 500 acres in the spectacular Pocono Mountains. Our bunks are just a little… different… than what some parents might remember from their days of walking to the camp shower house. (Yes, our private bathrooms and showers are inside each bunk!) 
  8. And of course, many families are drawn to our delicious, made-from-scratch, ridiculously good food! We’ve completely redefined the concept of camp food. Our families eat healthy foods made from scratch at home — why shouldn’t campers eat the same foods at camp?


Meet Us in YOUR Neighborhood 

Want to talk camp? We schedule home visits, video calls, phone calls, and camp tours all winter long. This weekend, we happen to be in six different states! Already have plans for the weekend? No worries! We’ll be back. 

To set something up, please email us, call 212-913-9783, or schedule a call on Calendly (and we’ll call you).

Catch us in your hometown:

  • Feb 24 – West Palm Beach, FL  |  Whippany, NJ
  • Feb 25 – Gaithersburg, MD  |  Baltimore, MD  |  South Orange, NJ | Mamaroneck, NY
  • February 27 – New York, NY
  • February 28 – Scarsdale, NY | Harrison, NY 
  • March 1 – Brooklyn, NY | Greenwich, CT
  • March 8 – Springfield, NJ
  • March 10 – Summit, NJ | Great Neck, NY
  • March 11- Camp tours!
  • March 13 – New Rochelle, NY | Rye, NY
  • March 19 – Baltimore, MD
  • March 20 – Baltimore, MD

Just be in touch and we’ll send details!


Camp Zeke is the first and only Jewish overnight camp where 7 to 17 year-olds celebrate healthy, active living through whole foods, culinary arts, fitness, and sports. Learn more at campzeke.orgemail questions@campzeke.org, or call 212.913.9783

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