The URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp offers a variety of summer options for children who have completed kindergarten and up. Our sessions provide all of our campers with the best of everything camp has to offer.

Our campers come from across the Deep South - Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Western Tennessee & the Florida Panhandle - and beyond. We place our campers into one of seven units based on the camper’s grade the school year following the summer. This way, each unit is comprised of children who are socially, physically, and developmentally on approximately the same level.

Is your child ready for sleep-away camp? Let Jacobs Camp help you find out! If you could give your child a taste of camp life, they could see how great it would be to go for a full camp session, and you would have the peace of mind to know that they can handle it. This is why we created the Kochavim Program.

Kochavim is an overnight camp experience for future campers and their families. Kochavim gives our youngest campers a taste of Jacobs life while Camp is in action. Your child (and you!) will get to see what Camp is like from the inside, and leave energized about the prospect of returning in future summers for our regular camp programs.

Kochavim campers get to experience everything great about Jacobs Camp! We plan to let your child live it all: Specialty activities, creative programming, swimming in our pool, and more. Your child will be busy experiencing camp, making friends and having fun! A group of our very best counselors - all experienced in working with young campers - will be on hand to make sure your child's experience is safe and fun.

In the Kochavim Program, parents get to experience Jacobs Camp, too! We want you to learn more about us, and to see Jacobs Camp in action. We think you'll like what you see! Parents get to tour the Camp, meet some of our key staff members, and experience lunchtime in Jacobs' dining hall. (While your child is sleeping over in a camper cabin, you are asked to make your own lodging arrangements in the vicinity of Camp for the night; we will be happy to provide you with suggestions and directions.)

Day One
1:30 - Arrive, Check-in at Cabins
2:00 - Welcome Mixer
2:45 - Activity 1
3:45 - Snack
4:00 - Prep for Dinner
5:00 - Activity 2
6:00 - Dinner & Songsession
7:00 - Evening Program
7:45 - Campfire
8:30 - Cabins In

Day Two
7:30 - Wake-up
8:10 - Breakfast
9:00 - Specialty Sampler
11:00- Free Swim
12:00 - Change Clothes
12:45- Lunch & Skits
1:30 - Closing Program
2:00 - Pack & Depart

Day One
1:30 - Arrive, Check-in at Cabins
2:00 - Parent Good-Byes, Depart

Day Two
11:15 - Parents Return to Camp
11:30 - Camp Tour
12:45- Lunch & Skits
1:30 - Closing Program
2:00 - Pack & Depart
Saturday, July 21 - Sunday, July 22, 2018

Olim is the best way to try out all of our activities and our renowned community. We cram an entire summer of fun into 10 spectacular days! Our most energetic and nurturing staff guide this group through everything from unpacking, to swimming to the dining hall to getting ready for bed. We are all about making sure that this is the most comfortable, engaging and fun filled experience you child can have! Olim is everything you expect in a summer camp – and so much more!

Jam-Packed Days: Every day includes the chance to sample so many of our specialty activities, like: Arts & Crafts, Basketball, The Blob, Canoeing, Dance, Digital Photography, Drama, Fishing, Ga-Ga, the Giant Swing, Hiking, Kickball, Music, Nature Study, Ping-pong, the Radio Station, Soccer, Tzofim (Scouting), Video, Volleyball, and the Wet Willie Waterslide. Plus time in our awesome swimming pool, a chance to learn about Judaism, time with cabin mates, a visit to the canteen, spirited song sessions, and the opportunity to interact with the rest of the camp community, including our older campers (some they may know from home) and our great staff members.

Fun-Filled Nights: Every night features a different, creative evening program. Fun & games, unusual adventures, amazing challenges - these are just a few of the element that make up Olim evening program.s Programs such as an all-camp scavenger hunt, a Magical Mystery Tour of Israel (run by our Israeli staff), Who Stole the Jacobs Magic, and A Night in the Art Room. And, don't forget Messy Night! Plus Olim campers get to spend two Shabbats at Jacobs - and, ask any Jacobs camper, and they will tell you Shabbat is their favorite day of the week!

Jacobs Counselors Make Everything Fun: Our most caring counselors are assigned to Olim bunks to provide a positive, nurturing experience. We can't explain how they do it, but Olim counselors make every moment of the day so much fun! Each day they outdo themselves - with their energy & enthusiasm, with their love & caring, with their commitment to insuring that every Olim camper has the best summer. It's worth coming to Jacobs just to be with them.

After summer is over, Olim Campers consistently talk about the great friends they made, how they were able to try out so many things they had never done before, and their fantastic counselors.

Olim A:
Sunday, June 10 - Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Olim B:
Sunday, July 8 - Wednesday, July 18, 2018
 

There is no better three-and-a-half week residential camp program available for elementary-age children than the Garin Program at Jacobs Camp. Fun and excitement permeate everything in Garin, giving campers a spirited experience they will never forget. Emphasis is placed on a well-balanced program of recreation and education, with an attentive and enthusiastic staff there to guide the way and help new-found friendship bloom. Garin offering everything you expect in a summer camp - and so much more!

New and exciting activities to try. We pride ourselves on our facility, and the myriad of things our campers can participate in here. Ever wanted to try archery or learn how to ride a mountain bike? How about radio broadcasting or scaling a 50-foot climbing tower? The list goes on! We provide all of our campers the opportunity to explore a range of interests in Aquatics, the Arts, Digital Media, Outdoor Adventure, and Sports.

Friends. Drawing our campers from all across the South, your child will meet their Jewish peers who are having the the same experiences they are - an immediate connectio nthat only gets stronger as the session progress.

Social development and Jewish self-confidence. Camp is all about exploring who you are and who you want to become. We strive to create an environment that is safe physically, emotionally and spiritually for our campers so they have the room to be everything they can. This is a great age for your kids to be in this type of environment - a place that is all about them! Under the watchful eyes of our counselors, all of whom are commited to being fantastic role models, your child will come home with more confidence to face the year ahead with ease.

Community. Every summer the grounds of Jacobs come alive as hundreds of young people from across the Deep South gather to create the most unique population around. Shabbat services by Lake Gary, Maccabiah (color war) and nightly free time and evening programs are just a few of the memorable experiences we have here. And everything we do is about building our Brit Kehillah, our holy community.

After a summer at Jacobs Camp, Garin Campers leave with great friends, tremendous inspiration, and so many memories to cherish!

Session One: Sunday, June 10 - Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Session Two: Sunday, July 8 - Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Maskilim is all about being together: together with friends, with our staff and with the Camp community as a whole. Maskilim takes campers to the next level of social devleopment, with the needs of young adolescents taken into consideration when planning programs and activities. Whether continuing their HSJ experience or just beginning it, Maskilim campers have the opportunity to truly experience the "Jacobs Magic."

Develop new skills and challenge yourself in Maskilim. Maskilim campers choose a Specialty Camp in which they participate all session long. They also get to select other multi-day specialty activities to experience, have a daily sports & recreation period, and get to swim daily in our great pool! Once a session, our Maskilim Unit take a trip out of Camp.

Lifelong friends are guaranteed. Ask anoyone who has come to Jacobs about when they made the most friends, and they will tell you its was during their summers in Maskilim. As young teens become more independent, they seek opportunities to really connect with others their own age; Maskilim encourages these relationships, seeking to insure that friendships are made, and made strong, because they were made at Camp.

Session One: Sunday, June 10 - Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Session Two: Sunday, July 8 - Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Talmidim is an amazing program for young teens. The Talmidim Program is designed with young teens in mind. Talmidim campers have input into how they spend their time at Camp, giving them the opportunity to make their experience more unique and exciting. Talmidim campers choose one Specialty Camp in which they will participate all summer long, developing advanced skills and having a great time. They also have a daily sports & recreation period, and time daily in our great swimming pool!

Talmidim campers hit the road. The dynamic multi-night field trip is always a highlight of the summer for our Talmidim campers. The trip includes great outdoor activities, and even greater opportunities to build even stronger connections with others in the unit.

Session One: Sunday, June 10 - Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Session Two: Sunday, July 8 - Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Chalutzim is an amazing program just for teens. The Chalutzim Program brings together teens with a tasted for adventure, an interest in being part of a dynamic community, and a desire to learn and grow. It is a unique and exciting way t ospend the summer at Camp.

Chalutzim is not your typical camp experience. The Chalutzim day is much different than what the rest of our campers experience. With a more free-form schedule, the program takes unique advantage of the Camp's activities and facilities, as well as of our top specialists and the many visiting professionals who pass through during the summer. Days include unique educational and recreational experiences, a sports & recreation time, and swimming. Nights include traditional Camp evening programs, as well as unique teen-oriented discussion and activities. Since 2012, the Chalutzim Program has included an intensive leadership training program - we want our participants to be well-equipped to return to their high schools, their extracurricular activities, and their youth groups, with important skills that will enable them to feel and be more successful.

The Chalutzim Village is the place to be! Chalutzim campers live in their own village, which includes the Sababa - their special teen lounge. As our oldest campers, they have certain privileges reserved only for them.

An adventure trip they will never forget. Without a doubt, the highlight of Chalutzim's summer is the high adventure trip. Chalutzim travels to North Carolina for a five-day stay at the Nantahala Outdoor Center; while there, they hike, mountain bike, kayak, white-water raft, and more - all in the beautiful setting of the Appalachian Highlands. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience, one that is made all the more special because it is done with Camp friends.

"I don't want to go home! This has been my BEST summer ever!." - Alabama Camper

"Chalutzim was my first time at Jacobs (or any camp), and I had an absolutely unforgettable, amazing time." - Louisiana Camper

Sunday, June 24 - Wednesday, August 1, 2017

TEEN PROGRAMS (GRADES 9 TO 12)

Jacobs's NFTY in Israel trip | entering grade 11
An unforgettable four weeks of personal discovery, hiking and exploration in Israel. Walk the corridors of the Old City of Jerusalem, float in the Dead Sea, hike Masada and be immersed in the warmth and uniqueness of Israel with friends from camp and NFTY.
URJ Kutz Camp | entering grades 10 to 12
Kutz brings together hundreds of the most talented and committed Reform Jewish teen leaders for a summer of fun and learning. Teens customize their own program focusing on developing skills in leadership, Jewish learning, social justice and the arts.
URJ Mitzvah Corps | entering grades 10 to 12
Expand your comfort zone and make a difference. Volunteer and immerse yourself in a new community in Central America, Israel and throughout North America as you learn about the people and culture of these communities. Be a change-maker through Mitzvah Corps’ unique hands-on experiences.