Questions about camp life, health & safety, our campers, or programs? You’ve come to the right place!
How many campers/staff are in a bunk?
What are the bunks like?
My child is so excited to come to camp, especially to be in a bunk with their best friend! Can they request each other?
My child doesn’t know other campers coming to Camp Kingswood; how will my child join the community?
What happens if my child is homesick?
What should my child pack for the summer?
Can my child bring a phone? What technology is allowed at camp?
What is a typical day like?
Can I visit my child during the camp season?
What does it mean now that Camp Kingswood is under new leadership?
It’s an exciting time at Camp Kingswood! After having been under the auspices of the JCC of Greater Boston since the 90s, Kingswood is now privately owned by former Kingswood director Mitch Morgan, and former Kingswood consultant, Jodi Sperling. Mitch and Jodi bring a combined 35+ years of camp directing experience, and they’ve shared a dream of owning a Jewish overnight camp for as long as they’ve known each other! They bring new energy, passion, and experience to camp. Most importantly for Kingswood, camp is now their only focus. No longer a department of a larger agency, or part of a group of camps or movement, Mitch and Jodi can make decisions about what’s best for Camp Kingwood and Kingswood families based just on that – Kingswood families! There are no competing interests and no higher priorities. Just Kingswood, all the time. Just chat with them on the phone and you’ll hear it right away. They live and breathe camp!
Jodi and Mitch were drawn to Kingwood because of the character, culture and landscape of Camp Kingswood, and while they bring excitement and vision, they hold a strong loyalty to the program and people who come before them. While there is new leadership for 2020, our returning campers and staff will experience all the amazing parts of Kingswood they know and love. Our returning families already know this, as they’ve seen first-hand our continued commitment to camper scholarships and first time camper grants, and our extention of our Zohar program for campers with special needs to include a new, longer, 3-week option, confirming our commitment to helping any child have a Jewish camp experience.
Our full-time team includes long-time Kingswood veterans, Facility Director Ethan Fellows (12 summers!) and Assistant Director Jon Ferris (6 summers!). Our seasonal team includes many lifers who have grown up at Kingswood, and even some whose children are now campers!
Health & Safety
How do you handle medications for campers?
Do you require vaccinations?
What precautions are you taking in terms of COVID-19?
Can Camp Kingswood accommodate my child’s special dietary needs?
How many campers does Camp Kingswood have each summer?
Where do campers come from?
How do campers get to camp?
What does it mean to be a Jewish camp? What is Shabbat like at camp?
Camp Kingswood is non-denominational Jewish camp. We have campers who identify as no denomination, Reconstructionist, Reform, Conservative, secular, modern Orthodox, or anything in between! We have campers for whom camp is their only Jewish experience all year, and others who attend Jewish day school and keep Kosher at home. Regardless of where they’re coming from, at Camp Kingswood, they are entering a camp that that values every child regardless of their observances and practices, where they are not judged for what they do or do not do or believe. We believe most Jewish spaces in 2021 for kids are not kid-centered, and are not in line with the values and interests of many families. We want our Jewish community to feel like a meaningful and non-judgemental space where someone can explore what Judaism means to them – whether they’re 8 or 18, male or female, knowledgeable or new to the conversation.
Our Jewish program is designed to give kids a positive and meaningful connection to Judaism, whether that come during a crazy, spirited song session, during a peaceful, introspective moment of Shabbat services, while learning the value of ba’al taschit working in our garden (protecting the environment) or during an experiential program about social justice and tikkun olam (making the world a better place).
Ritual life at camp is designed to be accessible and camper-led. Each week a different group of camper works with our staff to pick a Shabbat theme based on that week’s Torah portion, and then lead all the songs, poems, prayers and skits that comprise our interactive Shabbat service. Many campers say camp is the only place they like going to services, and who can blame them? Check out our Camp Chapel in our Virtual Tour.