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The Kalsman Experience

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The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) opened its first camp in 1951 in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Since then, residential summer camping has been an integral part of the Reform Jewish experience in North America. Before Camp Kalsman was built, Northwest campers would travel each summer to one of the URJ’s twelve premier camping facilities throughout the United States. The dream of a camp in the Northwest became a reality in 2007 when we welcomed our first generation of campers.

Camp Kalsman campers live, play, learn, and pray with other young Jews, creating lifelong friendships and shaping their Jewish identities. Whether climbing the tower or learning the Havdalah prayers, all campers pride themselves on their accomplishments at Camp Kalsman. We emphasize personal growth and positive self-image. It is important that our campers feel good about themselves and have fun! Our staff create an exciting and engaging Jewish atmosphere for all campers. 

Since opening in 2007, hundreds of campers ranging from second grade through twelfth grade have had a chance to experience a Kalsman summer. We offer our campers a wide variety of activity choices that allow them to exercise their bodies, their minds, their creativity and their hearts. Camp Kalsman's 300 beautiful acres offer a great balance of education and recreation. Our campers learn new skills and hone existing ones in athletic, aquatic, artistic, and nature programs. We practice active Jewish education, which incorporates Judaism into many different activities. A summer at Camp Kalsman is an unforgettable religious, cultural, recreational and emotional experience; it is the place for a summer of fun, friendships of a lifetime, and an unparalleled Jewish experience. Camp Kalsman is the premiere Jewish camp in the Pacific Northwest. We can't wait to welcome you home this summer!

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