Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cancellation and or refund policy for Summer 2021


In developing our cancellation policy for this year, we’ve made an effort to honor the uncertainty of this time and also the need to invest in critical camp improvements to prepare for a historic summer.

  • Cancellations prior to March 31st: Everything is refundable.
  • Cancellations between March 16 and March 31st: Everything is refundable.
  • Cancellations between April 1 and April 30th: Everything is refundable except $500.
  • Cancellations that occur after May 1 and before the program start will be assessed half of the camp fee, with exceptions made in the case of cancellations due to medical need.
  • Once the camp program begins, no refunds will be granted for cancellations.
If Camp Tavor cancels the camp session (due to Covid-19 or any other reason), all fees will be fully refundable.




Is there a change to registration and deposits?


Yes. Registrations are not complete until program fees or deposits are made. Prior to processing registration for a Camp Tavor program, accounts are reviewed for outstanding balances. Registration cannot be processed until past-due balances are reconciled or a payment plan is put into place. When choosing to pay for programming by credit card, a 3% non-refundable convenience charge will be applied. Deposits can be paid by Credit Card or Debit Card when completing the application. Space will be limited at Camp Tavor this summer due to Covid 19, and deposits are required to hold your space. Deposit Details: $500 for Programs 2 Weeks or Longer $250 for Programs Shorter than 2 weeks $250 if you plan to apply for financial aid. Campers registered during the Early Bird window, before January 31, 2021, will receive our new, limited edition Camp Tavor blanket as a gift to keep you warm and cozy this winter while waiting for an extraordinary summer at camp. Campers with credits from 2020 will be eligible for the blanket as soon as their 2021 registration is finalized in CampinTouch and their minimum deposit is paid. Scholarship Assistance Families applying for scholarship assistance provide a deposit of $250 at the time of registration. If scholarship assistance is not awarded or declined and your child will not attend Tavor, then the deposit is refundable less a $25 processing fee.




There are new payment options available in 2021.


Families registering online have four payment options: Pay in full at time of registration Pay in two equal installments - the 2nd Friday on the month following the registration date and the final payment on May 14th. Pay in equal monthly installments (the 2nd Friday of the month) from the date of registration, with the final payment on May 14th. If applying for scholarship assistance, pay $200 per month per camper, starting in January, until the camp scholarship is awarded. Once the award is applied to the camp balance, the remaining balance will be paid in equal monthly installments on the 2nd Friday of the month, with the final payment on May 14th. Payments after the deposit can be made by credit card, debit card or check. *Please note that by completing this application, you are giving Camp Tavor permission to charge the credit card on file for the balance on your account on May 14. Please contact Camp Tavor (office@camptavor.org) to discuss an alternative payment plan.




Is there a health clinic at Camp Tavor


Yes! We have a fully staffed and stocked wellness center at Tavor called the mirpa’ah (or marp for short) with a waiting area, an exam room, and many bedrooms for campers to stay overnight if necessary. Campers come to the mirpa’ah after meals to take any medicine they might need and to check in with the nurses to ensure that they are in good health. The mirpa’ah is air-conditioned and staffed 24/7 in case of emergency. We have two healthcare professionals present at Tavor during the summer, at least one of whom is a registered nurse and is present and available 24/7. There is an urgent care facility ten minutes away from camp for anything our on-site nurses can’t handle. Three Rivers hospital is less than 5 minutes from camp for any emergencies that may arise. Every year, we work closely with local fire and police stations to ensure camp is safe and that we have effective emergency procedures in place. You will be contacted by one of our nurses if your child is taken out of camp for a medical reason, if they have to stay in the mirpa’ah (wellness center) overnight, or if any other serious medical conditions arise.




Does Camp Tavor keep kosher?


Kosher dietary laws (kashrut) are observed in the purchase, preparation, and serving of all food at Camp Tavor, though we do not have a mashgiach (religious inspector) supervising our kitchen. Three balanced and filling meals are served each day at Tavor. In addition, the campers are served healthy snacks in the afternoon. Soy nut butter and jelly, fruit, milk, cold juice, and bread are always available. We can accommodate many special diets and allergies.




Are vaccinations required to attend Camp Tavor.


Yes. The health and safety of our campers is the priority of Camp Tavor and the vaccination of all members of the community is essential in order to maintain a safe environment and decrease the risk of transmission of preventable illnesses. Please click here to read more about the rules and exemptions.




What is podding and why is it needed?


We will be taking many precautions to reduce the risk of the virus getting into camp, but there is no way to 100% guarantee it. Based on what we’re learning from medical experts and the broader camping field, including from camps that operated successfully in summer 2020, it is necessary to limit contact between groups of campers to ensure that there is not an outbreak at camp. Podding means that a group of kids and their counselors stay together for all parts of the day - sharing a cabin, learning, meals, and recreational activities, with very limited contact with other groups. We are exploring podding models where a few pods are grouped together for some activities. These activities are all outdoors and allow for distancing. This model would allow kids to have interaction beyond their pod, have more choices in their activities during the day, and still maintain everyone’s safety. Of course, the better testing quality and availability becomes, the less strict podding may need to be.




Do you offer financial aid?


At Tavor, we strive to create an affordable and accessible enriching summer camp experience, but we know that scholarships, financial aid, and grants are critical to maintaining that accessibility. We’ve compiled a variety of resources – national, regional, and local – that we hope will be helpful to you as you plan for your summer at camp. First-time campers may be eligible for up to $1000 off of camp tuition through the One Happy Camper Grant! Head over to our financial aid page to learn more. We are also happy to create payment plans that begin upon registration to enable families to make monthly payments towards tuition.




Can you accomodate my child's food allergy?


Yes, Camp Tavor can accomodate most child food allergies, please be sure to include all dietary restrictions on the camper care health form and we will work closely with you to ensure we can accommodate your camper’s dietary needs. Tavor is a completely peanut free and nut sensitive camp. There are no peanuts or food processed in facilities that process peanuts allowed at camp. We do not serve foods with other nuts in them, however, some ingredients we use may be processed in facilities with other nuts or have traces of other nuts in them.




What is kupah?


Kupah literally translates from Hebrew to “cash register.” At Tavor, we translate it as “cooperative fund.” Kupah is one of the ways in which we integrate elements of cooperative living into the camp life. All campers pool funds and then decide as a democratic community how to use those funds. Through the practice of kupah, campers learn about sharing, teamwork, compromise, democracy, and budgeting! Kupah funds are used as a central canteen from which campers can draw personal necessities such as toiletries, stationery, etc. The fund can also be used for special treats as decided by the campers.




Does my child need to speak Hebrew?


No! The Hebrew we use at camp is very simple and easy to understand. Campers pick up the Hebrew very quickly and return home able to integrate it into their everyday lives. Our campers and counselors are always happy to ensure everyone understands the Hebrew used at camp. Sometimes the Hebrew that we use at camp is purely conversational and other times, it is Hebrew that has evolved within the Habonim Dror movement and is more unique to our own community. We always work to provide English translation in our materials (including our website) to ensure that everyone, long-time Tavor families and new families, can engage in the enriching way we use Hebrew at Tavor.