Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
Who attends Camp Tavor?
Children entering 3rd through 11th grades are welcome at Tavor. We also have a counselor in training program called Madatz for campers entering 12th grade. We welcome campers practicing all different kinds of Judaism at Tavor. We have chanichimot (campers) that are affiliated with Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Orthodox synagogues, as well as many who are not affiliated with a synagogue at all. Chanichimot are welcome to observe their Judaism in whatever way is important to them. If a camper is passionate about integrating prayer or ritual practice more deeply into their camp schedule our madrichimot (counselors) are more than happy to work with that camper to make their vision of Judaism at camp a reality.
Tell me about supervision at camp.
We have a very good counselor to camper ratio at Tavor, usually around one counselor for every four to five campers. All structured activities have multiple madrichimot (counselors) supervising them. At night, there is always a counselor in the shetach (living area), and counselors sleep in the same tents or cabins as the campers. Throughout the night several counselors make rounds of the entire camp multiple times to ensure everyone is safe and comfortable in their tents or cabins.
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.
Can you accommodate my camper's food allergy?
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. If your camper has any food allergies or other special food needs, please include all dietary restrictions on their health form and we will work closely with you to ensure we can accommodate your camper’s dietary needs.
How will my camper get to and from camp?
Round trip bus transportation to Camp Tavor is available for campers from Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Detroit. The round-trip bus fee is $150 for one camper. The round-trip bus fee for any additional campers from the same family is $100. One-way transportation for all campers is $75. Transportation from Madison, Champaign, or other midwest cities may be available for specific sessions based on demand. Please contact the camp office to discuss these possibilities
Tell me about the Camp Tavor counselors.
Tavor counselors are known for their boundless energy, huge hearts, passionate idealism, and smarts. Alumni of Camp Tavor, Habonim Dror leadership programs, and our counselors create a curriculum meant to inspire and develop camper leadership skills. Most of our staff are college-aged or older. Our youngest counselors are recent high school graduates. The vast majority of Tavor counselors were campers themselves at Tavor and many of them have spent significant time in Israel. Tavor also has several summer shlichim (educational emissaries) from Israel to create a living link between campers in America and their chaverim (friends) in Israel. All of our counselors go through a serious application process and are personally interviewed. There is a mandatory
12-day training orientation immediately prior to camp.
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.
Can my camper do laundry during the session?
We send our laundry out to be done at a facility once a session. The laundry usually comes back the next day folded, clean, and ready to wear. As a way of ensuring that each camper ends up with their clothes at the end of the session, we require all campers to label their clothing with their full name.
Where will my camper shower?
Chanichimot (campers) at Tavor shower according to gender in communal showers. There are 4 main bathrooms with showers in amelimot, the bonimot/garinimot shetach (living area), bogrimot/madatz, and one for the chotrimot. The bathroom in chotrimot is also attached to the pool and used by all to shower before and after swimming.
Tavor cultivates an atmosphere of body positivity, with the goal that all members of the Tavor community feel comfortable in their own bodies! With this atmosphere, and attentive supervision, communal showers are a positive and safe space for all. Communal showers at Tavor are the site of many fun singing parties, and quality time with other chanichimot!
Sometimes chanichimot are not ready for communal showers, that’s ok. We want to ensure everyone is comfortable and clean, so we accommodate chanichimot by working with them to find a time for them to shower without others, like right before bed or during free time.