URJ Camp George Mission Statement
Camp George is the Reform Jewish Movement’s only Canadian camp. Since its inaugural season in 1999 Camp George has offered the best in Reform Jewish Camping blended with the rich history and tradition of the Ontario Residential Camp experience. Through informal Jewish education, the Arts, a state-of-the-art Waterfront program, an intense Ropes Challenge Course, and great athletic facilities, Camp George offers campers an experience of a lifetime. Campers gain independence, develop fabulous friendships, and establish an identification with their Judaism and the Jewish values that weave their way through the entire camp program.
History of Camp George
Since 1951, when the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) opened its first camp in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Reform Jewish camping has been an integral part of the Reform Jewish experience in North America. For years without a camp at home, dozens of Canadian campers would travel each summer to one of the URJ’s eleven premier camping facilities throughout the United States. In 1999 a fifteen year old dream became a reality when the URJ opened its first and only Canadian camp – Camp George.
Camp George Today
Since its opening Camp George has served thousands of campers and has played a significant role in the strengthening of the Reform Jewish movement in Canada. Camp George enables Canadian Jewish youth to participate in Reform Jewish camping while enjoying the beauty and serenity of the Northern Ontario camping experience. At Camp George, Jewish youth from all over Canada and the United States participate in a unique camping experience that blends the best of Reform camping with the historic traditions of Ontario camping. Within this community participants forge life-long friendships and experience a truly transformative Jewish experience.
Camp George offers campers, ranging in age from 7-16, opportunities to learn new skills, meet new friends, and develop their own Jewish identity. Camp offers a wide array of activities which focus on recreation, fun, cooperation and skill building. Our creative arts program, magnificent waterfront, state of the art Ropes Challenge Course, and various athletic facilities serve as backdrops for teaching, creating, growing and exploring – allowing us to meet the needs of every camper. A summer at Camp George is a summer like none other!
Currently, there are 14 URJ camps throughout North America that serve more than 8000 campers each summer.