About Camp

There’s the smell of fresh air. The sun shining brightly.  The warm air and temperatures rising. It must be that time of year again!

Adults know what’s coming, but children know it best as their teachers wish them future success in all their endeavors. That’s right, it’s time for summer!  For 3 glorious months there will be no worry of school, homework, or snow.

Best of all, it’s time for Camp Raanana, where the best summer memories are made!

Children as young as age 5, can enjoy a terrific summer day camp experience at the amazing Michigan United Conservation Club’s (MUCC) Out of Doors Center at Cedar Lake in Chelsea, MI, and at the JCC. The fun begins each day as our enthusiastic staff greet each and every child to get them geared up for a full day of new experiences and exciting activities.

It’s a healthy balance of structured and free play time along with plenty of peer interaction. A great group of caring, involved, and engaged counselors provide constant supervision.  Camp Director, Rachel Saslove Bair, coordinates all activities while leading her professional, highly trained, and experienced staff.

As your child grows, so does their Camp Raanana experience.  For example, while at Cedar Lake, those in grades K-2 have planned activities throughout the day, and 3-5th graders have a “choice period” in which they pick an activity at the beginning of the week and stick with it. A great example of this is Advanced Art.

One of the highlights of the Camp Raanana experience is spending an overnight at Cedar Lake. There aren’t many day camps offering that kind of fun!

Finding it a difficult to occupy your middle schooler or teen? Camp Raanana has a leadership program for 6th-8th graders, and a Counselor-In-Training  program for 9th-10th graders.   The Ozrim program (our CIT program)  offers fun, leadership training, and hands-on experience.  This program has proven that the necessary skills to become a successful counselor can be learned through being an Ozo.

Camp Raanana Mission Statement

Camp Raanana is a pluralistic Jewish day camp that strives to create a transformative and fun summer experience.  We provide each camper and staff member a safe environment that nurtures identity, builds character, and promotes a true sense of community.

Our Core Values

At Camp Raanana we are surrounded by a natural beauty in the truest sense.  The trees that line our camp each have stories of growth and development not unlike each of our campers and staff.  Our trees, not unlike ourselves, are firmly rooted.  Our shorashim (roots), or foundation, was planted upon the ideals of Identity (zehoot), Character (ofi), and Community (kehila).   Our anafim (branches) grow from these roots and help support our campers and staff on their own journey.  These branches are the central values for our camp community.  We make time to accentuate our six branches every day and in doing so, they become something even more valuable to us:  the skills we use to traverse an ever-growing and developing world.

Our six branches are:

Ruach – רוח (ruach)*loose English translation is “spirit”

Friendship – חברות (chevrut)

Independence –עצמאות  (atzma’ut)

Creativity – יצירה(yetzirah)

Kavod – כבוד (kavod) *loose English translation is “respect”

Kindness – חסד (chesed)

JCC of Greater Ann Arbor Mission Statement

To enhance Jewish identity, culture, and values for the community, through a wide range of resources and excellent programming.

JCCA of North America

The JCC Association of North America is the continental umbrella organization for the Jewish Community Center Movement, which includes more than 350 JCCs, YM-YWHAs, and camp sites in the U.S. and Canada.

JCC Association offers a wide range of services and resources to help its affiliates to provide educational, cultural, social, Jewish identity-building, and recreational programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.

JCC Association supports the largest network of Jewish early childhood centers and Jewish summer camps in North America, and is also a U.S. government accredited agency for serving the religious and social needs of Jewish military personnel through JWB Jewish Chaplains Council.

Licensing

The camp program is licensed by the Department of Human Services.  The program is operated on a not-for-profit basis as a service to families of Ann Arbor and the surrounding area.  Michigan Licensing rules enforce a strict School Age ratio of 1 teacher to 18 campers.  The JCC of Greater Ann Arbor strives to maintain a 1:10 ratio.

The camp program is mandated by the Child Protection Law and will report to the Child Protective services, any suspected cases of child abuse, neglect, child sexual abuse or sexual exploitation.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Child Protection Law, and the program’s reporting guidelines, please speak to the director.