Overnights are one of the things which makes Camp Raanana so special. There’s an extra snack, free swim, campfire, s’mores, and a delicious, nutritious breakfast to begin the next day. Not many day camps can brag that they offer 3 overnights to all campers, but we can!
Just like every summer, we are again offering 4 optional overnight camping opportunities for grades K-5 (Atid Campers and Ozrim are allowed to attend and help out).
Campers may choose to attend one or all of the overnights. Spots are limited to 30 participants (no exception). If spots fill up and you are unable to register in time, you will be put on a waiting list.
Campers do not have to attend camp the week of the overnight to participate, but they must be enrolled for camp at some point during the current summer.
Overnights will be held at camp on Thursdays. In the case of severe inclement weather, overnights will be held at the JCC as a “lock-in”, complete with campfire and s’mores (parents & guardians will be informed if this is to happen). Campers attending camp the week of the overnight must bring all their supplies the morning of the overnight to the JCC, as they will not be returning at the end of the camp day. Overnight participants who are not attending camp that week should be dropped off at Cedar Lake by 4:30 PM and picked up by 9:00 AM.
What to Pack
We know this may be the first sleep-away experience for your camper, and we want to make it as comfortable as possible. Here are the essentials your camper should have:
• Sleeping bag and pillow
• Extra swimsuit
• Long sleeved t-shirt/sweatshirt
• Long pants
• Close-toed shoes
• Clothes for the following day
• Rain coat (if rain is predicted)
• Warm coat (if low overnight temperatures are predicted)
*Don’t forget to label all of your camper’s belongings! A ‘lost & found’ will be on display at least twice during the summer to pick up lost items. Unclaimed items will be donated.
What Goes on at an Overnight
After the rest of the campers leave for the day, overnight campers set up tents, go boating, have a “choice period” (it’s all in the name), eat a chicken patty dinner, enjoy a lengthy free swim, listen to stories around the campfire, make s’mores, before settling in for the night.
Campers will be provided with breakfast the next morning complete with cereal, milk, juice, pancakes and fruit, before having one more “choice period”, and will get ready to start another day (a hot dog lunch will be provided for them at camp for lunch at no extra cost).
Staff members are assigned to tents with younger campers, and a staff member is awake at all times during the duration of the night hours. The director or assistant director will always have their phones on them in case of emergency.
Your camper’s health counts after the bus leaves. If you have any health concerns, or there are any medications your camper needs to take at night or in the morning, please let us know and we will make sure they receive them.
You may register for overnights when registering your child for camp. Spaces available per overnight with an available wait list (not including CIT’s): 30.