The Ins & Outs
Each year, Camp Raanana takes the day camping world by storm by offering fun nearly every day of the summer (excluding 4th of July and weekends)! It simply doesn’t get much better than this!
We offer 8 weeks (each week is a 1 session) at our Chelsea location (including 4 optional overnights), and 1 week at the JCC.
For camp dates, visit our calendar.
Camp Raanana @ Cedar Lake
Camp Raanana @ Cedar Lake takes place for the first 8 weeks of summer at the Michigan United Conservation Club’s (MUCC) Out of Doors Center at Cedar Lake in Chelsea, MI from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.
The camp day starts by meeting at the JCC, hoping on the bus, and heading to Chelsea for a short 30 minute drive, all while singing songs and playing games. When the bus arrives, campers recite the Pledge of Allegiance and Hatikvah, Israel’s national anthem. Campers then break in to their groups and begin the day. Monday through Thursday’s schedule stays the same, while on Friday, we switch it up!
- Kayaking (3rd grade and up)
- Canoeing (Kindergarten and up)
- Red Cross certified swim lessons
- Sports and games including the Gaga, dodgeball, and soccer
- Arts and crafts
- Nature hikes
- Music and rhythm
- Story time
- Daily snack time (healthy, both nut & meat-free)
- Chugim (Free time)
- And more!
*In the event or rain or inclement weather, camp will take place at the JCC. Camp will never be cancelled.
Element “J” @ Camp
Camp Raanana is a great place for both Jews and non-Jews alike. It’s also a great place to learn about Element “J”. We incorporate the “J” of Jewish life into the daily camp experience through a celebration of Jewish themes in music, games, art, and camp values such as Tikkun Olam, or repairing the world.
Location and Transportation
The JCC provides school bus transportation to and from Cedar Lake each day. When your camper arrives in the morning, they will have a designated area and sign where they will line up with their counselors and get ready for another exciting day.
Click here for the map location of the Michigan United Conservation Club’s (MUCC) Out of Doors Center at Cedar Lake in Chelsea, MI. Camp is a short 30 minute drive from the JCC.
The bus leaves promptly at 9:00 AM. No exceptions.
Theme Thursdays take place once a week on Thursday’s. Campers, CIT’s, and staff have the opportunity to dress up and/or participate in a special activity which is fun for all ages!
Theme Thursdays include “Superhero Day”, “Pajama Day” (complete with a doughnut), and of course, the Annual Camp Raanana’s Got Talent! (formerly Camp Raanana Talent Show).
To find out what theme days we will be doing this year, check out our Theme Thursdays page!
Overnights are one of the things that 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 three overnights to all campers, but we can!
To find out more about the Camp Raanana overnights, visit our overnights page!
Friday’s & Shabbat
On Friday’s, we like to switch it up!
Instead our normal schedule, we have a kosher hot dog lunch (for purchase only), free swim, and Shabbat at the Lake at the amphitheater overlooking Cedar Lake to finish out the week.
What is included in a kosher hot dog lunch?
Many families choose to purchase a hot dog lunch once a week for their camper. If you have not yet signed your camper up for hot dog lunch, you may do so up to 24 hours in advance by logging in to your JCC account, registering, and paying.
This meal is $5/meal/camper and includes:
• Up to 2 kosher or veggie hot dogs (this is indicated at registration)
• Up to 2 pickle slices
*Although the hot dogs themselves are kosher, the grill they are cooked on, is not.
*If your camper will not be eating hot dog lunch, make sure to pack a cold lunch as usual.
What is Shabbat at the Lake?
Families are invited to join us each Friday beginning at 2:00 PM at the amphitheater overlooking Cedar Lake. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and potential camper families are all invited. When you arrive, a staff member will direct you to our beautiful amphitheater overlooking Cedar Lake. You may then find your camper and sit with them for skits, songs, prayers, challah, grape juice boxes, and snacks as we welcome in the Jewish Sabbath.
You may then take your camper home right from camp (just make sure you sign out with their counselor first)! Those whose parents or guardians cannot make it, will be transported back to the JCC on the bus. We can’t wait to see you there!
Camp Raanana @ the J
Camp Raanana @ The J takes place for 2 weeks after Camp @ Cedar Lake ends. We are happy to offer many of the same activities at the J that we do at Cedar Lake.
- Swimming at the Spruce Knob pool across the street (life jackets available for those who need)
- Sports games including Gaga, dodgeball, and soccer
- Arts and crafts
- Choice activities
- Free time in the KidZone Lounge
- Movie of the day
- Daily snacktime (healthy, both nut and meat-free)
- And more!
Pre & Post Camp
We know that not all families are on the same schedule and we like to accommodate that. For these reasons, we offer Pre and Post Camp at the JCC:
- Pre Camp (7:30-9:00 AM)
- Post Camp (4:00-6:00 PM)
Pre and Post Camp must be registered for separetely.
*Snacks are not provided during this time*
Staff are put through a rigorous interview process with the director and assistant director, and must pass a background check as well as checked in the Michigan Central Registry Clearance before being offered a position at Camp Raanana.
Staff are also put through a week-long training prior to the start of camp to ensure they are properly trained.
All staff must be First Aid/CPR/AED trained and certified before they can work at camp.
We believe it is extremely important to keep all parents and guardians updated on all things camp.
Throughout the week, you may receive an email or two from the director or assistant director with reminders from things like the theme day, remembering to pack bug repellent, Shabbat at the Lake, or changes in schedule.
Then, at the end of each week, you will receive an email from the director on all of the happenings from the week, complete with pictures.
Just as communication is important, so is your camper’s health. After registering, you will receive your registration packet which is required for attendance at camp Raanana.
This site will allow you to put in all of your camper’s health information and update it as the summer goes on (including contact information). This information is required for every camper. Those who do not have health information on file will not be allowed to attend camp.
What better way to show camp spirit then to get a camp t-shirt!
When you register you, you will be asked for your camper t-shirt size. You have the opportunity to pick up your camp t-shirt before camp on Thursday, June 15 from 6:00-7:00 PM at the J. Or, your camper will receive it on their first day of camp.
Camp t-shirts are included in your overall fees, are worn on Friday’s!
*Don’t forget to label your camper’s t-shirt and all belongings! A ‘lost & found’ will be on display at least twice during the summer to pick up lost items. Unclaimed items will be donated.
We are excited you have chosen Camp Raanana as your child’s summer destination for fun. To find out how to become part of our family and register for all of this summer’s fun, visit our fees & registration page!