In partnership with our retreat center, we offer several programs throughout the year at our lovely 270 acre campus. In response to COVID-19 we created Cabins@Capital so families could enjoy camp safely. Over the years we have also offered a traditional summer family camp, a Buddie-Zadie family camp (for kids and their grandparents), mother/daughter, father/son weekends and more. Food service under kosher supervision, and our executive chef creates delicious and nutritious options for all. Everything is included – food, accommodations, program, fun and memories. These retreats make it possible for everyone to have the opportunity to experience the magic that happens at Capital Camps.
Although we do not have any family retreats planned at this time, stay tuned for further dates!
What is Cabins@Capital?
It is time for a change of scenery! Step away from the everyday; restore, rejuvenate and reenergize! We are offering two weekends for families to enjoy the outdoors, together, in a safe/physically distanced environment with Cabins@Capital!
This past summer and fall were like no other for Capital Camps & Retreat Center. We had the rare opportunity to open our beautiful 270 acre campus and cabins for 92 families to enjoy.
Only 75 minutes from the Greater Washington area and Baltimore you will find yourself surrounded by the stunning Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Mountains of Pennsylvania. We are offering two stays in May. Enjoy our serene lake, choose among a fleet of activities, and soak up all that nature has to offer.
The Cabins@Capital Experience and Activities:
Our 270-acre campus, normally the site of camp and retreats, is perfectly designed to host these special outdoor experiences. Our staff has over 30 years’ experience pairing fun with safety. Come play, explore or simply relax with your loved ones by your side. Following guidelines established by the local government officials, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Camp Association (ACA), we have the expertise to offer an entire fleet of activities for you to enjoy.
Activities and Amenities:
- Go boating or fishing at our pristine lake
- Supervised archery range
- Spend time reading next to the lake
- Create art projects as well as Judaic Keepsakes
- Hike through our 270-acre campus
- Play sports including baseball, soccer or tennis
- Relax with self-guided yoga
- Utilize our Judaic meditation guide
- Enjoy camp games of 9 square in the air, gaga and tetherball
- Explore our various nature hikes
- Bring your bike for a challenging hilly ride
- Pitch a tent to sleep under the sky
- Enjoy an outdoor Shabbat and Havdalah activities
- Wifi available
- Enjoy evening family activities
- Roast Marshmallows and make s’mores at family campfire
Prior to your arrival, you will have an opportunity to indicate the activities of most interest to your family and together we will build your personalized experience!
Our staff will provide supervision of activity areas, and we’ll work with you in advance to determine whether you’re more comfortable bringing your own athletic gear (for safety) or using Camp equipment which we’ll sanitize after each use.
During your stay, you will enjoy our comfortable cabin accommodations and kosher meals and snacks, certified by Star-K.
Accommodations and Meals:
Our facility serves as a home for close to 1000 campers and staff and over 100 community and national retreats each year. We are excited to host your family! Each family will have private space. Lodging will be in either one of our beautiful cabins or Lodge rooms.
Cabins includes a bathroom with showers, electricity, ceiling fans, and bunkbeds. Our cabins can accommodate your entire family, up to 8 individuals. For those of you who are familiar with Capital Camps, we’ll be using cabins located in our Benjamin and Reich Villages.
Lodge Rooms have a bathroom with shower, electricity, ceiling fans and two queen beds. They are only available May 28-31.
All accommodations will have bed linens and bath towels provided and all facilities will be fully cleaned prior to your arrival. Additional cleaning and disinfection supplies will be on-hand for use as desired. Additionally, water, to fill your water bottles throughout the day, will be provided daily.
Our kosher kitchen will provide meals for your family in our outdoor covered spaces. Some meals will be brought to locations throughout your stay for ease and outdoor enjoyment.
Covid Prevention Protocols
Health and safety in a fun and exciting setting is our primary focus. Our Cabins@Capital experience will be conducted within the current guidelines established by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Camp Association (ACA). Along with the CDC and ACA, we will adhere to the State of Pennsylvania guidelines in place at the time of participation. All public areas will be cleaned and sanitized multiple times throughout the day.
Our amazing public areas and equipment will be cleaned and sanitized regularly. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the campus. Participants will be asked to wear face masks while onsite, with the exception of meal time and while inside their personal cabins. Staff will also be required to wear a face mask at all times.
Each family will have a private space, stocked with cleaning and disinfection supplies to be used as desired. Additionally, we know you will want to refresh your water bottles; therefore, water will be provided daily. Per protocol, all public water fountains will need to be turned off.
As guests arrive, temperature checks will be administered and a necessary intake survey related to COVID-19 exposure will be completed. In addition, each morning daily temperature checks will be administered for all participants. Our amazing staff will also go through the same screening each day when reporting to work. For the safety (and fun!) of all guests, everyone will be required to remain on campus throughout the duration of the program.
How many families can participate during each offering? We anticipate families in our community will really enjoy this unique opportunity to leave their home quarantine and take a break outdoors on our expansive campus. Our facility can accommodate roughly 30 families, providing families the necessary space to fully experience our activities while maintaining social distancing.
What is considered a “family”? We consider a family unit a group of 8 or less who have been cohabitating and come to Cabins@Capitals with the intention to stay physically distant from other groups. We understand that this family unit may extend beyond traditional family units.
How are participants and staff being screened for Covid-19? If anyone in your family exhibits symptoms of Covid-19 or is exposed to anyone that tests positive for Covid-19, within 14 days prior to your visit, we ask that you contact us and refrain from attending Cabins@Capital.
As guests arrive for their stay, temperature checks will be administered and a necessary intake survey related to COVID-19 exposure will be completed. In addition, each morning daily temperature checks will be administered for all participants. Our amazing staff will also go through the same screening each day when reporting to work.
What is the refund policy? If the staff at Cabins at Capital find it necessary to cancel this event for any reason, a full refund will be issued to all participants. If we have an insignificant number of reservations or the guidelines for Franklin County Pennsylvania change, we reserve the right to cancel. If, upon arrival, a participant does not pass the security checks in place due to COVID-19, then no members of that person’s family will be able to participate, and a full refund will be issued. If a family member develops COVID-19 symptoms before their planned attendance date, please contact us immediately to cancel and a full refund will be issued. If your family needs to cancel their participation for any other reason, cancellation must be submitted by the Sunday prior to a Friday arrival, in order to receive a refund.
Can Cabins@Capital manage my dietary needs? As a retreat center for over 9000 participants each year and camp for over 1,000 campers and counselors, we have seen it all! Our facility is Kosher and nut-prohibited, but we are ready to manage most dietary needs – vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free and more. On your registration form, please note your specific needs and we will ensure our kitchen staff prepares the right meals for you and your family!
What should I bring? Prior to your arrival, you will receive an email with detailed logistics as well as a packing list to prepare for your stay with Cabins@Capital. Please check the weather in Waynesboro before packing to ensure you are appropriately dressed; the weather can be cooler than at home in the spring months. Guests are free to bring any specialized active gear, bikes, scooters, roller blades, yoga mats, tents, yard and board games. If you are bringing young ones, please bring a Pack ‘n Play, toys, etc. We will provide sports balls, life jackets, booster seats and fun!
Can you accommodate individuals with disabilities? Yes, proudly. Our facility is ADA complainant, and we have lots of experience being welcoming and inclusive. Please contact Steve to discuss your individual needs.
Can I share a cabin with friends or include friends of my children? We know you love your friends and we all miss these deep connections, but for health purposes, we can only allow one family unit per cabin. For purposes of Cabins@Capital, please consider a family as those individuals that have been living together in the same home prior to arrival. That being said, we do hope that you encourage friends and extended family to also join Cabins@Capital for the same time period to allow for socially distanced time together.
Can I request that our neighbor or friends have a cabin close to ours? Absolutely, we will make every effort to accommodate. By registering for Cabins@Capital, you and your friends still agree to remain physically distant.
Can we bring snacks and food? We love snacks, and provide lots of snacks throughout the day. As a Kosher facility, and a nut-prohibited campus, we ask that no outside food or drink be brought into Cabins@Capital. There will be plenty of food and drink available throughout your stay.
Will Wi-Fi be available? YES! There are a number of locations throughout our campus with Wi-Fi, however the cabins do not have connectivity. You can feel free to bring your own wi-fi capability.
Is there a Medical Center open during Cabins@Capital? While we have an excellent medical/health team onsite during a normal camp season, we will not have staff for Cabins@Capital, however basic first aid supplies will be available upon request. We encourage you to bring Band-Aids, sunscreen, bug spray, over the counter medicine and medications.
What if it rains? Spring is beautiful in the mountains and most days are full of sunshine. From time to time of course we have a pop-up shower in the afternoon. We have numerous covered facilities and we are prepared for rain activities for the entire family, but we believe you will actually enjoy the rain. We suggest that you bring sunglasses as well as rain coats and board games and cards for entertainment.
Can we bring pets to Cabins@Capital? We love pets but unfortunately, they need to stay home. For information about service animals please contact Steve.
Steve Simmons 717-794-1402 email@example.com