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Family Camp

In partnership with our retreat center, we offer several programs throughout the year at our lovely 270 acre campus.  Over the years we have also offered a summer family camp, a Bubbie-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, a camp-style Shabbat, programming, fun and memories. These retreats make it possible for everyone to have the opportunity to experience the magic that happens at Capital Camps.

Stay tuned for updates on upcoming Family Camp experiences!

Stay tuned for registration for our Spring Family Camp!

What is Family Camp?

It is time for a change of scenery! Step away from the everyday; restore, rejuvenate and reenergize! We are offering a family weekend getaway for families to enjoy the outdoors and experience our incredible campus. 

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. Enjoy our serene lake, choose among a fleet of activities, and soak up all that nature has to offer.

The Family Camp 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. We have the expertise to offer an entire fleet of activities for you to enjoy.

Activities and Amenities:

  • Enjoy an outdoor Shabbat and Havdalah activities
  • Enjoy evening family activities
  • Go boating or fishing at our pristine lake
  • Supervised archery range
  • Roast Marshmallows and make s’mores at family campfire
  • 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
  • Wifi available

Our staff will provide supervision of activity areas.

During your stay, you will enjoy our comfortable cabin or lodge 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.

Upper Lodge Bet Rooms have a bathroom with shower, electricity, ceiling fans and two queen beds, which can accommodate a family of up to 4

Lower Lodge Bet Rooms include a bathroom with showers, electricity, ceiling fans, and bunkbeds, which can accommodate a family of up to 6. 

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.

Covid Prevention Protocols

Health and safety in a fun and exciting setting is our primary focus. Our Family 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. We will inform participants of any specific testing or masking requirements no later than two weeks prior to Family Camp.

 

FAQs

What is the refund policy? If it is necessary for a family ​to cancel ​their attendance to this event for any reason, a 50% refund of the price paid will be issued.  In order to receive a refund, notice of intent to cancel must be submitted ​in writing to, seatonv@capitalretreat.org, by the Monday prior to a Friday arrival, regardless of holidays or other occurrences.  If CCRC has an insignificant number of reservations or deems it otherwise necessary, we reserve the right to cancel ​and will provide a full-refund of monies collected.

Can Family Camp 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 at Family Camp. Please check the weather in Waynesboro before packing to ensure you are appropriately dressed; the weather can be cooler than at home. 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 Seaton to discuss your individual needs.

Can I request that our neighbor or friends have a cabin close to ours? Absolutely, we will make every effort to accommodate. 

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 Family Camp. 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 Family Camp? While we have an excellent medical/health team onsite during a normal camp season, we will not have staff for Family Camp, 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? 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 Family Camp? We love pets but unfortunately, they need to stay home. For information about service animals please contact Seaton

Contact Us

Please reach out to our Director of Community Engagement and Retreat Sales, Seaton VanderWoude, with any questions at  202-230-4355 or seatonv@capitalretreat.org.