Habonim Dror Camp Tavor Camps

Habonim Dror Camp Tavor Camps

A fun, unique sleep away camp helping to empower youth to dream of and build a more just and peaceful world.

  • For Ages 7 to 17
  • In-Person Camps Only

About Habonim Dror Camp Tavor Camps

Camp Tavor is about empowering young people to dream of and build a more just and peaceful world. At Tavor, campers (entering 2nd - 12th grades) work alongside staff to build an inclusive community where kids have fun being themselves while developing a strong sense of social and environmental responsibility, a caring connection with Israel, and a positive personal Jewish identity.

Located on a beautiful private lakefront on Lake Kaiser in Three Rivers, MI, we offer a range of activities including swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding. We also have sports fields, arts and crafts and music facilities, a lakeside amphitheater, and numerous hiking trails. We have a working farm, growing our own fruit, vegetables, and herbs along with caring for our chickens, goats, and sheep.

We have a unique multi-generational model in which all the campers, madatz (counselors in training), and tzevet (staff) work together to take responsibility for the camp through "avodah" (work) and "kupah" (sharing). 

 

Together they sharpen critical thinking skills, engage in experimental education, and develop their Jewish identity through games, creative adventures, and storytelling. We have programs from one week to 5-weeks and financial support including up to $2500 your first year and a guaranteed $1500 for the second year for eligible families from smaller Jewish communities. Learn more at www.camptavor.org or email info@camptavor.org.

 

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Safety/Cleaning Policies:

While we are currently still planning Summer 2022 policies, Camp Tavor is requiring all staff to be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19. Campers are required to have all federally approved childhood vaccinations. While we strongly recommend families also vaccinate campers for COVID-19 we can not require it while it remains under federal emergency use.

Camp FAQ

What is your refund policy?

Cancellations up to March 31st: Everything is refundable. Cancellations between April 1 and April 30th: Everything is refundable except $500. Cancellations that occur after May 1 and before the program start will be assessed half of the camp fee, with exceptions made in the case of cancellations due to medical need. Once the camp program begins, no refunds will be granted for cancellations. If Camp Tavor cancels the camp session (due to Covid-19 or any other reason), all fees will be fully refundable.

What are the fees associated with registration?

Registrations are not complete until program fees or deposits are made. Prior to processing registration for a Camp Tavor program, accounts are reviewed for outstanding balances. Registration cannot be processed until all past-due balances are reconciled or a payment plan is put into place. When choosing to pay for programming by credit card, a 3% non-refundable convenience charge will be applied. Deposits can be paid by Credit Card or Debit Card when completing the application. Deposits are required to hold your space in the program. Deposit Details: $500 for Programs 2 Weeks or Longer $300 for Programs Shorter than 2 weeks $250 if you plan to apply for financial aid. Campers registered during the Early Bird window, before January 31, 2021, will receive our new, limited edition Camp Tavor Elite Knit Winter Cap as a gift to keep you warm and cozy this winter while waiting for an extraordinary summer at camp. Scholarship Assistance Families applying for scholarship assistance provide a deposit of $250 at the time of registration. If scholarship assistance is not awarded or declined and your child will not attend Tavor, then the deposit is refundable less a $25 processing fee.

Do you offer financial aid?

At Tavor, we strive to create an affordable and accessible enriching summer camp experience, but we know that scholarships, financial aid, and grants are critical to maintaining that accessibility. We’ve compiled a variety of resources – national, regional, and local – that we hope will be helpful to you as you plan for your summer at camp. First-time campers may be eligible for up to $1000 off of camp tuition through the One Happy Camper Grant! Head over to our financial aid page to learn more. We are also happy to create payment plans that begin upon registration to enable families to make monthly payments towards tuition.

Is there a health clinic on site?

Yes! We have a fully staffed and stocked wellness center at Tavor called the mirpa’ah (or marp for short) with a waiting area, an exam room, and many bedrooms for campers to stay overnight if necessary. Campers come to the mirpa’ah after meals to take any medicine they might need and to check in with the nurses to ensure that they are in good health. The mirpa’ah is air-conditioned and staffed 24/7 in case of emergency. We have two healthcare professionals present at Tavor during the summer, at least one of whom is a registered nurse and is present and available 24/7. There is an urgent care facility ten minutes away from camp for anything our on-site nurses can’t handle. Three Rivers hospital is less than 5 minutes from camp for any emergencies that may arise. Every year, we work closely with local fire and police stations to ensure camp is safe and that we have effective emergency procedures in place. You will be contacted by one of our nurses if your child is taken out of camp for a medical reason, if they have to stay in the mirpa’ah (wellness center) overnight, or if any other serious medical conditions arise.

Can you accommodate my child's food allergies?

Yes, Camp Tavor can accomodate most child food allergies, please be sure to include all dietary restrictions on the camper care health form and we will work closely with you to ensure we can accommodate your camper’s dietary needs. Tavor is a completely peanut free and nut sensitive camp. There are no peanuts or food processed in facilities that process peanuts allowed at camp. We do not serve foods with other nuts in them, however, some ingredients we use may be processed in facilities with other nuts or have traces of other nuts in them.

Does my child have to speak Hebrew?

No! The Hebrew we use at camp is very simple and easy to understand. Campers pick up the Hebrew very quickly and return home able to integrate it into their everyday lives. Our campers and counselors are always happy to ensure everyone understands the Hebrew used at camp. Sometimes the Hebrew that we use at camp is purely conversational and other times, it is Hebrew that has evolved within the Habonim Dror movement and is more unique to our own community. We always work to provide English translation in our materials (including our website) to ensure that everyone, long-time Tavor families and new families, can engage in the enriching way we use Hebrew at Tavor.

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Safety/Cleaning Policies:

While we are currently still planning Summer 2022 policies, Camp Tavor is requiring all staff to be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19. Campers are required to have all federally approved childhood vaccinations. While we strongly recommend families also vaccinate campers for COVID-19 we can not require it while it remains under federal emergency use.

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