Got Questions? We are delighted that you are considering a summer camp experience at Harlam Day Camp. Below are answers to many commonly asked questions. If you would like any additional information please email or call our office.
Where is Harlam Day Camp located?
Our summer home is located on the site of the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy (JBHA) on the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Schwartz Campus at 272 S Bryn Mawr Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA. This 35-acre campus includes regulation athletic fields, all weather tennis courts, nature trails, picnic areas, a new indoor gymnasium, a dance studio, a pond, a dining hall, and an auditorium.
What does it mean that Harlam Day Camp is a URJ camp?
The Union for Reform Judasim is an international organization bringing together Reform Jewish congregations, programs and peoples. The URJ has 15 regional residential camps. Harlam Day Camp is the first URJ-affiliated day camp of its kind in North America. It will operate under the auspices of Camp Harlam, one of those 15 URJ residential camps. The opening of Harlam Day Camp is a strategic effort by the URJ to further enhance its outreach and engagement with Reform Jewish youth and families.
Does my family need to be a member of a URJ congregation for my child to attend Harlam Day Camp?
No, families with children rising kindergarteners through rising 8th grade are welcome at Harlam Day Camp. We do have Jewish programming throughout all of our daily activities, but we welcome community members of all faiths. However, we believe congregational support will be an important part of promoting Harlam Day Camp. Reform congregations will have a hand in supporting the educational elements of the summer.
What are the lengths of the sessions?
We offer four sessions during the summer. Each session is two weeks long. We recommend participating in at least one full session for the most beneficial and complete experience. However, participating in one week or a partial session is also an option.
What if we live or work a distance from camp? What are my options?
Harlam Day Camp offers transportation from bus stops around the Greater Philadelphia Area. We work with congregations and communities to establish these locations. There will be a Harlam Day Camp staff member traveling with them to help keep that time engaging and well supervised. There is also before and after camp care available on our site. Pick-up and drop-off at camp are our only options for before and after camp care.
Who are the counselors taking care of my children?
Counselors are college students or college graduates (including teachers who have summers free) who are passionate about camp and working with children. We also have junior counselors who are rising seniors in high school. All staff are interviewed personally by the professional staff and trained to our high standards before the summer with continued training taking place weekly throughout the summer.
Do I need to pack a lunch each day?
Families need to send their camper with a “kosher style” lunch, meaning that it does not mix milk and meat products or contain pork or shellfish. Harlam Day Camp is also a “nut aware” environment, meaning that we do not serve any products with peanuts or tree nuts nor made in a factory with nuts, and we ask that our families not include any of those products in their campers’ lunches. We provide healthy snacks throughout the day.
Will campers swim each day?
Campers will swim at our off site, in ground pool every day. Campers will take a bus to this site along with their counselors. Campers will receive swim instruction as well as have time to enjoy being together at the pool. Our “instruction swim” is not a swim lesson, but is a program designed to help kids get comfortable in the water and develop new skills in a fun way, and our “free swim” is more than just splashing around in the pool. We organize games and engage kids in structured play (water basketball, water zumba, etc.)
What should my child bring each day?
Please send your camper with a bathing suit and towel for swimming, and change of clothes for after swimming, a water bottle and hat to keep cool and stay hydrated, closed toed shoes (to be worn at all times when not at the pool), water shoes for when we go swimming, and a lunch.
What happens if my child becomes sick at camp?
There will always be a nurse available and additional staff members to help campers and staff. Our nurses will dispense all medication. If a camper is too sick to remain at camp, a family member/guardian will be called to pick up their camper. Families will be called anytime their camper visits the health center.
What happens if it rains while at camp?
We have incredible indoor facilities and a very creative staff that are prepared to run most of our programs from covered facilities. So most of our activities will continue as scheduled!
Is there financial assistance available for Harlam Day Camp?
Yes. Harlam Day Camp’s leadership is dedicated to helping families afford our extraordinary summer experience in any way possible. In addition to partnerships with URJ synagogues and scholarships available through the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Harlam provides scholarship through scholarship awards and the Mitch Perlmeter Scholarship Fund. Gifts from Harlam are made confidentially through an anonymous/needs-based program facilitated by the camp’s Financial Assistance Committee. Any questions or to begin the process should be directed to Harlam’s office at 610-668-0423 or HarlamDayCamp@URJ.org.