While at URJ Camp Harlam, campers participate in a variety of activities including athletics, adventure, arts, swimming, and more. Our activities focus on skill development and personal enjoyment. We are constantly working to make our programs fit the wants and needs of our campers and to fulfill the values based mission of Camp Harlam.
Canopy Course and Zipline
Outdoor Climbing Wall
Low Ropes Course
Indoor Climbing Wall
Roller Hockey/ Rollerblading
American Red Cross Instructional Swim (classes by skill level)
Daily Free Swim
Boating/Swimming on Lake Joshua
Out-of-Camp Rafting Trips
Omanut (Arts and Crafts)
TEVA (Outdoor Education)
Cookouts and Campfires
Galil (Entering 8th Graders):
Overnight Hike on the Appalachian Trail
Creative Services led by campers
Unique Shabbat Experience
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Training
Jewish Culture and History
Shira - Singing
Maccabiah (Color War)
4th of July Carnival
Special Unit Programs
OUT OF CAMP TRIPS
Beltzville State Park
Minor League Baseball Game
Dutch Springs Aquapark
Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
Baltimore (1st Session)
New York (2nd Session)
New England (1st Session)
Washington, DC (2nd Session)
This is an illustration of how a great Camp Harlam camper spends a day, from early morning to late night. We’ll call our example camper "Rachel."
7:15 am - Boker Tov (Wake up!)
Every morning Rachel wakes up at 7:15 (8:15 on Shabbat) to the sound of music on the radio and her counselors' energetic greeting. She gets out of bed and gets dressed for the morning.
8:00 am - Aruchat Boker (Breakfast)
Rachel and the rest of her bunk walk down to the Chadar Ochel (Dining Hall) with her counselors. The whole camp joins in singing the Motzi. Rachel sits with her bunk and eats some delicious scrambled eggs and hash browns.
9:00 am - Nikayon (Cabin Clean-up)
Every day after breakfast, Rachel and her bunkmates go back to their cabin to clean. Each morning each camper is assigned a different job. Today, Rachel is in charge of sweeping.
9:50-10:45 am - 1st Activity Period: Instructional Swim
Today, Rachel and her unit start the day with Instructional Swim. She goes to the L-Pool with her group and learns how to do the butterfly!
10:55-11:50 am - 2nd Activity Period: Jewish Life
In her Jewish Life rotation today, Rachel got to make and decorate her own prayer book to use during services with her unit.
12:00 pm - Aruchat Tzohorayim (Lunch)
Rachel sits with her bunk at lunch. After saying the Motzi, the meal is served family style. Today is delicious tomato soup and grilled cheese. For dessert she gets a Chipwich!
Arts is really fun for Rachel because she gets to try something new each of her two rotations. This rotation she is signed up for Digital Photography and she is working on her own comic book.
2:05-3:00 pm - Menucha (Rest Period)
Menucha is when Rachel goes back to relax. Today she is going to write a letter to her parents about how much fun she is having and how her comic book is going.
3:10-4:05 pm - 4th Activity Period: Adventure
Rachel and her bunk get to climb the tower for the first time today. Rachel is pretty nervous about it, but her bunkmates cheer her on and she makes it to the top!
4:15 pm - Snack
After Adventure is over, Rachel walks down to the Chadar Ochel (Dining Hall) with her counselor. She grabs some fruit and enjoys her midday snack.
4:35-5:30 pm - 5th Activity Period: Free Swim
Rachel goes to the Z-Pool with her whole unit. Free swim is time when Rachel can hang out and swim with her friends.
5:40 pm - Shower Hour
After swimming, Rachel heads back to her bunk. Everyone showers and puts on some clean clothes for dinner and the rest of the night.
6:45 pm - Aruchat Erev (Dinner) and Song Session
Dinner tonight is Hamburgers and Hot Dogs. Rachel enjoys her meal and her dessert, Jello! After everyone is done eating, Rachel and her friends join the songleaders and all of camp in energetic dancing and singing!
8:00 pm - Evening Program
Rachel’s counselors always have the best evening programs planned for every night. Tonight Rachel and her unit are doing a video scavenger hunt.
9:00 pm - Milk Squad & Siyum L'Yom (Closing of the Day)
Rachel gathers with her bunk and counselors for milk and cookies. Then she and her whole unit get together for Siyum L'Yom. She puts her arms around her friends as they join together in singing Sh'ma and Hashkiveinu. It's the perfect way to end the day.
9:30 pm - Lilah Tov (Good Night!)
Rachel goes back to her bunk with her bunkmates and counselors. Everyone brushes their teeth and gets ready for bed. Before they go to sleep, they do their nighttime ritual, where everyone shares their favorite part of the day and they sing their bunk song together.