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 Zip-Line
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
Our of Camp Rafting Trips
Inter-Camp Swim Meets
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
Dutch Springs Aquapark
Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
Baltimore/Washington DC area (1st Session)
New York (2nd Session)
New England (1st Session)
Annapolis/Washington (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.
8:45 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.
9:20-10:15 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!
10:20- 11:15 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.
11:20- 12:15 pm - 3rd 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!
12:15- 12:30 pm - Lunch Time Dancing
This is one of Rachel’s favorite times during the day! Everyone gathers around outside of the Chadar Ochel (Dining Hall) before lunch and does some really fun line dances. Today she did the Cha-Cha Slide.
12:30 pm - Aruchat Tzohorayim (Lunch)
Rachel sits with her bunk at lunch. After saying the Motzi, the waiters come out and serve delicious tomato soup and grilled cheese. For dessert she gets a Chipwich!
1:30- 2:25 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 she got all the way to the top of the tower!
2:30– 3:25 pm - 4th Activity Period - Chugim (Activities)
Chugim is really fun for Rachel because each week she gets to try something new. This week she is signed up for Digital Photography and she is working on her own comic book.
3:30 pm - Snack
After Chugim is over, Rachel walks down to the Pine Trees with her counselor. She grabs some fruit and enjoys her midday snack.
3:50- 4:45 pm - 5th Activity Period: Clinics
Just like Chugim, Rachel loves clinics because she is learning how to play sports that she has never played before. Today Rachel learns how to do a cartwheel in gymnastics.
4:50- 5:45 pm - 6th 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.
5:45 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 - T’fillot (Worship)
Every Monday night, Rachel enjoys going to some inspiring and spiritual services led by faculty, counselors and fellow campers.
8:30 pm - Evening Program
Rachel’s counselors always have the best evening programs every night. Tonight Rachel and her unit are doing a video scavenger hunt
9:15 pm - Milk Squad
Rachel gathers with her bunk and counselors for cookies and milk, 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. First, they sing the Sh’ma and then everyone tells about their favorite part of the day.