The care of our campers is our most significant priority. We understand that it takes great intentional, active and thoughtful supervision and support to make certain that each and every child is given the chance to enjoy the most positive experience at camp. To do so, we hire and train the best staff, including counselors, supervisors and others. In addition to our staff working directly with campers, Camp Harlam employs a Camper Care team of adult professionals with training and experience in a field related to child development. These professionals utilize their skills and expertise to support the work of our staff and to ensure campers have a successful and fun camp experience. We recognize that campers may need varying levels of support while at camp and also that parents are our partners in ensuring the success of each camper. When needed, the Camper Care team will be the staff members that you work with most directly to ensure that we have the information needed to enable your child to have a successful summer at camp.
In keeping with the mission and core values of our camp, and to further our commitment to an Open & Safe Community, Camp Harlam seeks to provide a meaningful Jewish Camp experience to children that are part of the Jewish community, regardless of need. We are pleased to share the news that we are one of seven camps selected to participate in a pilot program of the Foundation for Jewish Camp, generously funded by the Ruderman Family Foundation, to enhance and expand our efforts to support campers with disabilities at Camp Harlam. This allows us to employ a year round Inclusion Coordinator, who is a vital part of our Camper Care team and works most directly with our campers and families who may require a greater level of support to be successful at camp.
Camp Harlam has long been successful in integrating children of varying abilities and disabilities into the community. We have found that campers with the following diagnoses can be very successful at camp, with the right supports:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Cognitive delays
- Executive functioning delays
- Mental health diagnoses, such as depression and anxiety
- OT/PT needs
- Learning disabilities
- Hearing loss
Each camper is carefully considered, with input from parents, teachers and other professionals, on an individualized basis to determine appropriateness for our program and the types of accommodations needed. Families work in partnership with our Camper Care department and/or our Inclusion Coordinator to ensure the camper’s success for the summer. This may include a more comprehensive intake, collaboration with professionals who work with your child, scheduling a home visit, and maintaining regular communication throughout the off season as we prepare for the summer.
For more information about our Camper Care team please contact Cori Miller, Camper Care and Enrollment Manager, at CMiller@URJ.org or 610-668-0423 ext. 1033.
If your child has special needs and you would like to speak directly with our Inclusion Coordinator, please contact Lori Zlotoff, Inclusion Coordinator, at LZlotoff@URJ.org or 610-668-0423, ext. 1060.