Our Parent Handbook will provide you with the answers to questions and resources to help prepare your child for camp. Returning and first- time families should review the information provided in this handbook. In response to many questions raised by families regarding procedures, policies, and resources, we update this manual annually.
Life at camp
In the morning, campers go to 3 assigned activities (like instructional swim) with their cabin). In the afternoon, they have two interest periods. They can choose anything they like at camp. We offer many choices, and campers can always find something to get excited about!
Our campers go on at least one cabin trip. This can be to the beach, park or baseball game.
Leader-in-Training (LIT) campers are the only JORI campers who regularly leave camp for field trips. LIT’s have weekly field trips as part of their program. Younger campers may leave camp on an occasional basis for a special cabin treat or in the case of multiple rainy days in a row.
Our campers love to receive mail from their family and friends at home. One way (parent to child) e-mail service is also available at an additional charge.
Campers are required to write a letter home at least twice each week. Campers receive mail from parents, relatives and friends daily. You can write emails to your child via your CampInTouch account.
An important part of the camp experience is developing a sense of independence. Our experience has shown that phone calls to campers can be upsetting to the child. Please do not call camp and ask to speak with your child. You are welcome to phone camp to check on your child’s camp experience. Camp photos will be posted daily and can be accessed via your CampInTouch account.
8:00am Wake Up Call
8:30 Flag Pole
9:15 Clean-Up & Inspection
10:15-10:55 Activity 1 (Together as a cabin)
11:00-11:40 Activity 2 (Together as a cabin)
11:45-12:25 Activity 3 (Together as a cabin)
12:30pm Return to Cabins to wash up
1:30 Rest Hour
2:30-3:10 Weekly Interest Period (Cabin Act. on Sunday)
3:15 Candy Call
3:30 Monthly Interest Period (Cabin Act. on Sunday)
4:15-5:00 All Camp Swim
6:45 Cabin Time
7:15 Evening Activity
8:00pm All Camp Snack
8:30 Snack / LIT Evening Activity
9:15 Lights Out for Lower Camp
11:00 LITs Lights Out
12:00am Staff Curfew
Since its inception, Camp JORI has offered every child the opportunity to have a camping experience and to be part of the JORI family. Scholarships are given based upon ability to pay. All parents are asked to pay a portion of the fee.
To inquire about scholarships, please reach out to Info@campjori.com. Once you connect with a JORI staff member, you will be asked to give some basic information and to submit the first and second pages of your most recent federal tax form. All conversations are strictly confidential
Our campers come from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Colorado.
What to pack
◊ 12-14 t-shirts
◊ 6-8 pairs of shorts
◊ 4 long sleeved shirts
◊ 4 pairs of pants
◊ 2-3 sweatshirts
◊ 1 warm jacket
◊ 14-16 underpants
◊ 14-16 pairs socks
◊ 3 pairs of pajamas (1 should be warm)
◊ 2 White t-shirts that may be painted or dyed
◊ blue and white clothing which is required for Shabbat
◊ 4 bathing suits
◊ bathrobe if desired
◊ raincoat or poncho
◊ Banquet outfit
◊ 2 pairs of sneakers
◊ 1 pair of waterproof rain shoes
◊ 1 pair of flip-flops
◊ 1 pair of water shoes or sandals with backs
2 WATER BOTTLES – Labeled with campers name.
|BEDDING & TOWELS
◊ 2 sets of twin size sheets (sleeping bags cannot be substituted)
◊ 2 blankets (many children prefer a comforter)
◊ 6-8 shower and pool towels
◊ 4 hand towels
◊ face cloths if desired
◊ 2 laundry bags
◊ sleeping bag for overnights
Campers are permitted to bring portable chairs to camp. They may be used around the cabin areas only. No chairs will be allowed in the program areas of camp during the program day.
Campers are also welcome to bring personal sports equipment to camp, but it is not required. Please leave roller blades at home. Campers are responsible for his/her own equipment and should leave valuable belongings at home.
Any fans, flashlights or other powered devices must be battery operated. Campers have very limited access to electrical connections.
ONLY LITs should bring $20/wk spending money for their trips. No other campers need to bring money to camp.
Laundry is sent out to a laundromat. Each camper and counselor have the opportunity to send out their laundry in their laundry bag (marked with their name) every 10 days.
Our cabins are all set up so that each camper has a regular bed (no bunk beds) and space for a set of plastic drawers if they choose to bring. We provide campers with shelving for their belongings. All bunks have their own toilet stalls, shower stalls and sinks.
Campers are placed in their cabins based on the grade they are entering in the upcoming school year. Each cabin has 3 counselors and 10-13 campers. Exceptions are at the discretion of the camp director.
Camp JORI employs a full-time nurse who lives at camp and handles all health care issues for campers and staff throughout the summer. The nurse is assisted by a health assistant who is a certified medical assistant. Health care includes a daily Health Call and dispensing of daily medications. We have physicians on call only a short drive away. In case of emergency, we use South County Hospital in Wakefield, RI. Should your child spend time in the Health Center overnight or require medical attention from a physician, you will be notified.
In addition to having specific staff scheduled to be on duty every night, we have security cameras and a security company. The company provides one or two guards every night that patrol the camp.
Dining at JORI
Camp JORI offers a variety of healthy and tasty options at every meal. We are a nut free camp and accommodate all food allergies and restrictions. Our chef is always happy to meet with campers and staff to make sure they are comfortable with the options available.
In addition to a breakfast that includes cereal and could include everything from pancakes to eggs, there are popular entrees at lunch and dinner such as pizza, grilled cheese, tacos, chicken dishes, and a great salad bar twice daily.
We maintain a Kosher kitchen operated by a professional chef. Our carefully prepared menus are “kid-friendly” and vary. There is always something healthy and delicious to eat.
Breakfast always includes cold cereal and an entrée such as pancakes, eggs, or French toast. There is also a breakfast bar that includes yogurt, fruit and granola. Lunch and dinner entrees include various chicken and beef dishes, and dairy meals like grilled cheese and pizza. At breakfast and dairy meals fat free, lactaid and soy milk are available.
At lunch and dinner we have a salad bar that provides a choice for campers who are looking for an alternative to the meal’s main course. We also have peanut butter and jelly available. If there is a meat meal, there will be a vegetarian option. Special dietary needs or restrictions can be accommodated and should be should be communicated to the senior staff prior to camp.
Campers are served two snacks daily.
“Camp JORI has been a place that lets my children embrace their independence and individuality. They started camp introverted and shy, and have evolved into silly, giggly campers that love the time they spend with their friends and bunkmates at camp. We all love Camp JORI!”