Family Camp – Spring 2020

Special Track for Families with Young Children!

March 13-15, 2020

Camp isn't just for BIG kids ... it's for the whole family ... and it's never too early to start making camp memories!

In partnership with PJ Library Chicago, Spring Family camp is a special weekend that includes programming for families with young children 6 and under to experience the magic of camp.  As a family you’ll enjoy all camp has to offer: Arts – Campfires & S’mores – Sing-a-longs – Nature exploration – Sports – Ropes course – Shabbat & Havdalah and so much more!  And at night enjoy dedicated parent social time with babysitting.  Our staff is there to help make sure it is a great weekend and are able to provide baby & toddler friendly accommodations (including pack-n-plays and high chairs).  Family Camp is in partnership with PJ Library, a program of JUF.

Your family will treasure these shared camp memories.

Check-in will begin at 5 pm Friday, and the weekend will end about 11:30 am on Sunday.  See the sample schedule on the right.

Questions?  Check out our Family Camp FAQs  or contact Rachel Lyon at 847-239-6974 or

This program is underwritten in part through a generous grant from the Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust.

The cost of this program is $325 per family of 3, including lodging (one room with private bath), meals and all activities.  There is a $75 fee per additional child 1 and up (babies under 1 are free).  Additional rooms (for families of 4 or more) are available for $125.  Register through JUF Young Families/PJ Library by clicking the button on the left.
Pack-n-play cribs, high chairs and other baby care items will be available.

Family Camp Sample Schedule

We know all children have different bedtimes and nap times; our schedule is flexible to accommodate all needs.

5:00 pm   Welcome and registration
5:30 pm   Challah braiding (as families arrive)
6:15 pm   Dinner
7:00 pm  Family Shabbat and singing
8:00 pm  PJ Library storytime and bedtime/Games for older children
9:15 pm  Social time for adults (babysitting provided)

7:00 am   Open breakfast & coffee
Gym open - come early to play if you have early risers
9:00 am   Shabbat Morning Services
10:00 am  Morning family activity
11:45 am   Lunch
12:45 pm  Nap time or free choice activities with your family
3:00 pm   Afternoon fun family activities (and snack)
6:00 pm   Dinner
7:00 pm   Fun family evening program
7:45 pm   Havdallah, s’mores and folk songs
8:15 pm  PJ Library storytime & bedtime/Games for older children
9:30 pm   Social time for adults (babysitting provided)

7:00 am   Continental breakfast (optional)
8:30 am   Family activity
10:00 am   Clean-up and pack
10:30 am   Brunch
11:15 am    Friendship Circle and L’hitraot (See you next time!)

Accommodations are provided in the Schaalman Lodge, the Daniel M. Soref Education and Alumni Center, and the Bayit. All three buildings feature rooms with two twin beds and private baths -- a few Bayit rooms share baths with an adjoining room. The fee includes housing, meals, and all programming.
This event takes place at URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute, the regional camp of the Union for Reform Judaism in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, located between Milwaukee and Madison. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to camp. Driving directions are in the Quick Links on the right side of this page. The nearest airport is Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Mitchell Field). For transit from the Milwaukee Airport to camp, we recommend GO Riteway which offers van service to the camp at a discounted rate from the Milwaukee Airport (Mitchell Field). If you are booking for more than one person, call 800-236-5450 for reservations with a group discount. The camp is also a 2-hour drive from O’Hare Airport in Chicago.
All cancellations must be made in writing. There is a $75 cancellation fee when you cancel more than 2 weeks prior to the event. If you cancel less than 2 weeks before the event, there is a $200 cancellation fee. We regret we cannot give refunds for cancellations less than three days (72 hours) in advance of the program.