Daily activities include swimming, arts & crafts, music, sports, Israel, shiur, outdoor activities and more. We combine a unique blend of traditional camp activities with specialty programming.
Jewish themes and meaningful hands-on activities are part of our daily programming. Each Friday, the camp celebrates Shabbat with special programs including field trips, music, Yom Israel, Israeli dance, and more.
Campers look forward to participating in our sports & games program several times per week. Activities are age appropriate and engage our campers in non-traditional ways. The goal is to keep them active, learn good sportsmanship and unique ways to play traditional games. Our sports program meets the needs of any kind of camper.
Campers participate in art every other day. Our art specialist provides opportunities for each camper to tap into their inner artist. We encourage creativity while nurturing the process over the product.
Shiur, translated as “Jewish lesson”, is where our camp theme is explored. Through exciting programming, our shiur specialist integrates lessons of the Torah and Jewish teachings to engage campers to think about themselves in the context of Judaism and our theme. Past themes have included Kehillah Kedosha (holy community), Making Menches, and Ometz Lev (strength of heart).
Music is an integral part of the camp day. Our camp day begins and ends with song. Campers enjoy song sessions in smaller groups daily and as an entire community (virtually) on Shabbat. Song sessions mix old and new favorites, combining both Jewish and secular music.
We are thrilled that an Israeli shinshin will be able to spend the summer with us.
Israel is an important part of Camp Emeth. We are so lucky to usually have an Israeli shin-shin on staff who plays several roles throughout the summer to bring a taste of Israel to camp. Each group visits “Israel” twice a week and they engage in creative activities learning about Israel in a way that is meaningful to them.
Our shinshin helps lead flagpole every morning and teaches a Hebrew word of the day. In addition to these formal roles, the most important part of the shinshin’s job is providing an opportunity for our campers to personalize their experience by forming a relationship with someone who lives in Israel. We think this will ultimately help campers develop a connection to Israel that is their own and understand the significance of Israel to each of them and the Jewish people.
Each Friday is celebrated in a special way. Campers and staff alike wear out Camp Emeth t-shirts. We come together as a community to celebrate Shabbat… each group will zoom into our beautiful interactive service led by Lucy Greenbaum. Israeli dance-Camp Emeth style is led by our specialists and we sing virtually together in song session.
Our Shabbat celebration is followed by an afternoon of special programming centered around a theme. Past programming events have included Red, White & Blue Day, Beach Day, Yom Israel and Show-Me St. Louis Day.
We are hoping to be able to adventure out on a couple of outdoor all-camp field trips this summer. Our field trips usually take place on Fridays.
Our swim program is back for 2021.
If we are to do so, our campers ride a school bus to the pool at Forest Lake Tennis & Swim Club. Our swim program is run by the YMCA of Chesterfield. The YMCA provides the Aquatics Director, who oversees the entire program, certified swim instructors and lifeguards. The program includes both instructional and free swim days. Camp Emeth staff will also be in the pool with our campers at all times providing extra help to the YMCA staff.