What to Expect
Camp Nai Nai Nai is for anyone ages 21-39 who wants to experience the joy, beauty, and silliness of Jewish summer camp! We invite you to come as you are and find your most authentic self. Whether you are Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, just Jewish, “Jew-ish”, all of the above, or none of above, Camp Nai Nai Nai is where we sing the wrong words to the right songs, together making up our own lyrics and rules as we go along! Everyone can sing along to the “Nai Nai Nai…” part of the song.
Camp Nai Nai Nai is an inclusive space for people of all sexual orientations, ethnicities, races, genders, colors, religious creeds and accessibility needs. Everyone is welcome.
Covid-19 Safety Policy
In order to make Camp Nai Nai Nai the safest and most awesome experience for everyone, all campers, staff, and contractors are required to be fully vaccinated to participate, providing proof of completed vaccination at least 14 days prior to camp, AND must also show proof of a negative PCR Covid-19 test taken within 96 hours of arrival to camp. With these measures in place, once we are in the Camp Nai “bubble” we will be able to enjoy camp life to the fullest without social distancing or a mask requirement.
Additional Safety Measures
We recognize that returning to large social events can be jarring and we want you to feel comfortable, so we’ve taken a few extra steps to ensure that.
- Vaxxed & Tested: All campers and staff must be both fully vaccinated and show proof of a negative PCR Covid-19 test, taken within 96 hours, either upon arrival or at the bus pick up location.
- Limited Capacity: Camp will have a maximum capacity of 100 people to make sure we can provide a meaningful and safe experience.
- Space it out: This year the default accommodations will be a two-person private room. You can select your roommate or be randomly assigned to one. You can upgrade to a single occupancy room for a slightly higher cost. If however you have a ready-to-go group of 4-8 campers with whom you want to be in a bunk cabin, this option is also available for the same cost as a standard double room!
- Camp Bubble: Camp will be a closed campus – once you’ve arrived at camp you cannot leave and return to the premises until the end of the program.
- Outdoor Fun: Most camp activities will occur outside, weather permitting.
Where Can I Submit My Proof of Vaccination?
We get that you might not have your proof of vaccination handy when registering for camp. If you do not upload your proof of vaccination during your camp registration or prefer to email it, you may send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who Sees My Proof of Vaccination?
Your privacy is of the utmost importance to us. Your proof of vaccination will be verified by the Moishe House Camp Coordinator and transferred confidentially to the Moishe House Risk Manager. These will be kept on file in Risk Management only; all other copies will be destroyed.
Camp Nai Nai Nai is a three-day choose your own adventure experience, starting on Friday afternoon at 2:00 PM and ending on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM. The program combines camp-wide community moments with lots of activity options for you to find the vibe that suits you.
Friday you will be welcomed with an array of activities to help you get settled in, you will meet with your “mishpacha (family)” group (your camp new camp besties and your dedicated camp counselor), enjoy a beautiful Shabbat dinner, and choose one of multiple options to welcome Shabbat. In the evening we’ll have all sorts of late Nai-ght options, including song sessions by the campfire, games, and more. Throughout Saturday, we’ll offer a variety of creative “play-shops” (because there’s no “work” at Camp) where you can pursue your interests, indulge your curiosity, and try something new. The Saturday night Camp Dance is a staple, as is the Color War on Sunday morning. Many surprises, large and small, will be in store along the way.
Below is a small sample of the many, many activities planned for camp:
This year, the standard accommodation for camp is a two-person private room. Each hotel-style room has two Queen beds and a private bathroom. If you have a preferred roommate, and you indicate one another on the registration form, you will be placed together. If you do not request a specific roommate, or do not match with your request, one will be assigned to you – and hopefully will become your camp bestie!
If you prefer to fly solo (because let’s be honest the social anxiety is real) you have the option of upgrading to a Private Room and you will not have a roommate. A hotel style room with two queen beds and a private bathroom will be all yours.
If you’re coming with a group of friends and you’re ready to get back to bunk life, you can choose to be in a bunk cabin all together. Bunks are for groups of 4 to 8 campers who want to room together. You must list the full names of everyone in your bunk bubble on the registration form. Individual campers who do not provide the names of 4-8 roommates will not be added to group bunks. Bunk Cabins include bunk beds with linens, a shared bathroom, and storage space.
Wondering what you should bring to camp? Here is our Packing List for Camp East!
This won’t be your typical camp food! Our camp chefs work hard to create menus that are filled with healthy, diverse menus that are super tasty to boot! We’ll have meals that are a twist on old camp classics, but with upgrades for our adult palettes.
At Camp Nai Nai Nai East all meals and snacks are Glatt Kosher. Our culinary team will work with each camper to ensure that any dietary restrictions are accounted for. Gluten-free? No problem. Not so great with dairy? You’ll be great with the options at camp! You’ll have the opportunity to indicate your dietary restrictions when completing your registration form and if we have any questions for you, we’ll be in touch ahead of camp so we can make sure you’re well taken care of during the weekend.
Camp Counselors help you figure out the ins and outs of camp, introduce you to fellow campers through wacky games, lead activities during the day, and make sure you’re having an amazing time at night. Our counselors are active members of their own local Jewish communities as Moishe House residents so when you’re back from camp you’ll have ample opportunities to stay in touch!
Camp Specialists are outstanding Jewish educators who come from all over the country to lead our activities and programs, using their unique passion (be it dance, art, theater science, singing, or yoga) to explore Jewish identity, build Jewish community, and demonstrate that there are many ways to NAI!
Lisa Klig, Camp Director
Lisa Klig has been the Director of Camp Nai Nai Nai since 2018. Before joining Moishe House, she led her own initiative, Mishpucha, creating immersive experiences from Russian-speaking Jewish (RSJ) families and worked as the Program Director at COJECO, the umbrella for the RSJ community in New York. She loves to play charades, organize Google spreadsheets, and sing loudly off key by the campfire. Reach out to her at email@example.com with any questions!
GETTING TO CAMP
Camp Nai Nai Nai East is based at Capital Camps & Retreat Center in Waynesboro, PA. Though you’re close to the outside world, the rolling Catoctin Mountains, sprawling open fields, and starry skies will fool you otherwise.
1.5 hours from DC | 1.5 hours from Baltimore | 3 hours from Philadelphia | 3.5 hours from Pittsburgh | 4 hours from NYC
Arrival and check-in at camp is on Friday 2:00-4:00 PM. Don’t be late – once everyone arrives, we’ll be closing the camp gate for the weekend! On Sunday, campers can expect to depart from camp on around 12 PM. Transportation is not included in the registration cost but below are several great options!
Ride to camp in style on one of our camp buses. Kick back and relax for a stress-free ride to camp, or start the party early and get to know your fellow campers en route to camp. Buses will be provided from three departure points:
- NYC – Midtown Manhattan – 10 AM departure
- DC – Historic Downtown – 12:30 PM departure
- Baltimore – BWI Airport – 1 PM departure
Confirmation of all meeting points and specific instructions will be sent directly to travelers in advance of camp. Times and locations are subject to change.
If you prefer to drive with friends or want flexibility in timing, grab yourself a parking pass! Parking is limited, so all parking passes must be purchased prior to camp. If you do not purchase your parking pass and show up to camp without one, we cannot guarantee parking will be available or you will have to pay an additional fee for last minute parking. Please do not drive to camp without purchasing a parking pass for your car.
Need a ride or have a few empty seats in your car? We’ll send out a ride-sharing document prior to camp to help campers share the journey. Plus, you’ll help contribute to an environmentally friendly experience by limiting the number of cars on the road and lessening our carbon-footprint.
The cost of registration for Camp Nai Nai Nai is heavily subsidized thanks to the generous support of the Maimonides Fund, with ticket prices starting at just $300 while the true cost is close to $1,000 per camper. Nevertheless, we recognize that this subsidized rate may not be affordable for everyone. Camp Nai Nai Nai is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – ensuring that we are a community and space that is accessible and welcoming to everyone. Regardless of one’s background, everyone should be able to experience a time away from your daily life where what you do for a living doesn’t define you and spontaneous adventures await! If you are unable to pay full price for Camp Nai admission, a scholarship fund is available to help cover the cost.
Please fill out the following form to help us determine your eligibility for a camp scholarship.
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