The distinctive programming at Camp Shoresh combines the beauty and depth of a rich Jewish studies program with an extensive range of physical and creative activities to create a total experience for body, mind, and soul.
These precious campers enjoy a full range of Shoresh activities, including sports, nature, swimming, and crafts. Jewish themes are incorporated throughout the day. We take special care to pair our junior campers with exceptionally caring, enthusiastic, and creative counselors. Junior campers enjoy their own wing in our Community Center, as well as their own private playground equipped with age-appropriate climbing structures, swings, and slides. Situated in close proximity to the playground are a basketball court, installed in 2021, and a pavilion, both designated solely for use by our youngest campers. In addition, these youngsters have private swim time in our beautiful graded-entry pool and fenced-in wading pool for those campers still too young to swim in our bigger pool. Basic swim lessons are provided for Junior Shoresh at no additional cost. Our zap line is an exciting element that allows our junior campers an opportunity to have a fun zip line experience. Juniors have at least one off-site trip per session at no additional cost. As with all of the Shoresh programs, safety is always our primary concern.
The Shoresh division (nicknamed “Big Camp”) is unlike any other camp in the area. The focus of Shoresh is to instill a love of Judaism within each camper. The daily Jewish learning program gives campers of all backgrounds a wealth of knowledge that is unparalleled. The counselors in this program are exceptional because they are not only fun and enthusiastic, they possess a depth of knowledge and strength of character that make them positive role models for the campers. A typical camp day is packed with an array of activities including sports, crafts, challenge courses (high and low), archery, game room, and swimming. Shoresh campers have the opportunity to attend at least one great trip during each session at no additional cost.
CITs gain skills and knowledge that prepare them to be Shoresh counselors or for employment in other summer opportunities. In addition, they continue to enjoy all of their favorite bunk activities such as sports, swimming, crafts, challenge courses, and archery. Exclusive CIT trips and activities make this program an unforgettable and invaluable experience! CITs work with Shoresh campers and staff, develop leadership abilities, participate in special interactive learning sessions, and max out on fun with awesome trips!
Please note: Prior to acceptance to this program, any first-time camper must have a pre-camp interview. You will be contacted to schedule an interview once your application has been received.
Nestled within the rich agricultural landscape of Frederick County, the Shoresh campsite is centrally located in Adamstown, Maryland. Minutes from the heart of Frederick, this scenic property is within an hour’s drive of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Additionally, Gaithersburg, Potomac, Columbia, Carroll County, Hagerstown, Leesburg, VA, Ashburn, VA, and West Virginia are all situated within a 30-45 minute drive.
Our Nicholas Family Dance Studio, complete with hardwood floors and mirrored walls, is perfect for our private dance, yoga, and Zumba instruction.
Shoresh is proud to boast our one-of-a-kind nine-hole, Jewish holiday-themed mini golf course. Can you score a hole in one in the shofar, sukkah, or Torah?
Archery instruction is a favorite among campers. On our archery range, campers learn skills of the sport from our experienced instructor.
All of our beautiful athletic fields are centrally and conveniently located to maximize sports time for our campers. We rotate our daily athletic activities, allowing campers to participate in a wide variety of sports including softball, kickball, volleyball, soccer, football, ga-ga, basketball, relay races and more.
Our fully equipped creative center allows campers to express themselves through ceramics and other hands-on arts & crafts projects specifically designed for their age group and skill level.
The Shoresh game room includes pool tables, ping pong tables, arcade games, air hockey, and other recreational activities.
Our team of certified challenge course instructors creates unparalleled team-building experiences for our campers. Our high challenge course consists of a 675' long zip line, rock wall, Jacob's Ladder, Free Fall Swing, and the Traverse. Other elements include Stairway to Heaven and Round Robin. Our low challenge course is a combination of ropes, tires, wooden structures, and cables comprising many different elements designed to strengthen individual and team skills. Our zap line is a zip line that is geared for kids of all ages. It can be accessed from a set of stairs and is not as high - but just as exciting - as our main zip line. We added an obstacle course in 2021 that provides new challenges and opportunities for growth.
The Cohen - Davison - Weinberg Community Center provides a beautiful and spacious multi-purpose room ideal for mealtimes, assemblies, concerts, and performances. The Crane Early Childhood Center enables our youngest campers to enjoy bunk rooms and an arts & crafts center designed exclusively for them.
Our pool house, with separate changing rooms for girls and boys, leads to our privately-enclosed beach-entry style swimming pool. This graded entrance allows swimmers of all ages and levels to ease into the water. Our flume slide is guaranteed to make daily swim times fun and exciting. Certified lifeguards are always present during swim time.
Jewish heritage becomes meaningful and beautiful through our small, informal study groups. These learning sessions with the counselors, rabbis, and guest speakers are complemented by Jewish activities such as Judaica crafts and challah baking.
The Junior Shoresh Division has one off-campus trip each session. This summer's "Big Camp" and CIT trips include Hershey Park and Guppy Gulch. The CIT Division has one additional off-campus trip each session.
Visits from Baltimore Ravens players are a highlight of the summer for our campers.
One period a week, campers will choose from different electives. Choices typically include photography, cooking, science, scrapbooking, ceramics, cake decorating, water wars, nature, and more!
Shoresh has its own stream hike along the Tuscarora Creek that runs through the campus. Additionally, there is a great nature trail where the campers can spy all kinds of flora.
Shoresh Inc. is a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization.