Our waterfront has something for everyone. Our trained waterfront staff teach our campers new skills in the areas of waterskiing, kneeboarding, wakeboarding, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, fishing and water sports. While on our beach, campers can participate in bocce, sand castle building, ping pong and spikeball.
Since 2022, we have become an official partner of USA Water Ski, the national governing body of water skiing in the US, providing a step by step skill progression program for our campers.
Our sports program emphasizes fun and safety – our sports staff assess the ability of each camper so they can be most successful while trying out different sports. Some of our activities include:
Our athletics facilities include two basketball courts, sand volleyball court, baseball diamond, soccer field, two tennis courts, archery range, 9-hole disc golf course, and a gaga pit.
Sports & Athletics
Our sports program emphasizes fun and safety – our sports staff assess the ability of each camper so they can be most successful while trying out different sports. Our activities include: tennis, soccer, basketball, softball, pickleball, floor hockey, kickball, ultimate frisbee, flag football, tetherball, roofball and ping pong.
Our sports facilities include two basketball courts, sand volleyball court, baseball diamond, soccer field, two tennis courts, archery range, 9-hole disc golf course, gaga pit, and a ropes course with a 41-foot climbing tower and 300 foot zip line.
Campers have the opportunity to learn how to use a DSLR camera in our digital photography elective. They begin with understanding the camera and end with editing their photos to walk away with their own portfolio of pictures.
Our video editing elective is an opportunity for campers to integrate their writing, editing and directing skills. The group works together to write a short film, act and direct in it and then edit it to show the entire camp.
One of our most popular activities! Campers learn how to safely use a bow and arrow with our staff who receive training from the National Archery in the Schools program.
Campers love riding our mountain bikes all over our campground. Our biking specialists create programs that teach about gear usage, maintenance and just the love of riding. Helmets are provided by CYJ.
Campers have the opportunity to try out different art venues each day in their electives. Options include painting, drawing, clay, mosaics, collage, jewelry making, friendship bracelets, comics and more.
Sky High Challenge Course
CYJ’s ropes course allows campers the chance to develop teamwork, strength, trust, and confidence on our state-of-the-art high ropes course. Run by trained and experienced staff members, campers will be “challenged by choice” while learning basic belaying and spotting techniques and overcoming personal and group challenges. Our challenge course has high and low ropes elements plus a climbing wall, zip line and flying squirrel component.
Tsofiyut and Teva (Israeli Scouting & Nature)
Campers can join our Israeli scouts and learn about their shevet’s (troop) activities. They learn knot tying, outdoor cooking and specialized games. They have built an outdoor oven, hammocks and ladders to culminate their elective. Other electives include: nature and teva crafters (arts & crafts using outdoor materials).
Campers have the opportunity to participate in activities like drama, music, dance (including Israeli dancing). Each camper has the option to perform in the camp talent show!
Our newest elective at CYJ! This collaborative work space allows campers to explore the world of robotics as they build models and share using different high tech tools. Campers will learn the fundamentals of robotic design.
Campers work with our kitchen managers and learn how to read and cook recipes.
Each eidah (age group) participates in a one night tiyul (campout) with hiking, swimming, outdoor cooking, star gazing, story telling, s’mores and more.
Yom Tikkun Olam
Each eidah (age group) will travel outside of camp to volunteer within the Waupaca and surrounding areas. Our campers have helped organizations like Feeding America and the Waupaca Community Garden. At the end of this day, campers come together to share with each other what they have learned and how we can bring it back home.