Our Activities

Waterfront Activities

Our waterfront has something for everyone. Our trained waterfront staff teach our campers new skills in the areas of waterskiing, kneeboarding, wakeboarding, tubing, sailing, 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.

New in 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.

Male camper and staff fishing in lake

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, gaga, floor hockey, kickball, sand volleyball, ultimate frisbee, flag football, tetherball, roofball and ping pong.  We also have a challenging 9-hole Disc Golf course.

Goalie diving for soccer ball

Digital Media

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.

Two campers at digital media activity

Campers learning about digital media


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.

Mountain Biking

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.

Young campers on bikes

Female camper biking on gravel


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 and more.

Female camper and staff painting a ceramic vegetable

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 ropes elements plus a climbing wall, zip line and flying squirrel component.

Female camper doing a Superman pose on high ropes course

Girl climbing on rock tower

Outdoor Adventure Activities

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) and our low ropes course.

Camper and staff exploring forest during outdoor adventure activity

Performing Arts

Campers have the opportunity to participate in activities like drama, music, dance (including Israeli dancing), zumba and improv. Each camper has the option to perform in their Hatzagah (play performed by age group) and in the camp talent show!

Female campers taking a dance class outdoors

Dance instructor teaching campers footwork in dance studio

Maker’s Space

Our newest elective at CYJ! This collaborative work space allows campers to explore and share using different high and no tech tools.

Young boy learning how to use a hammer in woodworking activity

Culinary Arts

Campers work with our kitchen managers and learn how to read and cook recipes. They have the opportunity to create a Friday night Shabbat meal and present it to the camp community.

Out of Camp Trips

Each eidah (age group) participates in a one night tiyul (campout) with hiking, swimming, outdoor cooking, star gazing, story telling, s’mores and more. We also have an all camp trip once a session to the Wisconsin Dells for a day of amusement park rides and water slide fun.

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.