FAQ


Here you will find the answers to most of your important questions. Of course, if you need any further information, feel free to Contact Us at any time.

Q1 What makes Sephardic Adventure Camp unique?
Q2 How long does Sephardic Adventure Camp last?
Q3 What is your camper to counselor ratio?
Q4 Is Sephardic Adventure Camp a religious camp?
Q5 Where are your campers from?
Q6 How do we communicate with our children during the summer?
Q7 Do kids get to leave camp at all during the summer?
Q8 What are the qualifications of your staff?
Q9 What is the age group for campers attending Sephardic Adventure Camp?
Q10 How are campers assigned their bunks?
Q11 What about medical facilities and personnel?
Q12 What if my child has no camping experience?
Q13 What is Camp Time?
A1
What makes Sephardic Adventure Camp unique? We believe that the best way to strengthen a child’s Jewish background is to provide a Jewish playground. Sephardic Adventure Camp can be your child’s Sephardic Jewish playground.  Situated on the beautiful Long Beach Peninsula in Washington State, we combine the best in American camping with a strong love for the Sephardic tradition. We offer children a summer filled with fun, friendships, laughter, excitement, adventure, and learning. Sephardic Adventure Camp provides a safe and healthy environment in which Jewish youngsters can explore and enjoy their world, while learning about their heritage and developing their senses of creativity, sportsmanship, and individuality.
A2 How long does Sephardic Adventure Camp last? Camp will be in session for 17 days, including two Shabbatot.
A3 What is your camper to counselor ratio? Our ratio is typically 4-5 campers for every counselor.
A4 Is Sephardic Adventure Camp a religious camp? Yes. Sephardic Adventure Camp is an independent 501(c) 3 affiliated with both Cong. Ezra Bessaroth and Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation, two orthodox Seattle synagogues rich in Sephardic tradition. Prayer services are held daily and Shabbat is strictly observed. All the food is certified kosher and is prepared in the camp’s kitchen, which is supervised by our mashgiach and under the direction of the orthodox rabbinate. In addition, other religious leaders from the Seattle Sephardic community and beyond participate in many religious (and non-religious) programs with the children throughout the camping session.
A5
Where are your campers from? While many of our campers reside in Washington state, SAC attracts campers from all around the United States and beyond including Vancouver BC., Oregon, California, Alaska, New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Israel.
A6
How do we communicate with our children during the summer? 
 
For letters:
Camper Name
Sephardic Adventure Camp
c/o OPCRC
PO Box C, Ocean Park, WA 98640
 
For Packages (non-food):
 Camper Name
Sephardic Adventure Camp
c/o OPCRC
28511 Vernon Ave, Ocean Park, WA 98640.
A7
Do kids get to leave camp at all during the summer? Field trips are planned and vary from year to year. In the past, these trips have included overnights, hiking, boating, and sightseeing. Our camp site’s proximity to the beach towns of Long Beach, Ocean Park and Astoria/Seaside, OR offer many exciting adventure opportunities!
A8 What are the qualifications of your staff? We have an experienced, mature staff, most of whom are former SAC campers and well known to us.  They include specialists in music, sports, drama, arts & crafts, and teffilot (prayer).   Our staff is committed to ensuring each camper has a safe and exciting summer, while at the same time serving as fine, personal examples of dedicated members of the Sephardic Jewish Community.  In additional, our host camp provides experienced, certified staff for the swimming, archery, challenge course and zip-line activities. 
A9 What is the age group for campers attending Sephardic Adventure Camp? Sephardic Adventure Camp serves campers who will be entering third through eleventh grade in the school year following the current summer session.
A10 How are campers assigned their bunks? Campers are divided into bunks, first by gender and then by age group. The following grades are grouped together: entering third and fourth graders; entering fifth and sixth graders; entering seventh, eighth and ninth graders; followed by our Counselors In Training, who are entering tenth and eleventh graders. 
A11
What about medical facilities and personnel? Sephardic Adventure Camp has a small clinic with a trained medical person on premises at all times.  In an emergency, we will transport your child to the nearest medical facility or call 911. There is a Fire Station in Ocean Park, just a few miles away with a paramedic on staff.  Ocean Beach Hospital is just 22 minutes away in Ilwaco, Wa.
A12 What if my child has no camping experience? First-time campers (and his or her parent) are often apprehensive about their first experience at sleep away camp. Not to worry – our experienced counselors will be there to help guide them. Reassuring your child before camp about the positive experience he or she is bound to have (making new friends, enjoying the outdoors, participating in fun activities, etc.) is also a big help.
A13 What is Camp Time? From the first morning of Camp, SAC will turn its clocks forward an hour for the duration of camp. We do this for a few reasons:
1) Kids get to sleep in later. (This is really better for everyone.)
2) We love to have night activities in the NIGHTTIME – they are just more fun that way!
3) Shabbat will end an hour earlier. During those long Shabbat Days, we want the campers to enjoy every minute of it and to be awake when it ends with the possibility of having a night activity afterwards. When Shabbat ends at 10pm, it’s just not going to happen.