NFTY NEL Spring Kallah at Camp George

NFTY NEL Spring Kallah

URJ Camp George

April 29th-May 1st, 2022

We have moved to space available for this event. If you register today, you will be put onto a waitlist, and we will be in touch if space becomes available. Please reach out to Stacy at SBernstein@urj.org with any questions.

What is NFTY?  NFTY has been the brand of teen engagement for the Reform movement for decades. NFTY is a movement that builds strong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered engagement. Together, we pursue tikkun olam (repairing the world), personal growth, youth empowerment, and deep connections, all rooted in Reform Judaism.  

NFTY events maintain high expectations of being a caring and safe community. You can read our NFTY Brit K’hilah, our code of conduct, to get to know the kind of community we create together. 

What is a Kallah? A Kallah is an overnight experience with other teens that includes engaging programs, activities, and opportunities to meet other Reform Jewish teens. These activities also include Shabbat services, character and relationship building programs, and an opportunity for social action or social justice programming.  

What is NEL? These acronyms stand for the names of each geographical region: Northeast Lakes Each region has its own teen leadership regional board. These are the individuals who will be planning most of the retreat with adult partnership. 

Transportation: We will be providing transportation to camp from Cleveland, Buffalo, and Toronto. We will have more information about stops and times as we get closer to the event.

Safety: The safety and wellbeing of our staff and participants is our highest priority. Our staff onsite includes the year round George team, congregational staff members, bunk counselors, and an overnight security team. 

Cost: Early bird registration cost for participants will be $450+ 13% HST CND (around $400 US) which includes housing, food, programming, and bus transportation from multiple locations. Early bird will end on March 7th. Regular registration will be $480+ 13% HST CND (around $425 US) after March 7th. Register now to reserve your spot – registrations will be processed on April 4th, 2022.  There is no fee if you cancel before April 4th.  After April 4th, there will be no refunds.

Scholarship assistance: We are committed to ensuring that all teens who wish to attend this event are able to join us.  If cost is a prohibiting factor, please complete this scholarship form. We request that you ask your synagogue for funding before you apply for our scholarship.

Ready to Register? 

  • Registration is completed through the Camp George CampInTouch system 
  • Go to this link to begin your registration: https://urjcampgeorge.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/camper/App – Registration must be completed through a parent/guardian account. 
  • If you have a camper signed up for Camp George, please use the same account. 
  • If your child is enrolled for summer 2022, some information may be pre-populated, please be sure that you are completing all required questions, so your registration is completed in full. 
  • On the payment page, choose ‘NFTY & Year-Round Programs – Pay in Full Credit, or NFTY & Year-Round Programs – Pay in Full eCheck’  
    • You are registering today to reserve your spot.  Your tuition will be collected on April 4th, 2022. 
    • If your child is currently enrolled in summer 2022, your camp billing plan has been saved in the back end of our system. We will return your billing plan for camp and planned payments for camp will not be interrupted. 
  • After completing registration, there will be TWO additional steps.  Participants and parents will digitally sign a copy of the COVID Brit and then upload proof of participant’s vaccination.  You can find these documents in your CampMinder Account under FORMS AND DOCUMENTS. 
  • If you have questions about CampMinder or your registration, please email Lauren at lgrundland@urj.org.   All other inquiries about the event can be sent to SBernstein@urj.org. 

 

COVID-19:

After completing registration, there will be TWO additional steps.  Participants and parents will digitally sign a copy of the COVID Brit and then upload proof of participant’s vaccination.  You can find these documents in your CampMinder Account under FORMS AND DOCUMENTS.

Canadian Border Requirements:

  • We will review border entry requirements from US to Canada and share them closer to the event. Currently travelers entering Canada must use the ArriveCan app to upload proof of vaccination, and share a quarantine plan if they test positive while in Canada.  
    • As seen in the COVID Brit, teens who test positive will need to have a parent/guardian arrive at camp to pick them up within 6 hours. We will quarantine them until then, and they will be able to cross the border to go home. When American’s complete the ArriveCan app, their quarantine location should be Camp George: 45 Good Fellowship Rd, Seguin, ON P2A 0B2, Canada 
  • We will keep an eye on these border requirements and will keep you posted if things change closer to the event. Thank you for your flexibility as we navigate our first in person event back at Camp George. 

URJ Short Term Camp Overnight Program FAQs:

We are excited to be planning for in-person URJ camp-based overnight programs for 2022! The health and wellbeing of our participants has always been and will remain our top priority as we work to open these events. Together, we can take the necessary actions to balance our needs for connection and community with the ongoing reality of the pandemic.

As we consider every aspect of our program and operation, we have created the following FAQs to answer some of the questions you may have.  We will continue to update this information as needed. This information is based on what we know today. We are deeply committed to open, ongoing, and honest communication with our congregations and event attendees.

Based on your current planning, what COVID-19 mitigation protocols will be in place?

Prior to the event:

  • Vaccines REQUIRED: We will require ALL participants, staff, and adults to have completed the full COVID vaccination schedule that they are age-eligible for (CDC defines this as being “up to date”). Everyone on-site for the event will be required to upload their vaccination information as part of registration. You can read our full vaccination policy.
  • For 5 days prior to the event, please exercise caution by limiting your exposures to the bare minimum (no indoor, unmasked gatherings or dining outside of your immediate family home, and at school/work). A signed Short-Term Overnight Programs COVID Brit will be required to be uploaded prior to the event. Consider this an expression of our Jewish value of Pikuach Nefesh, the protection and preservation of human life.

Travel / Arrival: a negative rapid Antigen test is required immediately prior to the program, and negative results must be uploaded as part of registration. It is strongly recommended that you do an at-home rapid test prior to traveling to the programs, as well.

  • For those traveling by car: on-site rapid testing will be done upon arrival.
  • For those traveling by bus: rapid testing will be done immediately prior to boarding the bus.
  • For those traveling by airplane: a negative rapid Antigen test is required immediately prior to air travel (within 24 hours, or as directed by the airline).
    • Guidelines for air travel: Please use caution when travelling through airports – always wear a high filtration mask (N95/KN95/KN94-level) and maintain diligent hand hygiene.

On-Site Requirements:

  • Mask-wearing indoors throughout the event except for during dining, bathing, and sleeping, and outdoors when physical distancing of 6 feet is not possible. All participants must wear a high filtration mask (N95/KN95/KN94-level). Participants must bring 3 high filtration masks/day and extras.
  • Sleeping and eating groups will be kept consistent as much as possible to limit exposures within the participant group.
  • Hygiene: Encouraging and making time for frequent hand washing/sanitizing
  • Informing participants of and encouraging best practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19
  • Participants MUST communicate to program staff if they develop any COVID symptoms during the event (as described in the COVID Brit).

We know that the best practices surrounding COVID-19 are continually changing.  We will evaluate our policies and practices as the COVID-19 landscape evolves. Our protocols and guidelines will always be subject to change based on the latest guidelines from health experts, state and local protocols, and other health authorities

What happens if the URJ cancels events due to COVID-19?

We will remain nimble and responsive to the ever-evolving standards and protocols and will adapt accordingly.  If, however, the URJ is unable or elects not to run the program due to government regulations or if the URJ chooses not to open at its own discretion, you will receive a full program fee refund, including the deposit, without penalty.

What happens if a family/student registers and then decides to cancel because they are no longer comfortable attending?

We offer families the opportunity to purchase trip insurance to protect their investment. If a program is running but a family chooses to cancel, our normal cancellation policies will apply.

What happens if a teen has a positive rapid COVID test onsite?

We have several mitigation tools in place to prevent this situation from occurring (rapid antigen testing upon on-site arrival/bus boarding/pre-air travel, staying home if symptomatic, recommended rapid antigen test at home prior to travel, pre-program “quarantine” and COVID Brit). However, if this situation arises, arrangements will be made in collaboration with the specific family involved to best facilitate the health and wellbeing of all program participants, in accordance with local, state, and URJ COVID policies. The Program Staff will be in communication with the participant and their parent/guardian to make logistical arrangements for the swift retrieval of the COVID+ participant. While waiting to be picked up, the COVID+ participant will be isolated and provided as much support as possible. All participants should prepare a plan in case of this scenario. If needed, the plan can include a local adult who is not a parent/guardian, with parent permission. This person’s name must be recorded on the Brit.

How do you decide what guidelines are needed for these events?

An experienced team of URJ staff is overseeing the development of COVID guidance for URJ programs. They work with our URJ Medical Advisory Team who have expertise and specialization in public health and infectious diseases. These teams are working closely with the program staff to develop guidelines and protocols appropriate for these events.