NFTY East Sprinter Kallah

Grades Invited: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Event Cost: $289

Description: Highlights of the weekend will include: • The chance to unplug, enjoy the beauty of camp, play, and enjoy yourself • Creative programs designed for teens, to build character and lifelong friendships, • Interactive and engaging Shabbat services led by our NFTY teen leaders • The opportunity raise money for social causes you are passionate about • Evening activities that will make you laugh and connect with other teens in your region, grade and the east area.

Registration link: https://campharlam.org/register-login/

Contact Person: Beth Garfinkle Hancock

Contact Person’s Title: East Area Manager

Contact Person’s Email: bghancock@urj.org

Contact Person’s Phone: (212) 650-4112

 

TAKE TWO! NFTY EAST KALLAH FOR NFTY-MAR, NFTY-GER and NFTY-PAR!!!

If you previously registered for the January event, please fill out this simple form:

https://urjyouth.wufoo.com/forms/xpwvvd71vlre78/
How to register on Camp Harlam’s website:

  1. Go to: https://campharlam.org/register-login/
  2. Click Register/login
  3. Fill out to Begin your application
  4. Complete Camper application
  5. Indicate Season 2022, fill out all information
  6. Submit Begin application
  7. Select Year-Round Programming
  8. Under retreats, select NFTY East Winter Kallah

Thank you in advance for understanding that we are navigating this in-person weekend with the health and safety of everyone as our highest priority. We are moving forward with the weekend planning as is, and we appreciate your flexibility and patience as we get closer to the event.  

What is a NFTY Kallah?  A Kallah is an in-person weekend long retreat at camp!  We are excited to be bringing together 8th-12th grade teens from the Garden Empire Region to the Mid-Altantic Region for a weekend together in person in Kunkletown.  From wake up at 8:30am through lights out at 11:00pm, teens will be engaged in a variety of programs.  From celebrating Shabbat, playing sports, arts and crafts, learning about social justice, singing our favorite camp songs, and more – the weekend will be filled with options for all!

Meals: Camp Harlam’s kitchen is kosher style. All meals meet dietary needs as much as possible including gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, and vegan options. For the safety of those with allergies, no outside food will be permitted. 

Transportation: Your city/congregation will determine your transportation to and from camp.  The event begins on Friday, April 29 at 4:30pm and concludes Sunday, May 1 at 11:00am.  Transportation is included in the registration fee. 

Cost: Tuition is $289 and includes food, lodging, activity supplies, and accommodations.  Enrollment will occur on March 31st. If you need to cancel your registration, please do so by March 28th, 2022 by emailing Beth at bghancock@urj.org.  After March 31st, no refunds will be given.

Scholarship assistance: To assist families in need, and to welcome as many participants as possible without making this event cost-prohibitive, we have set aside funds to help them attend at a discounted rate. Please fill out this scholarship form. We request that you ask your synagogue for funding before you apply for our scholarship. When you get to the payment page, it will look like you are paying the full $289. However, when we process registration on March 31st, we will charge for the amount agreed upon after filling out the scholarship application. 

What to bring? A more detailed packing list will be sent closer to the event.

  • Masks- With the exception of meals and bedtime, participants will be wearing masks indoors at all times. 
  • Warm Sleeping Bag, Pillow and Towel 
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, deodorant, shampoo, soap, etc.) 
  • Layers and rain gear – Spring weather in the Pocono mountains can be unpredictable 
  • A water bottle: NFTY cares about the environment.  Please bring a reusable water bottle to decrease the number of disposable cups we use.   
  • Please leave at home anything you would be devastated to lose. NFTY, Camp Harlam, and the Union for Reform Judaism are not responsible for any lost or stolen items.   
  • NFTY policy is for teens to be responsible for their own medication at events.  If your teen needs help with their medication, please let us know. 

Safety: Above all else, the safety and well-being of all the participants is foremost. We will have an overnight security guard making sure we’re safe.  Most teens will stay on camp, but we are looking into some staying at a nearby hotel if we hit capacity of on-camp housing. We will have appropriate staff in all sleeping areas where teens will be, ensuring the health and safety of all participants. 

COVID-19:

After completing registration, there will be TWO additional steps.  Participants and parents will digitally sign a copy of the COVID Brit AND upload proof of participant’s vaccination (as defined below).  You can find these documents in your CampInTouch Account (where you registered your child) under FORMS AND DOCUMENTS. 

If you are already registered for the event, please go back into CampInTouch to complete these two important steps.  

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.

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 further than 2-3 hours: 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.

Will vaccines be required to attend?

Yes. 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. Please note, this is the policy for the Spring 2022 weekend programs but does not define future URJ policies.

Yes, there are exceptions to the URJ vaccination policy, and they are rare. There are exceedingly rare circumstances where vaccination is contraindicated for bona fide medical reasons. Individuals who have had a documented allergy or severe adverse reaction to the usual childhood vaccination series might not be able to complete the specific immunization schedule outlined above. Additionally, individuals who are relatively immunodeficient (for example, people living with cancer or who are receiving chemotherapy, transplant recipients, and people receiving immunosuppressive drugs) may not be able to receive certain vaccines.  In these extremely rare circumstances, current documentation from a licensed Physician (MD or DO), or a Pediatric/Family Practice Advanced Practice Nurse (ARNP or PNP) not related to the individual, describing the condition that prevented immunization, must be furnished to URJ Camps or Israel Programs medical advisory team.  We will review these very rare situations on a case-by-case basis to determine if that individual can safely participate.

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 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.