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We are firmly committed to maintaining Szarvas as a safe, secure and wholesome environment for our campers and staff. With the registration/application to Szarvas Camp all parents, staff and campers accept an explicit code of conduct and all of the rules and regulations of the Camp.

Unacceptable Behaviour and Dismissal from Camp

The following behaviours are strictly forbidden and violation of either of them will result in immediate dismissal from Camp:

  • Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  • Possession or consumption of drugs.

The following behaviours are also taken extremely seriously and violations of any of these may result in immediate dismissal from Camp, or in other serious consequences:

  • Smoking: the camp is non-smoking and smoking at any time throughout the whole of camp, including the trips, is strictly forbidden.
  • Leaving the campsite without permission.
  • Behaving in a way that seriously disturbs the community and/or jeopardizes the safety of others or themselves.

IN THE CASE OF DISMISSAL FROM CAMP, ALL TRAVEL COSTS MUST BE COVERED BY THE FAMILY OF THE PARTICIPANT OR THE COMMUNITY.

In those cases where the parents cannot collect the child in person to take them home, then they need to appoint another adult/s to be responsible for the child in these circumstances.

Please Note

  • Szarvas Camp does not take any responsibility for participants' personal belongings during their stay unless they have signed them in to the camp safe, which we encourage them to do.
  • Campers will be financially responsible for any wilful damage of property that they cause through their behaviour
  • The services of the camp can only be used by the campers.
  • According to the regulations of the medical officer, bringing animals into the camp is forbidden.
  • As the Camp’s kitchen and dining hall is kosher, bringing non-kosher food into these facilities is forbidden. Taking food from the dining hall is only possible in plastic dishes.

Visiting Camp

Permission for a visit on any of the days of camp can only be given by the Camp Director. Visitors who have received such approval may be within the campsite only with an official visitor’s card, which they will receive from security when they sign in upon their arrival.

Health, Safety and Insurance

  • We have general and accident insurance for all campers and staff for the whole period of the camp. This covers any accident or damage that occurs inside the campsite, as well as at all events outside camp that are supervised by the camp leadership. Szarvas takes no responsibility for anything that is not in the above framework.
  • The camp operates in accordance with the rulings of the (Hungarian) ÁNTSZ (Állami Népegészségügyi és Tisztiorvosi Szolgálat – National Public Health Service) and the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points).
  • In order that everyone can arrive to, and leave, the camp in good health, we require all campers to visit their GP about a week before the start of the session, and to ask for a medical certificate that proves that the camper is healthy and can go to public places. Every camper should bring along his/her insurance card or its copy and give it to their group or unit leaders on their arrival.

Other...

  • We try to live an environmentally conscious lifestyle in the camp and we try to educate the campers in this as well. For example, materials used on our programs are stored and reused in an environmentally friendly way.
  • Campers are advised not to bring mobile phones or any other valuables (e.g. electronic gaming devices), because we cannot take responsibility for these! There is a safe available in the camp where the campers can put their valuables with their madrich’s help.

How long is a session?

Our sessions are 12 days long, each of them lasts from Sunday till Friday. Based on parents’ feedback, for the last couple of years we have run one-week sessions called „Jerusalem group” available for Hungarian participants. This group is specifiсally for first-time campers who are 1st or 2nd graders in their elementary school. This option is available every session and lasts from Sunday till Sunday*. * Please note, the one-week session is a set program and there is no possibility of extending it. The minimum number of participants for it to run is 5 people. If we don’t reach this minimum, then your child can be a part of the Negev group.

How many children are in a session? In a unit? In a room?

Every international session hosts about 400-450 children. Groups are formed according to their country/unit and the age groups. The number in each group depends on the total number in the unit/country. Children are housed in groups of 4-6-8-12.

What about the accomodation?

We have three different types of accommodation which can house between 4 and 12 children. The children are placed in houses according to the size of the unit, their gender and the preferred location of the countries/units. These are the only factors that influence the type of the housing that participants are in and we try hard to ensure everyone gets the same level of care and service.

Who supervises my child during the day?

For most of the time, campers are together with their madrichim (group leaders). Madrichim are trained in their local communities. In addition, there are experienced senior JDC staff, Unit Heads, coordinators, professional facilitators, doctors, nurses and a lifeguard, supervising the children.

What is the madrich/child ratio?

The madrich-child ratio is based on the age of the campers. The younger the camper is, the smaller his/her group will be, which means, that the madrich/child ratio is higher for the younger age groups. For example: in the Negev group (7-10 years) there are two leaders caring for 8–10 children, while in the Hermon group (17 – 18 years) there could be up to 20-25 campers in the same group, under the leadership of two madrichim.

Is there a doctor is the camp?

Yes. There is medical care available in the camp around the clock. We have a fully equipped doctor’s office on camp. You can write comments for the camp doctor in the registration form (comment section).

How many times do children eat per day?

We ensure that they receive four meals daily, three eaten in the dining hall as well as an afternoon snack (cake, fruit, etc.), served outside the dining hall.

My child is on a special diet. What should I do?

Please let us know by giving details in the appropriate column of the registration form so that the camp staff will know about it and so that we can be fully prepared. We also advise you to inform your local coordinator(s).

What each camper needs to bring to camp?

  • Your insurance card (or a copy),
  • personal toliteries,
  • towel/s,
  • a swimming suit,
  • clothing for sport activities (trainers, shorts, etc ...),
  • clothing for open-air (evening) activities (closed sweater, trousers...),
  • nice clothing for Shabbat (white shirt, suit pants for boys, skirt for girls...),
  • a kippah for the boys,
  • hat and sunscreen,
  • you might need mosquito repellent,
  • although, it is a summer camp, sometimes the weather can be extreme and can suddenly rain hard for a while so a raincoat might also be useful.

The ‘NOT TO PACK’ list?

Campers are advised not to bring along mobile phones or any other valuables (e.g. electronic gaming devices), because we cannot take responsibility for these! There is however a safe in the camp, where the campers can put their valuables, with their madrich’s help.

Is there a kiosk on camp? How much money should I give my child?

There is indeed a kiosk in the camp where snacks, drinks and basic toiletry items can be bought. The kiosk closes an hour before each mealtime and re-opens after the meals finishes. Camp souvenirs can be bought in the Szarvas Shop that is located next to the Dining Hall. We cannot give exact advice about how much money they should bring but, in our experience, you should probably base it on a limit of one or two snacks a day plus possibly the cost of a camp sweatshirt if wanted. We cannot take responsibility for any valuables or money that is not put into the camp safe. Campers can deposit items in the safe at any time with the help of their madrich.

How can I reach my child?

We strongly recommend that you do not give your child a cellphone to take to camp. If, however, you choose to do so, then you can reach him/her in the short free time after meals.

Can I visit my children?

Permission for a visit on any days of the camp can only be given by Camp Director. Please contact him at info (at) szarvas.camp for preliminary permission. With this approval, you may enter the campsite where you will be given a visitor’s card, which you should keep with you at all times until your departure.

Is the camp kosher and is it Shomer Shabbat?

Yes. The camp's Judaism is open and pluralistic. We accept every Jewish stream because it is important for everyone to feel at home, whatever surrounding they come from, from the most secular aspect to the most religious. To help this we only provide Glatt Kosher food and keep Shabbat in public.

We are not religious; my child doesn’t have any Jewish knowledge or background...

This does not matter at all. We have many campers from all over the world who get their basic understanding of Judaism at Szarvas and many of them also experience a Shabbat for the first time in their life at camp. One of our main goals is to teach the campers about Jewish culture and traditions so that they can start building their Jewish identity in their own way.

How a typical day looks like?

    7:30 - Wake up
    8:20 - MiFi (mini mifkad) in groups or in units
    8:30 - Mifkad
    8:45 - Breakfast
    9:30 - Peula
    10:30 - Sport
    11:30 - Madrich Time
    12:30 - Lunch
    15:00 - Singing
    16:00 - Dancing
    17:00 - Arts and crafts
    19:00 - Dinner
    ~20:30 - Evening program
    22:00 (6-10 y.o.), 23:00 (11-13 y.o.) and 23:30 (14-18 y.o.) bedtime

Additional activities: challenge park, cycling (for the elder age groups), swimming pool, mifgashim, project, pardes, visiting the synagogue, canoe, wall climbing, zip-line, cruise, excursions researching the past, visit to the botanic garden, exhibitions (on camp), museum (on camp), bonfire, pita baking, etc.

Minden nemzetközi turnusba kb. 400-450 gyermeket várunk, összesen több mint 25 országból. Egy korcsoportban a jelentkezéstől függően 50-150 gyerek van.

A táborozók elhelyezése modern házakban, igényes, jól felszerelt és biztonságos környezetben történik. Három különböző szállástípusunk van. A szobákban 4-6-8-12 fős csoportokban helyezzük el a táborozóinkat. A gyermekek elhelyezése függ a korcsoport létszámától, a nemek arányától és az országok / korcsoportok preferált elhelyezkedésétől. A szállás típusát nem befolyásolja a részvételi díj vagy a származási ország – mindenkinek egyformán legjobb minőségű ellátást igyekszünk biztosítani. Szobáink nem koedukáltak. 

A gyerekeknek napi négyszeri kóser étkezést biztosítunk (hármat ebédlőben, az uzsonnát pedig, ami lehet sütemény, gyümölcs, stb. azon kívül). Nálunk senki nem marad éhes, repeta van! Amennyiben a gyermek speciális étrendet követ, kérjük, mindenképpen jelezze ezt a jelentkezési lap kitöltésekor a megfelelő rovatban, hogy fel tudjunk rá készülni. Az étterembe külső (nem kóser) ételt behozni tilos!

A tábor területén büfé is található, ahol nassolni valók, üdítők és alapvető higiéniai eszközök kaphatóak. A büfé az étkezések előtt egy órával bezár és csak azok után nyit ki. A táborban található Szarvas Shopban lehetőség van emléktárgyak vásárlására. Az anyagiakhoz nem tudunk pontos tanácsot adni, de valahol a napi egy–két nasi áránál húznánk meg a határt; összesen 5000–7000 Ft-tal nem nagyon lehet mellé lőni. Amennyiben emlék-, vagy ajándéktárgyakat is venne a gyermek, akkor ennél magasabb összeggel érdemes számolni. Mindkét kioszkban lehet kártyával is fizetni! Ahogy más nagyobb értékekért, úgy a kártyáért sem tudunk felelősséget vállalni. A táborban van zárható értékmegőrző, amelyben a táborozó a madrichja segítségével bármikor elhelyezhet értékeket. 

A táborban igyekszünk környezettudatosan élni és erre nevelni a táborozókat is. A felhasznált anyagokat környezetbarát módon tároljuk és újrahasznosítjuk. A tábor területén bevezettük a szelektív hulladékgyűjtést.

A táborban van úszómedence, amelyet a táborozók csoportosan látogathatnak. A medencénél az úszómester és az ifjúsági vezetők figyelnek a rendre és a biztonságra. 

A tábor területén négy sportpálya (tenisz, kosárlabda, röplabda és foci), valamint ping-pong terem és sportcsarnok található, amelyeket a táborozók szakfelügyelet mellett vehetnek igénybe. A sporteszközök ingyen kölcsönözhetőek.  

A táborozás ideje alatt a gyerekeknek életkoruknak megfelelő sportolási és egyéb szabadidős lehetőségeket nyújtunk (pl. kenuzás, biciklizés, kalandpark, arborétum látogatás, kirándulás és hajókázás a kisebb korosztályoknak). Ezeket a szolgáltatásokat a részvételi díj tartalmazza. 

Szarvasi táborozóink az együtt töltött 12 nap alatt dalokat és táncokat tanulnak, amiről a szülők is meggyőződhetnek a táborban készült képeken és hangulatvideókon. 

A születésnapokat a táborban közösen ünnepeljük meg. Néha egyszerre tíz nyelven énekeljük, hogy „Booooldooog születésnapot!” 

Szarvasról minden gyerek egy ajándék tábori pólóval tér haza, így év közben sem fakulnak meg a nyári emlékek.

The approach to Judaism within the camp is open and pluralist. We accept all streams and styles of Judaism; from the cultural to the traditional to the religious, and it is important for us that everyone can feel at home, no matter what their background or level of observance is. To ensure this, the kitchen of the camp is kosher, and we observe Shabbat according to Jewish tradition in the public spaces of camp. There are many campers who get to experience their first Shabbat ever while at Szarvas.

In order to facilitate the Shabbat experience, campers are given prayer books; these books are available in Hungarian, English, and Russian. The prayer books also contain phonetic transcription.

In the camp, there is an active synagogue, regular, optional daily prayer (Maariv, Shacharit, and Mincha), and educational programs led by our Rabbis, which can be an easy introduction to Jewish life.

In collaboration with Frankel synagogue, we've been holding bat and bar mitzvah ceremonies for several years now.

During our meals, boys are expected to wear headgear (kipa).

The Jewry is present in most of our programs, we build the Jewish identity of our campers and teach the importance of belonging to the community by means of informal education and fun.