Jookender Family Camp

Jookender Family Camp

Welcome to Jookender Young Adults Family Camp! We have been waiting to come together for a very long time and the moment is here. Our Shabbaton/YA Family Camp is on! This event will follow COVID-19 CDC guidelines. We are working extremely hard to keep the participants and presenters as safe as possible. If you’re a new family who has never camped with us in prior, please read carefully the description. If you are a returning family, please, also read it!

This event will take place at Camp Avoda, 23 Gibbs Rd, Middleboro, MA

The camp lasts from Friday night (Check in - 6:30pm) to Sunday afternoon (Check out – 3:00pm)

Before July 15, 2021: • Lux Unit: Adult - $250, Senior - $200, Child - $140
• Family Bunk House: Adult - $175, Senior - $165, Child - $110
• Young Adults Bunkhouse: Adult - $175
• Tent Site: Adult - $145, Senior - $135, Child - $110
After July 15, 2021: • Lux Unit: Adult - $325, Senior - $280, Child - $190
• Family Bunk House: Adult - $225, Senior - $215, Child - $155
• Young Adults Bunkhouse: Adult - $225
• Tent Site: Adult - $195, Senior - $185, Child - $155

During the camp, there will be many interesting activities for the young adults, which can be joined at any time, providing the availability.

For the children, we will be dividing them by age-appropriate groups, and Teen-Volunteers will be assigned to them. Teen- Volunteers are responsible to deliver your kids from one class to another, and, if capable and scheduled for – conduct classes for them. Adult Volunteers may help during the class, and provide with classes/workshops, as well.

A family may assign 1 volunteer to the camp. If you have any special skills and would like to volunteer your time – we want to hear from you. A volunteer doesn’t pay for the camp, and may join other activities when is not assign to his own tasks. If you think, your skills would be desired, you may communicate it with Sasha by writing to, then sign up for camp volunteering after your family has reserved the stay. You need your family to sign up first, because when you register as a volunteer and mark that you’ll be staying with your family, you need to choose your family from the dropdown list, and this will only be possible, if your family has already been registered. If later it happens that we cannot make you a volunteer for some reason, you’ll be able to add yourself as a paying member to your family registration. A Volunteer, Teen or Adult, should be at least 15 y.o. Last year participants of The Melting Pot program, may join as Teen-volunteers even if they are younger. No upper limit, as long, as we think you can be an asset to our camp. • click here to register as a volunteer

* while teen volunteers participate free of charge, no matter which unit they are assigned to, adult volunteers are free only if they live in a bunk unit or a tent with their family.

This is just a camp, so you need to bring everything with you. The bunkhouse rooms are equipped with twin bunk beds, matrasses, dressers, and electricity. There is one portable heater per room. It’s up to you, if you wish to move the beds around, add a bed, remove one, etc. Due to COVID precautions, only one family will be placed in a separate room in the Bunk House. But later on, you, at your own will may add more people to your bunk unit. They will all have to pay p/p fees, but at least they can share your fun!

If you are a Young Adult w/out kids, we’ll place in you in the samegender Young Adults unit with other Young Adults of your age. No children will be allowed in the bunk “for Young Adults only!” You also need to bring with you pillows, blankets, sheets, or sleeping bags. Each Bunk House has 2 wings, each wing – one room, and they share bathrooms 4 sinks 4 toilet cabins in each). The Shower House is a separate building (one for men, one for woman). Some bunkhouses are now equipped with outside, but attached to the bunkhouse, shower cabins. One more thing about the Bunk houses. The numbers get changed every time – that’s the camp policy. So, if you’ve been in bunk 1 last time, this doesn’t mean that the same building will have that same number this time. Allow us to figure out, which unit is better for your family in particular.

Lux houses set apart from other housings. You still need to bring your personal belongings, blankets, pillows (or sleeping bags), linens and towers with you. Actually, linens are provided, but we highly recommend you to bring your own. It is definitely less noisy there. You’ll be able to place your car next to the unit, instead of bringing it back to the parking lot. On the registration form, there is a short description of each building and you’ll be able to select a Lux house on your own, based on the availability. There is a room for a few tents in the same area, but we will only be placing them there, if you express any interest in having your friends in tents live near you and use your bathroom facilities.

Jookender recommends Tent as a type of living unit to all those who loves camping and outside. That’s the best and most flexible option. But – you need to understand, that in this case, in addition to other things and personal belongings, you would need to bring Tent, as well. For Tent people, there are several bathrooms located all over the property.

But what if you really don’t want to live at the camp, and prefer the nearby hotel instead, or, even, commute? You can do that. The Tent price is the cheapest available, just sign up for the tent, and live where you want. You need to sign up for something, otherwise, you won’t be able to enter the camp and participate in our activities.

Schedule: As always, our schedule is based on several things: 1. Skilled Volunteers 2. Grants 3. Number of people signed up and paid full price for the camp. Therefore, we cannot have schedule for you right away. But trust us, we’re already working on schedule day and night, polishing and perfecting it. If you wish to look at our last (2019) camp schedule, download it from here. We will be informing you through our newsletter, as well, as through our Facebook group of any new/secured classes or events we’ll occur on camp.

We’ll try to make as many activities, as possible, especially, for children, outside of the houses.

Bracelets: we’ll try to make sure, each child’s group is no more than 15 kids/3 Teens, unless we have some activities that are for several groups at the same time, like sports activities, or animal show. We will also try to make sure, each group has an opportunity to make it everywhere, instead of signing up to one class or another. This might or might not be true with the Adults. Adults will not be divided by groups and will be able to join any activities, based on the spots available at the moment. Adults will all be belonging to 2 groups – visitors and volunteers. And this will be the only distinguisher between them. Each group will be wearing its color bracelets. Please, do not remove them. Teachers will not admit people without bracelets to their class (unless they are under 3 y.o.). Teen-Volunteers will be wearing 2 bracelets – one, green will represent their belonging to the group of Volunteers, and the other bracelet will depend on the group of assigned children, so parents and children could recognize their leader.

Teen-Volunteers: Please, remember, they are still children. We haven’t had camps for a few years, and the previous “generation” of the Teen-Volunteers went to colleges, graduated, or simply disappeared. The newly-selected Teen-Volunteers are inexperienced, and cannot be fully reliable. The Teen-Volunteers will be told to obey our rules and our assignments, not yours. They will be given specific requests, and they will be performing specific tasks for us. Please, make sure you understand, they will not change diapers, and will not babysit someone’s child, if the child refuses to be part of the group. They simply don’t have the capacity to do so. Please, be a responsible parent, not just a young adult came to get some fun.

Food: based on our conversation with camp, and your previous requests, food will include meat, chicken, pasta, rice, salad bar and deserts. If you note your allergies or medical diets (e.g. diabetes) on the registration form, the camp will accommodate you. Things, like milk replacement or any perishable food items can always be requested at the dining window, because that cannot be stored w/o a refrigerator for a long time. Snacks will also be included. Moreover, if you fill hungry, come any time to the kitchen, and “Grandma Ronni” will find something for you to chew on. But 6 meals and all-day snack are included.

Parking: in designated areas only. No parking at the grass field at all. Once unpacked, please, move your vehicles to the designated parking area outside of the camp (where you've checked in upon arrival). Do not block roads and field entrances - they must be available for the Emergency vehicles entrance.

Close to the event, this page will have all downloadable materials, including map, schedule, and list of things to pack with you.

We hope to see you all there! Come to us, talk to us, volunteer for us! Have fun! Thanks for reading.

Jookender Team.

If the camp gets canceled in accordance to government compliance, due to increased danger of COVID-19, everyone gets refunded in full

If you have already registered to the camp, and want to add more members in your unit, please, complete this form: Add more participants to your unit

All Presenters - fill out this form for payment

Reservation deadline (w/T-Shirt) - August 5, 2021.

Missed the registration? Sign up for the waiting list! After august 5th we’ll review our needs and quite possible, come up with a few more options.

Jookender Family Camp Registration

(you must select the house to see more detailed description of it)

• Lux 1, Left Wing of the Infirmary: 1 Full Bath w/Tube, 2 rooms. 1st room - One Queen Size Bed. 2nd room - 2 twin mattresses could fit there, in addition to the existing sofa. Shared spaces too. Window A/C. Upgraded appliances and renovated rooms. Max 5 people.
• Lux 2, Right Wing of the Infirmary: 1 Shower/toilet/sink in the Master Bedroom. Master Bedroom - 1 Queen Bed. 2nd room- 3 new twin beds. Refrigerator. Window A/C. Shared Porch. Max 5 people. upgraded appliances, renovated rooms, new beds and mattresses.
• Lux 3, The Chef House: Living area w/sofa and refrigerator. 2 mattresses can be added. 1st room - 1 Full Bed, 2nd room - 1 Full/Queen Bed. 1 Twin Bed. Full Bath w/Shower. Screened porch overlooking lake. Windows A/C and Refrigerator. Max 8 people.
• Lux 4, The Grey House: 1 room - 1 Queen Bed, 2 Twin Beds or matrasses. Full Bath w/Shower. Window A/C. Open porch. Max 4 people. Really tiny-tiny, but very nice and private. Open porch.
• Lux 5, The Kitchen Crew House: 1 room - 4 bunk beds. Full Bath w/Shower. Windows A/C. Max 8 people.

The price reflects a min of 2 adults signed up for a Lux.

Adult or Child 13+ - $325
Senior - $280
Child (3-12) - $190
Child under 3 y.o. - FREE

There are 2 units in each bunkhouse (max 12 people in each), and there is one large bathroom with 4 closed toilet cabins, and 4 sinks w/mirror attached to each bunkhouse. You must bring your own personal belonging, towels, sleeping bags or sheets, blankets, pillows. The room is equipped with multiple stackable twin beds w/matrasses, clothes drawers, lights, and electrical outlets. heat units will be provided, if needed. The Shower House is a separate building. However some bunkhouses now have shower cabins attached to them, in addition to the separate building. Each Bunkhouse has a shared waiting/living room with sitting places and lockers.

Adult or Child 13+ - $225
Senior - $215
Child (3-12) - $155
Child under 3 y.o. - FREE

The price reflects a min of 1 adult, 1 child signed up for the bunk unit.

A 2 wing bunkhouse, with 2 large rooms and shared bathroom facilities (4 toilet cabins, 4 sinks). If you're coming on your own, without a family, then this type of living is the best for your. Your bunkhouse will be far from others, and you may have fun all day/night long. Children are not allowed to this unit. Max 24 people, max 12 in each room, same gender. 21-45+y.o

Adult - $225

The Camp site is just a place for your tent. The tent will not be provided. You must bring your own personal belonging, towels, sleeping bags or sheets, blankets, pillows. There is no electricity or water provided directly to your site. There is no extra space for a table or a grill. The Shower House and Bathrooms located nearby.

Adult or Child 13+ - $195
Senior - $185
Child (3-12) - $155
Child under 3 y.o. - FREE

Refund policy:

Full refund if letting us know on or before the camp opens (Friday, September 10, 2021 at 6 pm EST), except for $20 p/p to cover the cost of your welcoming package. In case, you're not coming, you'll be able to receive your welcoming package within a month, by picking it up from one of our locations.

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*** please notice, that if you have already signed up for the event, you will not be able to find and register again.

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Jookender Waiver – Jookender Family Camp

I, on behalf of my family (and all participants I include into my reservation), voluntarily sign this waiver and assumption of risk in favor of the Jookender Community Initiatives, Inc in consideration for the opportunity to use the owner’s facilities, the facilities rented by or given to Jookender Community Initiatives, Inc, or event set up for the Jookender Community Initiatives, Inc, that will take place September 10 - 12, 2021 .

I understand that there are certain risks and dangers associated with the activities and use of the facilities and that these risks have been fully explained to me. I fully understand the danger involved. I fully assume the risks involved as acceptable to our family members and other paticipants I personally register, and agree to use my best judgment in undertaking these activities and follow all safety instructions.

I waive and release Jookender Community Initiatives, Inc. from any claim for personal injury, property damage, or death that may arise from use of the facilities or from participation in the activities of Jookender Community Initiatives, Inc.

In regards to COVID-19, I will comply with

I am a competent adult and I assume these risks of my own free will.