Camp policy

Refund Policy:

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 restrictions, please understand that as we get closer to Machane Far From Home, some of our fees will not be refundable. If restrictions require camp to be cancelled as a result of COVID-19, the following are the amounts that are non-refundable. The balance will be refunded.

Cancellation before 20th of June:
Maximum of $80 from full camp fee non-refundable.

Cancellation between 20th - 25th June: Maximum of $150 from full camp fee non-refundable.

Cancellation between 26th - 28th June:
Maximum of $220 from full camp fee non-refundable.

Please note: a refund will only be provided in the event camp is cancelled. A refund will not be provided if a parent decides to withdraw their child from attending camp.

Additionally, in the event that we are faced with a maximum capacity of chanichim due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be doing this on a first come, first serve basis. Any sign ups completed in excess of a potential cap on numbers will be refunded as per our policy.

COVID-19:

  • I will not send my child to Winter Camp if they have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, sore throat, headache, muscle or joint pain)
  • I will ensure to take my child’s temperature before sending them to camp, and agree to have their temperature checked as deemed necessary by madrichim.
  • If my child presents with a temperature of 37.5ºC or higher I will not send them to camp.
  • If throughout the day any of the Camp Tzevet or the Hanhala believe my child is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and this is subsequently confirmed by our medical staff, it is my responsibility to pick them up or arrange for them to be picked up.
  • If my child has been in contact with anyone who is self-quarantining or has a family member self-quarantining in their home in the two weeks leading up to camp, I must provide written confirmation that they have completed a COVID-19 test with a negative result, prior to coming on camp.

Safety:

  • If a child has a medical condition or special requirements, it must be made known to either of the Roshei Machs and the medics before camp.
  • Every child must maintain their hygiene throughout camp. Sanitiser will also be dispensed before and after every meal.
  • Every child must have a hat, water bottle and warm clothes available to them at camp.
  • Chanichim must stay within the boundaries set by their madrichim throughout camp. Repeated incidents of breaching these boundaries are grounds for sending your child home.
  • There are to be NO illicit drugs, alcohol or raiding equipment (shaving cream, water balloons, swiss army knives etc…) on camp. If found, it will be confiscated and NOT be returned after camp. Possession of any of these items are grounds for sending your child home.
  • Bnei Akiva Winter Camp is a strict NUT-FREE, KOSHER camp. Any food brought to camp by your child must be kosher certified, and nut free. Any non-kosher and/or nut-containing foods found on camp will be confiscated.

Damages:

  • If a child is the cause of damages to the campsite or public property, payment may be required from the parents of the child depending on the nature of the damages.

Mobile Phones: 

  • Mobile phones and devices are NOT permitted on Junior Camp to ensure optimal social experience and immersion. 
  • In the case that your child does bring their phone, they will be required to hand it in to be kept in a secure location for the duration of camp. Any important and urgent information that needs to be relayed between you and your child throughout camp will be done via our Shaliach, Motty. 
  • There will be no phones allowed during activities or meal times on Intermediate and Senior camp, and chanichim are encouraged not to bring their phones. Additionally, there is very limited cellular reception on the campsite.

Other circumstances that are grounds for sending your child home:

  • Behaviour that endangers the safety of the individual and/or others
  • Behaviour that we deem unacceptable and inappropriate – disregard for authority, ignoring campsite and Bnei rules, vulgarity, bullying, etc…
  • Madrichim can not use sending a child home as a threat - this consequence will only be used at the discretion of the Merakezet, Shlichim or Rosh Machane.

General:

  • Bnei Akiva does not accept responsibility for valuable items brought to camp.
  • NO children are allowed in the kitchen at any time. If they have special requirements or requests, they must wait outside to be addressed by a member of the kitchen crew or a madrich/a.
  • A child refusing to participate in camp activities for a prolonged period of time or for repeated incidents, is grounds to send your child home.
  • If a child behaves in such a manner that the Roshei Machane or Shlichim deem inappropriate for the camp environment, this is grounds for sending the child home. The parent(s)/guardian of the child will be notified immediately and required to collect the child without a refund.