What to Expect
Camp Nai is a welcoming and pluralistic environment designed to provide Jewish young adults with the opportunity to disconnect from the stressors of daily life and tap into child-like joy while exploring Judaism, Jewish values and wisdom. Throughout the long weekend at Camp Nai, participants will choose their own adventure of seeing Judaism brought to life, through creative and nostalgic summer camp activities.
The health and safety of community builders, staff, educators, and vendors is the most important priority for Moishe House. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues be a part of our everyday lives, the Program Team will update related programming policies that adapt to meet our needs, adhere to local public health guidance, and provide direction to stakeholders. We are confident that with these protocols in place, and with your care and vigilance as a member of our community, that you will have an impactful, fun and safe experience, in-person!
- This means 2 (or 3) total doses of an mRNA vaccine regimen OR 1 dose of a non-mRNA vaccine regimen plus 1 dose of an mRNA vaccine, 2 doses total (or 3, including a booster if eligible). COVID-19 Rapid testing is a mandatory requirement in order to attend in person immersive experiences and camp.
- Due to the possibility of post-vaccination “breakthrough” infections, we will also require a negative Rapid test result taken the day of the Retreat. While most testing sites are free of charge and widely available across the world, there may be an increased demand for tests depending on where you are located. We encourage you to consult this online resource and obtain a rapid test as soon as possible.
- Moishe House will have rapid tests available on-site for anyone who wants to test throughout the retreat and/or experiences symptoms; additionally, Moishe House will provide K-95 masks for those who wish to wear one throughout the immersive experience and camp.
- You are strongly advised to wear a mask on the plane (or bus/train) to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19 and spreading it at the immersive experience and camp.
- If you’re feeling ANY SYMPTOMS AT ALL (stuffy/runny nose, sore throat, aches, headache, fever, etc.), we will ask you to take a rapid test.
- If you test positive for COVID-19 less then 10 days prior to the camp, you are not permitted to attend and asked to stay home and Moishe House will issue you a deposit refund.
- If you contract COVID-19 during camp, Moishe House is not financially responsible for your quarantine accommodations, food, transportation change fees. Moishe House will provide you with quarantine accommodations for the duration of the camp and food but once the program is over, you are responsible for all associated costs.
- If you contract COVID-19 within 5 days of the camp please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to Expect at Nai?
Camp Nai Nai Nai is a 4-day choose your own adventure experience, starting on Friday afternoon at 2:00 PM and ending on Monday afternoon at 2:00 PM. The program combines camp-wide community moments with lots of activity options for you to find the vibe that suits you.
Friday you will be welcomed with an array of activities to help you get settled in, you will meet with your “mishpacha (family)” group (your camp new camp besties and your dedicated camp counselor), enjoy a beautiful Shabbat dinner, and choose one of multiple options to welcome Shabbat. In the evening we’ll have all sorts of late Nai-ght options, including song sessions by the campfire, games, and more. Throughout Saturday, we’ll offer a variety of creative “play-shops” (because there’s no “work” at Camp) where you can pursue your interests, indulge your curiosity, and try something new. The Saturday night Camp Dance is a staple, as is the Color War. Many surprises, large and small, will be in store along the way.
If you prefer to fly solo (because let’s be honest the social anxiety is real) you have the option of a Private Room and you will not have a roommate. A hotel-style room with two queen beds and a private bathroom will be all yours.
This is a two-person private room. Each room has two queen or twin beds and a private or semi-private bathroom. If you have a preferred roommate, and you indicate one another on the registration form, you will be placed together. If you do not request a specific roommate, or do not match with your request, one will be assigned to you – and hopefully will become your camp bestie!
This is a three-person private room. Each room has 3 twin beds and a semi-private bathroom. If you have a preferred roommate, and you indicate others on the registration form, you will be placed together. If you do not request a specific roommate, or do not match with your request, one will be assigned to you – and hopefully will become your camp bestie!
Cabin or Cabin-Style Room
If you’re ready for bunk life, you can choose to be in a bunk cabin with your besties. Bunks fit 4-20 campers. You must list the full names of everyone in your bunk request on the registration form. If you are in a group of less than 20 people that are not yet your BFFL’s, they may be in a bunk with you. Bunk Cabins include bunk beds with linens, a shared bathroom, and storage space.
Tent Village offers the best form of Glamping. Platform Tents with single beds are 4-6 person raised canvas tents with electricity and a new adjacent shower house with bathrooms and showers.
This won’t be your typical camp food! Our camp chefs work hard to create menus that are filled with healthy, diverse menus that are super tasty to boot! We’ll have meals that are a twist on old camp classics, but with upgrades for our adult palettes.
At Camp Nai Nai Nai East all meals and snacks are Glatt Kosher. Our culinary team will work with each camper to ensure that any dietary restrictions are accounted for. Gluten-free? No problem. Not so great with dairy? You’ll be great with the options at camp! You’ll have the opportunity to indicate your dietary restrictions when completing your registration form and if we have any questions for you, we’ll be in touch ahead of camp so we can make sure you’re well taken care of during the weekend.
Camp Nai Staff
Moishe House utilizes this initiative to identify and grow emerging leaders by empowering Jewish young adults to take on a larger leadership role. Counselors lead and guide a group of 15-20 young adults throughout Camp (a mishpacha group), facilitating discussions and building a feeling of camaraderie amongst their campers. Camp Nai team is hiring counselors from one of these categories: Moishe House residents, MHWOW hosts, Moishe House Alums (residents, hosts, campers, retreats participants), Moishe House staff, young professionals from local Jewish Organizations.
Camp Specialists are outstanding Jewish Young Adults who come from all over the country to lead our activities and programs, using their unique passion (be it dance, art, theater science, singing, or yoga) to explore Jewish identity, build Jewish community, and demonstrate that there are many ways to NAI!
Our Logistics team works tirelessly to ensure the smooth flow of Camp. Beautiful decorations, intentional, playful stations, party themes, every little detail gets the full attention of our hard working team of logistics staff.
Jewish Life Specialists (JLS):
Camp Nai brings one Moishe House’s Jewish Life Specialist to support the Counselors and Camp Specialists in their programming and leading traditional Shabbat services and rituals. JLS provides the link between Moishe House regular operation and Camp for residents and hosts who have relationships with their own regional JLS.
Full Time Staff
Mollie Rose, Camp Program Manager
Mollie is the Camp Program Manager for Camp Nai Nai Nai. Formerly, Mollie was a Sr. Community Manager for 3.5 years who oversaw Southern houses and pods at Moishe House. She is based in Dallas, Texas, and attended her first Camp Nai in December 2021 at Camp Texas. Before Moishe House, Mollie worked at YETI Coolers, LLC headquarters in Austin, and in Student Affairs at Southern Methodist University and Eastfield College. Mollie has been actively involved in the Dallas Jewish community and continues to volunteer and participate in other local Jewish organizations. During her free time, she enjoys dancing at her local dance studio, playing golf or participating in other group exercise classes, exploring museums, and camping with her dog. Mollie has a bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters degree from Southern Methodist.
Arona Mostov, Camps and Immersive Experiences Specialist
Arona has been a Moishe House community member in three cities (Columbus, OH, Boston, and NYC) and is thrilled to help plan memorable camp experiences for the community. Arona loves Moishe House in that it supports diverse Jewish communities around the world. Arona attended The Ohio State University, studying International Relations & Diplomacy, Russian, and Middle Eastern Studies. She also studied at Tel Aviv University and interned with the Tel Aviv Board of Tourism. Arona has a background in international student advising, international education and programming, and immigration law. She can be found baking the perfect babka, teaching barre classes, and spending time with her cat, Herzl.
Getting to Camp
Camp Nai Nai Nai East is based at Capital Camps & Retreat Center in Waynesboro, PA. Though you’re close to the outside world, the rolling Catoctin Mountains, sprawling open fields, and starry skies will fool you otherwise.
1.5 hours from DC | 1.5 hours from Baltimore | 3 hours from Philadelphia | 3.5 hours from Pittsburgh | 4 hours from NYC
Arrival and check-in at camp is on Friday 2:00-4:00 PM. Don’t be late – once everyone arrives, we’ll be closing the camp gate for the weekend! On Monday, campers can expect to depart from camp around 2 PM. Transportation is not included in the registration cost but below are several great options!
Ride to camp in style on one of our camp buses. Kick back and relax for a stress-free ride to camp, or start the party early and get to know your fellow campers en route to camp. Buses will be provided from two departure points:
- NYC – Midtown Manhattan – 10 AM departure
- Baltimore – BWI Airport – 1 PM departure (if you fly, plan to arrive at BWI by 11:30 AM. For departure, plan to depart BWI at 5:30 PM or later) DC campers can take the MARC Train to join the BWI bus.
*Confirmation of all meeting points and specific instructions will be sent directly to travelers in advance of camp. Times and locations are subject to change.
If you prefer to drive with friends or want flexibility in timing, grab yourself a parking pass! Parking is limited, so all parking passes must be purchased prior to camp. If you do not purchase your parking pass and show up to camp without one, we cannot guarantee parking will be available or you will have to pay an additional fee for last minute parking. Please do not drive to camp without purchasing a parking pass for your car.
Ride With a Friend
You’ll help contribute to an environmentally friendly experience by limiting the number of cars on the road and lessening our carbon-footprint. Post on Facebook if you are looking for a ride.
The cost of registration for Camp Nai Nai Nai is heavily subsidized thanks to the generous support of the Maimonides Fund, with ticket prices starting at just $200 while the true cost is close to $1,000 per camper. Nevertheless, we recognize that this subsidized rate may not be affordable for everyone. Camp Nai Nai Nai is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – ensuring that we are a community and space that is accessible and welcoming to everyone. Regardless of one’s background, everyone should be able to experience a time away from your daily life where what you do for a living doesn’t define you and spontaneous adventures await! If you are unable to pay full price for Camp Nai admission, a scholarship fund is available to help cover the cost.
Please fill out the following form to help us determine your eligibility for a camp scholarship.
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Founded in 2006, Moishe House started when four Jewish 20-somethings began hosting Shabbat dinners in Oakland, California, for their friends and networks. Through the support of several early funders and a snowballing interest from Jewish communities, we have become a global leader of Jewish life for young adults. Our model trains, supports and empowers these leaders as they create meaningful experiences in their local communities for themselves and their peers by engaging 60,000+ unique participants in 25+ countries on an annual basis.