frequently asked questions (FAQ)

What is your Hashkafa (philosophy)?

We are a Modern-Orthodox Religious-Zionist camp. We are affiliated with the Bnei Akiva movement, which has chapters all over the world, and is the biggest Jewish youth movement in the world. We believe very strongly in the importance of Torah learning and observance of Halacha. Every bunk has daily shiurim, tfillah three times a day, and Halacha L’maaseh is taught and incorporated throughout the day. As strong believers in Modern Orthodoxy, we believe it is important to create a positive co-educational environment for our chanichim. Camp Moshava is a very positive Jewish experience where our campers learn to value the State of Israel, Halacha, and the values of Modern Orthodoxy.

Where exactly is Ennismore, Ontario

For over 50 year, Camp Moshava has had a home in Ennismore. Ennismore is a township in central-eastern Ontario, Canada, in the County of Peterborough. It is approximately one and a half hours from Toronto and five hours from Montreal.

How many campers go to Camp Moshava?

Our Capacity is currently 250, which we believe is a great size for our family- like atmosphere.

How many kids are in each bunk?

On average we have 12 campers in a bunk. Kids sleep in bunk beds and there is anywhere from 3 to 5 staff that sleep in the bunks with the campers.

How do kids get to camp?

We provide buses from Montreal and Toronto. We have always been happy to help with transportation of our out of town campers from the airport to the buses.

My child is a picky eater, and I am worried that they will not eat in camp. What kind of food do you serve?

As parents we all know that kids can be difficult when it comes to food. Our menu committee spends a lot of time taking in to consideration that kids need a balanced diet while at the same time enjoying their meals. Two meals a day (lunch and dinner) are accompanied by a full salad bar and every meal has an ‘alternate meal table’ where campers and staff can go if they do not like the meal being served. Meals include pizza, falafel, chicken, soups, lasgna. The alternate table has plain pasta with tomato sauce on the side, bread, sliced cheese, yogurts.

Our kitchen also offers a vegetarian option and tries to accommodate all dietary restrictions. Our kitchen is strictly peanut free.

My Child does not know anyone going to camp. Will they feel accepted and comfortable?

It is essential to us that every individual grows and feels comfortable in Camp. Our staff is thoroughly trained before the campers arrive with specialists in field of child psychology and social work. They learn skills that enable them to make sure that every child becomes part of the team and that every bunk learns to live together in harmony throughout the summer. We have many new campers every year from as far away as Paris and Belgium and each camper is made to feel welcome and secure when they enter through our Moshava gates.  Moshava Ennismore is the perfect place to be a new camper!

Will we get to speak to our child or contact them through email?

One of the most important skills a child learns at sleep away camp is independence. That being said, cell phones are absolutely forbidden by the campers and the only occasion a camper can call home during camp is on their birthday.  When campers go  on trips they are allowed to use a pay phone if one is available. We believe that cell phones detract from the camp atmosphere and prevent us from working effectively with your children. Please help us create the most effective environment by leaving all cell phones at home.

You may fax or email your children during their stay at camp. Letters may be faxed or emailed 24 hours a day, but must be received before 11:00 a.m. city time in order to be distributed in that day’s mail delivery.

Campers must write home letters every week, so you will hear from your child. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, the camp office will be happy to update you on your child’s status and put you in touch with the camp mother.

What is the Tzevet (staff) at Moshava like?

Here at Moshava, we truly pride ourselves on the high quality of our tzevet.  They are each wonderful dugmaot (examples) for our chanichim (campers).  With hundreds of applications coming in yearly, we are able to hand pick the tzevet that we feel will really personify our ideals. Many of our staff grew up in Moshava and want to return on Tzevet because they know how impactful the staff were when they were campers. Our Tzevet takes pride in being orthodox, zionistic, and fun loving individuals who are really in camp to make sure that your child is well cared for. They are also looking to create personal bonds with the campers that last a lifetime. 

What forms do we need to fill out before camp?

A registration entails filling in a registration form and submitting your deposit and post dated payments. There is a medical form that needs to be filled out prior to camp that will ask for vaccination records. You will receive a package in the spring with options for bunk requests, camp clothing orders, water bottle orders and a full handbook that has detailed information regarding everything you need to know about camp.

Is there a dress code in camp?

Camp Moshava works hard to create an environment that reflects our Torah values of Halacha and modesty which we try to instill in our campers.

Please do not send any prohibited clothing to camp with your campers.

The camp has instituted the following dress code:

Banot (girls):

  • All Bottoms (shorts, pants, capris, skirst) must fully cover the knees.
  • Slits that extend above the knee and form fitting bottoms are unacceptable.
  • All shirts must have sleeves that cover armpits when arms are raised. Cap sleeves are not permitted in camp.
  • A modest neckline must be worn at all times.
  • No middrift shall ever be showing.

The following things are NOT permitted in camp:

  • Suggestive slogans or pictures
  • Writing on the backside of pants
  • Any leggings, “jeggings”, skinny jeans, or yoga pants worn without a skirt over.
  • Any tight fitting skirts

Shabbat:

  • Friday night: white top with a navy or black skirt (not form fitting, and reaches below the knee)
  • Shabbat day: other appropriate Shabbat clothing may be worn.
  • No denim or weekday clothing may be worn on Shabbat.

 

Banim (boys):

  • Tzizit and kippot must be worn at all times
  • Shorts must reach the top of the knees.
  • All shirts must have sleeves.

The following things are NOT permitted in camp:

  • Shirts: tank tops, sleeveless undershirts (worn alone), or spandextops.
  • Suggestive slogans or pictures
  • Spandex or form fitting shorts.
  • Underwear may not be shown at any time

Shabbat

  • Friday night: white collared shirt and navy blue or black bottom. The shirt must be completely white, with no colored stripes or patterns.
  • Shabbat day: other appropriate Shabbat clothing may be worn.
  • No jeans or weekday clothing is appropriate

 

What type of activities do you offer?

At Camp Moshava, we have designed our program to be very well rounded, and offer the total camp experience.  We have 7 water sports on beautiful Lake Buckhorn, a heated swimming pool, a full ropes course and rock climbing wall, zip line, every major sport including tennis and archery, music, chinuch (torah learning), drama, nature, arts and crafts, baking and more. Each camper choses one “chug” per day, which is an activity of their choice. They sign up and enjoy with campers outside their bunks and in other divisions.

We also offer trips that are age appropriate such as Canada’s Wonderland, Blue Jays game, Baskin Robbins, mini golf, White water rafting, lazer tag, scavenger hunts and more.

Camp is also known for the many special activity days such as colour-war, sports day, camp carnivals, and a very moving Tisha Ba’av program.

Each summer, we have a camp wide theme to teach campers about a period or theme in Jewish history or tradition. Our camp wide activities often promote our theme. In the past few years, we have had a mock wedding for Yaakov Avinu and Rachel, a re-creation of the shuk in Jerusalem’s Machane Yehudah, a camp wide Noah’s ark building competiton and a pesach seder.