Frequently Asked Questions

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 and while instilling in our campers a love for Medinat Yisroel (the state of Israel). 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 60 years, 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 at a time but we welcome over 320 campers over the course of the summer. We believe our size is a great size for our family- like atmosphere. Our campers join us from Canada, Israel and the US.The breakdown in the past few summers has been 46 % Toronto based campers, 25% Montreal based campers, 24% Israel based campers and 5% US based campers. We also employ approximately 130 staff from around the world.

How many kids are in each bunk?

We have 12 -16 campers in a bunk depending on the bunk size. Virtually all our bunks have been recently built and have a larger capacity. Our bunks have no washrooms in the cabin. 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 (with a stop in Brockville or Ottawa for our Ottawa campers). For our out of country campers, we work together to ensure a safe journey from the airport and for the return from camp, our staff accompany campers to the airport. All flight parameters our available in the parent portal.

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. We also have a cook that is in charge of all specialty meals for campers with 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. 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 email your children during their stay at camp through our on line email system. Letters must be received before 11:00 a.m. city time in order to be distributed in that day’s mail delivery. We also scan letter for our out of country campers 2 times weekly.

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. Our campers come from all over the world including Canada, Israel, US, London and Belgium.

What forms do we need to fill out before camp?

A registration entails filling in an online registration form and submitting your deposit and post dated payments. Early bird prices are not applicable if the deposits and post dated payments are not received by the early bird deadline. There is an online medical form through Campdoc that needs to be filled out prior to camp that will ask for vaccination records. Bunk requests, campstore and megamot are all done on line. A full handbook that has detailed information regarding everything you need to know about camp will also be online in the spring.

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. Our handbook has a full outline of the dress code for both boys and girls. You can access the handbook on our site.

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.
Items 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
For 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.
Items 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

For  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 “megama’ per week, 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.

A summer to remember  

Vicky

I just wanted to send you a quick email thanking you and the staff of camp moshava. My daughter came home after her first summer at sleep away camp and I don’t know if her experience could have been any better. She was beyond excited to tell and show us everything about camp. When we asked her if she wants to go back next year her answer was 1000 percent . She showed us her sidder and played the yala habbi and other songs.

Thanks again for making it a summer she will remember

All the best

The Blaine’s

Moshava parent   
Visiting day experience  

Hi Vicky,

We had a great time visiting Eitan today at camp Moshava.

He looks great and is having a fabulous time in camp and making new friends. He was so proud to show us his bunk and the camp facilities, and introduce us to his counselors and friends.

We are happy to extend his stay to the full 6 weeks.

We are confident that the Eitan we all know and love will come home with strong Jewish values and with lots of camp Moshava spirit!

A “hakarat hatov” to you, your staff, and I hope they know what this camp experience has so far meant to Eitan.

Please convey our gratitude, appreciation, and thanks to eitan’s counselors, division head, specialists, and Rosh mosh.

You are doing an amazing job!

Have a great rest of your summer.

Thank you!

Morrie Levy

Moshava parent   
Thank you  

Elianna’s experience at camp this summer went beyond any expectations I had at the start of the summer. It is amazing how in just 4 weeks of camp she has grown so much in her appreciation of Shabbat, knowledge of Jewish “Heros” as well as a feeling of independence.

When talking to her about life at camp, Elianna turned to me and said that she thinks Camp has made her feel prouder to be a Jew. When I asked her what her favorite activity was at camp, she responded to my surprise, Chinuch. She even wants to buy a siddur (just like the ones at camp, because it seems everything is the best at camp). She of course loved the other activities like Horseback Riding, Teva, Arts and Crafts, the Swing, Swimming and of course Shekem. For the last month any time we went anywhere or did anything it was always the pool was much better at camp, the pizza was the best there …

She loved her Counselors and I was impressed with them as well when I met them on visiting day. I could clearly see the kesher that they had with my daughter. She referred to Keshet as her substitute Mom at camp.

I found the communication from the camp to be excellent, from the email alerts regarding bad weather to the first Friday call from her Rosh Eidah reassuring me that she was having a blast at camp as well as scouring the many pictures for a glimpse of my daughters smile and what the campers were up to, the videos were great as well.

Thank you for providing Elianna with such a great summer full of wonderful memories. She keeps telling her sister how great camp is and now her sister wants to go to camp too. She is looking forward to another great summer next year, b”h.

Wishing you a Shana Tova

Zehava

Thornhill, Ontario

Moshava parent   
Above and beyond  

The summer far surpassed my expectations for both my children who attended. Both want to go back next year and one wants to do a longer period next year (6 weeks) vs what he did this summer (4 wks). We are extremely happy with the staff and the communication from the camp. The effort everyone puts in really shows.|Everything – fun activities, good food, good jewish learning, megamot, safety, excellent staff, very well run, communication with parents

Moshava parent