Frequently Asked Questions
Additional questions/answers will be periodically added to this section.
Questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact Tania Levenstein, Camp Director at 713.723.7170 or via email at [email protected]
Who is Camp Kochavim for?
Camp Kochavim services Jewish children aged 2 through 8th grade.
What are Camp Kochavim’s COVID-19 Guidelines and Policies?
As the nature of the pandemic is ever changing, policies will be shared beginning a month before the start of camp. All Camp Kochavim’s policies will be guided by Robert M. Beren Academy’s medical committee. Please email Tania Levenstein, Camp Director with any specific questions.
What is your policy on immunizations?
All campers and staff must be up to date on their immunizations and submit immunization records before the start of camp. Camp Kochavim does not accept conscientious objections for immunizations. Medical exemptions must be renewed yearly.
Will lunch be offered in camp?
There will be a kosher paid lunch option catered via Saba's Pizza and Saba's Wok and Grill. Order forms will be emailed out prior to each session beginning.
Who are the counselors?
We understand that the experience your child will have at camp will be shaped by their amazing counselors. We take pride in the warmth, maturity, and responsibility of our staff. Our youngest counselors are high school students. In our youngest division (2–4 year olds), Shamayim, each bunk has 1 Morah (adult) work alongside junior counselors and/or assistant teachers.
We run counselor and CPR training in advance of the summer, as well as regular ongoing professional development throughout the course of the summer. Campers will have the opportunity to meet their counselors prior to the start of camp.
Will there be an after-care program?
We would love to provide an after-care program for your kiddos. This would extend camp from 3:30PM to 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday. Kindly fill out the survey link below so that we may gauge whether we can offer this as a viable option when we open up registration on January 22.
Should a sufficient number of families request this option, the following will be offered at these additional rates:
Monday through Thursday 3:30-5:00 PM
Camp ends at 3:30 PM on Friday.
Session 1: June 13–June 23 $140
Session 2: June 26–July 7 $140
Session 3: July 10–July 21 $160
Session 4: July 24–August 4 $160
Please note: this is NOT currently available.
Will RMBA families be given priority?
Current RMBA families may begin to enroll their children (RMBA students and siblings) beginning January 22, 2023. The application will open up to the Houston Jewish community on February 3, 2023. Space is limited! Much like many of RMBA’s early childhood classes, we anticipate some of our younger age groups reaching their capacities quickly, at which point applicants will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified if a spot becomes available.
Will there be security?
Our number one priority is the safety and security of your children. There will be full time armed security guards on campus throughout the summer.
How does the camper application process work?
All families must fill out a camper application per camper applying. Once an age group is full, applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Applicants must first be accepted. Once they are accepted they will be notified via email and charged their deposit fees.
Do you have a Kashrut Policy?
Food brought by campers to camp, served at parties to which Camp Kochavim campers are invited, MUST follow Houston Kashrut Association (HKA) standards. Additionally, campers are only permitted to bring Dairy or Pareve items. This does not include food purchased from the hot lunch program. Here is a quick reference of permissible Kosher symbols.