Noam Summer Camp
Join us for the highlight of the Noam year: two weeks of fun-packed adventure surrounded by all your friends and cared for by inspirational, highly trained leaders. It is an event not to be missed.
We bring together young Jews each summer for a chance to see their old friends, make new ones and much more. We provide a space for people to learn and grow and inside a community like no other. Noam is committed to providing an opportunity for young Jews to discover their own Jewish identity in a Masorti, egalitarian and non-coercive space. We not only educate around issues we care about in an informal setting - we also have loads of fun!
From our colour wars & mega-kefs to the outdoor activities, Noam summer camp is packed full of exciting moments where you will make memories for a lifetime.
Shorashim (Yrs 5 & 6)
Shorashim is the beginning of the Noam journey for many of our members. It provides the perfect introduction to the movement, especially for young people who haven’t spent a long time away from home before.
Join us for an exciting 10 days that combines outdoor activities with creative programmes and group bonding to ensure that friends for life are made right from the get go! Imagination is the name of the game, with adventures designed to transport participants to another world. Shorashim has a warm, family atmosphere, with a particularly high ratio of madrichim (leaders) to chanichim (participants) to ensure the wellbeing and support of all chanichim as they embark on their Noam journey.
Shorashim will be held at our brand new mega site in Northumberland. This fantastic site has amazing new facilities, including a zipwire, outdoor laser course, Jacob’s ladder as well as an outdoor climbing and abseiling tower!
Nevatim (Yrs 7 & 8)
Whether you’re an experienced Noam Camper or looking forward to your first Machaneh (Camp), Nevatim is for you. Activities will stretch and challenge participants with no two days being the same.
Nevatim’s Camp experience will be innovate and creative, taking full advantage of our new surroundings!
Set in an 18 acre activity park in an area of unspoilt countryside, Nevatim Camp will be on our brand new mega site in Northumberland. We can’t wait to get exploring!
Nevatim Bet (Year 8) also have the special opportunity to participate in a 3 day tiyul (hike) that fosters a sense of responsibility and closeness through an adventure they will never forget as they camp out in tents and cook together.
Situated close to the Scottish borders, this hike promises to be one full of breathetaking views – join us for the ultimate group bonding experience!
Nofim (Yrs 9 & 10)
We are thrilled to announce that this year Nofim will be returning to FRANCE! For two weeks, participants will stay in the grounds of a Château in Normandy where they will take advantage of its great location and beautiful countryside.
As the oldest age group, the participants engage in an in-depth programme, whilst adventuring out into the surrounding area with hiking and day trips to local attractions. This idyllic setting creates the perfect atmosphere for an unforgettable Camp.
The huge grounds at the site are filled with adventure activities to add a different dimension to participant’s experience including archery, raft building and canoeing! Let them try something new and challenge themselves as they work together and enjoy the wide variety of adventures on land and water. We can’t wait for this new Nofim chapter to begin!
Getting you place on Camp!
Online registration opens on Thursday 4th January at 9am! You can access registration through our website (www.noam.org.uk), clicking on the link on our homepage. From this website, you will need to register your family and submit initial application forms for every registered child. If your child came on Camp last year, please log in using your previous login details.
You will then need to send a non-refundable deposit cheque of £200 per child, made payable to NOAM, to the Noam office (please write your child’s name on the back). Noam prioritises participants from Masorti synagogues and those who attended last year’s Camp, otherwise we prioritise people on a first-come first-served basis. Deposit cheques will only be accepted once your child has been accepted on Camp.
£1 from each participant’s Camps fee will go toward supporting a UJIA project in Israel.
Noam places the safety, security and welfare of every child at the centre of all of our work. Our sites are approved by the CST and relevant security organisations, who also approve the companies that we use for round-the-clock security. We are also in regular contact with the local police.
Our Summer Camp has a clear Health & Safety policy, which covers medical treatment, incident reporting and referring of medical problems. Each site has a medical professional present, and all our outward bound providers are fully trained and insured. Our full medical Policy will be made available to all participants on application.
We believe that at the core of any great day is fantastic nutritious food. We ensure that everyone gets food that they love, including all those with special diets that are indicated on medical forms. All food served at Camp is kosher, nut-free and vegetarian.
Participants are looked after by our team of trained, experienced and committed madrichim (leaders). All Noam machanot (Camps) feature a high ratio of madrichim to young people, ensuring that participants are constantly supervised. In addition, we have a comprehensive welfare structure, including a professional counsellor, safeguarding the physical and emotional well-being of your children.
Noam takes the utmost care to ensure that the emotional wellbeing of every participant is looked after. All our staff are DBS checked, and are trained in supporting young people through our 2-year leadership course. Each child is given one-to-one attention by a Madrich (leader), who in turn is supported by a Rosh (manager). This structure is overseen by dedicated welfare professionals, who are able to ensure Camp is a nurturing environment for all.
Noam seeks to include all young people, regardless of previous medical history, and we do everything we can so that Noam can be a home for your child. Full and honest prior disclosure of any medical issues – both physical and psychological – will allow us to fully support your child. Failure to disclose important information will jeopardise your child’s place on camp.
In advance of Summer Camp, we provide parents and guardians with details by email. This will include travel arrangements, kit lists, and contact details (such as the emergency contact numbers for your child’s Camp). We are happy to receive questions, and will also be running a Parent’s Information Evening in June.
On Camp, we will be supplying a daily update in a private area of the Noam website to let you know what your child is up to. We will also be updated Noam’s social media channels. Your children will be able to call home at time throughout Camp, however they may not want to!
As well as our private daily updates, we may publish photos of your child on our brochures, website, in newspapers, social media and other places unless you wish to opt out your child. Please contact the Noam office if you wish to opt out.
Noam believes that the way to a strong Jewish identity is through positive Jewish experiences. Noam Camp offers a unique opportunity to meet other young Jews and make new friends. The friendships formed at Camp are deep and long lasting. Young people at Noam Camp build a community for themselves and learn to live as part of a group in which teamwork and cooperation are of the highest value.
Noam believes in the importance of positive educational experiences, and all of our Camps endeavour to start our participants on a lifelong Jewish journey. Each Camp has its own professional educator to oversee and enhance the content of each peulah (programme). Our programming provides the opportunity to engage with concepts and gain knowledge in a stimulating, yet informal context. Noam is proud of its reputation as a leader in the field of informal Jewish education.
At Noam we observe Shabbat and Kashrut. Every day begins with Shacharit (morning prayers) and each meal concludes with Birkat HaMazon (Grace after meals). Our approach is non-coercive and egalitarian. We are committed to creating a space where participants can explore and engage with Jewish practice in a positive way. The personal space and differing opinions of each participant are always respected and encouraged.
The price of all Noam residential camps covers accommodation, catering, all supervision and activities, basic travel insurance, transport to and from Camp, a Noam t-shirt, professional medical staff on-site, and unforgettable experiences!
Noam endeavours not to exclude any members of Masorti communities from its programmes for financial reasons alone, and as such offers comprehensive bursaries to participants. Please contact Noam Administrator, Tracy Landsberg, at the Noam office (firstname.lastname@example.org) in confidence if you would like to apply for help with payment, and tick the ‘subsidy’ box on the online application form. Please apply as soon as possible to maximise chances of bursary funds. The closing date for bursary applications is Thursday 9th March.
Spreading the Cost
In order to spread the total cost of Camp you can pay in instalments. Please tick the box marked ‘instalments’ on the online application form and we will contact in order to arrange a payment plan.
We are happy to offer discounts for early registration and families. Register your child online before Monday 5th February to claim your early bird discount of £100. Families sending more than one child to any of the Noam residential Summer Camps will receive a sibling discount of £40 for the second child and £50 for any further children per family.
Unfortunately, some participants have to cancel their place on Noam Summer Camp. In the event of you cancelling a place on any Camp after Thursday 25th May, the cancellation fee will be 50% of the camp of the Camp, less the refundable deposit. In the event of you cancelling a place on any Camp after Thursday 15th June, the cancellation fee will be 100% of the total cost. The deposit is non-refundable in all cases of cancellation. All families are advised to take out their own cancellation insurance.