Jewish Sleepaway Camp
Our second grader is excited about trying sleepaway camp next summer when she will be 8. I was not ready at that age, but she is an outgoing and social kid. We're considering Jewish camp, and I'm looking for reviews of recent experiences at Ramah NorCal, Camp Newman, or Camp Gilboa closer to LA. We attend a conservative synagogue, and our daughter goes to religious school there, although as a family we are not particularly observant. Paying for camp will be a big expense for us (likely displacing funds we would use for family vacations), and I'd like for her to be at a camp that doesn't feel like a bunch of privileged kids who go to fancy camp and then on to fancy vacations for the rest of the summer. Most of all, we want for her to be in a loving and welcoming environment with opportunities to explore her Jewish identity and all of the usual camp activities and social experiences. Any thoughts or recommendations?