Garinim: 1st – 5th August
Briyah: 7th – 14th August
Shachar, Emunah, Reut & Atid: 31st July-14th August
WHY CHOOSE RSY-NETZER?
By coming on RSY-Netzer Shemesh, you will be given the gift of magical memories. You will have a summer full of adventure, interesting and engaging learning, fun-filled days and nights spent with friends, as well as the chance to unplug and connect with positive young adult role models. These magical memories will last forever.
What makes RSY-Netzer camps unique?
RSY-Netzer is a Jewish environment unlike any other. RSY-Netzer gives you space to explore different ideas, discover your passions, tackle challenging questions and make lots of friends. Our camps enable you to think and experience prayer in new and creative ways. We support you in becoming well rounded young people with an open view of the Jewish community, Israel and the world around you. RSY-Netzer also endeavours to be an inclusive environment in which we strive to meet any children’s additional needs requirements.
How our camps work
Shemesh is a chance for you to live for two weeks (or 1 week for Briyah) in a Reform Jewish community. We know that it is important for you to feel comfortable and at ease in your surroundings, so we tailor each camp to the age groups. At each camp there are a range of fun activities to join in with as well as space to chill out and relax. Our leaders provide a friendly face to educate and inspire you. All this while being part of an active, friendly and supportive RSY-Netzer community!
RSY-Netzer is a youth movement run by young people for young people. Shemesh camps (including Garinim Day camp) are run for 4-15 year olds and staffed by 17-23 year old volunteers. Most of our madrichimot (leaders) were chanichimot (participants) on Shemesh and, after being involved in RSY-Netzer for a number of years, are excited to have the opportunity to create the wonderful camps they loved so much as chanichimot.
A lot of time and effort is put into training and supporting our volunteer madrichimot. They are all fully DBS checked and graduates of our intensive year-long leadership programme. Our madrichimot spend much of June and July preparing themselves and the incredible programmes for Shemesh, working tirelessly to provide an exciting and stimulating experience for our chanichimot.
In addition, each camp has an experienced Wellbeing Officer and Medic, and all are supported by the RSY-Netzer full time Movement Workers and the Youth Department staff.
In the run up to Shemesh we provide parents/guardians with all the details about camp by email. In June there will be a Parents/Guardians’ Information Evening online. In early July, we will send an information email detailing travel arrangements, kit list, contact details plus additional information that may be required. Before camp, you will be given an emergency number, which will be available 24/7. During camp, we aim to add photos to Facebook so that you can keep up to date. This is dependent on an adequate Wi-Fi signal on camp.
We provide coach travel from and to London and transport from Manchester and Leeds, subject to demand.
There will be opportunities on camp for your children to phone home. You will be advised of the dates and time prior to the start of camp.
We know how essential it is to refuel young, active people and so, with the help of a qualified nutritionist, we have created tasty vegetarian menus with plenty of fresh and healthy food. Tuck will also be provided during camp.
Having successfully run Shemesh 2021 with restrictions still in place, we are confident we will be able to manage Covid on Shemesh 2022. As we know, things change rapidly, so please visit our Covid FAQs page which we will update as the guidance changes. Once you have applied for an event we will send you updates automatically, as and when we have them.
At RSY-Netzer, we pride ourselves on our professional approach towards the health and safety of our participants. We employ two staff all year round, to provide training and ensure individual needs can be met. In addition, we have an experienced Wellbeing Officer on each camp who is on call 24/7. These Wellbeing Officers are people with professional experience as teachers or working with young people, and generally have a youth movement background themselves.
Our aim is to always create a warm and safe atmosphere for our participants and we are the only youth movement to offer this level of professional support. To complement this, our madrichimot (leaders) are trained in handling wellbeing issues as part of their leadership training course and have safeguarding training prior to every RSY-Netzer event.
RSY-Netzer operates an inclusive approach towards accommodating all young people where possible. We are able to support young people with a range of medical, physical, social and emotional needs. For your child’s benefit, it is essential that even sensitive information is recorded to us on the Application Form.
We take both confidentiality and compliance with national standards for child welfare very seriously.
After your form has been returned, if anything changes, or any new welfare and medical needs arise, it is your responsibility to advise us as soon as possible. This will enable us to best provide for your child.
RSY-Netzer welcomes new participants. We have set up a buddy system to help our participants to make new friends before Shemesh starts and to make their first experience on camp all the more enjoyable. If your child would like to be put in contact with someone from your area before camp please let us know by contacting Alyson on 020 8349 5666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will endeavour to find someone in your area, however, we cannot guarantee this.