1126Bonim (which is the Hebrew word for “Builders”) is always in motion, moving throughout their day and experiencing all that camp has to offer. A daily schedule with 6 activity periods and an evening program ensures that our Bonim campers enjoy swimming in our pool and lake, performing and fine arts, nature and outdoor living, sports and so much more. The wonderful Bonim counselors make sure that they are always up to something fun and exciting! One of our favorite Bonim cheers: “You wish you were in Bonim, ooh…aah”

Kochavim (which means “Stars”) is an opportunity for campers to step out of the known into a world of possibilities. Over the course of the day, these campers are encouraged to try new things and be the best they can be. Kochavimers get the best of all worlds: they make lifelong friendships while experiencing a top-notch program giving them the opportunity to reach for the stars. A Kochavim cheer: “Ko – Ko –Kochavim, Vim, Vim, Vimakoch, Kochavim, Vimakoch, Go Stars!”

Solelim (which means "Trailblazers") gives campers a chance to learn about all of the communities in which they live and others around the world. The daily schedule affords these campers the opportunity to choose “majors” within our performing and fine arts program as well as our outdoor and nature program. Solelim campers will participate in the activity they choose for 2 weeks, developing advanced skills and having a great time. "S-OL-ELIM, Solelim is best, oh yes, Solelim is best!"

Tsofim (meaning “Scouts”) allows campers to begin exploring themselves on a whole new level. Tsofim campers are beginning to prepare for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah and developing their personal connection to Judaism. These campers choose their activities within two week rotations to make their own summer experience. And, our 3 day long Maccabia (color war), different every year, is always a summer highlight. Each individual camper’s Tsofim experience is unique and exciting.

Bringing together teens with a taste for adventure and an interest in being a part of a dynamic community, Nachshonim (meaning “Leaders”) is a unique way to spend the summer at camp. The program takes advantage of the camp's activities and facilities and enhancing the camp experience they are exposed to teen-oriented programs and discussions. Developing leadership skills while making friendships that last a lifetime is what our campers love about Nachshonim. A Nachshonim cheer (to the tune of “Macho Man”): “Nachso, Nachshonim…I want to be in Nachshonim”

Kesher (meaning “Connection”) is all about being together, together with friends feeling a connection with something bigger than you- the camp community. This special program, specifically designed for high school aged teens, enables campers to feel a sense of community, challenge, learning and belonging as part of the URJ Camp Coleman. The Kesher Trip is an adventure trip that will include whitewater rafting, outdoor living overnight and either caving, high ropes, rock climbing or another cool outdoor adventure. A Kesher cheer (to the tune of “Livin' on a Prayer”): “Whoa, whoa, livin' on Kesher, take my hand and we’ll make it I swear, whoa, whoa, livin' on Kesher.”

1131Chalutzim (Pioneers) campers engage in meaningful experiences in order to learn more about themselves and what they can do to make a difference in the world, all the while having an incredibly fun and exciting summer adventure. With these values in mind, they travel out of camp on a 3 night/4 day experience each session learning, growing and having the time of their lives. At the end of each session, campers are encouraged to make a significant contribution to the camp community and to leave a positive mark on the place they all come to love.

The emphasis of our Machon 8-week program is to provide participants with an opportunity to work directly with campers and to reflect on their experience. During the 1st session of camp, participants will learn what it means to be a great counselor and will develop the skills necessary to be an effective role model and mentor to our campers. During the 2nd session, participants will live in cabins with campers and counselors and under supervision, will practice those skills. Entrance into this program is based on a completed application by the deadline, a personal interview and letters of recommendation. The deadline for summer 2017 applications has passed.    

The Outward Bound component is a unique component of the Machon Adventure Program. If you are selected to be a part of this program, you will take part in the North Carolina Outward Bound week prior to coming to Coleman. This is a physically challenging week that is meant to help you grow physically, mentally, and emotionally so that you feel empowered to face any challenges that might come up for you. The Machon Adventure Program will provide you with critical leadership skills and significant personal growth. Participants of this program will arrive back at camp on opening day of 2nd session and will spend the next 4 weeks incorporating their Outward Bound experience into our Leadership Development and Staff-in-training program. Medical clearance is a requirement of Outward Bound. This program also has limited spaces and requires a completed application by deadline, an interview and letters of recommendation. The deadline for summer 2017 applications has passed.

TEEN PROGRAMS (GRADES 9 TO 12)

Camp Coleman's NFTY in Israel trip | entering grade 11
Journey with camp friends and hundreds of teens from across North America for the most incredible summer of your life. During an amazing 5-week adventure in Europe and Israel, you will experience for yourself the epic story of the Jewish People. After a summer of traveling, touring, hiking, climbing, exploring, and discovering, you will return home with endless personal accomplishments, meaningful memories and stories you'll never forget.
URJ Kutz Camp | entering grades 10 to 12
Kutz brings together hundreds of the most talented and committed Reform Jewish teen leaders for a summer of fun and learning. Teens customize their own program focusing on developing skills in leadership, Jewish learning, social justice and the arts.
URJ Mitzvah Corps | entering grades 10 to 12
Expand your comfort zone and make a difference. Volunteer and immerse yourself in a new community in Central America, Israel and throughout North America as you learn about the people and culture of these communities. Be a change-maker through Mitzvah Corps’ unique hands-on experiences.