Family Camp

Family Camp is a group of about 25 Beth El families who head out to Camp Horizons in Harrisonburg, Va., to learn, play, celebrate, and relax together in a sociable, low-key environment.

There is plenty of time for activities like horseback riding and a ropes course in addition to our traditional schedule of services, study, sports, kids’ activities, and, of course, meals. Family Camp families also get together several times during the year for holiday parties and other activities.

Family Camp is organized, managed, and funded entirely by the participants who volunteer their time and energy each May and throughout the year.

New families with kids of all ages are welcome as space permits. If you are interested in joining us, please contact the Beth El office at

Family Camp History

Beth El Family Camp began in 1994 when an intrepid group of 15 Beth El families, most with small children, spent Memorial Day Weekend together at Camp Moshava.

In addition to running after the kids and cooking our own meals, we participated in Shabbat services and informal study groups, played family sports, and told ghost stories around a campfire following Havdalah.

Since that year we have held Family Camp every year, adding new families and new traditions, and strengthening our ties to Beth El and to Judaism. As our children have grown, so has our membership, and we have families with children of all ages as well as some whose children have grown.

After the first year at Camp Moshava the group has been to several other camps including Camps Benjamin and Reich at Capital Camps (before it was rebuilt) in Waynesboro, Pa.; Camp Louise in nearby Thurmont, Md.; and the Pearlstone Retreat Center outside of Baltimore.

In addition to services, study groups, family sports, and a Havdalah campfire, many different activities have taken place over the years including talent shows, improvisational skits, quiz shows, karaoke nights, arts and crafts, community service projects, wine – cheese – chocolate tastings, etc. We also have our own version of the world famous Maccabiah games. The games are fun for all ages and the rules are usually broken.