NOTICE: Some of the info in the FAQ may not be applicable for the year 2020, please see our COVID-19 PLAN page for more information.

Cabins sleep approximately 12 campers in bunk beds and 2-3 staff members on each side. Every camper is assigned a set of cubbies for storing personal items and some shelf space. Each cabin is equipped with its own bathroom (toilets, sinks, showers) and electricity.

Bunk assignments are made on the basis of school grade and/or chronological age, and social and emotional maturity.

You may request up to two placement requests per camper. All placement requests must be submitted in writing and placed on the appropriate space on the camper application. We do our very best to place your child with at least one of his requests. Please note: bunk placements requests are not guaranteed.

Yes. Financial assistance is available for current campers that have completed a camper application and deposit received, upon request, we will send you the necessary financial assistance forms and or information. All financial assistance applications are treated confidentially and reviewed thoroughly by a committee. Financial assistance is determined by the “full picture, and are given on a first come basis.

At Camp Chayolei, a great deal of pride is taken in the members of its staff, who provide a stable and caring home for campers all summer long. The staff is comprised of Yeshivah students, and professionals in various fields. Each year, we look for competent and energetic young adults to fill our staff positions. While many have grown up in Crown Heights, others join us from across the country and around the world – all bringing their own special gifts to share. An extensive training program is provided at the start of the summer season, and is ongoing throughout the summer. During the summer, staff are supervised and evaluated by members of our camp leadership team, all of whom have proven experience overseeing the work of staff members.

At Chayolei we are dedicated to providing safe and secure environments for our campers and staff. Chayolei conducts regular safety and security reviews and evaluation, and works closely with local law enforcement officials to make sure our safety standards and practices are the best they can be. The health and welfare of our community will always be our top concern.

Camp Chayolei provides each camper with a camp T-shirt and a Yarmulka. Camp also has a variety of clothing with the camp logo on it, we have Baseball Caps, Sweat Jackets, Towels, additional T- Shirts, and additional Yarmulkas. To place an order, please contact us by phone or e mail. (Items will soon also be available for purchase online.)

Campers thru the sixth grade should have enough clothing with them to last at least 10 days. Laundry is sent out of camp approximately once a week. The laundry comes back washed and dried. It is important to label the clothing with the camper’s name in case laundry gets lost. Campers from the seventh grade and up are taken to local Laundromats to do their own laundry and should come prepared with money and detergent.

Parents are responsible for bringing their children to the buses that leave from President Street between Kingston and Brooklyn Avenue outside F.R.E.E. Shul on opening day and picking them up on closing day at the same location.

Camp offers kids and parents the chance to develop a rarely practiced skill – letter writing. We strongly recommend that parents write to their children multiple times a week. A card, letter or e-mail, arriving regularly, does more for camper morale than anything else. In addition campers usually have a chance to call home briefly on Thursday or Friday for shabbos.

Parents are welcome to call the Camp during the summer to find out how their children are doing. After we receive your call, the parent contact or your camper’s unit head will call you back, within 24 hours.

There are two designated visiting days, one per session, when parents are encouraged to come and show their child support, it is a nice opportunity for grandparents to visit on these days too.

Camp Chayolei’s kid-friendly menu offers campers plenty to eat. All meals are served family-style in the dining hall, with bunks eating together at assigned tables. Breakfast usually includes cereal, bread, and a hot item such as eggs. Lunch and dinner usually include a hot entrée, as well as salad. Fresh fruit is available at all times. We make accommodations for campers on special allergy or health-related diets. In the afternoon there is a snack served daily and campers receive milk and cookies or fruit at the end of afternoon sports (see our sample menu for a closer look).

All campers like to receive packages from home, and as long as they are items permitted at camp we encourage these shipments however they are limited to 1 package per week and 2LB in weight.. We suggest shipping via UPS. or using the discounted shipping at the  “post mark-it” at 383 Kingston Ave. 718 774 1990.

It is our hope that every camper will remain healthy and fully able to participate in all aspects of camp life all summer long. Just in case, though, Camp has a range of systems in place to manage health care issues that may arise. The Camp’s infirmary is staffed by medical professionals all summer long – usually a nurse or an EMT with experience. We supervise the dispensing of medication 3 times a day. A Medical Form with comprehensive information will be all we need to take great care of your child while at camp. If your child has a virus that is contagious, depending on the case he may need to be taken home till it passes.

Birthdays that occur during the Camp session will be celebrated. This observance is not only a treat for the camper, but a lot of fun for everyone. Ever had a birthday party with 200 friends in attendance? Please do not send food of any kind for your child’s birthday. Your child will be able to call home the evening of the birthday. To order a cake to be served at your child’s birthday, please call our office with a credit card to place the order with the camp administration. Also please follow up with a call to his head counselor.

 

Dress Code (general)

In order to maintain a chasidishe atmosphere please do not send the following items or similar ones. Jeans, T-shirts and polo shirts with goyishe pictures or expressions, leather yarmulkes, shorts, or sleeveless T-shirts.

Sug. Amt.

Amt. sent

Sug.

Amt.

Amt. sent

7

polo or sport shirts *

1

pair of swim shoes

2

dress shirts (for Shabbos)

2

towel, washcloths

7

pairs of long pants

1

heavy sweater / jacket

1

Shabbos Suit

1

laundry bag

1

extra pair of Shabbos pants

1

warm blankets

1

extra yarmulke & talis koton

2

sheets, pillow cases

10

undergarments

1

pillow

10

pairs of socks toothpaste, toothbrush

1

pair of sneakers

2

face soap, shampoo

1

pair of slippers

2

insect repellent

2

pairs of pajamas post cards, paper, envelopes and stamps

1

raincoat

3

sunscreen

1

pair of rubbers disposable camera

2

swimsuits flashlight

1

1

bathrobe (warm)extra pair of shoes or sneakers

1

sleeping bagmedications (enough to last the summer)

* Without any pictures or goyishe names.

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Dress Code

In order to maintain a chasidishe atmosphere please do not send the following items or similar ones:

Jeans, T-shirts/polo shirts with goyishe pictures or expressions, leather/knitted yarmulkes or sleeveless

T-shirts. Please note: shorts are not allowed at all, even during sports!

Bochurim will be required this year to wear a button-down solid-white shirt from the morning till after Mincha and in general for all davening and learning times. No exceptions! Please send enough white shirts for the week as well as shabbos, as not to cause any inconveniences of having to overnight-ship shirts etc.

A regular Lubavitch black hat, shoes, and a weekday suit – jacket for davening, plus a suit for שבת.

In general, camper’s need enough clothing to last approx. nine days. Please list the amount of articles you are sending and paste this list to your son’s suitcase.

We will make every effort to protect the personal belongings of every Bochur. However, we will not be responsible for damage to, or loss of, any clothing or personal belongings of Bochurim.

Dress Code ( for 7th  thru 10th grades )

In addition, boys over Bar Mitzvah must bring enough white button down shirts for Shabbos, as well as for davening & seder time during the week, plus a black hat, shoes, and a weekday suit – jacket fordavening, and a suit for Shabbos. (in the past some boys keep a shirt in their closet in zal that they switch into for davening and learning)