ABOUT the retreat & family SUMMER CAMP

What is our purpose?
The annual Noahide retreat is an opportunity for Noahides to get together and meet other Noahides. It's our aim to connect members of the Noahide community, and to provide opportunities to develop organic friendships, by allowing Noahides to get to know each other while doing everyday activities. We believe that when Noahides come together, they can share their experiences and find comfort in the company of other individuals who have decided to embrace the God of Israel, while choosing to remain a Noahide.

The Raising activities within our family summer camp provide opportunities for Noahide kids to meet one another, and to make new friends. Non-Noahide children are welcome to join, learn, and have fun together. Our focus will be help your child to build character and lasting friendships through play. Participation in activities are optional.


What is the age range for family summer camp?
The Raising Noah activities are designed for children from Kindergarten to 12th grade (5-17 yrs old). All children must be potty trained, and able to use the restroom independently. When summer camp is open to families, activities will cater to individuals of all ages.

What if I have children under 5 years old, are there any activities for them?
Yes. 

Will the summer camp be a part of the retreat?
Some years it will be, and some years it may not. Please see itinerary or call our community support line.

How do I register for summer camp?
If booking your family's lodging through our "Book A Room" option, be sure to include the number of children accompanying your party. Please complete the initial registration form. If you have any questions, please email us at summercamp@noahidecommunity.com, and please include "Register For Camp" in the subject.

What days and hours will summer camp be held?
Our summer camp is a day camp. Parents must remain within the vicinity in order to be available for pick up and drop off. Parents and Guardians must also be available in the event of an emergency. Summer camp will be held on various days, and times for each retreat. Please see the itinerary. If summer camp this year is listed as a family camp, then no drop-offs are allowed. Parents must accompany and supervise their children. There may be staff to assist you from time to time.

Are there any additional fees?
There may be different fees from year to year, so please see optional add-ons when checking out. If your family is attending the main retreat, and you do not want your children to participate in the Summer Camp activities, that's okay. Some activities, including field trips may require admission ticket purchase. Snacks, lunch, and water will be provided and is paid for by our generous sponsors.

Do children have to be Noahide?
No. Non-Noahide children are welcome and encouraged to attend. Our goal is to share the beauty of the Noahide path, and its ability to help build character and community, so camp is a great opportunity to invite a friend. Proselytizing is not allowed. Please be sure that all children in your party are aware of this rule.

Is this a drop-off camp?
Children are required to attend the retreat with their families, a guardian, or other parent-authorized supervising adult. During camp activities, parents will drop children off and check them in and out. During years when only family camp is available, parent must remain with children throughout the day.

Will there be actual camping?
Yes! Sometimes camping will be just a few hours long, sometimes it will take up the entire day or night. See itinerary for details. Parents who want their children to enjoy the experience of meeting other Noahide kids in a traditional summer camp setting, will be able to offer them that experience. Nature appreciation, and skill building activities for all ages are prepared by our dedicated team of camp counselors. Though it varies from year to year, there are times that late night camping under the stars, story telling, and marshmallow roasting will occur on one or more nights. However, camping may not be overnight, and parents may be required to drop off and pick up their children from the camp site. When there is no family camp, our staff will be present to provide guidance and assistance with activities. Parents are required to be on call in the event of an emergency. For specifications on this year's summer camp activities, please refer to the travel app or itinerary.

What safety requirements will be in place?
For day camp, youth camp only: Children must always be under the direct supervision of parents when not in the care of our staff. Parents will be emailed a waiver form that must be signed and completed before or upon arriving to summer camp. Children who are considered under our care, are children who have been dropped off to a Raising Noah summer camp staff member each morning, and signed in by a parent or guardian using our sign-in form. For the safety of your child, children cannot arrive unaccompanied by their parent or guardian. Parents must drop their children off to a staff member wearing a Raising Noah summer camp badge and T-shirt each morning, at the designated drop off location given to them upon arrival. Instructions on where and when to pick up your child will also be given daily. Our summer camp is not a drop-off overnight camp, so parents must drop their child off each morning or when choosing to participate in activities, and return to pick them up after summer camp for that day has concluded. The registering staff member will provide a disposable bracelet with an identifying number to each parent, which must be used to pick the child up. Parents must also provide any emergency contact information for that day, in the event that early pick up or the need to communicate with the parent or guardian arises. A disposable bracelet will be used to indicate to our staff what day you choose for your child to participate. It is each parent's responsibility to provide a list of necessary medications and the medications themselves (in original Rx containers, along with instructions for use), a list of food allergies (and parent provided meal if food allergies exist), or other information at registration, that if unknown to our staff may pose risk or harm to your child's health or life. Our staff reserves the right to refuse care of a child that we may be unable to adequately care for. 
 
Generally, volunteers and staff will always try to assist parents with service and supervision, but are not responsible for the safety and well being of your children. While our staff will make our best effort to protect your children, when not in our care, parents are solely responsible for the safety of their child.

What activities will be provided?
A general itinerary we be emailed to you. As planning continues more details will be added to the itinerary. A detailed itinerary will be sent to the email of all registered families.

What should they bring?
Summer camp may include outdoor and water activities. We recommend packing clothing for your child that includes swim-wear, comfortable closed toe shoes, flip flops, and beach towels. 

Any group activities?
Yes. Please see the Itinerary for all scheduled activities planned for the group. Some activities may be added at a later time. The focus of the annual retreats is to socialize with other Noahides, while making new friendships, and growing together. There may be times for workshops, serious discussions, and fun activities for attendees to enjoy as a group. We will keep scheduled off-site activities to a minimum. 

Are the bath houses separated by gender?
Yes. Please do not enter a shower or bathroom when a child is present without the company of their parent. Parents please be mindful that the safety and security of your children is your responsibility. You should know who they are with and where they are at all times. If sharing a master house, or single home with multiple rooms, please shower only in the restroom assigned to you, or en-suite.

My child is shy, will they have friends?
Each child will be assigned a camp buddy or two. They will be encouraged to treat one another with consideration, kindness, and respect. Children who model kind behavior will be rewarded on the final day of camp. These incentives will foster positive interactions.

Did we miss your question?

If we did not answer your question, please feel free to send us an email at, retreat@noahidecommunity.com or call us at 855-999-2862.


ANNUAL RETREAT FAQ

Are these retreats annual and who is the organizer? Noahides can get together at any time of the year, but our goal is to offer consistent and annual formal retreats and summer camps. TNC helps to coordinate Noahide annual retreats that are dedicated in loving memory of Nancy Todd Overall, and are organized, hosted, and sponsored by a variety of individuals and their groups, organizations, and businesses. The Noahide Community Foundation, Inc. (TNC) is a non-profit organization committed to the development of services for Noahides and their communities. TNC serves as the website host, lead coordinator, and one of many sponsors of the annual retreats. Equipment, supplies, and other needed services are sponsored by various individuals, groups, organizations, and businesses from year to year. You can find a list of this year's sponsors on our event details page. Noahide Retreats will give attendees a chance to appreciate Hashem's majestic creations while getting to know other Noahides. Workshops and activities may be available. Each person or family will have the opportunity to secure lodging with the group.

Who can make a reservation?

You must be 18 years or older to make a reservation on behalf of your party. Parents or other adult guardians must accompany children. All Noahides and non-Noahide supporters of Noahides, from any part of the world are welcome. Invite your non-Noahide family and friends to join and learn about the beauty of the Noahide laws. However, proselytizing is not allowed. Noahides come from all walks of life, have different lifestyles, varying ethnicities, political beliefs, and worldviews. What all share is a respect for Torah Judaism and an acceptance of the 7 categories of moral laws for all mankind. By making a reservation you agree to abide by all of our retreat rules and regulations. If you'd like to be the first to know about new events, join the Noahide Online Community group for the latest updates or subscribe to become a site member. Other Noahide groups and websites may post updates as well. Lodging is available on a first to reserve, first to be served basis.

If I don't lodge with the group or if I'm a local, can I still join the retreat?
Yes. If you're planning to secure your own lodging or are a local Noahide/supporter, please feel free to join us for our group events. Some events require paid admission. See our Activities & Itinerary, and the Buy Tickets page for more information. Safety first: Please notify the organizers in advance at retreat@noahidecomunity.com or register with us upon arrival, if you plan to attend but will lodge off site. If you intend to bring children, and would like them to participate in the summer camp, you must be pre-registered.

Are pets allowed? Depending on where we lodge each year, pets may or may not be allowed. Please contact customer support for more information.

I can't come, can I donate? Yes. If you'd like to send along supplies with someone else, please do. If you'd like to donate money to offset the cost of our supply and other expenses, assist someone in paying for their lodging, donate to TNC by clicking our "donate" button in the header, or just donate to help us secure future venues, you can. Your donation will be processed securely through PayPal and sent to the organizer. May the blesser be blessed.

Are there other events? Please join our Facebook or MeWe group for updates.

Is there an additional fee? There may be different fees from year to year, so please see optional add-ons when checking out. If your family is attending the main retreat, and you do not want your children to participate in the Summer Camp activities, that's okay. 

Do children have to be Noahide? No. Non-Noahide children are welcome and encouraged to attend. Our goal is to share the beauty and simplicity of Noahide life and laws with others, so camp is a great opportunity to do this. Proselytizing is not allowed. Please be sure that all children in your party are aware of this rule.

What activities will be provided? A general itinerary will be provided by email or upon arrival. As planning continues more details will be added to the itinerary. A detailed itinerary will be sent to all parents of registered camp participants.


JEWISH FRIENDS & THEIR CHILDREN
I'm Jewish, can I come? Yes you can! But there are some things to keep in mind. Our community holds to traditional Jewish standards in regards to our interaction with our Jewish friends.

Will I be welcome? Of course you will be! But our non-Jewish organizers and hosts are generally familiar with basic Jewish laws, and will encourage adherence to them where it applies. Some Noahides may feel uncomfortable with interactions or activities that may cause you or your children to be placed in a compromising position, regarding Jewish obligations. Food catering will not be kosher, and some events are held during the Shabbat. Violation of Jewish laws will be discouraged by our organizers. Other non-Noahide guests may be unaware of Jewish restrictions. Some of our local and nearby Jewish friends have suggested that it's a good idea to stop by rather than book a reservation on premises. Jewish friends wanting to enjoy the retreat and meet Noahides during our group events, are encouraged to prepare other accommodations that will allow them to comfortably leave when wanted, and to eat kosher food. However, it is within your discretion and personal obligation to decide what to do, when, and how. We look forward to meeting you!

THE DOLLARS AND CENTS
How much is the trip? Please check our Reservation page for updates. Optional add on services may be provided.

What are the deposits and all other deadlines?
Varies from year to year, see event page.

What if I have to cancel? If for some unforeseen reason you are unable to keep your reservation, a refund may be issued. See our cancellation policy.

If I'm single do I have to have a roommate? Individuals are encouraged to reserve lodging with the least beds, to accommodate larger families.

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Is bedding, cookware and dishware provided?
Some lodging may not provide bedding or cookware, please see lodging description when making your reservation.

WIFI? Please see room details on our reservation page.

Is the reservation all inclusive? Varies from year to year, please see event details in description. 

What should I bring? If you prefer the comfort of a beach towel after a dip in the pool, you may want to bring your own. You may also want to bring modest swimwear. It's a good idea to bring additional towels or hand cloths as there is a limited supply of pool and bath towels. Basic hygiene products, such as toothpaste may be provided in limited supply but is not guaranteed. There is no daily room service. Local shops are nearby if there are supplies needed. If you intend to book lodging that does not have a shower in unit, you may want to bring swimwear, full body bath towels, and flip flops into the shower room for your comfort. Bath houses are separated by gender. Parents, please do not allow your child to enter restrooms and showers unsupervised.

What should I NOT bring? The temptation to bring days worth of perishable food supplies for your family, in order to save money, is probably very strong but keep in mind that storage space may be limited. Please see details about your lodging on the reservation page. Don't sweat it, because if you run out of supplies, the local grocery store is nearby.

WHEN WE GET THERE
What are the check-in instructions? Detailed instructions will be emailed to you. Check-in is typically between 2pm - 4pm, and check-out is typically @10am. You will not be refunded if you choose to leave early.

Can I pick my lodging? Yes

Is smoking permitted? No smoking inside your lodging please.

Is there a dress code? No. There is no specific dress code, but we ask that everyone, both male and female, be mindful of the clothing you wear. 

Are there any other house rules? Yes. As they say, "A house without rules is a zoo". Please see our Rules and Regs page.

Any group activities? Yes. Please see the Itinerary for all scheduled activities planned for the group. Some activities may be added at a later time. The focus of the annual retreats is to socialize with other Noahides, and to relax and enjoy your vacation. However, there will be educational workshops, fun activities for attendees to enjoy as a group. We will keep scheduled off-sitte activities to a minimum.

WHO'S IN CHARGE
Who's the organizer?
Noahide annual retreats are conducted by various organizers. TNC provides the website support and hosting, technical support, and itinerary coordination.

Who is liable in the event of damage or injury?
Because The Noahide Community Foundation, Inc. (TNC) and it's organizers are not the owner's of the properties being secured, TNC and other organizers are not liable for any damage caused by any attendees, whether accidental or the result of recklessness. If you or a member of your party causes damage to the facility or grounds, parents of children, and heads of parties or households will be 100% responsible for remedying the problem with the third party provider.

The third party venue reserves the right to directly seek compensation for damage from any guest of the retreat. Adult guardians and designated supervisors are financially responsible for damages caused by children, and are also responsible for the safety and well-being of their children.


Can I help?Yes you can. Please email us at retreat@noahidegathering.com for more information on how you can volunteer to help.

Did we miss your question? 
If we did not answer your question, please feel free to send us an email at, retreat@noahidecommunity.com or call us at 855-999-2862.
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