Camp FAQ



 Still have more questions? Call or email Camp Director Alanna Steinberg at 908-443-9026 | 

What age are the campers at Camp Ruach? camp-photo

  • Our campers range in age from  15 months to 9th grade

What is the staff/camper ratio?

  • Each camp group is approximately 15 campers with 3-4 staff members

What are the ages of the counselors?

  • Different age campers require different age counselors
    • Toddlers and Preschool campers have adults (teachers/parents) as their Senior Counselors
    • Gadol (Kindergarten – 3rd grade) have Senior counselors who are in college or older, Junior counselors who are in grades 11 or 12 and CITs who are in grade 10
    • Tzahov and Sababa (Grades 4-6) have mainly Senior Counselors, with a few older Junior counselors
    •  Road Rulz (Grades 7-9) counselors are all adults

What is the start and end time of camp?

  • Campers arrive at camp between 8:45am and 9:00am and leave at 4pm.
  • We also offer early care starting at 7:30am and late stay available until 6pm

How do the children get to and from camp?

  • Busing is included if your child is attending the 9:00 am – 4:00 pm camp program.  If your child is a half day camper and leaves camp at 12:45 pm, they can ride the bus to camp in the morning.  If you are utilizing early or late care you must provide the transportation.

Does my child have to ride the bus both ways to and from camp?camper-photo

  • If the bus schedule does not work with your schedule you are more than welcome to drive your child/children to camp, pick them up in the afternoon, or any combination.

Once my child arrives at camp, what can they expect?

  • When the campers get dropped off, either from their parents or a bus, they are walked by a staff member to their group table where their counselors are waiting for them to start their fun-filled day!

Does my family have to be Jewish to attend Camp Ruach?

  • No!  We are a Jewish camp that has cultural programs integrated in our schedule.  We are open to everyone.  We are proud to say both campers and staff represent people from all different backgrounds.  All are welcome and feel comfortable here.

Does my child need to bring a lunch to camp?

  • Yes…or no!  Your child is welcome to bring a lunch with them, which will be refrigerated.  They may also purchase lunch at camp.  We offer items such as hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, bagels and pasta on a rotating basis.  A water bottle and choice of fruit or chips is also provided.  A menu will be downloadable from our website where you can sign up for lunch before camp starts.
  • We are a kosher sensitive facility.  Please do not mix meat and dairy in your lunch and no shellfish or pork are allowed on our site.
  • We also provide a snack in the morning (usually crackers, pretzels, etc.) and ice pops in the afternoon…except for Friday when we serve Rita’s Ices at the end of the day!  There are many special snacks throughout the summer which correlate with the theme of the week.

My child has allergies.  How is this handled?

  • WE ARE ALLERGY AWARE.  There is a nurse full time onsite.  We have nut-free tables for those with nut allergies.  Currently, we have campers who are nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free.  We will work with all families to accomodate their allergy needs.  Please contact the Camp Office to make specific arrangements for specific allergies: 908-443-9026

My child has special needs.  Do you offer a special program?

  • Yes!  We will work with your special needs child to give him or her the best summer camp experience possible. Please contact Ellie Willoughby, our Special Needs Director, for more details regarding our Special Needs Program, call (908) 443-9029 or email

Do I send my child to camp if it’s raining out?

  • Of course!!!  There are going to be rainy days, and the campers are still going to have lots of fun!  We utilize our indoor facility and some groups (grades 1 and older) may go on trips to movies or bowling for half the day.

And really hot days?

  • We bring kids inside more often, give extra swims and set up sprinklers throughout the campsite. 

Finally…will my kids enjoy their summer Camp Ruach?

  • Absolutely guaranteed!!!!!

Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC
775 Talamini Rd., Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Phone 908-725-6994, Fax 908-725-9753