Campers are busy and active from 8:00 AM until 9:00 PM! We have full, action-packed, varied days with something for everyone. Our program is balanced including team sports, with intramural leagues (one of our most popular programs within camp) and intercamp meets, individual sports, art and creative options, a full waterfront on gorgeous Lake Tispaquin, adventure sports, field trips, special days and more!
The athletic field at Camp Avoda, surrounded by camper bunks is the scene of flag football and other variations of the game with an emphasis on fair play, safety rules, and good coaching and refereeing by attentive staff.
A camper favorite, soccer is played on a short field for our youngest campers and the entire length of the field for older Avoda campers. Soccer is played as part of the Avoda League activity, and also available daily as an elective.
Beach volleyball is a popular sport at Avoda. The courts are located at the waterfront and are busy all day long.
Camp Avoda basketball courts are filled with boys dribbling, shooting and passing from before breakfast until close to lights out! A popular place in camp, lights make nighttime hoops possible, and well-trained counselors teach skills, sportsmanship, and team cooperation.
Arriving at camp, the recently built hockey court is one of the first sports areas a visitor or camper sees. Street hockey is a popular sport at Camp Avoda where clacking sticks and rapidly moving hockey balls are controlled by hockey players of all ages.
Whether practicing shots with a ball machine, hitting against the wall or honing skills by playing with other campers, Avoda tennis players have many opportunities to play singles and doubles in camp and even some mixed doubles in annual tournaments against other camps.
Whether on a well-lit field at night, or played on a sunny afternoon, competitive softball is a popular choice for many Avoda campers looking to hit a homerun or even practice a “bunko”… hitting a ball as far as the bunks! Using your glove and “robbing” a bunko is also a favorite camper (and counselor) pastime!
The woodshop is a hive of activity with campers planning and measuring, sawing and sanding as they create a variety of items form birdhouses and bookshelves to tables and Adirondack chairs. Boys are welcome to research and plan their projects and are well-supervised by experienced specialty staff.
Creativity abounds as Avoda campers draw, paint, create clay bowls and animals, and use the pottery wheel to create vases and other items. There is a wide variety of media available and our artist in residence works with campers to create additions to camp as well as creations to take home.
Arts & Crafts
Creative campers are guided as they develop skills in digital photography as well as traditional photography developed in house in the Camp Avoda darkroom. Taught by our professional photographer who also takes photos and posts them daily, campers are treated to specialized quality instruction.
One of the newest program additions is a maker space which is the home of the Camp Avoda Tee-Shirt shop (new in 2022). Campers enjoy this air-conditioned space that houses a variety of creative enterprises.
When walking into camp, it is impossible to miss the beautiful painted climbing wall that is nearly always in use. The forty- foot wall provides an opportunity for campers to test their climbing skills, try a daring activity in a safe setting and maybe even race against their friends. Staffed by certified instructors well trained in belay techniques and safety, this is a popular spot at Camp Avoda.
Mountain biking is a popular activity at Camp Avoda. Beginners often enjoy the short trails around camp, while more experienced riders may leave camp and take a scenic ride all round Lake Tispaquin. Sometimes led by Executive Director, Ken Shifman!
Follow a winding path through a beautiful wooded area of camp, there is a clearing with a well- designed archery range. Trained and certified instructors teach the basics of target shooting, safety rules and procedures, and design activities to be interesting for our campers. Campers can participate in a sport that promotes focus and concentration as well as the chance to increase self-confidence.
Camp Avoda takes pride in offering a well-rounded program. Many of our campers enjoy learning to navigate the natural environment learning outdoor cooking, good hiking practices, pitching a tent and building a variety of useful fires. These activities emphasize care for our natural resources, keeping outdoor areas clean, and caring for our environment.
Camp Avoda is enriched by serving boys with varied Jewish experiences. Campers enjoy celebrating Shabbat, Learning about the culture of Israel from Israeli counselors, and meeting a large number of Jewish peers.. All of these boys live and play together and become a part of the rich fabric of camp life.
Fitness is important to many campers at Avoda. A well-maintained and equipped weight room is supervised by experienced staff who teach skills and ensure the safety of the boys. Pre- breakfast runs are common at camp and often led by bunk counselors. These activities build self-confidence and relationships based upon common interests.
The Camp Avoda dining room is home to delicious, spirited meals, but that is not all! Ping Pong tables line the back wall and are in use before breakfast, during the day and all the way up to bedtime! Tournaments appear organically and we even have a trophy at the end of the summer for the player with the most wins!
Learning to paddle is part of acquiring good watercraft skills. The boys at Camp Avoda enjoy time in a kayak, canoe and on a paddleboard…even the gigantic eleven-person board! Campers prepare for the three-day canoe trip that is part of the program for senior campers.
Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddleboard
The serene environment on Lake Tispaquin is perfect for learning to sail. Campers can sail larger boats as well as learn to solo in a smaller easy to manage craft.
Lake Tispaquin has a wide variety of fish that our boys enjoy catching-and releasing. For many of our campers, time spent fishing after several hours of active time on the athletic field is a great way to relax.
Camp Avoda has a strong swimming program including lessons using American Red Cross guidelines and certified instructors. Many swimmers enjoy the challenge of “swimming to the rock”, a rite of passage as they swim to a large rock in the middle of the lake. The boys also enjoy general swims, and the use of the floating obstacle course in Lake Tispaquin.
During a waterfront period, boys can choose to relax while fishing, paddle a kayak or canoe, or, have a bit more of an adventure. Our motorboats are equipped for water-tubing and waterskiing on the lake. Many campers like to try out tubing before they try out their ski-legs!
Water-tubing and Waterskiing
Every day at Avoda is special, but some are out of the ordinary! Water slides on the main field, inflatable jousting and theme days are all part of the summer fun.