Edlavitch DCJCC


Start Date:
Friday, May 31, 2013
End Date:
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Capital Retreat Center
12750 Buchanan Trail
Waynesboro, PA 17268




CAMP GLOE has been canceled, due to date conflicts. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We hope to reschedule for a Fall camp sometime in the future, when we can all get away and enjoy a nice, crackling campfire together.

We look forward to seeing everyone at Pride!


Jewish LGBT Summer Camp Weekend for Adults!

Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2, 2013
Capital Retreat Center
Waynesboro, PA (only 1.5 hours from DC)

MONDAY, MAY 20 - 8:00 am

Join GLOE for our incredible Jewish LGBT Summer Camp weekend for adults, up in the mountains, but just over an hour away!

All the camp fun you remember (or wish you did), but now, stay in your own deluxe private room with air-conditioning, eat delicious food... and this time around, everyone there is LGBT and no counselors to call lights out!

And don't worry: we've got plenty for both "indoorsy" and "outdoorsy" campers.

Do everything!, or pick & choose: zip-line down to the lake, create arts & crafts, challenge yourself on the High-Ropes Course, walk in the woods, fun workshops, sing at the campfire Havdalah, perform in the camp talent show, enjoy the pool with waterslides, and so much more.

Everyone who registers will get a fab Camp GLOE t-shirt ...to wear at camp, or any time you're feeling just a little bit campy.

Read on for all the fab details. Space is limited!


singalong (c)Nicholas Wilson


Camp Highlights

Capital Retreat Center
High Ropes Course
roasting-marshmallow (c)Kaplan International
Bird's eye view from the top of the zip-line!
Roasting marchmallows
camp lantern
Lake zipline


forest (c)123rf

In addition to all the happy (LGBT Jewish) campers who will be there, we're very excited for:

  • Opening Campfire and Flag Raising

  • Fun Workshops to choose from

  • Zip-lining across the camp lake

  • Arts & Crafts (sparkly landyards, baby!)

  • High-Ropes Challenge Course

  • Nightly Campfires!

  • Small Group meet-ups (to connect with one another)

  • So. Much. Good. Food.

  • Movie night sing-alongs!

  • A Community Service project

  • Aquatics Center, featuring:
    • a 5,500-square-foot heated pool
    • diving board
    • two 40′ Waterslide Flumes!
    • zero (beach) entry area to the pool
    • water-playground features
    • deck chairs to lounge poolside
  • Explore Nature

  • Camp Connections Board (to leave notes for new friends!)

  • Variety of Shabbat options (for those interested)

  • Saturday night Camp Talent Show
    on a state-of-the-art stage, and then, Dance Party

  • Free time for "Anytime Activities" or to just relax

  • Campfire Havdalah and singing (and/or swaying)

  • and so much more...


Anytime Activities

While there will be lots of fun scheduled activities, you always have the option of doing your own thing, including these activities that are available (almost) all of the time!

  • Gaga Pit
  • Laying out by the camp's private lake
  • Internet - free wifi all the time, even though we're in the mountains!
  • Ground-level Challenge Course
  • Sports! including:
    • soccer fields
    • baseball diamond
    • in-line hockey rink
    • tennis courts
    • basketball courts
    • volleyball courts
    • indoor gymnasium
  • Relaxing on Adirondack chairs out on the decks at the lodge
  • Walks in the woods


Camp Schedule

Full schedule coming soon! Your counselors are hard at work!

Friday, May 31
3:00-6:00  Arrival and Registration
6:00  Opening Ceremony

Sunday, June 2
3:00  Closing Ceremony and Departure



SPOTLIGHT: Lodge Accommodations

No tents or cabins! Just a brand new lodge, all to ourselves!

We'll be staying in the new, just opened, Nesiya Lodge.

Nesiya lounge

This multi-million dollar facility offers deluxe, private, hotel-style rooms, cozy conversation nooks and a stone fireplace, and a complete business center. (But you won't be doing work at Camp GLOE, right?)


Not the bunkhouse or "camp bathrooms" you remember...

Each room has two queen beds, with plush, hotel-style mattresses, and lots of comforts including in-room air-conditioning controls and free wi-fi.

Your room's private bathroom comes with granite countertops and a rain showerhead (which you'll need after all the running around/laying out/exploring...)

camp bathroom

Choose to share, or get your own private room all to yourself.







































Food and Drinks

This is a Jewish event: no one is going hungry.

Camp is preparing the highest quality of delicious food, served in a magnificent setting. The dining hall is complete with a fireplace and an outdoor deck, overlooking the lake.

The culinary team, led by Capital Retreat Center's Executive Chef, provides delicious, nutritious and beautifully presented meals, made with produce sourced from local farmers for the freshest ingredients.

Yes: good camp food!

In between meals, there will be endless snacks, in case you work up an appetite. Plus, coffee, tea, soft drinks, and water are always available. And if you need a refresher in the middle of the day, Nesiya Lodge will have fresh cucumber and fruit flavored waters.

Saturday night's Dance Party will have refreshments - including both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks - plus lots of other treats.



What Does Registration Cover?

Your registration covers the entire huge LGBT Jewish camp weekend!

  • Official Camp GLOE t-shirt
  • All Camp Activities, including the big extras of Zip-Lining, the High Ropes Challenge Course, Waterslide Flumes, and Workshops
  • 3 Days of Meals, plus endless snacks and beverages all the time
  • Linens, including bath towels (you may want to bring a beach towel)
  • Hotel-style accommodations, with a/c, wifi, private bathrooms, and incredible real beds!

Basically, all the fun of camp, but with all the extra comforts.



$295 - Shared* room
$395 - Single room

Pay all at once, or break it into smaller payments.

Late Registration(after May 20), if space is available
$375 - Shared* room
$475 - Single room

*Shared rooms

There are two deluxe queen beds per room. If you choose a shared room, either you can designate a roommate OR we can match you with someone.

  • If you already have a roommate set, we're happy to put you together. On your registration, please list your roommates' names. A "shared" room can be up to four people per room. Everyone still pays the same "share" price, whether there are two, three or four of you; and no matter who sleeps in which bed.
    NOTE: everyone still must register separately (and list you as a roommate, too).
  • If we are matching the roommates, we will only put two people per room (so you each have your own bed). You will be able to indicate your gender, and the gender(s) with which you are open to sharing a room.


Capital Camps mapFrequently Asked Questions

Where is Camp GLOE?

Camp GLOE will be at Capital Camps & Retreat Center, which originally opened in 1987, and is located in the beautiful Catoctin Mountains. It's about 75 miles from Washington, DC and Baltimore, a little over an hour's drive from both cities. It's about a 3.5 hour drive from New York City. (More about Capital Camps & Retreat Center)


How do I get there?

Drive - There's free parking in the parking lot, for up to 60 cars. (Map and directions via Capital Camps website)

Carpool - We encourage you to carpool (and also to sing camp songs on the drive, but we won't enforce that). We are not coordinating carpooling, but encourage you to get in touch with one another on the Facebook event page for Camp GLOE. (If all else fails, we may be able to help put you in touch with others. We don't want anyone stuck! Contact information is at the bottom of this page.)

Camp is close

Bus option - If there is sufficient interest for it, we will organize a camp bus, leaving from the DCJCC on Friday and returning on Sunday. If you would be interested in the camp bus, please indicate this on the registration page. The bus would be available for an additional fee - not included in registration. The cost would likely be under $50, round trip.


Do I have to be Jewish? Can I bring someone who isn't Jewish?

No, you don't have to be Jewish, and yes, you can bring someone who isn't Jewish. All are welcome!


Age restrictions?

Campers must be 18+, and of course, 21+ to drink alcohol. (A licensed bartender will be at Saturday night's festivties.)

We expect a good mix of ages at Camp GLOE.


I can't wait to get there; how soon can I come? And when do I have to leave?

Friday, May 31
3:00-6:00  Arrival and Registration
6:00  Opening Ceremony

Sunday, June 2
3:00  Closing Ceremony and Departure

If you know you'll be arriving later, just let us know. (Keep in mind that we're up in the mountains, and it may be harder to find it in the dark.)


Camp GLOE t-shirts

You'll get your t-shirt when you arrive at camp, but you can also pick it up at the DCJCC in advance if you prefer. (Email gloe@washingtondcjcc.org to arrange advance pick-up.)

These t-shirts are the very soft, fitted type. The women's t-shirt shape is a little more hour-glass, and the men's t-shirt shape is a little boxier, but both are of the more FITTED style. (Men's cut size chart) (Women's cut size chart)

When choosing sizes: The women's cut runs at least 1 size smaller than your usual size. If you like the shape, but don't want it so fitted, choose 2 sizes up, not just 1. The men's cut seems to run true to size, though if you don't want it to be as fitted, choose 1 size up.

Please pick whichever t-shirt style you prefer.


Kashrut and Other Dietary Needs

The Camp is under Star-K Kashrut Supervision, and uses Glatt Kosher meats and Cholov Yisreol dairy products. The facility is nut-free. If you have other dietary needs (vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.), please indicate this on your registration form.



Capital Camps is an accessible facility.

  • The campus is wheelchair/mobility aid accessible, including accomodations with roll-in showers with seats and hand rails.
  • For deaf/hoh guests, rooms are available equipped with a visual doorbell and visual fire alarm.
  • There will be all-gender public bathrooms (in addition to your own room's bathroom). Campers state their gender preferences for roommates.
  • There will be sober options and activities, and meeting spaces.

Don't hesitate to contact GLOE with any other accessibility questions: gloe@washingtondcjcc.org or 202-777-3253.


What about Shabbat?

We are thrilled that we get to enjoy the summer camp versions of Shabbat rituals and songs. Together, we'll celebrate Friday night candle lighting (to welcome Shabbat in), and then Saturday night havdallah (to close Shabbat). For those who want to observe the additional prayer times, services will be available among all the camp options. Like everything else at Camp GLOE, all activities are voluntary.


DC Memorial Service for Elissa Froman z"l

Many in our community were touched by the life of Elissa Froman, whose memorial service will take place on Sunday, June 2, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, in Washington, DC. For those who would like to come to camp, but would also like to attend the memorial service, there are a few campers who will be leaving camp early Sunday morning to drive back to DC. If you would like to connect with these campers, please contact gloe@washingtondcjcc.org.


Refund & Cancelation Policy 

Based on reservation numbers that we need to confirm by certain dates, refunds are available as follows:
If you cancel by May 13, you will receive a 100% refund.
If you cancel by May 20, you will receive a 50% refund.
No refunds after May 20.
We thank you for understanding.


More questions?

Contact GLOE Director, Halley Cohen at gloe@washingtondcjcc.org or 202-777-3253.

We're sorry, the deadline for online sales has passed. Contact program staff listed above to purchase by phone.

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