How did you spend your Sunday? If you were among the lucky, you spent it in the sun. If you’re among the really lucky, you spent it with other volunteers planting, weeding and building the new greenhouse at Eden Village Camp.

Eden Village is a brand-spanking new Jewish summer camp located 50 miles north of New York City. The camp melds the best aspects of traditional overnight camps (from bonfires to lake swimming to summer crushes) with a unique environmental vision. Campers aged 3rd-12th grade engage in organic gardening and bee keeping, outdoor and wilderness adventure (i.e. hikes, rock climbing and ropes courses), green-friendly arts and crafts and natural sciences as well as weekly Shabbat celebrations and morning prayer and reflection time on the weekdays. Campers share locally-grown, mostly vegetarian/pescatarian meals – many of which they’ve helped to grow or cook!

According to the camp’s website, each camper is supported in “developing outdoor and leadership skills, exploring new interests and awakening a sense of positive Jewish identity, purpose, and joy.”
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