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Camps, Displaced by Woolsey Fire, Announce Summer 2019 Plans

Camps, Displaced by Woolsey Fire, Announce Summer 2019 Plans

Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp, the camps of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, will operate their full summer program on the scenic campus of CSU Channel Islands, the newest campus in the Cal State system. It was announced by Douglas Lynn, Executive Director of Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps and Associate Executive Director of Wilshire Boulevard Temple.

The announcement assures campers, families, and alumni that the 67th season of summer camp will open on time in a modern location in Camarillo, just fifteen minutes north of the camp grounds that were devastated by the Woolsey Fire in November 2018. Registration for Summer 2019 is open, and sessions are starting to fill up! Go to for details!

The scenic, warm and inviting site enables the camps to retain their outdoor programs and traditional activities while also embracing the state-of-the-art facilities that a college campus offers. “A combination of private access living and activity spaces and large-scale natural settings gives the camps an exciting opportunity to bring the magic of camp to a new, yet similarly coastal home,” said camp director Seth Toybes.

Because the camps will be creating unforgettable summers in a new home, they’re bringing the camp classics. Beach Day? Check. Grilled cheese and tomato soup? Check. Going crazy on Shabbat? Check. Ocean breezes? Check!

The choice-based structure of the schedule will, for the most part, look the same. Camps will still offer the chuggim (electives) and age-specific experiences that have defined us for decades.

Camp is a place where lifelong friendships grow, kids can discover who they really are, and we build a community that loves each individual for their true self. We are energized to keep fostering life-changing experiences in this new chapter of our camps’ history.

Kramer and Hilltop at CSU Channel Islands - Can’t Wait!

For more information, please contact the camp office at or visit our Camps website 


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