Destination Mitzvah: Sleepaway Camp

Destination Mitzvah: Sleepaway Camp

Camp Bar Bat Mitzvahs are more popular than ever, since families are always looking for interesting and different venues.

According to Laurel Barrie from Camp Connection, “One of the challenges in determining a location for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is trying to find a venue that is unique and fun for both the children and adults attending. For those interested in finding a ‘destination’ location, a location out of the ordinary, why not share the occasion with your family and guests at a camp!” She adds, “You can either do it at a Day Camp or make it an overnight event at a Sleepaway Camp. Generally, the actual ceremony is held at your home Temple with the party at this type of venue. Some camps can accommodate for the service too.”

We have featured many destination “camp” celebrations. When holding your event at this type of facility, the special touches come easy! 

Take a look at how these families celebrated away from home:

Camp Ally cake

 The Golden family celebrated at Camp Trail’s End with a celebration called, Camp Ally. Ally’s cake was a replica of an actual bunk!

 Silverman bunk bed

 Jillian Silverman celebrated at the camp she attends, Pontiac. Her bed looked quite different than it did all summer!

 Siegel Color War Breakout

 The Siegel family owns Tyler Hill Camp and celebrated their daughter’s B’not Mitzvah at camp. The weekend was filled with a lakeside Havdallah service, Color War breakout and competition, lots of dancing plus a bonfire and fireworks

 Abes place cards

Camp Mitchell was the name used for the Abes family celebration at Camp Barney Medintz in Cleveland, Georgia

Dani Golden smores

The Golden family went back to Camp Trail’s End for younger daughter’s Dani’s celebration which included smores and a surprise fireworks display at the end of the party

Beinhaker details

The Beinhaker Mitzvah Family celebrated at Camp Kinder Ring and included many special touches like this signage hanging from a tree


The Silvert family decided to have a very casual outdoor celebration which took place the week before day camp began at the JCC Camps. Their entire service and celebration took place in one location with full use of the camp’s fantastic facilities including swimming, boating, volleyball, water trampoline & other fun floating activities

 Did you hold your child’s Bar Bat Mitzvah at a camp, let us know at






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