Dates & Prices for summer 2015 are available here!
Our campers at BIG IDEA are between the ages 7-18 and coming from over 30 countries around the world. If you’re that age and looking forward to have an amazing, meaningful experience in Israel, come join us this summer!
We offer great trips between the summer sessions, where you get to travel with your friends from camp and get to explore the beautiful and exciting sites of Israel. Whether you are coming for one session or more, we highly recommend on joining the inter-session trips.
BIG IDEA camp will be running this summer for the 9th time. Thousands of kids from all around the world have already joined us! Come and take part of this unforgettable experience.
The main language at camp is English. We repeat everything in Hebrew as well. We have campers and counselors from all around the world so you should always be able to find someone who can help you to translate if needed.
The Israeli summer camp is located at Meir Shfeya youth village (near Caesarea) about 45 minutes drive north of Tel Aviv. An evergreen campus on Mount Carmel with the newest computer labs, sports courts, magnificent swimming pool and beautiful lawns and nature. To see a map, please click here.
We know that for some of our campers, being away from home for the first time can be a powerful and overwhelming experience. Our staff is qualified to help the through the experience and make it meaningful and empowering for them. Before camp starts we’ll send you our parents guide that includes tips that will help you and your child prepare for the summer.
Here in BIG IDEA, we build the program so everyone, secular or religious, will feel comfortable. Counselors and campers gathered on Friday evening for a beautiful, pluralistic and unforgettable Kabbalat Shabbat service, and spend the Shabbat doing social, fun, computer free activities. Our synagogue is open for service both on Shabbat and during the week for our campers who would like to pray.
All of BIG IDEA’s counselors are over 18, talented, qualified, professional, technological and academic who arrive to camp from Israel and around the world. The counselors lead the workshops during the day and guide the kids personally in their social age groups. We maintain a close ratio of one staff member for every five campers, so every camper could get a personal attention and a special experience.
Our camp is segmented into 4 age units:
Each unit have an independent educational program that suits the age of the campers, a unit head and counselors who are experienced in working with their specific age group.
TYPICAL BIG IDEA DAY
In BIG IDEA, every day is a special day, filled with intensive program of wonderful experiences! The schedule below is typical but keep in mind that your day may look a little different. Your “Unplugged” activity will be scheduled for one of the 4 periods. The calling home time changes from day to day. Parents get the daily time by email.
8:00am-Start the day with a breakfast of champions!
8:45am-Opening Circle Gather around to hear about world news, camp events and the daily BIG IDEA.
9:00am-First workshop for the day.
10:25am-Tutti Fruity snack time
12:00pm-Unplugged Swimming at the pool / Sports / Arts & Crafts / fun outdoor bonding activities.
1:30pm-A delicious and healthy lunch.
2:25pm-Last workshop of the day.
3:50pm-Cookie Fruity snack time
4:00pm-Game Pause Time to relax and hang out in the rooms or outside.
5:00pm-Free Breeze: Your choice of Free style lab time, Console Zone, communication room for a call home, Camp Store is open, Sports activities!
6:45pm-Delicious dinner delights.
7:15pm-One of the following:
9:00pm-Circle of friends A relaxing activity with your counselors.
9:15pm-Get ready for bed at the dorms.
10:15pm-Lights out for Nanobyte, Kilobyte & Megabyte It’s bedtime. Get some rest and prepare yourself for another day of thrills at BIG IDEA.
11:00pm-Lights out for Gigabyte It’s bedtime for Gigabytes (campers entering 10th grade and up).
Do you want to know what workshops we have? What year level you need to be on to participate in them? What’s new this summer? What previous knowledge is required? What are our final projects? You can find all the information you seek on our workshop app.
Every camper will choose 3 workshops he finds interesting and explore those topics through the two weeks of camp. The 3 workshops go hand in hand with the unplugged activity- sports and fun out in the open. Some of our tracks and advance workshops take longer so whoever picks it will need to pick a total of 2 workshops. It is recommended to look at our workshop app.
In BIG IDEA, we believe that every child deserves personal attention so we allow up to 8 campers in a workshop. This way, every camper will use his own computer stand and will enjoy the attention he needs from his counselor to make progress in his own pace.
BIG IDEA’s workshops are lead in a creative, fun and interactive way in small, personalized groups. Instructors are able to work closely with each student to customize the workshop curriculum to each camper’s skill and experience level. Whether you are a beginner or extremely advanced, our instructors find fun and challenging ways to develop your tech skills. If you have a particular goal or project idea, instructors will work with you and guide you.
We are providing you with everything you need for your workshop- each camper gets to work on their own computer station for the session, we even have have a 3D printer!
BIG IDEA is a tech camp but we also create a fun summer experience. The intensive workshops and lab time are balanced out with cool and fun down time activities like gaming tournaments, outdoor sports, talent show, pool party and more!
Our workshops are meant for every camper to create a personal final project that they can take home and show of to their family and friends, or keep on working on later at home. You can find final projects from the previous summers, created by BIG IDEA campers on the Workshop App.
4. Cost and regulations
It is recommend to bring friends along so you can share this special BIG IDEA experience and also will enjoy a great discount! For more information click here!
You should sign up for more than one session. That way you can meet more friends, experience more workshops (or advanced workshops) and also save on the signup fee for the second session!
Switching sessions is easy and based on availability. All you have to do is call or email our office.
In case of cancellation before March 22nd 2015, a full refund will be available, after the 22nd of March the refund will not include the registration fee. Less than 45 days to the opening of the session- there will be no refund available.
In every room there are 3-6 camper from the same grade, both Israeli and international. Girls and boys sleep in different dorms and there’s a counselors room in every building, available for our campers in case they’ll need it. During the day, when the campers are in their workshop or in other activities, the rooms are locked.
Before the summer starts, you’ll be asked to fill up an information form where you can mark a name of a friend you will want to share a room with. We will put together in the same room two campers who have both asked for it.
Our lovely rooms at camp are your new home for the summer, that is why it is important for us you’ll be comfortable. In each room there are 3-6 beds, a closet and an air conditioner. There are private toilet and showers for every one to two rooms.
Meir Shfeya youth village’s dining hall serves delicious, nutritious meals for the youth during the year and to our staff and campers during the summer. We serve a dairy for breakfast and dinner and a meat dish for lunch. For more information regarding our dining room please see our website here.
We are set to adjust to any food require you may have. Please contact our office and let us know.
Meir Shfeya’s dining room is Kosher under the supervision of the Rabbinical Association of the Regional Counsil Hof Hakarmel.
7. Security, Safety and Communication
Meir Shfeya youth village is guarded 24/7. One guard is always at the entrance gate and another tours around day and night.
We have a qualified medic at camp, on call, at all times. Every camper is asked to fill up a medical form before the summer starts, signed by his/her doctor. The medic goes over the forms and keeps them, together with any medication the camper may take on a regular basis at his office. The medic will make sure to give the campers their medication on time, as needed. We will update the parents of any medical treatment their kids may have gotten.
A big part of the BIG IDEA experience is to develop independence skills. That is only one of the reasons we do not allow cell phones on camp. a Few times a week during ‘Free Breeze’ our campers will be able to use the communication labs to contact home. There are skype and IP phone stations so the campers can call local and international numbers for free or have a video chat.
We try to give our campers a unique experience and we feel that a visit day might harm that experience. Therefore we do not allow parents to visit. Parents will be able to follow their kids’ experiences through the photos and videos we publish on a regular basis. We will send you links every day.
Our office will send you all the relevant contact information before the summer starts. You can contact the office over the phone or by email. We will also send the office and managers emergency numbers, so you can always get a hold of us.
You do not need to send any pocket money! However, we do have a camp store where the campers can get small treats such as ice-cream, granola bars, snacks, soft drinks and camp products. Every camper gets a store account that parents should pre-charge. If preferred, parents can also send their children with some cash money for the shop.
Meir Shfeya is located on highway 70, near Zichron Yaakov, about 45 minutes north of Tel Aviv and 25 minutes south to Haifa. Write Meir Shfeya in your GPS and follow the instructions.
Nir Haemek is located near Afula, next to highway 65. About an hour drive from Tel Aviv. Write ‘Nir Haemek’ in your GPS and follow the instructions.
Early bird discount – €180 per session
Valid for the first 150 campers who will sign up. Touision must be payed full by December 31, 2017.
Meir Shfeya Youth Village:
€2145 €1985 €2145 €1985 €2145 €1985
Note: An additional registration fee – €150 is added to each camper’s total
Add a trip before or after a session:
RETURNING CAMPER DISCOUNT
Have you been to our camp before? Madhimazing! 2 weeks session: get an additional €120 off!
REFER A FRIEND DISCOUNT
Invite your friends to camp!
Refer to 2 weeks session: get a refund of €120 for each new family you refer. Refer 3 new families and get a refund of €480!
More Programs | BIG IDEA International Summer Camp In Israel
Trip between 1st and 2nd session. Exciting experience in the north of Israel for ages 7-18
Friday, July 15
- Visit Zichron Ya’akov’s town center and learn about the unique history of the town.
- Travel to Nir Ha’Emek youth village. Check in to your room and prepare for Shabbat.
- Kabbalat Shabbat with all your friends, Festive dinner and exciting evening programs
Saturday, July 16
- Fun activities at Nir Ha’Emek youth village: Swimming pool, Horseback riding. sports and farm tour.
- Special evening program: Bonfire and S’mores
Sunday, July 17
- Travel north and take a nature hike in one of Israel’s most beautiful creeks.
- White water rafting at the Jordan river.
- Visit the Kinneret, the sea of Galilee.
- After an exciting (and wet) day, return in the evening to Meir Shfeya youth village and get ready for the second session of BIG IDEA
Full room and board. Lead by professional travel guide in Israel.
Trip cost: $445 / €395
More Programs | BIG IDEA International Summer Camp In Israel
Trip between 2nd and 3rd session. Discover the amazing sites and cities along the coast of Israel for ages 7-18.
Saturday, July 29
- Saturday night, 2nd session ends. Say goodbye to all your friends from 2nd session and get ready for the incredible trip in Israel.
Sunday, July 30
- Pack your bathing suit and go on fun beach activities: Kayaking, snorkeling and swimming
- In the afternoon, Visit Zichron Ya’akov’s town center and learn about the unique history of the town
- Evening program: movie night at Meir Shfeya Youth village
Monday, July 31
- Travel North to Akko, visit the ancient city and enjoy the vibrant markets.
- Visit Rosh Hanikra, where nature meet the sea and take the cable cart ride.
- Evening program: Pool time and free time at the computer labs
Tuesday, August 1
- Ride south to Tel Aviv and for a fun visit in all the main sites: Hacarmel Market, Nachlat Binyamin’s Art fair and Rothschild blvd.
- Visit Old Town Jaffa and walk through the narrow and ancients streets.
- Evening program: Bonfire and S’mores
Full room and board. Lead by professional travel guide in Israel.
Trip cost: $570 (or $200 per night) / €515 (or €160 per night)
Work with us
Workshop and group counselors lead a workshop as well as a group of campers. We have a wide variety of programming, music, robotics, design and special tracks workshops.
Learn more about all our workshops in the Workshop App – here!
- Experience in working with kids and teens
- Experience in summer camps is an advantage!
- Fluent English
- Experience or knowledge in the field of workshop as you choose
- Over 18 years old by July 1st, 2018
- Availability from July 2nd to August 21st, 2018Living on site during the time of employment
Workshop and group counselors lead a workshop as well as a group of campers.
We have a wide variety of workshops such as:
Learn more about the different workshops in the Workshop App – here!
• Experience in working with kids and teens.
• Fluent in English and Hebrew.
• Experience or knowledge in the field of workshop as you choose.
• Availability from June 19th to August 19th, 2018.
• Over 18 years old by July 1st, 2018 (for Israeli).
• Over 16 years old by July 1st, 2018 (for Local counselors).
• Experience in summer camp – an advantage.
• Living in the Tenafly NJ or Rockville, Maryland area.