Frequently Asked Questions
COVID-19 Safety Precautions:
What about campers from abroad?
This year, like every other year, we will have campers arriving from abroad. Because of the limitations, less international campers will arrive, but we are excited to see the ones who will be arriving.
Campers arriving from abroad will need to be in quarantine in Israel for two weeks before arriving at camp. They will arrive at camp with a health declaration stating that they do not have symptoms that may put us at risk and that in the past two weeks they have not been in close vicinity of any person now known to be carrying the virus.
What if I am in quarantine?
If you have gone into quarantine and therefore cannot make it to camp, we suggest that you come to our next session (with no extra payment required). But please keep in mind that we will check that you have fulfilled your quarantine duties 😊.
Will people from outside be able to enter camp?
Every year, we routinely limit the entering of outside people into camp, so that we can preserve our camp.
This year, outside people who are not part of staff, but have been given permission to enter the village, will be checked for a fever, will sign a health declaration form, and will wear a mask at all times.
What will COVID-19 guidelines look like at camp? Will we have to wear a mask?
When you arrive at camp, we will double check that you don’t have a fever. Additionally, we will ask you to sign a health declaration form. Your signature will be your commitment to us that you or your children do not have symptoms that may put us at risk and that in the past two weeks you have not been in close vicinity of any person now known to be carrying the virus. This includes campers, parents, staff, vendors, and any other person that will enter camp at any point!
A few days before the opening of your session, we will send you the most up-to-date information and instructions that we will follow during the session.
We will remain up to speed with the constantly changing guidelines, so that we can insure a safe and high-quality camp experience for all.
Will there be camp this summer?
While we are very excited for the opening of camp this summer, we are also aware of the great responsibility that comes with it.
We are monitoring and following the guidelines and instructions administered by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, and the Israeli Summer Camps Forum.
According to the current instructions- summer camp will run this summer and will provide us with a fun and balancing experience after a complex few months.
We make safety and security a top priority every summer, and this year more than ever.
What Are The Living Conditions?
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.
Can I Ask To Be With My Friend At The Same Room?
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.
How Many Campers Can Share A Room?
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.
How Does A Typical Day At Camp Looks Like?
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.
Detailed Schedule can be found here >>
Is Your Camp Segmanted By Age?
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.
Who Are The Counselors?
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.
Is The Camp Suitable For Someone Who Is “Shomer Shabbat”?
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.
What If Our Child Is Missing Home?
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.
Costs and Regulations Terms:
What Is Your Cancellation Policy?
In case of cancellation before March 20th 2020, a full refund will be available, after the 20th of March the refund will not include the
In case of cancellation, you will receive a full refund up to 30 days prior to the cycle opening, including the registration fee.
What If I Need To Change Sessions?
Switching sessions is easy and based on availability. All you have to do is call or email our office.
Do You Have Refer-A-Friend Program?
How Much Does Your Camp Cost?
Dates & Prices for this summer are available here!
Is Your Food Kosher?
Meir Shfeya’s dining room is Kosher under the supervision of the Rabbinical Association of the Regional Counsil Hof Hakarmel.
What Are The Options For Children With Food Allergies?
We are set to adjust to any food require you may have. Please contact our office and let us know.
What Meals Do You Supply?
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
How Do I Sign Up?
Where Is The Camp Located?
BIG IDEA Meir Shfeya – Located near Caesarea, about an hour 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.
BIG IDEA Neve Hadassah – The brand new and beautiful location, where our 1 week session are taking place. It’s located only 25 minutes drive from Tel Aviv, in the middle of the Sharon plain, and you’ll find there everything you need for the best summer ever!
What Language Is Spoken At Camp?
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.
How Long Have You Been Running Technological Camps?
BIG IDEA camp will be running this summer for the 12th time. Thousands of kids from all around the world have already joined us! Come and take part of this unforgettable experience.
Do You Get To Travel And See Israel?
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.
Who Should Sign Up For Camp?
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!
Safety and Communication:
Should We Send Some Pocket Money With Our Children?
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.
How Can We Contact Our Child On An Urgent Matter?
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.
Is There Parents Visit Day At Camp?
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.
What Are The Communication Arrangements At Camp?
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.
What Are The Medical Arrangements At Camp?
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.
What Are The Security Arrangements?
Meir Shfeya youth village is guarded 24/7. One guard is always at the entrance gate and another tours around day and night.
Do Any Of The Workshops Require Extra Fee?
A small number of workshops do require an extra payment for a personal kit that will be taken home in the end of camp or due to a need of a special instructors. You can find all the information on our workshop world.
What Do We Get When We Finish A Workshop?
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.
What’s The Unplugged Workshop?
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!
Do I Need To Bring Computer Equipment To Camp?
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!
What If The Curriculum Is Too Easy Or Too Hard Once The Workshop Starts?
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.
How Many Campers In A Workshop?
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.
How Many Workshops Can I Choose?
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 page..
What Workshops Do You Offer?
Pick your passion and we will take you to the next level:
Movies or computers, DJ or robotics, entrepreneurship, theater or even wave surfing.
You can find all the information about our workshops on our workshop page.
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Campers will be assigned to groups based on content and age, with each group having a designated track. Every day throughout the week, campers will enjoy the two workshops included in their track. Our workshops inspire campers’ creativity, develop their skills for the future, and encourage curiosity and cooperation. Each and every camper will produce their own personal project that they’ll work on during the week. They’ll even be able to present it to their parents at the end of the session. Workshops are conducted in small groups so that we can fit the pace to our campers.
What does a typical day look like?
Everyday, campers will meet for 3 hours:
- 20-30 minutes: Ice breakers and a fun social activity
- 1 hour: First tech workshop
- 15 minutes: Break
- 1 hour: Second tech workshop
- 30 minutes (optional): Q&A time with the counselor
At BIG IDEA, we make it our top priority to maintain a professional and creative environment that allows each and every camper to fulfill their potential.
What are the hours of camp?
How does it work?
Two days before the opening of your session, you will receive an email with all of the instructions and a tutorial video. The camp will run using an Israeli platform called UNICKO. You will receive a link to this virtual lab, where you will join all of your new friends and see them through a virtual camera.
Technical requirements: A computer with Windows operating system, webcam & microphone. Or a laptop that has a camera and microphone built-in. ֿֿThe Graphic Design Track is compatible with the Mac operating system as well.
What can I do if I have a technical problem or question? Don’t worry! You will receive the contact info of our technical support team who can help you during real-time. Your counselor will also be able to see your screen and help you at any stage.
You will join our workshops from the comfort and safety of your home, using your computer. BIG IDEA will provide you with designated software for our camp’s remote learning.
Who are the counselors?
Our team is made up of top-notch counselors! All of our counselors are highly-qualified and over 18, with years of background and experience in instructing and working with kids. During our staff training, we place an emphasis on personal empowerment, morals and values, and our recipe for creating a positive and good environment. Our program coordinator will also be available to speak with you.”The online camp was great, I wish my counselor Shaham would replace my teacher all year long.” Guy, 10 years old.