Winter Teen Shabbaton
January 26 – 28, 2024
What to Expect
Camp Solomon Schechter and Pinwheel USY are delighted to partner on a new annual retreat for PNW Teens!
Join 6th through 12th graders from across the region to reunite with old friends, make new ones, and spend quality time by the shores of Lake Stampfer. Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned camper, Winter Teen Shabbaton will be an unforgettable experience!
Arrival for the weekend is from 2:30pm – 4:30pm on Friday, and our program will end by 11:00am on Sunday morning. Meals will be provided from dinner on Friday through breakfast on Sunday. Snacks are available throughout the weekend.
- Early Bird Rate ends 1/7 ($199)
- Regular Rate ends 1/14 ($249)
- Through January 1st: Full refund
- January 2 – 11th: $50 cancellation fee
- After January 11th: No refunds (unless you have bought purchase protection and are cancelling because of illness)
From Shabbat to hikes, laser tag, GaGa, yoga, and so much more, there is a lot going on at the Teen Shabbaton, and we want to make sure that you pack accordingly.
Please do not bring valuable or sentimental items to camp. Camp is not responsible for lost or broken items.
Camp has a lot of uneven and rocky terrain, and is located on a hill. Please wear shoes that you can move around in. We do not recommend bringing high heels nor platform shoes. All of the buildings and cabins used during the weekend are heated. However, you will be walking between buildings and we want you to be comfortable. Please pack accordingly- a suggested packing list is below. Camp weather can vary and get cool at night.
There is a new tradition at camp to wear white for Shabbat. Please bring nicer clothes for Shabbat if you are able. We wear something a bit nicer on shabbat than the rest of the week to make Shabbat that much more special.
- Tee Shirts
- Long Sleeve Shirts
- Lots of Socks and Undies!
- Warm Jacket
- Raincoat (hopefully won’t use it)
- Warm Hat
- Hiking Shoes or boots
- Fitted Sheet
- Top Sheet
- Pillow/Pillow Case
- Blanket or Sleeping Bag
- Bath Towel
- Washcloth/Face Towel
- Water Bottle
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Shampoo, Conditioner
- Any other health and toiletry supplies you otherwise use
- Medication you would use
- Musical instrument
- Journal, writing utensils
- Yoga mat
- Board game
- Talit/Tefillin, Kippah if that’s your custom
- CSS is a kosher and nut-free facility, please leave all food at home. You will be well-fed!
- CSS is a weapons-free facility.
- Alcohol, vapes, cigarettes, drugs, or drug paraphernalia.
Frequently Asked Questions
This Shabbaton is taking place at Camp Solomon Schechter in Tumwater, WA.
This retreat will begin on Friday afternoon and end Sunday at 11:00am. Transportation will be coordinated with local USY chapters after the first of the year.
Participants will be staying in cabins on bunk beds with indoor bathrooms in each cabin. Cabins are heated. Participants will need to bring a sleeping bag and towel. We do our best to room people with mutual requests and are typically roomed by grade, but requests are not guaranteed.
All participants will be bunked in cabins according to age and gender. Special requests must be noted in registration and in the questionnaire, no later than January 14th, 2024.
Based on this information, CSS and USY will be assigning cabins and rooms. Arrangements will be done to the best of everyone’s availability, and no guarantees can be made.
All cabins come with bathrooms, including showers. Cabins have bunks and sleep 10 – 16.
USY & CSS are committed to making this weekend accessible to all participants regardless of financial means. In addition to the subsidized pricing, scholarship funds are available. Scholarships can be requested as part of the registration process.
All Jewish youth/teens in 6th – 12th grades are welcome to attend! Programming will vary and be age appropriate.
Although vaccinations are not required for this shabbaton, one negative COVID test will be required from all participants within 24 hours of the shabbaton.
Campus has a locked gate with a coded entrance. Once the gate is closed on Friday night, we expect everyone to stay on property until departure time at the end of our weekend together. We have a facilities manager who lives on site in case of any emergency. We are also located near a hospital and will have volunteer medical professionals onsite with us for the weekend.
• Through January 1st: Full refund
• Between January 2 – 11th: $50 cancellation fee
• After January 11th: No refunds (unless you have bought purchase protection and are cancelling because of illness)