Sleepout Information

It’s Time For

The Great Kinneret Sleepout Two!





What will my child eat?
Traditional Camp Kinneret dinner of chicken, pasta, salad, corn, carrots, olives, and rolls; a hearty Kinneret breakfast featuring hot scrambled eggs, cereal, bagels, and melon; along with afternoon and evening snacks!

What gear does my child need?
Sleeping Bag, Jacket, Long Pants, Toiletries, Flashlight,
A Smile, Extra Towel & Swimsuit (for those campers entering 1st grade and above!)

When should we bring our Sleepout gear?
Please have all of your camper’s Sleepout gear packed and ready for delivery to camp before Sleepout day. You’ll find a detailed list on the following page. Bus Captains will instruct your child as to what day the gear should be brought to camp. On some buses we may ask you to send it as early as Tuesday of Sleepout week. If you are bringing your camper on Friday afternoon, please bring the gear at that time. If you don’t hear otherwise, send all of your gear on Friday!

What if my child is not attending the Sleepout but attends camp that Friday?
Children not attending the Sleepout will be returned to their regular afternoon bus stops on the regular afternoon schedule on Sleepout Friday. The Bus Captain and Counselor may not be the usual staff person, so please be sure to bring your ID.

What if my child is not attending camp that day but would like to attend the sleepout?
Children who are not regularly scheduled for camp on Fridays CAN attend the Sleepout! Plan to drive your child to camp Friday afternoon (bring your sleeping bag and other supplies with you) and join us between 3:00 – 4:00. Your child’s counselor and group will be waiting for them at Friendship Hill. Please be prepared to “drop & go” as we need parents to head out quickly to make space for others arriving to drop off their campers.

Will my child's regular camp counselor be there?
YES! Most of our staff are with us at the Sleepout and we wouldn’t do it any other way. Our staff are the people who make camp great and they are the people who allow the children who attend the Sleepout to feel safe and comfortable while having fun.

Where does everyone sleep?
All of the campers and staff sleep on the field at the top of camp. Campers sleep with their group and their counselors. Members of our Leadership Team are awake all night tucking in children who wiggle out of their sleeping bags, helping children find the restrooms, and generally just being there for any child that may need or want our reassurance or help.

Should / can we come visit?
While parents are always welcome to visit Camp Kinneret, we request that you do not visit on Sleepout day or night. For a child who is having one of his/her first experiences away from home, it is difficult for him/her to separate from you when you say goodbye earlier that day; if you come to visit, it will force them to separate a second time which is even more difficult and sometimes unsuccessful. This is their big night and they are going to be just fine! You have permitted them to attend this special evening and you will hear all of the stories when you see them on Saturday morning. Please rest assured that if there is a child who is tearful or who is not having a Great Kinneret Sleepout we will comfort them and, if necessary, we will call you (regardless of the hour) to let you know that it just isn’t working out. You as a parent need to feel comfortable about the Sleepout or you may be the one who suffers from separation anxiety! If you have these types of concerns please call us so that we can discuss them.

Is my child ready for this?
Only you and your child can really determine if they are ready for the Sleepout. We make every effort to create a warm family feeling at camp and nowhere does that exist more than on the night of the Sleepout. Your child knows the other campers in their group and knows his/her counselor like a big brother or sister. Over the years the Sleepout has been successful for the children who have attended. If you have questions about whether or not your child is ready, please call us so that together we can help make the decision that’s best for your child. Our philosophy is that a child who is feeling reluctant about attending the Sleepout should not attend; there are lots of summers in a child’s life and while some children are ready to attend the Sleepout this summer, others will be ready in future summers.

What will my child be like on Saturday morning?
Children will come home excited to tell you about their big night away from home! They will have eaten a nice warm, hearty breakfast and will feel proud about the accomplishment of having been at camp all night. A good strategy (depending on your family’s weekend schedule) is to leave Saturday unscheduled. Plan on a shower or bath when they arrive home, washing some dirty clothes, and maybe an afternoon nap!

Why did my child say that she/he woke up all went on Saturday morning?
One of the tricks of nature is condensation! When we wake up on Saturday morning there is some dampness that has settled upon us during the night. Some nights are damper than others but even the clearest and warmest nights bring fresh morning dew.


Sleepout Two Bus Stop Locations and Times