A Capstone and Bridge
For Cohen Camps teens, their summers at camp may culminate in two meaningful programs, each specially designed to strengthen teens for their futures: the Dor L’Dor Israel travel capstone and the Kadima Teen Leadership bridge to a staff role. Both bring Tel Noar teens even closer together as a cohort while also connecting them to peers at Camps Pembroke and Tevya, our siblings in the Cohen Camps family.
Dor L’Dor Israel Travel
4 weeks in Israel as the capstone of the Tel Noar camper experience
After completing 10th grade, teens from all three Cohen Camps—Tel Noar, Pembroke, and Tevya—join up for Dor L’Dor Israel Travel: an intensive four weeks in Israel, a trip that is physically, spiritually, and intellectually stimulating. Then our own teens return to Camp Tel Noar for two weeks of reflection, reconnection with the Tel Noar community, and the chance to share some of their discoveries with the rest of camp.
We strongly believe that direct experience of Israel is integral to the way each person develops their Jewish identity, values, and character. Dor L’Dor gives our teens an opportunity to create a personal relationship with the historical, religious, and cultural aspects of Israel’s people, land, and heritage. Younger campers relish the weekly Shabbat updates sent in by the Dor L’Dor travelers and the stories they hear upon the teens’ return. This opportunity for campers to learn from “near-peer” teens and then become the role models themselves is a distinctive feature of the Cohen Camps’ approach.
Kadima Teen Leadership
Internship and bridge to a Camp Tel Noar staff role
The Cohen Camps Kadima Teen Leadership curriculum develops future Jewish community leaders by cultivating real-life, hands-on skills in responsibility, planning, decision-making, teamwork, and communication. Camp Tel Noar’s Kadima is our redesigned counselor-in-training program–and the critical next step in bringing the benefits of camp forward into adulthood and as prospective Camp Tel Noar staff. Like Dor L’Dor, Kadima offers opportunities to connect with teens from all three Cohen Camps: Tel Noar, Tevya, and Pembroke.
Kadima starts with a curriculum for learning and bonding at camp followed by a CA (Counselor Apprentice) Internship working directly with campers.
- The first weeks of summer build skills in leadership, teamwork, and growth mindset. Teens explore and practice how to facilitate and support positive social dynamics, encourage participation by others, and advance their own resilience, sense of responsibility, collaboration, and decision-making.
- The CA Internship at Camp Tel Noar immerses the teens in hands-on leadership, with direct parallels to leadership outside of camp that will help them understand how to be counselors and leaders with more knowledge, practice, confidence, and support. Teens earn a stipend and have appropriate privileges within the CA Intern role.
The Kadima program has a robust curriculum in communication, teamwork, responsibility, empathy, and time management.
Families of teens eligible for Kadima, please watch for invitations to information sessions in the fall and spring. Kadima Director Stacey Smalley welcomes you to contact her by email or by calling the office at 781.489.2070.
Kadima is a critical investment in our teens as individuals and as staff for younger campers. To make the Kadima program possible, we are building a dedicated, eco-friendly space at Camp Tel Noar that will be called the Kadima Yurt Village. It will include teen housing in low-environmental-impact yurts and a community center building with indoor gathering space, wi-fi, a kitchenette, work space, bathrooms, and staff housing.