TESTIMONIALS

ENDING BULLYING & CREATING UNITY AT CAMP CHAVERIM

Our youngest son was unfortunately struggling making friends and was having difficulties during the year with classmates who were considered the “class leaders.” Both our son and those classmates all went to Camp Chaverim together. The Camp Chaverim staff “sprang to action”- they “rolled up their sleeves” and worked with our son’s classmates to help them realize how special they were, how special our son was and how hurtful their behavior towards him was. With Hashem’s help the three of them have been close friends ever since, which has been for a few years now! This is the type of life-changing success we have experienced with Camp Chaverim and we sincerely pray they can spread their wings to affect as many children as possible.
A Maryland Parent
My son has gained so much from this incredible camp. He was a child who suffered in many school and social environments. Camp Chaverim has been and is a safe, and inspiring place that he looks forward to go to and has helped build him into the strong happy yeshivas bochur that he is. Thank you!!!!!!!!!! “
A Rhode Island Parent
My son is a really sweet, affectionate boy. He is not into sports or competition. He has always struggled with speech. Camp Chaverim did for him what years of speech therapy could not - it gave him confidence that he could interact with people and they would find him likeable. The head staff went above and beyond trying to get to know and understand him BEFORE he even got to camp. Although he only went for two summers, he feels a strong connection to all of the staff. Today he is a successful yeshiva bachur who knows how to joke with friends, and is able to participate in a group conversation.
A Georgia Parent
My son has had difficulty with friends and fitting in for years. At Chaverim, my son feels he belongs. He has become much more competent in social settings, and I think Chaverim has helped this process in a wonderful way.
An Ohio Parent
After a difficult year struggling in school, my son tended to “bully” others in school, home and camp. The camp administration worked closely with us as well as with our son to improve his self-image, improve his positive relationships with peers and “catch him being good” while providing consistent and effective consequences for bullying behavior. He is currently excited to join Camp Chaverim for his sixth year and would not consider any other camp. His rebbeim describe him as a “baal midos and ben torah”. He has always felt valued, and appreciated in Camp Chaverim and we are confident that these changes happened to our son as a result of all the effort, patience and skill the camp staff have invested in him!
A Maryland Parent
Camp Chaverim was an absolute life changing experience for our son! When he was younger, he was often bullied by peers and classmates. He also had trouble in school. Camp Chaverim gave him an opportunity for a fresh start. He had a very positive experience with the camp staff, who were excellent role models, and who, in their warm and positive way, were dedicated to ensuring that our son had the summer of his life!... He developed invaluable friendships with his bunkmates and peers, and returned home a happier and more confident kid.
An Ohio Parent
One of the reasons why Camp Chaverim is such an outstanding program is because of the zero tolerance policy they have towards bullying in any form and the heavy emphasis they place on treating each other with respect and Derech Eretz. The staff goes to great lengths to ensure that every camper feels safe, validated and heard, and if the boys are not treating each other properly immediate intervention is taken. In so many camps the staff takes an approach of “boys will be boys” and turn a blind eye to fighting, insults, social isolation, unhealthy competition, etc. In Camp Chaverim none of these destructive behaviors can exist because the staff members are constantly on the lookout for them and stop them in their tracks before they can escalate into conflicts that can cause lifelong damage to a child ch”v.
A Massachusetts Parent
Throughout the school year, my son often complains of negative interactions and tensions with his classmates. When he came home from camp, I heard only positive. No negativity at all- and in fact he was in camp with some of these very same classmates. Camp Chaverim creates a special atmosphere that fosters respectful and kind behavior.
A Maryland Parent

APPRECIATING THE GENUINE VALUE OF EACH CHILD CHANGES LIVES AT CHAVERIM

I went to camp for the first two years of its existence. Being a new startup, it was simple in gashmiyus. Despite the simplicity, it was a life changer and the best 2 summers of my life. I was, and still am enthralled at Camp’s message and core value. Nobody is left behind. Each person is worth the world, and every camper feels that from the minute they walk into Camp. The message continues to resonate even throughout the school year. A life changer, and I am forever grateful.
A Maryland Former Camper
My son has issues in yeshiva with bullying and low self-esteem. We heard about Camp Chaverim and decided to send him – he went three years (so far) and the 3.5-4 weeks out of the year that he is there is the best thing for him. They raise his confidence – even over the minor things he does. They make him feel SO important and that the camp NEEDS HIM. The no bullying policy that you hear in so many other places ACTUALLY is in place in Chaverim. Its not just talk. Rabbi Beren and Rabbi Baldinger really care about their campers and only hire the best staff who follow in their lead. I only wish they would have a year-round yeshiva. It would have done wonders for my son. Chazak v’amatz!
An Ohio Parent
Summer is slowly winding down. Tomorrow night my son is starting the new Zman in “the Yeshiva of his dreams”. He is going with a level of confidence he never felt before this summer. I can’t express my hakaros hatov (gratitude in Hebrew) enough for literally helping my son grow into who he really is. For a long time that person has made a few appearances yet he needed the right people in the right place with real understanding and acceptance. He now holds his head higher and smiles a lot more. He just feels good about himself. In the second week of camp he told me “this camp has changed my life!” Thank you!
A New York Parent
When we were looking for a camp for our son it was a very very difficult decision. He was nervous to go because he was very insecure about being with friends. He was severely bullied at his school by a couple of boys and he was concerned that it will continue at any camp that he goes… everyone involved was so nice to him, he legitimately felt for the first time that the kids really love him for the person he is. He really enjoyed the weeks in camp and came back a completely different person! He basically told us the kids could still love me for who I am.
A New York Parent
I can never repay the Camp Chaverim Directors and staff for the incredible experience my son had at Camp. Rabbis Baldinger and Beren created an atmosphere of genuine Ahavas Yisrael and in doing so made my son feel like he was as special as everyone else and better yet... had his own unique talents and strengths. This went a long way in building his confidence. He came home excited to go back to school for the first time since lockdown. Camp Chaverim saved my son’s life!
A Texas Parent
As a Rebbe to many of the counselors, I have seen the new perspective Chaverim has given them on seeing the value of every camper. The counselors learn to see the unique maalos of every jewish child and grow to respect and celebrate children that they may not have appreciated before their Chaverim experience. This is all a result of the training and guidance given to them by the directors and head staff. This has enriched their interactions with others throughout the entire year beyond camp. Chaverim is clearly a place of growth for the staff as well as the campers.
A Maryland Staff Member

INCREASING SELF CONFIDENCE CHANGES LIVES AT CHAVERIM

My son told me it was the best camp ever… he told me that because of his experience at Chaverim, he gained the confidence to do what he feels is right despite what others might be doing, and not to be (too) concerned what others are doing if he feels what he is doing is right...
A New York Parent
As parents of a Camp Chaverim camper, we feel tremendous gratitude to Rabbi Beren and Rabbi Baldinger for providing a warm and caring environment. As a compassionate and caring person, our son developed meaningful friendships and grew tremendously as a Ben Torah in the compassionate environment that was provided by the camp. Through many of the camp’s diverse activities and experiences, which include learning, davening, color war, sports, plays and the cooking contest, our son’s self-confidence and well-being were enhanced. These experiences will be a tremendous asset as he navigates through the many stages of life.
A Maryland Parent
When we signed our son up for camp, our goal was for him to have fun and make a few friends. To our great surprise, our son not only made a bunch of friends, but he has had a major boost in self-esteem and majorly improved on his middos and social skills. The staff care so much about each boy and work with them to build confidence and behave with middos tovos. Camp Chaverim is the best sleep away camp for our son! He can’t wait to go back!
A Maryland Parent
Dear Rabbi Beren and Rabbi Baldinger,Thank you for giving my son “the best summer of his life” (true quote from my son). He came home feeling inspired, connected, and joyful, and I could detect a new degree of self-confidence in his speech and carriage. We are so grateful to you for providing him with this special and impactful experience.
A Maryland Parent
Our son came to Chaverim after a very difficult year in school where he was repeatedly in trouble with his rebbe and teacher for acting out, failure to follow instructions, and fighting with other boys. On further investigation we learned that he was being bullied by the other kids in his class and likely had a component of ADHD that was being exacerbated by lack of outlets for exercise and movement during the day. Chaverim did wonders for him by helping to build his self-confidence, experience the joy of a new chevrah that treated him well, and lots of outlets for outdoor exercise. We are deeply grateful to the rabbeim and staff of Chaverim.
A Massachusetts Parent
After being in camp, part of an incredible chevre, my son came home with a boost of confidence I didn’t even know he needed. He jumped right into school activities, meeting up with friends and going out to night seder.
An Ohio Parent
Our son grew a lot in the two summers he was in Camp Chaverim. It was a place that accepted him and worked with him despite his executive functioning and social challenges. He gained a lot of confidence in camp. He has been doing beautifully this year and the growth shows!
A Maryland Parent
Our son attended Camp Chaverim as his first sleep away camp... after getting through pandemic year in school with social restrictions. He grew at least a year’s worth in confidence, enjoyment of friends, responsibility for himself, teamwork including supporting kids who were weaker and having fun learning. As parents, we appreciate that the staff noticed and praised his efforts to us and to him - they really want to help each boy do his best!
An Ohio Parent
My son never wanted to leave home and his principal convinced him that Chaverim would be an amazing choice for a first summer camp. He left nervous and anxious as he often is even at home and when we spoke to him on Fridays he was so happy and relaxed. He ended up going two summers in a row and he came home more confident in who he was. It enabled him to go on an out of town yeshiva where he is now thriving and growing and learning. Thank You!!
An Ohio Parent
“As a longtime staff member at Camp Chaverim I see how truly special a place it is. The supportive and warm atmosphere is fostered in camp through the hard work of the staff and head staff. All who are fortunate to be a part of Camp Chaverim come out feeling stronger and more confident through being immersed in such an amazing summer experience and atmosphere. The camp is a game changer in the ways that we can put a stop to bullying and create greater Shalom and unity amongst Klal Yisrael.
A Maryland Staff Member