Our Starter Session is a five night camping experience for first time campers to get a taste of what overnight camp is all about. Starter Session Campers participate in all regular camp activities including evening programs, campfires, and cabin activities. They get to experience a full week of camp choice activities, choosing three camp activities and one Judaics activities from our 100+ options. 



Starter Session campers arrive Sunday June 23, 2024 and depart on Friday June 28, 2024. 

Who Can Attend?


The Starter Session is open to all first-time Camp Ben Frankel participants who are rising 2nd-6th graders (1st-5th grade in the 2023-2024 school year). 

Where Will Campers Sleep?


Starter Session campers sleep in cabins with other campers their age and the counselors for their bunk. Each cabin will have a mix of Starter Session, two-week Rookie, and four-week Full Session campers. Our cabins are all air conditioned and have electricity. Bath houses with showers, toilets, and sinks are a short walk from each cabin. 

Can I See A Packing List?



___ 7 pair underwear

___ 6 pair socks

___ 5 pairs of shorts

___ 1 jeans / pants / sweatpants

___ 1 Raincoat / poncho

___ 2 pairs of pajamas

___ 6 short sleeve shirts + 1 long sleeve

___ 1 sweatshirts

___ 2 Swimsuits


___ 1 pair close-toed athletic shoes 

___ 1 pair shower shoes 

___ 1 pair water-resistant athletic sandals

Linens / Bedding

___ 1 Blanket or sleeping bag

___ 1 Set of twin sheets 

___ 1 Pillow and pillowcase

___ 2 Towels (one bath, one beach)

___ 1 washcloth


___ Toothbrush & toothpaste 

___ Comb & brush 

___ Soap, conditioner, shampoo

___ Deodorant

___ Shower caddy


___ 1 reusable, durable water bottle 

___ Flashlight

___ Sunscreen and bug repellent

___ Stationary, Stamps, Pens 

___ Small backpack or fanny pack

___ Sunglasses

___ Hat or visor for sun protection

___ Medication (if needed)

___ Bathrobe (some campers like to use this to go to and from the shower house)

___ Books or games

___ Swim goggles

What Is The Cost?


Our Starter Session is $1,175.00. We also have financial aid applications, which you can request by emailing info@campbenfrankel.org.

How Does Transportation Work?



Our campsite is located in Makanda, IL, about two hours from St. Louis and five hours from Chicago. You can drive your camper to camp or we have a camp bus to and from St. Louis and Chicago. 

What Is The Food Like?



We provide three meals and three healthy snacks each day from our full kosher kitchen. Our camp is nut-free and we can easily accomodate camper allergies and dietary restrictions such as vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free.

If My Child Loves It, Can They Extend Their Stay?



Yes! If your camper wants to stay, you can choose to have them extend to our two-week Rookie Session or four-week Full Session.

How Do I Sign Up?



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Where Can I Get More Info?

Our full Parent/Guardian Starter Session Manual can be found here: CBF Starter Session Parent/Guardian Manual 2024 [published] – Google Docs

You can also reach out to our Camp Director, Aaron Hadley at aaron@campbenfrankel.org or our Assistant Camp Director, Sarah Sherer-Kohlburn at sarah@campbenfrankel.org with any questions.