Goldman Union Camp Institute is located in Zionsville, Indiana and sits on over 200 acres of land. Our beautiful grounds provide plenty of room for outdoor fun, including basketball courts, tennis courts, and soccer/baseball fields. In addition, GUCI has a wide variety of facilities for special activities, both indoors and out.
Chadar Ochel (Dining Hall)
The Chadar Ochel was designed to accommodate the entire camp. It is a place where the spirit of camp can truly be felt. We eat three meals a day as a community. Each meal starts with the Motzi (blessing before the meal). All meals are well-balanced, and most are served family-style in the dining hall, with cabins eating together at assigned tables. Our menu is kosher style (no pork or shellfish). Breakfast includes hot items plus cold & hot cereal. Lunch and dinner include a hot entrée, as well as the option to visit the salad bar or get a sunflower butter & jelly sandwich (no nuts). Whenever meat is served, a vegetarian option is offered. We make additional accommodations on an as-needed basis for campers with special allergy or health-related diets. Each meal is concluded with the Birkat Ha’Mazon (blessing after a meal) and then a fun-filled song session with the entire camp singing together.
Our cabins are nestled under the trees in the woods Each cabin houses up to 16 campers and three or four staff members, sleeping in bunk beds. Every camper is assigned a bed and a set of cubbies for storing personal items. All top bunks are equipped with bed rails, and all camper bunks were replaced in 2012. Cabins are equipped with smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, multiple exits, and emergency lighting.
The Mircaz Tarbut serves as a multi-purpose recreation hall that can be used in a variety of different ways:
- Full size stage for all types of performances including Anaf Project (the oldest unit puts on a musical at the end of each session)
- Music room
- Dance room
- Media room
- Indoor campfire (for rainy days)
- Air-conditioned and heated
There’s nothing like cooling off with a dip in the pool! Goldman Union Camp has two swimming pools. They are the center of the action at camp on a hot day. Each pool has a shallow and a deep end and a diving board. But the biggest hit at the pool are the two water slides (one big and one small slide), along with the Aquaclimb, a pool-based climbing wall over the deep end.
60 feet of awesome climbing! The Alpine Tower (or Migdal, as it’s called), is the perfect way to challenge yourself and develop strong teamwork skills with your cabin mates. You can’t do this at home. It’s great fun!
Do you like to play sports? GUCI offers a wide range of outdoor activities and sports:
- Softball/Kickball Diamond: Come swing a bat or hang out in the bleachers and watch a game.
- Basketball Courts: This wouldn’t be Indiana if we didn’t have basketball. The courts are even lighted for night games. One court has 8-foot hoops for our younger campers.
- Tennis Courts: Three lighted courts, perfect for practicing your stroke.
- Other facilities include a soccer field, sand volleyball court, open multi-purpose field perfect for an Ultimate Frisbee game or a big game of capture the flag.
Our outdoor chapel provides a beautiful setting for creative, inspiring worship services. Under the trees and surrounded by nature, campers and song leaders lead the campI in prayer.
Our Infirmary is located at the center of camp. This is where our live-on medical team help campers and staff to feel their best. It is also where we keep all of our non-emergency medications. The medical staff dispense medications as needed four times per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bedtime).
GUCI’s campfire circle is down in the woods. It is a beautiful spot for all-camp gatherings around the fire, or even just single cabin programs. It’s great to sit around the campfire and share stories, look up at the stars, and join in the singing.