Please note: All prices are in US Dollars. If you pay via credit card, there is an automatic 2.75% surcharge. There is no fee if you pay by check or ACH. 

Program Entering Grade Opening Day Closing Day Fee
Kallah Aleph 3-10 Jun. 15 Jul. 11 $4,850.00
Taste of Garin Aleph* 3-4 Jun. 15 Jun. 27 $2,525.00
Taste of Shoresh-Aleph* 5-6 Jun. 15 Jun. 27 $2,525.00
Kallah Bet 3-10 Jul. 13 Aug. 8 $4,850.00
Taste of Garin Bet* 3-4 Jul. 13 Jul. 25 $2,525.00
Taste of Shoresh-Bet* 5-6 Jul. 13 Jul. 25 $2,525.00
Avodah (additional info and application coming soon) 12 Jun. 9 Aug. 8 $5,850.00

*First time camper experience

Teen Programs Eligibility
GUCI in Israel - 11th Grade Four-week trip to Israel June 22 - July 20, 2021 Grade 11
GUCI in Israel - 12th Grade 3.5-week trip to Israel July 15 - August 9, 2021 Grade 12
URJ Mitzvah Corps Social Justice Travel Programs in Israel, Central and North America Grades 9 to 12

All campers must be immunized. See the URJ Policy Statement on Vaccine Status for more information.

One Happy Camper, through the Foundation for Jewish Camp, provides for up to $1,000 for a child's first summer at camp. Please note that many families live in an area where One Happy Camper grants are administered by a local federation or other organization. Learn if that applies to your community.

Sibling Discount: Families with two or more campers will receive a $100 discount for each camper after the first. The discount will be applied automatically.

Non-URJ Fee Goldman Union Camp Institute is a project of the Union for Reform Judaism. Families who are not members of a URJ congregation will be assessed a surcharge of $75 per week, not to exceed $500 per family. See the grid above for costs per session.

We understand that your children's Jewish education and identity are extremely important to your family. And we know, just as you do, that sending your children to an overnight Jewish summer camp is the best way to ensure a lifelong affiliation with the Jewish people and customs, and to make Jewish friends. But we also recognize that summer camps are an expensive endeavor.

We've done our best to compile a list of financial resources for families in our region. Some of these are available to all; others are based on your geographic location. Please visit our financial assistance and savings page.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I forwarded a credit or made a donation, do I pay 2020 fees?

Everyone, regardless of whether you forwarded credit or made a donation, will pay the 2021 fees.

Important Notes For Families Who Transferred 2020 Tution to 2021: Beds have been reserved for your campers(s).  To claim those beds, you MUST complete your registration application by October 31, 2020. When you complete your enrollment application, you will need to select a payment plan AND enter a credit card number for future payments.  When we process the application, we will first use any funds you have on account BEFORE charging anything to your card.  When we enroll your camper(s), we will only handle credits or charges for the deposit at this time.

If I rolled over my 2020 tuition, do I need to pay a deposit when I enroll?

We are so grateful to those who were able to roll over their paid tuition towards 2021 enrollment. As long as the amount rolled over is equal to or above the enrollment deposit, those funds will be counted as your 2021 deposit and you will not need to pay an additional deposit fee when you enroll.

When you complete your enrollment application, you will need to select a payment plan AND enter a credit card number for future payments.  When we process the application, we will first use any funds you have on account BEFORE charging anything to your card.  When we enroll your camper(s), we will only handle credits or charges for the deposit at this time.

What happens if I register for camp and then, due to COVID, something changes?

We will remain nimble and responsive to ever-evolving state and local standards and protocols, and hope to be able to adapt our summer program accordingly.

If, however, GUCI is unable or elects not to open camp due to government regulations or if GUCI chooses not to open at its own discretion, you will receive a full refund, including the deposit, without penalty.

If GUCI is required to make a change to a camper session prior to summer, the family will be notified by camp in writing. Camp will provide an opportunity at that time for parent to cancel camper session without penalty (including return of any deposit). Parent will also be eligible for this change of session refund for all children in their household at camp regardless if the sessions of the sibling(s) were not changed.

A change to the camper session is defined as one or more of the following: a change of camp geographic location, session dates, session cost, or session “program” offering (for specialty camps only).

What happens if I register for camp and then I decide I’m not comfortable sending my camper?

We will remain nimble and responsive to ever-evolving state and local standards and protocols, and hope to be able to adapt our summer program accordingly.

If, however, GUCI is unable or elects not to open camp due to government regulations or if camp chooses not to open at its own discretion, you will receive a full refund, including the deposit, without penalty.

If GUCI is required to make a change to a camper session prior to summer, the family will be notified by camp in writing. GUCI will provide an opportunity at that time for parent to cancel camper session without penalty (including return of any deposit). Parent will also be eligible for this change of session refund for all children in their household at camp regardless if the sessions of the sibling(s) were not changed.

A change to the camper session is defined as one or more of the following: a change of camp geographic location, session dates, session cost.

If these situations do not apply and a family decides to cancel, our new cancellation policies will apply.

Are there any changes to the Terms & Conditions?

Yes, we have made some changes in light of the current circumstances. We have standardized payment deadlines across all URJ camps and have revised our refund policy with some COVID-19-specific factors in mind. To read our full terms and conditions, click here.

As you are aware, the URJ GUCI is a not-for-profit organization. We strive each season to provide an excellent camp program. The tuition at camp increases each year due to rising operating costs, ongoing improvements, and upgrades to our program. One of the highest costs we incur is credit card processing fees.

In order to continue developing our excellent programming and maintaining our campus, we are forced like many other not-for-profits, academic institutions, and government agencies to update our payment policy.  Families that choose to pay by credit card will incur a non-refundable 2.75% credit card transaction surcharge.

We are committed to offering ways for our families to avoid this charge.  Families can choose E-check at time of check out or pay with a debit card.  E-Check will allow tuition to be deducted directly from either your checking or savings account and can also be used with payment plan options.

What is your refund policy?

Families are highly encouraged to sign-up for travel insurance in order to protect their investment and plan for the unexpected. Find more information here. 

  • Cancellation by 90 days or more prior to the first session start date – 100% of tuition is refundable except for the administrative deposit.
  • Cancellation between 90 days and 45 days prior to the first session start date – 75% of tuition is refundable.
  • Cancellation by 45 days or less prior to the first session start date – no refunds will be given unless stated below.
  • Camp reserves the right to refund any eligible refund in multiple installments as determined by Camp.
  • Full refunds will be given without penalty (including deposit):

- For campers on a “Waiting List” (those not able to be placed in their desired session at camp) if at any time they choose to be                removed from the list or are ultimately unable to be placed;

- If Camp is unable or elects not to open because of government regulations, orders, or guidelines;

- If Camp is required to cancel the session of a child with a pre-existing health condition;

- If Camp is unable to secure a rental facility;

- If Camp is unable or chooses not to open at their own discretion.

  • Refunds will not be made if Camper has attended any portion of the session at Camp. This covers all circumstances, including, but not limited to:

- Camper’s homesickness

- Camper’s refusal or inability to participate in the normal activities at Camp

- Camper’s violation of any rules, regulations, or policies at Camp for which Camper has been provided notice, and as described in          “Camper’s Participation and Camp Program Expectations” section of the terms and conditions.

- Change of Session: If Camp is required to make a change to Camper session prior to summer, Parent will be notified by Camp in        writing. Camp will provide an opportunity at that time for Parent to cancel Camper session without penalty (including deposit).      Parent will also be eligible for this change of session refund for all children in their household at Camp regardless if the sessions of the sibling(s) were not changed.

- A change to the Camper session is defined as one or more of the following: a change of camp geographic location, session dates, session cost, or session “Program” offering.

When are payments due?

    • 150 days prior to Camp’s first session start date – 25% of tuition payment is due;
    • 90 days prior to Camp’s first session start date – an additional 50% of tuition payment is due (75% of tuition paid);
    • 60 days prior to Camp’s first session start date – final payment is due.

Is camp going to look different because of COVID?

We are working to open camp safely and will be as transparent as possible as we further develop our summer plans. Elements of camp might look different due to Covid-19 to ensure the health and safety of our community. We are committed to delivering the same excellence you’ve come to expect from us.

If my camper or someone in my household is immunocompromised and therefore cannot attend camp, is there any way they can connect with camp?

We know that the best practices surrounding COVID-19 are continually changing, and we will remain nimble and responsive to ever-evolving state and local standards and protocols. If we are required to close off camp to some extent to mitigate the risk of COVID-19, we will update our community as needed. We will be as transparent as possible as we further develop our summer plans. Elements of camp might look different due to Covid-19 to ensure the health and safety of our community. We are committed to delivering the same excellence you’ve come to expect from us.

How are you making decisions around your COVID-19 protocols?

We know that the best practices surrounding COVID-19 are continually changing. We will remain nimble and responsive to ever-evolving state and local standards and protocols. We are working with a team of medical experts, including infectious disease doctors, to guide our decisions and revamp our protocols and procedures.

We are also working in close coordination with the American Camp Association and Foundation for Jewish Camp to gather learnings and insights from the field. We continue to closely monitor CDC guidelines. We are considering a variety of factors with our medical experts and will continue to update families as we know more about the coming summer.

What are some of your major considerations as you plan to open camp in-person?

The road from here to summer 2021 is neither straight nor smooth.  As the landscape surrounding COVID 19 progresses and changes, we will continue to evaluate, consult with experts in various fields, learn from camps that operated successfully (and unsuccessfully) last summer, and of course, review any laws, regulations and agency guidance on the subject that may affect our ability to safely offer in-person summer programming.

We know there will be many questions as we move towards summer.  We will be as transparent as possible and provide you with updated information as soon as it is available.  As you might expect, the health and safety of our community is of paramount importance.  It is possible that COVID 19-related issues and compliance requirements might necessitate changes to certain programs, session dates or lengths, etc.  We will make the best decisions that we can in our discretion with the health and safety of your camper(s) in mind.