By Skip Kozakewicz
Co-Directors Danny Mishkin and Lynn Lancaster of Sababa Beachaway are excited to welcome campers back beginning with their first two-week session on June 29.
“We welcome Jewish kids from all over the country at Sababa Beachaway located in beautiful Virginia Beach,” said Danny.
Sababa Beachaway is a Jewish co-ed sleepaway camp dedicated to growth through ocean living. It is a recipient of the Foundation of Jewish Camp Incubator Grant, funded by the Jim Joseph and Avi Chai Foundations.
Both Danny and Lynn are very passionate about offering a fun and Jewish Summer experience to all campers. They serve kids in the rising fifth through twelfth grades.
Danny explained, “We are a camp specializing in sailing, surfing, scuba diving, ocean discovery and ocean art based at Old Dominion University. We blend all of our wondrous and exciting beach-based activities with a nice variety of Jewish spirituality and mindfulness to have an incredible Summer for our kids.
Lynn noted, “Sababa immerses campers in the magic and majesty of the beach, adds the right amount of spiritual practice, and provides a fun, non-competitive yet challenging camp experience!”
Kids can come for two-weeks, four weeks or six-weeks. “Many come for the full six-weeks,” noted Danny.
“We love how the kids stay connected from all over the country,” he added.
“There also is the thrill of running into the ocean with all your new and old friends,” Danny noted.
“Excitement is our common denominator,” said Lynn. “Our campers come from a million different experiences. They come from all over the country — from Oregon, Texas, New York, New Hampshire and also we draw alot from Virginia, of course.”
“Our experiences,” she said, “connects with community and enlarges community.” She continued, “We are a Kosher camp and celebrate Shabbat.”
Their first sleep-away camp was in 2018 and they began as a day camp in 2014 in New York. Last Summer, they did offer a day-camp only at Virginia Beach.
“We love to see our kids thrive during their camp experiences. We also are able to work with incredible professionals in the camping field due to our special relationships in the camping world, ” Lynn said.
She said, If this is your first time at a Jewish sleepaway camp, you are eligible for a One Happy Camper grant from the Foundation for Jewish Camp. Visit https://jewishcamp.org/ for more details.
Sababa Beachaway is working with a team of medical and camp professionals to ensure they fully follow COVID protocols and best practices for health and safety, according to Danny. Campers live in the dorms at ODU with strict protocols.
“Operating a day camp last Summer allowed us to learn and follow best practices,” said Lynn.
“We provide the unique combination of Camp Life, Beach Life and Jewish Life,” Danny emphasized.
For more information about dates and sessions this summer and to register for Sababa Beachaway visit sabababeachaway.org.
Also, there will be Virtual Info Session for Camp Sababa Beachaway on Wednesday, March 17 at 7 p.m.
Look for sign-up details via JCFR emails and on social media.