Testimonials from our CMC Families

"Dear Steve and Sas... I just wanted to convey to you how amazing Kavanah really was. I've made these insane bonds with the other kids on the trip that I wouldn't have even experienced back at camp. We were helping others while we were in Roseburg but we were also helping ourselves by learning so much about who we are as individuals. I'm so glad that this program is now a part of camp because it is truly a life changing experience"
- Claire Wengrod, Kavanah Alum

"After having this amazing experience, when I return to CMC as a staff member, the experience I have gained during my summer in Kavanah will most definitely be brought to every other project I come in contact with for the rest of my life."
- Maya Reisman, Kavanah Alum

Camp Mountain Chai offers an unforgettable and unparalleled four-week social action program for teens entering 11th grade.

The Kavanah program is designed to develop leadership skills in our campers so that they can more effectively assume those roles in school, camp, and later on in life. Our teens will live, work, and play together, creating a strong bond of friendship and community. They will be joined by returning Camp Mountain Chai staff members who will also live and work with our teens, providing guidance, leadership, and supervision. Housing during the duration of the trip is provided by a local community agency. Throughout the program, our campers will have opportunities to visit national parks, experience the culture and activities available within and around nearby cities, and to participate in local events unique to the host community and surrounding areas where they will experience meaningful volunteer opportunities through a myriad of local service organizations. While physically building within the host community, they will be fostering and developing their own tight-knit community. The teens will earn 120 community service hours for their participation in this program.

CMC provides a unique summer leadership program for rising (11th grade) juniors unmatched by any camp community in the country. Kavanah provides participants with critical leadership training and community building skills during this transition period from camper to SIT, youth to mentor.

As one of our “Kavanah’niks” so nicely put it… “Everyone helps out with everything, and nobody complains about it because it’s just something you want to do…This trip has honestly been one of the most fun and meaningful experiences of my life.”

The Kavanah program includes 3 weeks in Boulder, CO followed by 1 week at camp.  During their time on location, the Kavanah’niks will be immersed into the community, with opportunities to help a variety of organizations in efforts to assist in the betterment, improvement, and maintenance of the quality of life in the town.   Some of the their projects may include:  building projects with Habitat for Humanity, working in local soup kitchens & food pantries, working with at-risk youth,  assisting with U.S. veterans’ recovery organizations, and helping with reparations and rebuilding of houses and nature trails destroyed in natural disasters.

Upon completion of their travels our Kavanah’niks will travel back to CMC bringing stories and experiences to share with the campers and staff at camp.  Let us not forgot it’s at this time when tears will be shed and the bonds/experiences created over these past few weeks will show their true power!  This trip is certain to be an experience none of these kids will ever forget!

2017 Kavanah Dates:
Sunday, June 18 – Sunday July 16

Tuition for the Kavanah program includes:

  • Living expenses (food, housing, airfare, extracurricular/social activities)
  • All travel costs (transportation to/from camp, airfare to/from site)
  • Camp t-shirt


February 15 – 50% of full balance due
April 1 – Full balance due

Refund Policy:

Due to the nature of this program (including the purchasing of flights and on site transportation) refund dates are as follows:

Prior to March 1: CMC will refund all but the non-refundable $100 registration fee from the initial deposit.
March 1 – April 15: 50% of total program cost (less the deposit)
After April 15: No Refunds will be given