The ocean is the ultimate tool in making us feel both huge and small...
Sababa Beachaway is a co-ed residential summer camp for rising fifth through twelfth graders, located in beautiful Virginia Beach. 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!
Our two-week sessions invite campers to escape the grind in order to ride the wave, catch the wind, explore the sea, and capture the moment. Whether on a surfboard, in a sailboat, behind a camera, or under the sea, Sababa campers learn exhilarating new skills, build lifelong relationships, grow a stronger sense of self, and stoke an innate spiritual flame.
A JEWISH OVERNIGHT CAMP IN BEAUTIFUL VIRGINIA BEACH
SUMMER LOCATION: Old Dominion University
Two WEEK SESSIONS
Session 1 Monday June 25 - Sunday July 8
Session 2 Monday July 9 - Sunday July 22
Session 3 Monday July 23 - Sunday August 5
One two week session - $3,250
Two sessions - $6,250
Full summer - $9,250
Boys and Girls rising 5th-12th grade join us for 1, 2, or 3 two week sessions this summer
All specialties for all skill levels from beginner to expert
Surfing is the quintessential ocean sport. Learn to surf or perfect your form with world class instructors.
Teamwork, grit, tactical decision making. Sailing is a practice in freedom, responsibility, and control.
Live life beneath the sea and experience the power of breath, beauty, and boundless possibility.
Build an immersive relationship with the ocean, wind, and nature. Capture the essence of the moment.
Life at Sababa is centered around three core aspects... Specialties, Electives, and Sababa Time. Our specialties are SCUBA, Surfing, Sailing, and Seaside Media. They are chosen during registration for each session, before campers arrive to Sababa Beachaway. We encourage our participants to see their specialty as a medium and metaphor to inspire a more enthusiastic, spiritual, mindful, and passionate life.
Electives are chosen each day and include things like, sports, music, yoga, cooking, fishing, and more.
Finally, Sababa Time is the inbetween time and what make Sababa special. It includes bonfires, team building, and structured relaxation activities that build the tradition, mood, and energy of SABABA! It is this intentional time that best friends are made, community is established, and lifelong memories are created.
A "TYPICAL" DAY
8:30AM: Sababa Morning Ritual
9:00AM: Specialty Activity
3:00PM: Sababa Connections
5:00PM: R & R
7:30PM: Evening Activity
9:00PM: Get ready for bed
CAMP ON CAMPUS
Where the city meets the sea. Campers will live in modern college dorms with camp staff on each floor. Every room is equipped with heating and air conditioning, desks, beds, and dressers, with laundry facilities in each building. You will feel right at home at ODU. We will eat delicious, nutritious, kosher food on campus and pack picnics or barbeques for the beach.
LIFE AT THE BEACH
Live the life. Campers will hop on a bus each morning and head to Virginia Beach’s Most Serene Shore. The beach will be the classroom for activities, prayer, community, and culture. The beach offers an abundance of beauty, adventure, and breathtaking scenery on the East Coast.
SOME AWESOME ELECTIVES
Arts and Crafts
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SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Give us a call with more questions 516.499.5349
Do you provide financial assistance?
All children who have never before attended an overnight Jewish summer camp are eligible to receive up to $1,000 off tuition via the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s One Happy Camper incentive grants program. Our scholarship committee works hard to provide as many campers as possible the opportunity to participate in Sababa Beachaway. We are committed to partnering with families, whenever possible, to insure that no camper is turned away from camp for financial reasons. Families in a variety of circumstances receive financial support in order to send children to Sababa Beachaway. Contact us for more information and the most up-to-date information on current discounts.
How do children get to and from camp?
Campers come to Sababa from across North America. Families are welcome to drop off and pick up their camper from camp. For those flying in, you’re encouraged to fly into Norfolk International Airport. Sababa Beachaway staff personally meets campers flying into Norfolk International Airport during designated pick up times.
What is the food like at camp, and what if my child has special dietary needs?
Our food is kosher, nutritious and delicious. During the week we provide a wide variety of options at our breakfast buffet. Lunch is a bagged lunch eaten at the child’s specialty activity. Lunches include a sandwich (chosen by child), bar, fruit, and drink. Snacks and drinks are always provided at specialty activities. Dinners include a variety of family style meals, best of all, Sababa cookouts!!! Shabbat meals are more relaxed and even more delicious. If your child has any dietary needs, please speak with us directly and we will do everything we can to accommodate.
What is Jewish about the camp?
Check out our Sababa Judaism Page
What do you mean Camp on Campus:
Old Dominion is a gorgeous, campus located in Norfolk and nestled on the banks of the beautiful Elizabeth River. Safe and Secure, our living space is ours alone. Our campers are grouped by age, in double and triple rooms with a private bath. Our counselors' rooms are strategically interspersed to create a bunk-like setting. Our spacious common spaces, set between the girls and boys hall, overlook the fountains and bikepaths on the quad outside. The campus has the finest facilities, including an indoor recreational center complete with an olympic-sized pool, rockclimbing wall, yoga studios and basketball courts. An outdoor challenge course overlooks the river and is a playground for all ages. Being on campus allows us to learn about the stars in the planetarium before we spend the evening looking at constellations in the summer sky. Inside or out the facilities are perfect for Sababa Time!
What if my child gets sick at camp?
Our professional medical team, which includes nurses and camp doctors, are here to help ensure your camper’s wellness and well-being. In most cases, sick campers stay in our Health Center until they are able to re-join camp activities. In the event of an overnight stay, a hospital visit, or if our medical staff prescribes or changes any medication, parents will be notified as soon as possible. Please click here to see local facilities near ODU.