Barney campers are predominantly from the Southeast. While many reside in Georgia, our campers also come from Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and many other states. Our campers’ families engage in a wide range of Jewish practice and observance. Some affiliate with a synagogue, while others do not. Some attend Jewish Day School, while for many others CBM is their Jewish education. We all share a belief in Jewish overnight camp and the lifelong connection to Jewish identify it fosters. Not to mention the lifelong impact it has on a camper’s emotional, spiritual, and social growth.
Yes, Camp Barney Medintz is among a select group of camps that are routinely visited and reviewed by the American Camp Assocation. We proudly achieve the more than 600 standards, ranging from the qualifications of our staff (licenses or certifications held by specific medical and program staff) to management of our facility, to the quality and safety of our program to the temperature of our dishwashers. We continue to attain the highest scores possible.
Each and every staff member is intensely interviewed and screened. References are consulted and criminal background checks are performed. Additionally, we only hire staff once we are assured they possess the qualities we seek: positive values, excellent character, bright, mature, role model, good judgment, enthusiasm, creativity, compassion, warmth, talent, and above all, are passionate about teaching and caring for children. The staff at Camp Barney Medintz is the primary reason campers return year after year. Campers and counselors alike have such overwhelmingly positive experiences, that more than 80% of our staff are returning counselors or were campers.
Our staff includes a physician and four nurses in-residence, a professional food service staff including a Mashgiah and a nutritionist, a professional office staff, drivers, and a facility management staff.
We have developed a sequential program so that every year a camper returns to Camp Barney he/she can look forward to participating in new programs, activities, trips, and artists-in-residence just for their age group. So, there are some activities that all campers enjoy, like leading a Shabbat Service, swimming, campouts, horseback riding, tennis, archery, the Blob, the Slides, the Logroll, the Iceberg, music, dance, theater, crafts, water skiing, field and court sports and so much more. Then specific age groups might see on their schedules the high ropes course, technical climbing wall, vertical challenge course, videography, mountain biking, zip line, guitar, murals, pottery, karate, fencing, scuba diving, and tree climbing. Additionally, there are different trips for each age group that range from kayaking on the Chestatee River to tubing down the Chattahoochee to white water rafting down the Ocoee or Nantahalla Rivers.
At Camp Barney, campers primarily remain with their cabin group and enjoy activities with their cabinmates. There are a few opportunities throughout the day for campers to choose their activities. Each day, campers enjoy a Chug or elective period. There is also a period of free play after dinner when campers can choose an activity. Camp Barney places a great emphasis on the group dynamic, supporting and playing together with counselors who provide continuity and the benefit of being aware of each child’s needs.
We manage the same concerns that parents take care of at home including showering, brushing teeth, changing clothes and sheets regularly, laundry and taking daily medications. We train our staff to help campers manage these issues along with caring for various emotional needs from homesickness to fears, interpersonal or esteem issues to group issues. Also our Medical Staff is always available and prepared to manage the health care of our camp community.
During the summer, MyCBM will be your gateway to photos and one-way emails to your camper. You will setup your MyCBM account when you enroll your child. Year-round, keep in touch with camp happenings by visiting the website, Liking us on Facebook, Following us on Twitter, and reading the quarterly newsletters that we mail to each camp family.
Please review our What to Bring list for a detailed list of everything your camper will need for a fun CBM summer!
Please visit our Healthy Campers page for answers to all your questions.