Frequently Asked Questions
Moshava Ba’ir Cleveland is located at the Fuchs Mizrachi School, 2600 Shaker Blvd, Beachwood, OH, 44122
Moshava Ba’ir is for children entering kindergarten through entering 7th grade. Our program is carefully and thoughtfully developed to be age and developmentally appropriate for these ages across the board, from swim and sports, to chinuch, specialties and arts.
Campers at Moshava Ba’ir enjoy a rich and well-rounded experience. Each day will include daily instructional & free swim, sports (basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, tennis, football), specialties (music, dance, arts & crafts, drama, cooking, baking, gardening, nature, fitness and more), and our unique experiential education program.
All campers enjoy a full camp experience, and our tailored scheduling allows for more sports-weighted schedules for bunks that enjoy sports and specialty-weighted schedules for others.
We offer both free swim and Red Cross swim instruction on a daily basis. Our swim program has low swim-instructor to students ratios and many WSI certified swim instructors. Free swim and swim instruction will take place in the 41’ by 21’ aboveground pool we install on the Fuchs Mizrachi campus for the summer. The pools have wooden decks alongside them to create a ground level at the water’s surface. They are centrally located on the campus and private. We use “tot docks” to create a shallower standing area for our smallest campers. The campers have a blast at the pool!
Our bunks range in size for younger campers from 11-14 campers each, with at least 2 counselors per bunk. Our older campers have bunks of approximately 15 campers each. Each grade is a separate Edah (division). This camp structure allows each child to feel at home and cared for, while enjoying the excitement of being part of a big program!
In our younger divisions we maintain a 1:5/6 ratio of campers to counselors and a 1:6/7 campers to counselors in our older divisions, following or exceeding ACA standards.
We understand that the experience your child will have at camp will be largely impacted by their wonderful counselors. We take pride in the maturity and responsibility of our staff, and our youngest counselors are rising high school seniors. In our youngest division, Eidah Aleph (campers entering K), each bunk has 1 Morah work along side 2 HS madrachim.
We run a week of intensive counselor training in advance of the summer, as well as regular follow up workshops that offer professional development to our staff over the course of the summer. In addition to the supervision our Rosh Moshava offer, our camp director mentors and offers guidance to our counselors.
We believe that Moshava Ba’ir offers the oldest, strongest, best trained, and best supported madrichim of any day camp out there!
Each week our older divisions take one major trip, and we will also have one exciting event on campus. Examples of trips include berry-picking, boating and rock climbing. On campus events include carnivals with blow ups, petting zoos, and more.
Moshava Ba’ir offers an excellent sports program that includes baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, football, hockey, volleyball, gaga and dodgeball.
Every effort is made to ensure that sports activities are age and developmentally appropriate, and are structured to incorporate instruction, play, and competition. Our huge air conditioned gym means full sports even on rainy days!
As a Bnei Akiva camp, we love the sun, outdoors, and nature. Our beautiful campus features amazing outdoor spaces. We are also uniquely well prepared for inclement weather, and our campers enjoy a full program of activities even on the occasional rainy or very hot day. The Fuchs Mizrachi school campus offers an enormous air conditioned gym.
We also enjoy a beautiful indoor spaces for our art studio, music room, dance studio, drama space, cooking, and baking programs, and bunk rooms that serve as home bases for all of our bunks.
Moshava Ba’ir is a nut–sensitive camp. The food that we serve contains no trace of peanuts or tree–nuts, and our policy is that any food sent along with your children to camp contain no nuts or trace of nuts. If food that contains nuts is brought by a child into camp, we will replace it with a nut–free equivalent.
At Moshava Ba’ir, we believe deeply in the unique Bnei Akiva culture of camping as a learning and growing experience. One important manifestation of this is the camp “Noseh” or educational program. Throughout the summer, our endlessly creative staff employ art, music, dance, and theater to re–create and re–experience powerful moments and places of our history.
We have a daily “chinuch” activity that campers love, facilitated by an exciting and dynamic staff of young educators. In past summers, we enjoyed a camp-wide scavenger hunt for Shaul’s donkeys, we learned to make slings to fight Goliath with David, we met a real harpist and wrote our own Tehillim, we experienced a full-on archaeological dig, and we built a room-size Bet Hamikdash out of Lego with David Hamelech!
Our number one priority at Moshava Ba’ir is always the safety and security of your children. The Fuchs Mizrachi campus is in a secluded, suburban area. We control access to the grounds at all times. We are staffed by full time security guards (armed). In addition to the experienced camp professionals running the program and the many staff with CPR and First Aid training, we employ a full time nurse as camp health director for the summer.
Our application process is first–come, first–served. Once an age group is full, applicants are placed on a waiting list. In the event that space becomes available, spots in the program are allocated on a first come, first–served basis. When multiple applicants are in the same position on the waiting list, spots are allocated by lottery. In all cases, we will not cash an applicant’s deposit check if we cannot offer the applicant a place in the program.