What makes us different? You might be looking at many camps and they are all excellent. So why Avoda? If your son comes to Camp Avoda there is a very good chance he will become more confident and become a leader. He will learn about himself and raise his Social IQ. He will have unique team experiences where he is proud to represent his team and give his all. He will learn new skills, play new games, become a craftsman, and be part of our over 90-year traditions. And he will likely make friends that he feels closer to than those from other aspects of his life. When he is in his 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and further on he will probably get together with his camp fiends and brothers to share laughs about their camp days, share good times and be there to support one another through tough times. If you’d like that for your son, give us a call!
Ken became director of Camp Avoda in 2008. Coming back to Camp Avoda was a homecoming for Ken after spending 11 summers at Avoda from 1980-1990 as both a camper and counselor. Ken loves Avoda: the campers, parents, staff, CIT’s, alumni, and the incredible community – both during the summer (you can’t beat it!) and in the “off season.” He also runs sports enrichment programs for 3, 4, and 5 year olds in the greater Boston area and coaches youth sports. Ken loves seeing kids and campers succeed and grow!
Director | Ronni Saltzman Guttin
We are thrilled to welcome Ronni to Camp Avoda! She is a people-person and seems to know everyone. Her friendly persona, positive outlook, and camp leadership skill set make her a valuable part of the team. Ronni grew up in camp since she was 8 years old. She credits her camping experience as the most influential marker in her career choices. Ronni’s background includes almost 20 years as a camp director – for Camp JORI in Rhode Island, and as the director of a synagogue religious school. She also teaches 6th and 7th grade students at Temple Emanu-el in Providence, Rhode Island. Ronni loves working with staff and campers to help them become part of the camp community.
"Hosting Shlichim during the summers remains a wonderful experience for our family. Each year we meet dynamic and fascinating young Israelis with whom we maintain contact long after the summer has gone. Our kids are the greatest beneficiaries of the experience, finding in the Shlichim individuals who they come to regard as older siblings. It is an event we look forward to every year with good reason and plan on continuing for years to come."
- Soberman Family, The Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp, Prosserman JCC
Connecting with Israel
“Although it was so new, Israel brought upon me a familiar sense of belonging much like what I feel at Camp Chi every summer. The ability to be in a place where one feels so free and proud to be a Jew is a feeling that makes me so proud to be involved in my Jewish heritage.”
- Joshua Krawitz, 17, Camp Chi, JCC Chicago