What is Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America?
What is Mosaic's Jewish Outdoor Escape?
Who goes to the event?
What are the details for this year?
How much does it cost?
What does the schedule look like?
How do I register?
Can I register by phone or mail?
Can I pay in Canadian Currency?
What about the exchange rate?
How do I volunteer to help out at the Jewish Outdoor Escape?
What are the Release of Liability, Publicity Release, Medical Release and Code of Conduct?
How do I get there?
What documents do I need to cross the border?
When should I plan to arrive by plane?
When should I plan to arrive by car?
When should I plan to fly home?
What if I can't make it in on Thursday, or need to leave early?
Do you need my travel information?
Do the cabins have electricity?
Does the camp have cellular reception and/or internet access?
What are the accommodations like?
What's the food like?
Is the food Kosher?
What if there is a family emergency?
What kind of clothing should I bring?
What other stuff should I bring?
What should I bring my stuff in?
What if I have more questions?
What is Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America?
Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America is a non-profit organization focused on bringing Jewish adults together where they can experience and explore the outdoors and the Jewish experience, history and background in environments that promote Jewish learning, continuity and community. Mosaic has more than 15 clubs in the United States, Canada and Israel. Visit the main MOCA website at www.mosaicoutdoor.org.
In short, summer camp for adults. Mosaic's Jewish Outdoor Escape is held every year on Labor Day Weekend. It gives Jewish outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world the opportunity to spend time with each other, enjoy the out-of-doors and explore Judaism in a natural setting. We stay at a summer camp and do all kinds of activities which vary every year depending on the locale. About 100 to 150 like-minded Jewish adventurers attend this event each year. This year, the event will include hiking, kayaking, biking, nature walks, trips and tours, dancing, workshops, swimming, campfires, photography and a few more surprises!
People that want to have fun! Jewish adults of all ages from all religious backgrounds, and levels of observance. Previous participants have come from all over the US, Canada, Israel and even as far as Australia. Over 100 people attend annually.
Full pricing information is available on the Registration Page.
Please see the Daytime Activities pages and the Evening Activities page to get a sense of the schedule.
Go to the Registration Page and click on the link. That will take you through the registration process. Be sure you've looked through all of the activity options on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday pages before you register, so you can get through the process before it times out!
No. Due to insurance requirements we must have all attendees agree to a release of liability, which we capture as part of the registration process, and maintain records of them over a period of time. For this reason, we cannot accept registrations over the phone. Likewise, since we are a volunteer-run organization without a dedicated office, we do not have the means to store paper registration forms. For these reasons, all registrations must be completed and paid online. If you have difficulty completing your registration, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you through the process.
No. Due to limitations imposed by our bank and by our registration software, all for the event is in US dollars. Our registration provider states that when their system detects a Canadian credit card being used, they convert the amount to Canadian dollars within their system and charge your card the converted amount (we do not have the means to test this, however). This may help you to avoid conversion fees.
We understand the CAD/USD exchange rate dropped sharply this year, and is making it difficult for many Canadians to attend the event in a year when the event is in Canada. For this reason, for 2016 only, we have budgeted additional funds through our scholarship program to help subsidize the difference in the exchange rate for Canadian attendees. These exchange rate scholarships are available through an expedited process. If you are a Canadian attendee the exchange rate is presenting a financial hardship for you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before registering, and we will provide you with the necessary details. If you request a scholarship under this program, please do not register before receiving a response from us.
During the registration process, you will be given an opportunity to specify exactly what you want to volunteer for. Alternatively, you can email email@example.com.
All participants must sign the waiver form before attending the event as part of the registration process. This clarifies everyone's roles and responsibilities. Signing the form (or agreeing to its terms electronically) is a requirement for participation in the event. Mosaic also wants to be able to use pictures taken at the event on our website, in printed material and in general publicity. Your signature on the form (or agreeing to its terms electronically) indicates your understanding that some pictures may be used in this manner.
Please see the Transportation page for more information.
US citizens entering Canada from the United States by air must present a current, valid passport book upon entry into Canada and return to the United States. US citizens entering by land or sea may present a passport book or passport card. Attendees who are not a citizen of the US or Canada may have additional requirements. More details are available from the Canadian government web site.
Please see the Transportation page for more information.
If you plan on coming to the main event and you are driving, please plan to arrive between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2016.
That’s okay with us; we’ll leave the light on for ya’. Unfortunately, you'll have to make your own travel arrangements. Please let us know the details. There are no discounts or refunds for late arrivals or early departures.
Yes. Please be sure to provide your travel information so we know when and where to find you! We make every effort to make sure everyone is taken care of. This includes rides shares, Airport Shuttles, and matching people with similar travel plans to cut down our carbon footprint as well as create camaraderie among fellow travelers.
If you don't have the complete picture now, that's okay. Just go back into the registration system and put it there once you do. Please be sure to complete the form before August 23th. The earlier we have your information, the better we can help you get to camp. After August 23th, the registration system will be locked and no further changes can be made externally. After August 23th, please email any change requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note there will be an $18 charge per change request once we lock out the system.
All of the cabins have electricity, but please bring battery-operated devices when possible, especially a battery-operated alarm clock. The electrical outlet is not always where you need it so we suggest you bring a power strip and extension cord. Use of a power strip will allow the other people in the cabin to share use of electricity as there may be only one outlet available.
Internet access: Wi-Fi is available in some parts of camp.
Most cellular companies have reception in camp to some extent, but it has been known to fade in and out. Please see the emergency contact FAQ for information about reaching you at camp. We suggest leaving your cell phone off while in camp as the battery tends to drain out fast due to connection issues.
Please note that if you are traveling outside your home country, you may incur substantial charges for international voice and data usage. We encourage you to contact your carrier for pricing information and service plan options for international travel.
Camp JRF overnight accommodations include deluxe hotel-style guest housing, regular guest housing, cabins and bunks. Tenting is also available. See Accommodations for more info.
We suggest bringing an extra blanket in case it is chilly. The camp is in an area that gets very warm during the day but can get chilly at night. Pajamas are recommended for warmth and as a courtesy to your bunk-mates as well.
We provide mostly healthy choices, and will make every attempt to accommodate special dietary needs. There are often a lot of vegetarians, so non-meat choices will be available at every meal. We have reviewed the menus with the camp in advance to make sure that there is something for everyone. It is important that you carefully denote your dietary restrictions and allergies on the registration form. For full day events, we make brown bag lunches; plenty of snacks will be provided.
Yes. The camp is under the supervision of the Ottawa Va'ad Hakashrut OVH.
We certainly hope this isn't necessary, but, in case of an emergency, the phone number to call is: 1-888-MOSAICS. We will provide additional emergency contact information after you register.
The weather this time of year is usually on the warm side during the daytime, and comfortable to cool at night. We suggest you come prepared for both warm and chilly weather. Probably shorts and T-shirts during the day and possibly jeans and a fleece at night. Dressing in layers is a great way to be prepared. Bring hiking boots and appropriate clothing for a rustic, camp environment. Bathing suits are a must, too, as the pool will be open on Saturday and there will be opportunities to get wet on some activities as well.
Appropriate gear is required for all activities. Activity leaders may exclude participants from an activity if they determine the individual is improperly attired. Example: Hiking boots or hiking shoes are required on all full day and/or moderate-difficult rated hikes. Please make sure you 'break in' new footwear before the event.
Highly suggested items: a day pack or fanny pack that can hold lunch, water bottle or hydration pack, and other miscellaneous gear. Flashlight (head lamp if you have one) and extra batteries, bug spray, sunscreen, linens, pillows, and extra towels. Additionally, you may want to bring Frisbees, compass, stargazing guides, trekking poles, hat/caps, binoculars, field guides (bird/plant/mushroom/mineral), camera, deck of cards, board games, toiletries, required medicines, etc.
Musical instruments and songbooks are a big plus at the camp fires.
Guess where those cute little suitcases with wheels don't work very well? Yep, you got it, a summer camp. The suitcase works fine; just don't expect the wheels to be too effective. Many people will pack their stuff in soft-sided duffel bags or backpacks. This also makes loading the buses easier. In most cases, the buses will NOT be able to pull up near the cabins, so you may have to carry your bags a little bit. NO cars will be allowed to park within the camp. All cars are required to park in specified parking lots. They most likely will not be close to your cabin.
HOWEVER, if you arrive between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Thursday evening ONLY, you will be able to drive up to your cabin to offload and then move your car to one of the assigned parking lots. If you arrive any time after 6:00 p.m., you will drive directly to the parking lots and will need to carry your own stuff to your cabins. This may be a long walk depending on where your cabin is.
For the people arriving by bus - we will help, but expect to carry your own stuff, and pack accordingly.
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