Gindling Hilltop Camp
Gindling Hilltop Camp is so unique, beautiful, and fantastic! Set on a coastal ridge 750 feet above sea level, the site provides a spectacular view of the ocean and the surrounding hills and canyons. We pride ourselves on our close-knit community and our ability to provide the time of your life!
At just 150 campers and staff, this small community ensures that everyone knows everyone! Gindling Hilltop Camp has a sense of intimacy that you cannot find anywhere else. Through the close relationships campers form with their cabin mates, other campers, CITs, staff, and administration, they experience what it truly means to be part of something extraordinary. Being at Gindling Hilltop Camp makes you feel as though you are on top of the world.
The cabins and program areas surround the Athletic Center, including a volleyball court and basketball courts. Varied activities are available at the arts and crafts center (i.e. ceramics, fabric arts, enameling, woodwork, tie dye, and stained glass), swimming pool, and archery range. Special activities include newspaper, drama and creative writing, sports on the Hilltop Athletic Center's grassy field, and watching the waves roll in from Melissa's Vista. Other facilities include an administrative building with a health center, as well as multi-purpose rooms, a large plaza, and a majestic amphitheater and outdoor stage. The Camp also has an interactive high and low-ropes challenge course.
In the Camp's ocean-view dining room, dinner may be interrupted by a particularly lovely sunset. Judaism is the thread that holds Gindling Hilltop Camp together and is infused into camp life everyday, whether through Limud (our hour of interactive learning), daily activities, evening programs, Israel hour, T'fillah, or Ask the Rabbi. Shabbat at Gindling Hilltop Camp begins with a stroll through the cabin area. Dressed in white, each cabin joins the stroll to then walk together as one camp to the panorama of sea and sky at the Brotherhood Chapel. The rest of the night is packed with music-filled services, Shabbat dinner, energetic song session, and then everyone Israeli dances! Shabbat continues the next day with T'fillah, as well as relaxing activities, different from the rest of the week as a way to separate the Shabbat, to make the day special. Shabbat is always one of the campers’ and staff’s favorite parts of camp.