Policies and Handbook

2019 Camper and Parent Handbook

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Camp Policies

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1. Registration Requirements

In order for a camper to be considered registered, the camp must receive a complete online application AND $500 deposit (credit card payments accepted).
Registration is only finalized when the parent/guardian has received written confirmation from the camp of their child’s enrollment.
After May 1, 2019 full tuition payment is due with registration.

2. Deposit

$500 deposit is required for all programs.
If camper registration is cancelled in writing prior to April 1st, deposits are 100% refundable.
Registration cancellation after April 1st, will result in forfeiture of the deposit except in cases where a scholarship determination has not yet been made.
* Those who have applied for scholarships from Habonim Dror Camp Moshava, will be eligible to receive 100% deposit refund until one week after a scholarship determination has been made.

3. Payment Options

There are two payment options available:

Pay in full with registration (by check or credit card).
Pay $500 deposit with registration and pay balance of tuition in monthly payments.
If paying by credit card: Credit cards will be charged on or around the 1st of the month. Credit card charges are subject to a non-refundable 2.5% processing fee.
If paying by check: Please send in post dated checks made out to Habonim Dror Camp Moshava. We will deposit the check on the 1st of the month.
Contact Abby Cohen (abby@campmosh.org or 301-348-7339) to set up a payment plan.

4. Cancellation Policy

Parents/Guardians must notify camp in writing if they wish to cancel a camper’s registration. The following fees may apply:

Before April 1st, tuition and deposit will be refunded in full.
Cancellation of registration after April 1st will result in a forfeiture of the $500 deposit. However, any payments made before April 1st towards tuition, excluding the deposit, are 100% refundable if registration is canceled.
There will be no tuition refunds after June 1st including for a camper who is withdrawn or sent home for any reason, once the camp session has started.

5. Additional Registration Policies

Two week sessions are available to rising 4th and 5th graders and new campers only.
Applications for partial sessions will be considered on a case by case basis and are subject to a $150 administrative fee.
Session dates and prices are firm and will not be prorated.
Tuition credits and discounts may not be applied to Nitzanim, Madatz and/or Post MBI Seminar as these programs are heavily subsidized. Scholarships are available for all programs.

6. Extending

Two week campers will have the option to extend for the last two weeks of first session.

7. Habonim Dror Camp Moshava Scholarships

Habonim Dror Camp Moshava is committed to making camp affordable for all campers and will work with families to create payment plans. When assistance is needed, a scholarship application must be submitted no later than April 1st. Families who may need financial assistance are encouraged to register for camp early, in order to benefit from our early registration fees.
Scholarships are available for all programs.
Scholarship applications are available from Abby Cohen, abby@campmosh.org.
Scholarship determinations are made in late April.
Please contact Judy Gelman for additional questions about scholarships at judithgelman@gmail.com.
If you have any questions, please contact Abby at abby@campmosh.org or 301-348-7339.

Drug/Alcohol/Smoking/Behavior Policy

The possession of alcohol, marijuana or narcotics is strictly prohibited at Habonim Dror Camp Moshava. If a camper is in possession of or uses drugs or alcohol, the camper will be sent home immediately, at the parents' expense. Smoking by campers is prohibited.

Habonim Dror Camp Moshava reserves the right to remove any camper from our community who violates the following guidelines:

Zero tolerance of physical, psychological and/or sexual abuse.
Respect for camp property and the property of others.
Behavior that requires supervision beyond a reasonable level.
The use or possession of illegal drugs/alcohol/fireworks and/or items typically considered dangerous.

Medical Policies and Procedures

Medical Exam and Immunizations: Each child must be examined by a physician before coming to camp. It is especially important that the tetanus booster be up to date. Oral polio vaccine and measles vaccine (unless the child has had measles) are required. If a camper is exempt from vaccination, a Camp Moshava Immunization waiver policy must be signed and submitted prior to the start of camp.

We must have a completed medical form (found in CampMinder), copy of health insurance card and a parent’s authorization form for each camper by May 1. Campers without medical forms may not board the bus to camp.

Medical Care At Camp: The camp nurse is at camp full time throughout the summer. A local physician visits the camp once a week or more on an as needed basis. We also use the services of a local critical care clinic or local hospital as required, ensuring proper medical attention for all campers. If your child is ill and/or requires serious medical attention, camp staff will contact you. Please inform us whenever you will be out of town during the summer so that we will always know how to reach you in case of emergency.

Camper Medication: Effective July 8, 2018, medications will no longer be allowed to be brought to camp by the campers and must be dispensed by our contracted pharmacy, Paradise Professional Pharmacy.

PLEASE NOTE: This policy change only affects campers who are planning to bring prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, vitamins or supplements that are in pill, capsule or gummy form to camp with them.

Camp Mosh has entrusted this transition with a pharmacy that is experienced in serving other Jewish camps. The owners of Paradise Professional Pharmacy are active in the Maryland Jewish community and are dedicated to the same values that we cherish and cultivate at Camp Mosh. There will be some exceptions allowed to this policy, as determined by the pharmacy staff, to make sure that the costs of this new policy are not prohibitive for anyone attending our camp.

The Pharmacy will work with you to assist in the process necessary for us to comply with the camp’s new policy that all medications must be dispensed and packaged by Paradise Professional Pharmacy. Any exceptions to this policy will need to be made by the pharmacy staff, and not Camp Mosh staff. Paperwork sent to camp will be forwarded directly to the pharmacy so that there is no change in the procedure of sending in camp paperwork.

There is a $10 per camper annual fee for this service. Please try to have all medical forms to camp on time! Co-pays for pharmacy provided medications will be charged on a credit card provided to pharmacy by parent(s) and an itemized receipt provided after charge. Please read the FAQ section on Medications for additional information about medication costs. Mosh will work with families to ensure that this new system does not create financial burdens for our families.

Medical Insurance: Medical insurance is not provided by camp. Your medical insurance policy information should be on file with us including: insurance company name, policy and ID numbers and the address to which we should send claims. A photocopy of your child’s medical card, front and back, must be provided to us in order for your child to receive proper and immediate medical attention.

Medical Appointments During the Summer: Please take care of all routine examinations and appointments (dentist, ophthalmologist, optometrist and pediatrician) before camp begins.

Other: During long overnight trips, campers who cannot participate because of illness will be sent home for the duration of the trip.


Habonim Dror Camp Moshava takes great care in providing nutritious and varied kosher meals to our campers. Vegetarian meals are also provided. Food is part of the fun, such as when campers get treats for birthday celebrations, holidays and other special occasions.

Moshava does not allow food to be sent to campers for reasons of Kashrut and health standards. We ask that parents, grandparents and well-meaning friends follow this policy.


As described in the section on kupa (community sharing), campers need no personal money while at camp. Money to be used for personal travel at the end of the summer may be left with the Executive Director for safekeeping.

Please read the handbook prior to sending your child off to camp. It is a good idea to have your child read it as well. The 2019 Handbook will be released in May. (hyperlink to handbook)

Bullying and Harrassment

Habonim Dror Camp Moshava is a safe space for children to learn and grow. We do not tolerate harassment, intimidation, or bullying of any kind. We expressly prohibit gestures--be they verbal, physical, or psychological--that inspire fear and/or demean an individual or group based on actual or perceived age, race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nationality, religion, disability, socioeconomic status, physical appearance, or political views. Though incidents of this type are extremely rare at Mosh, we encourage our campers to report any alleged acts of bullying or harassment to his/her counselor, member of Mazkirut (leadership team), Rosh (Camp Director), Camp Nurse and/or Executive Director, and we pledge to investigate these allegations fully and take appropriate action. Each camper is expected to treat all other campers with respect, and to help each other achieve the best possible experience. We work together as a team to ensure that campers gain self-confidence, make new friends, and go home with great camp memories.