Getting Ready for Camp: Kupa and Sharing at Camp

One of the ways campers learn about Gilboa's emphasis on shituf (sharing) is through a communal fund we call kupa. Kupa is a “give what you can, take what you need” system – so please contribute what you are able to! At Gilboa, campers don’t need personal money and we don’t have a camp store. The kupa system makes sure that all campers can get replacement toothbrushes, batteries, socks, etc. and buy things like ice cream or a pizza party as a kvutza (group). At camp, we aim to reduce a sense of “haves” and “have nots” and see the community as a place that provides for everyone, regardless of financial means.


Kupa is used in a variety of ways throughout the summer and campers, as a group, decide how to spend it - whether on treats such as ice cream or tzedaka (charity).


We suggest an amount of $10-15 per week. Kupa is a "give what you can, take what you need" system, so please give only what you are able to. You are, of course, welcome to contribute more or less.


You can give kupa in cash (in an envelope marked with their name), through Venmo @camp_gilboa, or by check with the memo line reading "Kupa".

If your child is traveling on a camp bus, please give the envelope at the pickup location when you check in; otherwise, you can hand it to a counselor when you drop your camper off.


Care packages were discussed in our Communications blog post, but as a reminder, we're asking that you send flat items only that fit into a large envelope. If you are sending anything, we encourage you to send something campers are able to share with others.


One of our greatest strengths is our sense of community and atmosphere of caring, respect and trust. Thank you for supporting this important educational goal!