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Man Camp

November 10-12, 2023

Join us this November for a glorious guys’ getaway—CYJ Man Camp! An incredible weekend designed for men only, Man Camp is an opportunity to kick back, have fun, and spend time with some quality guys.

The doors are open to any Jewish males 21 and older—Dads of campers, CYJ Alumni, CYJ supporters, friends, golf buddies, that guy you’re not so fond of who has a great TV for football… anyone! If they’re ready to experience an unforgettable Shabbat at CYJ, they should sign up!

Man Camp has an excellent lineup of programs. Previous years’ highlights include sports competitions, a massive water polo match, beer tasting, ropes course, dodgeball, a poker tournament, archery, and the Man Camp barbecue. Whether you’re looking for recreation or relaxation, we’ve got activities for everyone! (Check out a sample schedule! Man Camp Schedule)

Need more information, contact the bosses:

  • Howie Nestel, Man Camp ChairGuy   (210) 286-3439
  • Michelle Mohnblatt, Retreats & Program Coordinator   (832) 916-3900


Frequently Asked Questions

What sort of sleeping arrangements have you prepared to satisfy my rugged, macho needs?

At CYJ Man Camp, we provide four types of accommodations.

  • Our Retreat Village accommodation has 2 queen beds and a private bathroom
  • Our lodge accommodation is furnished with 1 twin bed, 1 queen bed, and a sink with a private bathroom.
  • The Health Center rooms each have 1 queen and 1 set of bunk beds with a private bathroom.
  • We have 22 bunks available, each including 8 bunk beds and a bathroom with 3 sinks, 2 toilets, and 2 showers.
What manly supplies do I need to bring?

It’s just as the saying goes—“Dress for the Man Camp you want.” We’ll have sports, Shabbat dinner, time at the pool and the ropes course, a barbecue, some scotch tasting… whatever that itinerary means for your wardrobe, bring it along! We will provide bath towels and bedding.

You’re also welcome to bring sports equipment, musical instruments, or anything else you think would enhance the weekend. For those interested in davening, please bring your kippah, tallit, and tefillin as needed.

Libations: We’re asking everyone to bring a bottle (or two) of their favorite spirit to contribute to the open bar, (of course, if you don’t drink, don’t worry about it). We’ll supply ice, cups, snacks, beer, kosher wine for Kiddush, and some mixers. The bar will be open all weekend! (Please be sure your spirits are kosher before bringing them to camp

Enough about my masculine body… tell me more about my manly spirit. What will be the religious practices during Man Camp?

Man Camp will follow the “Spirit of Shabbat”: relaxation, presence in the moment, and connecting to our fellow Jews will be central. We have Kabbalat Shabbat and Havdallah services planned, and we hope to have a Shabbat morning minyan if 10 mensches will attend. Festive Shabbat Meals will be served on Friday and Saturday.

There will be no work on Shabbat at Man Camp!!! Hopefully, you can refrain from laptops and cell phones as well. CYJ is a kosher facility and we will honor the kosher laws throughout the weekend. That means, other than their kosher spirits, Man Campers shouldn’t bring any food from outside of camp. (Don’t let that worry you—our kitchen staff are experts!)

I have many manly duties in life, some that could even interrupt my Man Camp plans… what is your cancellation policy?

Simple and Fair

  • Cancellations made more than 2 weeks before Man Camp will be fully refunded, minus a non-refundable $25 registration fee per participant
  • Cancellations made within 2 weeks of  Man Camp will be considered a donation and a tax receipt will be sent.
What is this Thursday arrival?

New for 2023! We hear that the “Schlep” for two nights is a lot for those that travel from further distances. For 50 extra bucks, come Thursday and you could work remotely Friday, check out Wimberley, hang out, or enjoy the facilities. Includes meals and accommodations. Programming will begin Friday at 1:00pm

What is the cost of Man Camp?

The cost is $200 per man, which includes the food, drinks, accommodations, and weekend entertainment. We also hope the gentlemen of Man Camp will share a meaningful contribution, with a suggested minimum donation of $118 that can be made during the retreat weekend.

I accept your offer for this manly getaway. Sign me up!