Located on the shores of Lake Baboosic in New Hampshire (one hour north of Boston), Camp Young Judaea has been operating since 1939 – making it the oldest Zionist youth camp in the US. Boasting 85-95% return campers, this camp has enriched thousands of lives over its storied history. As they celebrate their 75th anniversary – and look ahead to their next 75 years of service - their leadership team contracted Domokur Architects to complete a Master Plan for this 168 acre camp.
Due to the camp only being open for one seven-week period each year, many of Camp Young Judaea’s 40 facilities are in good condition – especially considering that many of the buildings date back to the 1940s. As we conducted our complete facility assessment, emphasis was placed on identifying the facilities that were outdated and did not fulfill their programmatic needs. The camp also faces limitations due to site topography and geographical concerns, such as hilly areas and wetlands that are unable to be developed. A well-traveled public road divides the camp into two areas, which poses some safety concerns.
In preparing the Master Plan for Camp Young Judaea, our camp planners had several conversations with staff and board members to better understand their goals and visions for the future. The concepts for development focused most heavily on creating a strengthened entry/departure sequence for campers and parents, providing new camper and staff housing, and adding several program buildings. These improvements will ensure that this camp is well-positioned to continue offering the excellent camp service that thousands of campers have had the pleasure of enjoying over the last 75 years.